I was headed to Coffee District in Delray Beach for our second quarterly Beer Social Media tasting and meeting. Here was the summary from our Maiden Voyage at Total Wine in Pembroke Pines. During the first meeting, we had around ten people and sampled 14 different beers. This time, however, we broke the twenty-person barrier and sampled 32 different beers!
check it out on her Potables and Edibles blog for now. Yep. Good Times!
Coffee District (pictured with some sweet beer taps behind him), who not only hosted us but also joined in on the tasting. Thanks again, Chung! I met the awesome guys that run The Funky Buddha, who should be selling their own beers pretty soon. About half way through our four-hour tasting, a lady walked in with a Cadillac hub cap. Yeah, I know. I was thinking that too. She turned out to be Phaan Howng, the General Manager of The Lodge, which is another cool Palm Beach County hangout. The Lodge owner Anthony was also present, but he deferred face-time to Phaan (she's cute too, not just funny and smart). I also met Andrew Weinstein who is trying to start up a local brewery here in Miami. That would be terrific! Finally, I sat next to TheCervezaChica the whole night, and it was awesome because she really helped me identify lots of people I didn't know by face. And many other bloggers, writers, and generally cool people made this an awesome event! Of course, Ed Roberts from Total Wine was there! He's the guy that organized everything. BTW, I ended up taking the hub cap home!!!
Here are my reviews. I took ten pages of notes. My observations and writing got worse as my palate started to riot against me, but I have enough material here I do believe. Yes, thanks for noticing that a few are missing and pointing that out to me verbally. That's because I am teaming up with another blogger to review those as a guest. I will update the links when they are published, which all should be this week.
This is mostly the order we drank the beers in, although a few are slightly out of place as there were a few false starts on beers we put out to warm up a little bit first. BTW, I know 32 sounds like a lot, but with over 20 people, we were really tasting a fairly small amount of each beer. That and a four-hour-plus session provided ample time to relax and enjoy. Take your time as this is really long, but hopefully the pictures will guide you through what interests you. Oh, and thank you for reading!
check out their website. This is a very simple beer, light lemon and light bitter, pilsner-type flavors. Smooth and no skunk! Good start!
reviewed this in detail back in February if you're interested. For this review, I tasted rye and other grains, which provided a sharp, spicy kick. A little bitter or sour with a strong maltiness all the way through.
March, 2010 Best Beer, which made the last bottle especially difficult to resist from my refrigerator. The 2009 version was brought by the guys at Funky Buddha. I had both, but didn't make any real distinction. I'm pretty sure I even combined them in one glass. If you care about the full review, read above. For this tasting, I mostly noticed a dark fruit and raisin, but some pears as well, with some spiciness.
4. Watermelon Wheat Home Brew by Phil from DosBeerigos. No picture, but imagine an antique blue glass jug being pulled out. From what I understand, Phil was trying to mimic the 21st Amendment beer Hell or High Watermelon, since his wife Kelly loved it so much. He said something about extract, but that I guess is secret society talk. You'd probably be surprised that this smelled like wheat and watermelon. Not powerful, but nice. First sip? Pretty flat. Phil mentioned that he's working on the carbonation right now. But the flavors are light, crisp and refreshing. Watermelon, lemon and wheat flavors are very tasty. A little like Bubblicious meets watermelon Jolly Rancher. Also, I think Phil is thinking about going into business brewing non-alcoholic beers, but we'll see where this one takes him!
5. Ian from FreshBeer Hoppy Home Brew. Again, Ian showed up with a no name beer. Apparently I gave the Raspberry Stout he brought last time a name, but although I remember some discussion, I don't have any documentation. For some reason I got the task of naming this one tonight (and there's added pressure as it will be entered into a contest soon). Thinking about it! Strong citrus and lemon rind started things out. Maybe it was carbonation withdrawal from #4, but this was awesomely carbonated, medium plus! Hoppy and very nicely bitter. Ian said about 6.5% alcohol, but it wasn't a factor. I liked it a lot. Very refreshing, and I had seconds and thirds! I'm pretty sure I heard Ian throw out that this was a grain only, no extract, brew. Hmmm. Fight with #4?
Suit Guy (BTW, I do know his real name) brought this beer, in addition to the first one, the Italian Job. This brewery is in Idaho. I didn't ask how it ended up in South Florida, though. My bad. Anyway, it came in a 1 liter bottle, so there was plenty to go around. Nice grapefruit bitterness, some other citrusy fruits, and a noticeable 8.5% alcohol. I'd for sure drink it again.
