Saturday, February 25, 2017

A Visit To Barrel of Monks Brewing

After stopping by Holy Mackerel's The Garage Project, my wife and I headed north to Boca Raton to visit Barrel of Monks Brewing. The tasting room was pretty busy when we arrived, but we managed to grab two seats at the main bar. There were plenty of other tables and couches to lounge in alternatively. The decor was very nice, comfortable, interesting lighting and other pieces.

We decided on our first flight and just as it was being served, our friend and local beer artist Rob Lloyd (who I guess followed us from Holy Mackerel) showed up. He seemed to know everyone and even asked if I wanted to meet owner Bill McFee.

Of course I said yes and we walked over to a table on the other side of the room. After being introduced and letting Bill know what a nice place he had, I noticed he was sitting right next to my buddies Mike and Ruth from BonBeerVoyage! I hadn't seen them in a while, but very nice people! And dude, you want to go on a beer tour of Belgium and France? They are your people! They also do Asheville, California and Germany and probably other places!

OK. The Beers! We tried some flights including The Wizard (witbier), Single in Bruges, Morning Man (cofffee/rum amber ale), Three Fates (tripel), 1801 Koffee (black saison), Endless Enigma (Belgian pale ale), Iconoclast (hoppy tripel), and Quadraphonic (quad).

My wife noted that the naming of the beers is super creative. I noted that I really liked The Wizard, Endless Enigma and Iconoclast. On the way out we got a group picture with the Barrel of Monks royalty! And headed to the original Funky Buddha Lounge! What odds you put that Rob Lloyd shows there too?

Nice place. Great atmosphere. Oh, and the beer! Check it out.

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Visit To Holy Mackerel The Garage Project

Last weekend, my wife and I checked out the recently opened Holy Mackerel The Garage Project. When we arrived, we were surprised to find that it's a block away from Bangin' Banjo Brewery. So be sure to check both breweries out when nearby! Before I forget, you can find the brewery here: 3260 NW 23rd Ave., Pompano Beach, FL.

We arrived early afternoon to a dozen or so early drinkers including local famous beer artist Rob Lloyd. Yes, he already had an original painting on the Holy Mackerel wall! Owners Bobby Gordash and Corey Brysman were both on hand, talking to the patrons and pouring beers.

Corey showed us the brewing area in the back, separated only by a chain from the main tap room space. The space was very roomy and had a big garage door in the back with the spray painted tag line, The Garage Project, an homage to where Bobby's brewing roots began--homebrewing in his garage.

There were 20 taps with beer and one with a nitro coffee. Of course all of Holy Mackerel's beers were on tap, but a dozen or more other pretty cool beers also made the list. I like Holy Mackerel's Special Golden Ale, and of the guest choices, Angry Chair Hazelnut Porter and Civil Society Fresh IPA were terrific!

The brewery contract brews its core lineup for distribution, and this little brewery will never replace that. Rather, The Garage Project is where Bobby and Corey can experiment with new beers or new treatments to existing beers. They can create new tap room only specialties or collaborations with the growing number of local breweries.

Anyway, check them out. I can't wait to see where this goes. And best of luck to two great guys!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Heavy Seas TropiCannon Citrus IPA

Heavy Seas Loose Cannon is a great IPA! So when I saw TropiCannon Citrus IPA, a twist on that favorite brewed with blood oranges and grapefruit zest, I jumped on it. The back label lets you know this beer's sales support Best By APR3017. 7.25% alcohol.

Awesome aroma! Huge grapefruit, citrus, super fresh, bright candied orange. Super bright flavors as well with big citrus tangerine, grapefruit, orange all in! Zesty and tangy, juicy as well. Bitter but with a nice sweet balance in the background. Finishes bitter with a lingering fruitiness. Loved it!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale: Costa Rica Tarrazu

Terrapin Beer Co. created a series of coffee beers each brewed with a unique coffee over the same base brown ale. I haven't seen the other three in the series, but decided to check out Single Origin Coffee Brown Ale Costa Rica Tarrazu.

Big coffee aroma, fresh and very inviting. Quality coffee flavors come first, featuring some light chocolate and nutty character. Creamy, nice texture.

There is a pruney, cherry thing going on in the background as well. Hint of tobacco. On the thin side of medium with a dry finish. Not bad, interesting.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Miami Gras Honey Juniper Saison

Concrete Beach recently released cans of Miami Gras Honey Juniper Saison. 7.2% alcohol. 25 IBU.

Yeasty aroma, a little orange fruitiness, hay, spiciness. Similar flavors. Fruity to start with quite the yeasty character. A little tart. Spicy with coriander and pepper and yeah, I suppose Juniper. The honey goes nicely with the light citrus bitterness and spices. Dry at the finish with some lingering spice. Pretty good.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

High Note

Portland, Maine's Peak Organic Brewing makes some tasty beers. I just grabbed their High Note, a white ale brewed with lemongrass. 4.9% alcohol. 14 IBU.

Mega-pop of the cap with a little beer following. Big wheaty, tangy, spicy, lemony aroma. Super pleasant! Nice flavors too. Tangy to start and quite spicy. Tons of lemon, coriander as well, and plenty of citrus zest.

Carbonation is big, sharp and prickly, adding a lot to the refreshment while also enhancing the spiciness. Has a little saison quality to it even. Dry at the finish. Very nice beer!