Thursday, May 31, 2018

Braupakt Hefe Weissbier

As I sit here and watch the 2018 German Masters Dart Competition (no shit, I'm not kidding you, and you should see the size of the crowd!), I decided to check out Freising, Germany's Weihenstephaner Braupakt Hefe Weissbier. This is a collaboration beer with Sierra Nevada. Fun label art. 11.2oz bottle. 6.0% alcohol.

Braupakt's aroma is full of bananas and cloves, a little fruity and hoppy as well. Flavors are similar, banana and spicy clove, tangy wheat. Refreshing, hoppy, citrus bitter balance follows, also a little spicy.

Tangy, sweet and bitter play off each other very nicely. Sierra Nevada's input into this beer is obvious. Nice lingering spice and bitterness. Very tasty beer!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Samoa This Imperial Stout

Southern Tier has created a new Blackwater Series beer designed on the famous Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. Samoa This Imperial Stout is a dessert beer brewed with Pink Himalayan sea salt, chocolate, caramel and coconut. One panel on the bottle sets your expectations, drool if you didn't open up the bottle. 10.0% alcohol.

Amazing aroma! This beer smells exactly like a Samoa cookie, full of sweet chocolate and caramel and plenty of coconut as well. Rich, complex flavors develop in every sip.

Sweet but not overly so. Some salty aspects keep that in check. Super creamy as well.

Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, coconut all really complementing each other in perfect harmony. You will notice, in a good way, that the beer has 10% alcohol. Rich, nicely boozy, and just awesome!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I'm Peach Double IPA

Stone Brewing is standing up to fruity beer bullies by yelling "I'm Peach!" with this new Double IPA. They aren't scared to be considered "peach soft, like some freedom hating sissy." The story on the can is pretty LOL though. 8.8% alcohol. Canned 04/20/18 Drink 05/19/18

Beautiful sweet peachy aroma, tropical fruity, flowery, spicy. Peach flavors show first as well, but this is definitely less fruity than expected. Citrus zest, spicy with some pine, hoppy and nicely bitter. You will not miss a warming kick of alcohol in your throat or chest. Finish is bitter with some lingering fruit flavors. Nice beer!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Rum Renaissance Festival 2018

Are you ready to RUMble????????? I am after unfortunately missing last year's annual Rum Renaissance. Here's a quick recap with some pics from 2016, but let's get ready for another great event which is now taking place in Ft. Lauderdale! See you there!

Presenting the largest rum festival in the world — attracting rum experts, professionals and enthusiasts from more than 30 countries for a fabulous weekend of rum discovery. The annual Rum Renaissance Festival offers unlimited sampling of hundreds of fine rums from the Caribbean and beyond. Experience two days of Grand Tasting events at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center on June 9-10, 2018. Rum seminars, live entertainment, the VIP Tasting Bar and the RumXP International Rum Tasting Competition round out this unique celebration of the best rums in the world. Get discounted tickets online before June 1. 

Time and Place:

Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10, 2018 VIP Admission 1 to 7pm General Admission 2 to 7pm Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center 1950 Eisenhower Blvd Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Get your tickets here:

Havana Lager

"[Concrete Beach's Havana Lager] is the quintessential lager to enjoy while watching the sun set over Miami," according to the brewery's website. Unfortunately, there ain't no sun in town this Memorial Day weekend as Tropical Storm Alberto passed by and dumped a ridiculous amount of rain on Miami!

However, I'm pretty good at enjoying a beer under any circumstance, especially one that recently won Bronze at the 2018 World Beer Cup in the Vienna-Style Lager category. A little story on the pounder can sets your expectations. 5.2% alcohol.

Toasty aroma, light honey sweetness. Same flavors, toasty with a hint of honey and grainy sweetness. Nice bitter bite and answer, a clean and refreshing answer to the initial sweetness. Nice flavors, Tasty beer!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Chopsecutioner Wood Aged IPA

I'm a fan of Terrapin's Hopsecution IPA, so when I saw a version aged on Mizuno baseball bat oak chips, I decided to check it out. Chopsecutioner Wood Aged IPA, "It's not Hopsecutioner, but it's in the Ballpark!" Fun can art on this pounder can. 5.0% alcohol. 60 IBU

Very juicy, bright orange aroma, tangy with a distinct woody component. Similar flavors. Juicy orange and citrus, tangy. Nicely bitter with a pronounced woody finish in every sip. That woody aspect seemed very dominant in the start, but you will get used to it.

