Saturday, May 27, 2017

Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale

I recently checked out Lagunitas' Davey Murray's Best Scotch Ale. This beer is a member of their 2017 One-Hitter Series. 9.5% alcohol. 52 IBU. The story on the rim goes something like this...
O gude ale comes and gude ale goes; Gude ale gars me sell my hose, Sell my hose, and pawn my shoon- Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!" Cheers to the great Bard of Ayrshire for this ale’s epitaph: There is a beer, whose clarity’s clear, can teach the mash paddle to steer, and fuels the brewer's mad career. This ale within is fine to brew and quick to know, and keenly felt by the friendly glow, and softer flame, of the heartful jolly soul that wears this name. Beer-lover, attend! Whether thy soul soars in fancy’s flight, or on this earthly whole in low pursuit, know water, barley, hops, and yeast are Davey Murray’s root. What’s it all got to do with beer? Give us a call! 707.769.4495
Lots of floaties. Caramel and sweet toffee aroma. Similar flavors including caramel, toffee and rum. Sweet. The alcohol does show and tames some sweetness. Herbal, a little medicinal. Was OK but not my gig!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Lowball IPA

Today I'm checking out Pair O' Dice Lowball IPA, a session IPA the brewery says has "an ABV low enough to keep your wits about you and calling bluffs when you see 'em." 5.0% alcohol. 55 IBU #GETAPAIR

Piney, floral aroma. Lightly fruity and tangy flavors to start. Tons of pine, super resinous flavors come next. Nicely bitter, a little spicy, lots of flavor, especially for a session beer. Leans quite bitter, while still holding on to enough balance. I like it!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Wizard Wit

Barrel of Monks recently sent The Wizard Wit into local South Florida distribution. I got a taste of this a few months ago in their tasting room but decided to grab a botttle. Creepy wizard on the label. Check! A little story to set your expectations. Bottled On 04 26 2017. 5.5% alcohol.

Very cloudy. Coriander and light spicy aroma, not big. Nice wheaty tang and twang come first. Plenty of coriander, subtle orange, citrus and fruity. Good flavors. Check it out!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Genesee Brew House Orange Honey Cream Ale

Today I'm checking out Genesee's Brew House Pilot Batch Orange Honey Cream Ale. This is a beer brewed with orange, honey and spices. 6% alcohol. 11 IBU.

Pleasant orange and honey aroma, with the spices coming the more you sniff. Tasty. Pronounced sweet honey with some orange citrus. Nice creamy texture. Spicy with ginger and nutmeg and a kiss of cinnamon, felt like that "pie" character, but bordering on the "way too much" side.

Definitely a little sweet, but big nice flavors. Not bad. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Bell's Brewery released a series of beers between 2014-2015 inspired by Gustav Holst's seven-movement orchestral suite, "The Planets." MARS Double IPA was the first beer in that series and was recently relaunched, including a shipment to Miami. The label and bottle cap both have a nice photo of Mars. PKG 04/07/2017. 10.1% alcohol.

Nice reddish-orange color. "The Bringer of War" started with a dainty fruity orange aroma, had to look for it. Flavors shined much more though. Big tropical fruity orange and pineapple flavors come first. Spicy, peppery, tons of pine resin, aggressive!

Nice body, some sweetness, balanced with plenty of bitterness. Alcohol and a little heat come at the finish though those were mostly dangerously concealed. Spicy and bitter linger. Nice Beer!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Purple Drink Florida Weisse

A few weeks ago, I ran into Jio at Miami's Brew At The Zoo. Wasn't too coincidental since he was helping man the Coppertail Brewing tent. Gio was serving the brewery's latest in their Florida Weisse Series, Purple Drink, brewed with Boysenberry, Cherry, and Blackberry. Each was identified with their periodic table abbreviations: By, Ch and Bk.

Anyway, Purple Drink is really purple! And it was one of my favorites at the festival! So I grabbed a bottle at my local liquor store a few days later to check out here. I had previously enjoyed their Slam Piece Florida Weisse, brewed with cucumbers as well. 3.5% alcohol. Enjoy By 08/05/17.

Deep pinkish-purple color, rich and not transparent. Blackberry fruity aroma, very nice but not jumping out of the glass, a little salty too. Great tartness to start! Super fruity blackberry and cherry flavors stand out from sip one. Those fruity flavor are the PERFECT complement to the tartness of this beer.

Tart, very refreshing, perfect for a 93°F 90% humidity Florida afternoon! Great flavors, terrific. I liked it over the cucumber version though that was a close decision.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


Total Wine is now offering Woburn, Massachusetts' Lord Hobo beers as their newest Brewery Direct offering in Florida. I decided to start with BOOM SAUCE, one of their New England Style IPAs to start. I've seen this beer bragged on over at that Twitter site, too, so looking forward to this!

BOOM SAUCE comes packaged in a pounder can with big bold lettering and not a lot of other information or storytelling otherwise. Pretty cool. 7.8% alcohol. Canned 04/21/17.

Excellent aroma full of tropical fruity orange and pineapple. Similar flavors to start as well: orange, tropical pineapple, nice sweetness. But that is definitely followed by some piney bitter balance.