I have reviewed this beer before, but not for over 6 months. Funniest thing is that it appears I took the picture some time after I reviewed the beer, because this picture didn't even make that review! Anyway, I guess I missed taking a picture of this one this time. Sue me! Sweet, very pleasant aroma. Flavors match that as well with sweet honey and grapes. While the consistency is a bit thick, some apple cider-type flavors keep it balanced just enough. I originally commented that I probably wouldn't drink this again, but let me tell you, I went back to this after everyone was done (the non-empty bottle was sitting in "the lineup" for 30 minutes) and had seconds. Really enjoyable and I'm saying even moreso following a very bitter beer!
9. De Proefbrouwerij Andelot Cuvee Angelique. I didn't find a picture of this one. Not sure why. I give no excuses except that I dropped the ball. And I've never reviewed this one before so I didn't have a spare at home. Also, I couldn't read my own handwriting and was missing a few words, so I went to Beer Advocate because I know they get facts like that correct. This is a Belgian Dubbel. It also has mainly candy and a mix of fruity flavors. The fruitness is a little less raisin and more on the peachy pear side of things. Really good. I (un) jokingly said I liked this as much as the Westy, which we had just finished, to which someone said I could buy this at Total Wine for a fraction of the price. I think there was an agreement wink with my assessment, but I'll protect the innocent.
My review for this beer is part of a special series I'm doing with Phil from DosBeerigos.com. By special, I mean we're goofing off on his blog this week!
Published at DosBeerigos.com
19. Lil' Bitta Home Brew. This one is from Mike at MikeLovesBeer.com, another beer blogging buddy and dedicated Philly sports fan. Lil' Bitta was his first homebrewing effort and a really good one. Lots of lemon peel in this beer. Simple, refreshing and crisp. It's a little more than a lil' bitter but that is a fun name. Go over to Mike's site and check out the logo he made for the beer, too! Nice job.
another picture for your enjoyment. Sorry to get your hopes up for a review if there's not a link here yet, but this will be another in the DosBeerigos Guest Post series. Patience! Update 5/26/2010: Published at DosBeerigos.com.
Twitter friend Vanessa is also a home brewer! And quite a good one, too. But Beer Drinker, that bottle has a label on it. Yes, Vanessa had her own bottle labels made for this beer! Pretty cool, right? Lemon aroma. Gigantic carbonation. The flavors were lemony as well, and the carbonation was prickly and refreshing. Light body, very refreshing and tasty. Thanks for bringing it, Vanessa! How'd you come up with that name?
25. Bohemian Pilsner Home Brew. This beer was also brewed by Vanessa (above). Wow. The only think I wrote is "lemon". Well, I did write a curse word, but I'm pretty sure that was directed at someone. :) Would love another shot at this one.
Published at DosBeerigos.com.
30. Black Flag Imperial Stout. This will be the final DosBeerigos guest spot beer later this week. Hopefully Phil took a picture or can photoshop it from the lineup because I got nothing. Probably what happened is the name of the beer took me back to my home town, when Black Flag equaled the "band of the skaters", a group that wasn't particularly attractive (and I'm not (mostly) talking about appearance). Update 5/29/2010: Published at DosBeerigos.com.
Cooking Asshole in my first ever beer trade, but "he doesn't really like Scotch Ales". Pussy. He's way too busy to read this but whatever! Hahaha. I sent him Cigar City's Warmer Winter Winter Warmer instead. This beer had some fruit and caramel? I don't know, but that's what I wrote. Smooth, creamy and flavorful. My palate is burnt to a char.
the normal BORIS several months ago, but this one was aged in whiskey barrels. There was a brief fight about it being bourbon barrels, but Ed drop-kicked Phil and Mike with the best WWF move you ever saw. I bet they pledged to cover that part of the story up, too. This beer is sweet, yet alcoholic, then you will taste some raisins followed by more alcohol. Guess what. I've had enough!
The Full Lineup... mostly.
If you find a typo, tell me. If I made a name mistake, tell me. If you do it in a sarcastic way, which I've been known to do, I will fix the error, jump in my car, and hunt you down! Thank you so much for reading, and to everyone that was there with me Saturday night, I hope to see you again real soon!
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