Saturday, September 30, 2017

Grovetoberfest 2017

This year's Grovetoberfest will return to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017 after a one year jaunt to Miami Marine Stadium. Grovetoberfest is Florida's largest craft beer festival and one of the most entertaining events anywhere. You'll have the opportunity to taste hundreds of beers, listen to live music, eat terrific food, participate in cooking demonstrations... and basically have an awesome social experience with thousands of your new best friends! A Must Attend Event!

Guess What? I have 2 VIP Tickets to Give Away! You should definitely participate in this simple contest as your odds of winning are usually pretty good.

Review all the beer T-shirt pics I took last year and choose a favorite. Leave a comment telling me which is your favorite and a simple explanation why. If you for some reason can't leave a comment, email that to and I'll publish a comment for you.

Your comment/email must be received by Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11 pm EDT. I'll pick a winner randomly from all entries that followed the guidelines. BE SURE TO LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL, TWITTER HANDLE, OR SOME WAY TO CONTACT YOU. If I can't reach you, you didn't win!

Regardless if you win, I hope to see you there in just two weeks! Here are the details...

WHEN:        Saturday Oct. 14 from 2:00 – 7:00 pm

WHERE:      Peacock Park - 2820 McFarlane Rd, Miami, FL 33133

TICKETS:    Visit to purchase tickets

$44 General Admission 4-7 pm

$74 Beer Socialite Package – Includes early entrance at 3:00 pm, commemorative glass and souvenir tote

$89 VIP 2-7 pm

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Iberian Pig

When you're out in Atlanta to visit Brick Store Pub for a few beers, I'd definitely recommend checking out The Iberian Pig across the square for some charcuterie and tapas! Absolutely fabulous! They also have a great wine list and offer some local craft beers. I had two awesome glasses of Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA during my visit a few weeks ago.

Serrano, Manchego, and like six different tapas later, I was stuffed. I went with a friend who did most of the ordering and deciding what to share, but the knowledgeable staff was an excellent resource and was happy to make recommendations.

Consider this a strong suggestion for your next visit!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beer Camp 2017 Mikkeller Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale

Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp 2017 collaboration with Mikkeller seemed to me to be one of the most interesting beers. Thai-Style Iced Tea Ale, brewed with lactose, orange peel, black tea, tamarind and star anise. Just WOW! 7.2% alcohol. PKGD 04/20/17 (and I wrote this early July, in case you care.)

Plenty of tea and a little citrus aroma. Really interesting blend of flavors. Big tea flavors with lots of orange and citrus and a giant spice basket, presumably the tamarind and star anise. Rich body, lightly sweet, and super flavorful. For me, though, the spices were a little too much. Extremely interesting but not exactly my cup of tea.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dancing Pierre Belgian-Style Pale Ale

DeBary, Florida's Central 28 Beer Company recently started distributing a few of their beers to the Miami area. I grabbed a can of their Dancing Pierre Belgian-Style Pale Ale. Pierre is the circus bear riding the unicycle and juggling hop cones. 5.9% alcohol.

Orange citrus, yeasty, spicy cloves and hay aroma. More of the same flavor-wise. Juicy and fruity citrus to start, nicely hoppy. Tangy, orange.

There is definitely a little funkiness and Belgian yeast character, hay, subtle wet blanket. Spicy coriander, a little white pepper.

Nice beer. Could be just a little dryer, crisper, hoppier. Check it out.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Saison aux Baies Ameres

Saison aux Baies Ameres I assume translates to Saison with Chokecherries, which are apparently an inedible (for humans) bitter fruit, these particular ones found in Colorado. Apparently though, Left Hand was able to use them as an ingredient in this saison, and sets your expectations on the side of the pounder can. 6.8% alcohol. 10 IBU. Best By 12/11/2017.

Aroma is faint, maybe a little fruit and a little spice. Soft, fruity flavors to start with some lightly tart cherry flavors coming from the fruity addition. Spicy, definitely some yeasty character. The tartness and acidity add some wine-like interest. Very smooth, easy drinker. I liked the fruity addition and the subtle nuances it added to this saison.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Clown Shoes Baked Goods Hoppy Pale Ale

OK I admit it. I bought a can of Clown Shoes Baked Goods Hoppy Pale Ale because of the name and artwork on the can. Well, that and the fact that every beer I've tasted from this brewery is solid. The scene on the can is a Clown Shoe-shaped fighter space craft blasting baked space debris.

"OUR MISSION: To Produce Beer Without Pretension While Being Free and a Little Crazy" Canned 06/23/17. 5.5% alcohol.

Citrusy, tangy aroma. Very dry from the start. Orange and grapefruit citrus rind flavors are hoppy and sharp. Bitter and aggressively astringent! With a little warmth, however, some of those sharp edges are rounded off. That is highly recommended. With warmth, a nice juicy, tangy, orange jammy sweetness shines.

