Monday, April 30, 2018

NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale

I recently saw Funky Buddha's NO CRUSTS Peanut Butter & Jelly Brown Ale on the local liquor store shelves. I've had it at the brewery but decided this bottle needed a new home.

The label art is great. In kind of a barber-shop type setting, the peanut barber gives the bread a crust cut. I think the peanut's bicep tattoo is the artist's name, but I lost my magnifying glass to say for sure the name. 6.4% alcohol. 36 IBU.

Chocolate aroma with some jelly and jam. VERY Interesting flavors! A nice choco-brown ale in the background supports the rest of the flavors. A fruity, strawberry jam-like burst comes at the beginning of each sip. The brown ale cocoa washes that away then a distinct wave of peanut butter flavors crazily comes in the finish.

Not sweet, medium body, definitely delivers on its name. A classic from Funky Buddha!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Dragons & YumYums

Dogfish Head's Dragons & YumYums is up for today. This beer is a "Vinyl Collaboration" with The Flaming Lips, and its label features the art of Marc Spusta as part of the brewery's off-centered art series.

This pale ale is brewed with dragonfruit, yumberry, passion fruit, pear and black carrot juices. I'm pretty sure Dogfish made a few of those up, LOL! Those ingredients inspired the band to write an original theme song for this beer! 6.5% alcohol.

Pinkish, orange, rose color. Very fruity aroma full of passion fruit, sweet juicy. The flavors also start very fruity and tangy, but it's very difficult to put a finger on any ingredient. Fruity madness going in every direction!

There is a tea-like herbal flavor in the background. Nicely bitter and a little spicy at the finish. I'm not sure all those fruity flavors go together in harmony, but this is certainly interesting. It took the whole bottle, and I'm still not sure I have it figured out!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Baby Horse Quadrupel Ale

So I recently saw a new 21st Amendment beer with an interesting name: Baby Horse Quadrupel Ale. Oh, of course. The beer is brewed with a malt bill equal to the weight of a baby horse! And I thought me fucking around and telling people I weigh 14 stones was pretty funny. 9.5% alcohol.

Sweet caramel and figgy kind of aroma. Flavors are rich and chewy with a candy sweetness to start. Figs and dates add more richness and sweetness, but the beer really isn't too sweet. All was cut a bit by the alcohol presence.

Creamy, nice texture, caramel and butterscotch and a little spiciness round things out. Tasty beer!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tequila Barrel Lime Gose Sour Ale

A few days ago, I checked out Boulevard Brewing's Tequila Barrel Lime Gose Sour Ale. Their web site says it's infused with sea salt, coriander and lime peel before meeting the tequila barrel. 4.2% alcohol. 11 IBU. Best By 19NOV2018

Lemony and salty aroma with a woody hint. Nicely tart to start. Lemony, limey, zesty and salty. There is definitely a tequila nuance in the background too, not too potent. Refreshing, tasty. Check it out.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Visit to Tarpon River Brewing

After leaving Prosperity Brewers in Boca Raton, we headed down I-95 to another pretty new spot: Tarpon River Brewing in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. This brewery is a long-talked-about partnership between Julian and Lisa Seigel (Riverside Market, duh) and Adam Fine (Native Brewing, also duh).

There was a lot going on! Inside a tap room full of patrons, eating from a nice menu and drinking beers as well. There was also plenty of outside seating and views of the tanks and brewery in action.

The back of the brewery looked like there is plenty of room for expansion too. At one point, I popped my head into a room near the kitchen. There was a pretty spacious banquet room that looked ready for use that evening.

We decided on a flight of beers and my wife insisted on the Giant Pretzel. That was a good call!
Our flight consisted of WC Stash, their West Coast style IPA, The Pink Slip, a Belgian style wit with raspberries, Parkland Pale Ale and Good as Gold American Lager.

I like the IPA and thought the raspberry wit was very interesting. I was surprised how busy the place was, but good food and people and a great location does that for you! Check it out!


Monday, April 23, 2018

A Visit to Prosperity Brewers

A few weeks ago, my wife and I headed up to Boca Raton to check out Prosperity Brewers. We were greeted at the door by a lazy bulldog stretched out on the floor. The tasting area had some nice custom tables as well as a few nooks to relax on some couches. 

We headed to the bar to decide which beers to check out. Very creative names, so creative that the bartender needed to explain some to me, like their Raspberry HEF-A-U (remember, someone from Miramar might not know that FAU has their main campus in Boca). I also like the Intra-Kolsch-Tal name.

So you can do a flight of 4-6 beers. I picked out 5 to try, and the flight was served on a curved plank of wood, perhaps from an old barrel. The concept was cool, but the shallow carved glass spots seemed like a pretty risky way for drinkers to transport beer! Anyway, I'm happy to report no incidents on my part.

I chose Intra-Kolsch-Tal, Raspberry HEF-A-U, Clutch Plate IPA, Peach Gose and Red IPA. We enjoyed each of them. The Peach Gose wasn't overly sour or tart and delivered a lot of peach. the Kolsch was nice and refreshing.

My wife decided the rich malty Red IPA with a little spicy bitter background was her favorite, and mine was Clutch Plate IPA brewed with Columbus, Amarillo and Mosaic hops. We each had a pint of those after the flight.

Nice place. Good ambiance. Comfortable. Friendly staff. Had a decent crowd for mid-afternoon on a Saturday. Check it out!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Brewers' Pale Ale Nelson Hop Blend

A new Anchor Brewing beer? Yes, please! Today I picked up Brewers' Pale Ale: Nelson Hop Blend. I'm not sure if that means there is to be a series with different hop varieties, but I can definitely imagine that. 5.3% alcohol.

Citrusy aroma full of tangerines, tangy. Nicely bitter with a lot of orange citrus rind. And still tangy. Lightly spicy, well balanced with a sweeter background. Very flavorful, easy drinking beer! Check it out.