Tangy, a little spicy, some alcohol and light astringency show at the finish. Pretty tasty beer!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Miami New Times Brew At The Zoo 2017

I didn't post anything for a week? I've been busy! And reflecting on last weekend's beers and mass attendance at the Miami New Times Brew At The Zoo is no easy task.

But I know you're waiting so here are some notes and photos!!! Waiting to enter, Zoo Miami brought out some animals to hang with the lines of people. There was a Parrot (or some Parrot-like talking bird) that did tons of impressions, very cool. The Colombian Anaconda was my favorite. And the owl was like "why the fuck you wake me up in the daytime!!!"

We entered as VIP. I'm not sure that there was any beer in VIP though. There was definitely Jameson Whiskey, however. And some wine and cinnamon shots and some vodka. I did Jameson but skipped the rest. However, there were some tasty bites in VIP, including fried pickles! YUM!

There was a secondary VIP area we hit next. Goose Island BCBS and BCBS with Coffee, Green Flash and Alpine, Copperpoint from WPB, very nice beers!

VIP was an hour before the masses, so we checked out as many breweries as possible. Hatuey, Founders, Coppertail, MIA (not to be mistaken by anyone for Miami Brewing, total duh), Bangin' Banjo and a lot of others.

The time our side trip to NON-BEER VIP cost us a few opportunities though. By the time the VIP hour ended, Cigar City, Funky Buddha, and a bunch of other breweries were mobbed with lines, especially the local ones.

There were other vendors there too. Like Macy's and some guy trying to sell motorcycles, pretty sweet bikes too!

I heard this was a "drunk fest" but I saw none of that. The lines were so long that nobody could have possibly had too much to drink (unless they were the ones tail-gating in the parking lot or things changed after I left.

Music was good. Company was great. Crowd was way too big! I'd cut that in half next year! Favorite Beers: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, Alpine Windows Up IPA, Some Green Flash Triple from Cellar 3, and a handful of other local favorites. My heart-transplant friend found Founders' Rubeus to be the gem of the night.

What did you think?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sour Monkey

I love Victory's Golden Monkey. Today I'm checking out Victory Sour Monkey. I bought it several months ago, as I've been procrastinating that sour alteration. This beer is a "Tastefully Tart Twist" on Golden Monkey based on being brewed with Brettanomyces. Bottled on 16FEB2017. 9.5% alcohol.

Fruity, lemon, sweet and sour aroma. Rich fruity sweet jam flavors come first, full of orange. Then a wave of Brett sourness washes those flavors away, quickly fading. Lemon, citrus, tangy, wine, acidic. Repeat.

Golden Monkey with a definite twist, one I'm not really a fan of. I guess if you love Brett sours, you'd love this. Alcohol also stands out, I think more that in the original because of the acidic and sour enhancement. Anyway, not my thing. Do what ya like!

Friday, May 5, 2017

T-Time Berliner Weisse

HUSH Y'ALL! I have a can of Terrapin T-Time Berliner Weisse in my glass right now. DON'T BE AFRAID TO SLICE THIS ONE! Can art includes a slice of lemon on the golf tee and a pitcher of MAYA Tea off to the side. Brewed with lemon and tea. 4.0% alcohol. 5 IBU.

Salty lemony aroma. Definitely tart to start with plenty of lemon. Prickly carbonation. Pretty tough to isolate the tea against the aggressive lemony, zesty bite. If forced, I'll say I can taste the light herbal tang of the tea. Not bad.

Thursday, May 4, 2017


Anderson Valley EETAH! IPA is up to bat! The can features the Bear-Deer sipping water from a river. 7.5% alcohol.

Fruity, orange aroma, not very strong. Good dose of pine flavors come first, a little resinous. Citrus, light spiciness.

Tangy orange, bitter yet fairly balanced, pretty tame all around.

A hint of alcohol, light medicinal flavor that I didn't like. Dry at the finish. Not bad but a lot "whatever." Wanted at least one element to be bold: bitter, fruity, pine, etc. Was boring yet OK.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Captain Ron Hefeweizen

DRINK BEER. GET BOOTY. OK, I'm in! I've been trying that strategy unsuccessfully for two decades around this place! 26° Brewing Captain Ron Hefeweizen out of Pompano Beach is now being canned and distributed around South Florida. Captain Ron makes a great appearance on the can, but a Wannabe Pirate theme story on the can ends with "Craft Beer Pirates." 5.6% alcohol.

Bananas and cloves aroma, very nice. Banana flavors, tangy, yeasty, cloves, with just a touch of lemon. Very pleasant flavors and for sure a "Fun Day-Drinking Beer With A Refreshing Flavor." Creamy texture. I liked it and so did my wife. Trying to get more booty!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pitchfork Pale Ale

Today I checked out Four Peaks Pitchfork Pale Ale. The Pitchfork part of the beer is named for hop farmers. In addition, the brewery used the "Hop Bursting" technique where most of the hops are added in the last 10 minutes of the boil to enhance aroma and flavor. 6.2% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Very pleasant aroma full of citrus, pine and bright orange. Orange citrus flavors come first. Some pine, very juicy, nicely bitter. There is a bite and dry astringency at the finish. You get the impression that there may be some sweetness, but it never happens. Rather the opposite, a pretty good dose of hoppy goodness.

Pretty good. More IPA than Pale Ale considering body and alcohol and actual bitter flavors.