Definitely delivered on "Hoppy Pale Ale." Remember... let it warm up a bit.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Beer Camp 2017 Tree House Brewing East Meets West IPA

Yeah, I'm still publishing about Beer Camp 2017 beers. Heck, they are still for sale at my local Total Wine. So why not? Here's Sierra Nevada's collaboration with Tree House Brewing: East Meets West IPA. And although this particular pounder can was packaged 04/28/17, I wrote this back in late June (so it was pretty fresh). 7.0% alcohol.

Soft, fruity aroma. Nice tropical fruity and juicy flavors to start, even more pronounced with a little warmth. Spicy, hoppy, lots of pine and citrus zest, yet not a hop bomb or overly bitter. Nicely balanced. Dry at the finish with some lingering bitterness. Flavorful, nice beer.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Kapitan's Kolsch

A few month's ago, I checked out Biscayne Bay's Kapitan's Kolsch at the brewery. They recently started bottling a few of their beers including the Kolsch, so I grabbed a bottle to have at home. The label is black and white with some gold foil lettering and features an anchor stating "Landfall 1513."

"Everyday is a voyage, the destination is up to you." 4.8% alcohol.

Lightly sweet and grainy aroma. Sweet grainy flavors met with nice, bitter nips. A little grassy with crackers and a touch of honey. Crisp and refreshing.

My local liquor store manager told me he thought the packaging looked hurried and because of that and this relatively unknown style, that there would be a few cases left when this is "out of date." I told him to let me know when it goes on sale because I'll buy it all. But go ahead, prove him wrong!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Green Zebra Gose

Founders brewed Green Zebra Gose for ArtPrize 2017 and today's the day to give it a whirl! The can features a green zebra with light green stripes, interesting. This gose was brewed with watermelon and sea salt and canned on 08.18.17. 4.6% alcohol.

Softly fruity, lightly salty aroma. Nice sweet, juicy watermelon flavors to start. A little tart nudge comes next but is fairly subtle. A dry, saline finish balances the fruity aspects and lingers long into the finish.

Salt complements the watermelon perfectly. Not really tart at all, and I would have loved a bit more bite to this. Refreshing and flavorful, nonetheless.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Lune de Miel

Today I'm checking out Unibroue's Lune de Miel, which translates to Honeymoon. And yes, the brewery used honey in this beer's bottle refermentation process. This is a Belgian Style Amber Ale. Best By 05-29-20. 8% alcohol. 22 IBU.

Nice pop of the cap! Fruity, yeasty, sweet and spicy aroma, very pleasant. Rich honey flavors are complemented by soft apple and cantaloupe fruitiness. Texture and flavors somewhat like a tripel. Floral, spicy cloves, a little herbal.

There is some definite yeasty Belgian character, and the alcohol adds a little kick and heat in the throat while enhancing the spiciness. I have other Unibroue beers that I like more (La Fin du Monde), but not a bad addition to their lineup.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Brick Store Pub Revisit

A few weeks ago, I happened to be in Atlanta for business. Since my sister lives there, I stayed with her family for a few days. My last visit was about three years ago, when I was first introduced to the Brick Store Pub. This trip, when my sister wasn't paying attention, my brother-in-law and I snuck out and went for lunch and a few beers.

I was going to check out the really local options from Wild Heaven and Wrecking Bar, but since both of those places were on the agenda for the days to follow, I tried some other interesting options.

Starting with... Greenville, South Carolina's Birds Fly South Biggie Guava Berliner Weiss. Nicely tart, sweet fruity balance, tasty. Second... Manchester, England's Cloudwater NW DIPA Citra BBC Simcoe. Awesome peach, pineapple, tropical aroma and flavors with an excellent hoppy bitter streak!

My brother-in-law has a few saisons, preferring the Jester King Provenance Lemon and Lime. Anyway, highly recommended to visit! This place is fun, be sure to go upstairs and walk around and check it all out! I'll be back!

Birds Fly South Biggie Guava Berliner Weiss

Cloudwater NW DIPA Citra BBC Simcoe

VooDoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin

OK. Sitting here in Miami on a Saturday morning waiting to see what this bitch #HurricaneIrma has in store for us. A few days ago, I checked out New Belgium's VooDoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin, my first pumpkin beer of the year. I decided to try something that seemed a little less typical than the normal dreadful onslaught of overly-spiced seasonals.

Yes, thank you. I am aware that this was brewed with cinnamon and habaneros and certainly expected spiciness, just was hoping for less of the pumpkin pie spices. 6.4% alcohol.

Lots of cinnamon and spicy heat in the nose. Some sweet pumpkin flavors come first but are immediately engulfed with tons of cinnamon and fireball candy flavors. The spicy, peppery habaneros make no mistake introducing heat to your lips and throat as well.

There are some spicy "pie" flavors too, nutmeg and allspice, but I got my wish for a different type of pumpkin beer. Unfortunately, the pumpkin was almost non-existent while the cinnamon and pepper flavors dominated everything else. Not a fan.