Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Antonia -- Jarret Streiner Guest Post

Local South Florida beer lover Jarret Streiner will be doing a guest review today. He is one of the most loyal followers of the Dogfish Head brewery out there (not quite to the Kathy Bates/Misery stalker level), so it's no surprise that he chose this beer. After you finish reading his review, click the link to his blog below. I personally enjoyed reading his very interesting quest to lose the title "The In-Shape Fat Guy". Amazing achievement, especially considering wine bottles of Dogfish Head beer are sometimes on the menu! Let him know what you think...

 My Antonia

Ooh my little pretty one, pretty one. When you gonna give me some time, Antonia?

I sat down for dinner the other night and walked over to the beer fridge and staring at me was the newest Dogfish Head creation to hit South Florida, My Antonia.

I am a huge Dogfish Head fan, and I was not going to let this one go past me, or throw me for a loop. Normally Dogfish Head likes to mix fruit and other different flavors to their beer to give it a unique flavor. My Antonia is not a switch from that line of thought.

My Antonia is a Pils or Pilsner, which for the non-beer lover is a pale ale, yet it is not just a normal Pils it is a continually hopped imperial pils with a 7.5% ABV.

I have never been a Bud drinker or any other type of mass produced, watered down, bikini-ad beer drinker. I prefer for my beer to have flavor, kick and some darkness to it. If I can see through it, most likely I will not like it. Luckily this was not the case with My Antonia.

My Antonia pours with a cloudy amber color with a creamy, frothy head. You can smell the hops right off the top of the pour as it went into the glass. It was a clean, smooth drink with the nice bite of hops but not too much where your taste buds are hurting. It is a smooth drink from first sip to bottom of the glass. The extra kick is the higher ABV, which is needed here, I think if it was lower the beer would suffer.

I actually paired the beer with Murg Makahani a nice Indian dish and it worked out well. The hops really worked well with the spices in the dish.

My Antonia comes in the 1 pint, 9.4 oz variety and it is not hard to finish the whole bottle by yourself.

This all being said, I think My Antonia is a perfect beer for those venturing into craft beer.

Jarret Streiner


BeerPancakes said...

Sounds like a nice beer. I just need to point out that a pilsner is a lager, not an ale. Not trying to be a dick, just figured it was worth noting. That being said, I am going to take a look for this beer up here in PA.

Royce said...

That beer sounds really nice. I've never seen it on shelves in SoCal so maybe it's a bit regional, or seasonal, and hasn't made its way here yet.

BeerPancakes - stop being a dick (jk)