Interesting but I'll take the base IPA no wood over this any day.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch

Today I'm trying a can of Genesee's Ruby Red  Kolsch. 4.5% alcohol. Special Edition.

Sharp grapefruit aroma with some salt as well. Sweet grapefruit flavors dominate on top of a salty background. Lightly hoppy. Finish is kind of blah weird. Wanted a little more bite and character. Not a fan.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

SOBEWFF Burger Bash 2018

Yeah, I know it was like 3 months ago, but whatever. Here are a few pics from the Burger Bash in South Beach this year. Lots of great food and hot chicks and music and dancing and crowds and friends and nice people and some Amstel and Bacardi!

This "vehicle" was parked outside the hotel hosting the Burger Bash! Sign me up for delivery boy!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Super Bock

I went to a party probably a few months ago now. It was at a wine bar in Miami so when I saw a beer option other than the blech that is Heineken, I jumped on it! Super Bock, really? Is this a rebranded Bud joke here in Miami? NOPE!

Super Bock is actually an imported brand from Unicer S.A. Leca Do Balio out of Portugal. 11.2 oz bottles, 5.2% alcohol. Pretty strange find right? Not sure why importing pretty simple beers with enormous competition at great expense is a good idea, but perhaps this beer is freaking money!

As one of my wife's friends continued to hit on me (and others) the entire night, even in front of my wife, I calmly chilled with my Super Bock! Very simple beer, a little malty and with decent enough flavor to continue drinking them. Obviously I was also sneaking shots of whisky from my flask but in a pinch, Super Bock fucking rocks! Or is super or whatever.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Two Tickets

Here's a great story on how Facebook is a force for good! You can read David Minsky's work here about how Gravity Brewlab's (collaboration with Evil Twin) Two Tickets Grand Cru was born while I'll just give the CliffsNotes (if you don't know what that is, Google it!)

The story is on the pounder can too. Basically, Evil Twin's Jeppe needed a pair of Radiohead tickets and one of Gravity's friends had them. Those tickets became the name of the beer and the reason the two breweries connected and collaborated on this beer. Peruvian influences in this beer include a fruit called lucuma and coffee. 11% alcohol.

Great aroma full of sugar and candy and caramel and coffee and plums with a slightly fruity background. Effervescent. Nice tartness, nice fruity carriage for the rest of the flavors.

Candy, caramel, rich and full of dart fruit. After a while, you'll figure out what the lucuma smells and tastes like, very distinct. Coffee is there but not too pronounced, a nuance at best. Yum!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

1 Imperial Pilsner

Tampa Bay Brewing recently released a collaboration beer they did with Cigar City called 1 Imperial Pilsner. Part of their Hop Silo Series, this beer is brewed with Czech, Saaz, Hallertauer and Mittelfruh hops. Brewed in celebration of TBBW 2018 and I guess the left overs were put in pounder cans and sent over to me! Beer Advocate says this is 8% alcohol, so I'll go with that.

Lightly grainy and hoppy aroma. Sweet grain and hoppy balance to start. You will definitely know it's an imperial as the alcohol is noticeable. Floral, grassy, clean. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Stone Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

"Don't say we didn't warn you, Comrade!" is how Stone introduces their Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout on the website. I prefer the bottle copy story titled "Bespoke Totalitarianism for the Proletariat Diaspora" which is classic Stone marketing department. "You'll struggle for headway against the dark beast in your hand, one freedom fighting sip at a time." 10.6% alcohol. 70 IBU.

Blacker than black color. Chocolaty aroma, not that totalitarian. Flavors are much bigger and diverse, starting with some chocolate, cocoa and dark cherries. An excellent roasty flavor accompanied by some smoke and even a hint of char follows.

Light coffee, maybe a hint of licorice. The alcohol really brings out that streak of tart cherries. Very nice beer, though I would have preferred just a small sweet olive branch from the beast!