Sunday, August 1, 2010
My Antonia -- Jarret Streiner Guest Post
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.