Friday, August 31, 2018

Fruit-Full Fort

Dogfish Head recently released their Fruit-Full Fort, a variation on their Fort beer, this one being brewed with boysenberries, raspberries, blackberries and elderberries. 15-18% alcohol. I've never seen a range given before but that's what their website says. You'll be warned with the "Extreme" beer cap. Bottled 07/18/18 Drink 08/18/18. Yep I drank it at one month old despite the label note that it "ages well." Oh, one more thing--this was $10 for one 12 ounce bottle.

Brownish in color. Raspberries and blackberries dominate the aroma, not huge but nice. WOW on the flavor! Jammy, preserve-like flavors and texture. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh and it really helps cut the richness of the beer.

I'm not sure one fruit stands out, but this beer is all about the fruit. Lots of flavor and interesting.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Saison Rose

Of course I'm going to check out Ommegang's Saison Rose, a new beer from an awesome brewery, despite its $6 price tag for one 12 ounce bottle. This beer is a blend of an oak aged beer and one brewed with hibiscus flowers and chardonnay grape juice. 7.7% alcohol.

Soft, fruity and floral aroma with a touch of wine character. Fruity and floral flavors dominate the start with tons of hibiscus. The Oak flavors are also immediately noticeable.

Tart, dry, yeasty with some hay flavors, light tannins. Grape flavors come through in the finish. For sure interesting, and while the flowers and grapes do dance, the hibiscus takes over in a negative way. Pass, especially for the price.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale appeared in my local Total Wine store as a Brewery Direct beer a few weeks ago. Yeah, I know most pumpkin beers are gross anyway, but in Miami's August???

So maybe you've heard this isn't really my favorite style of beer. But every year I need to check out one or two pumpkin beers for research purposes. This year, I'm not procrastinating and getting things out of the way early! 8.0% alcohol. 16 IBU.

Rich color. Little head. Earthy aroma with hints of cloves and cinnamon, not that big.

Flavors full of rich pumpkin, sweet, earthy, and lots of gingerbread. Very nice flavors, which the alcohol helps heighten with a little kick.

Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg are all noticeable but nuanced enough to be a pleasant addition (not your normal beer "ruiner." Not bad!

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Diplomat Beach Resort Beer Dinner Featuring Odd Breed Wild Ales

Last week, The Diplomat's Point Royal restaurant hosted a five-course beer dinner paired with beers from Pompano Beach's Odd Breed Wild Ales. Executive Chef Jorge Negron and Odd Breed Co-Owners Matt Manthe and Dan Naumko led the dinner, sharing information about each course and the specific beer it was paired with. Odd Breed is one of very few breweries that focuses exclusively on brewing wild ales.

All of the food was fantastic! The Wahoo Tiradito, Steak Tartare, Blue Maine Mussels, and Sweet Corn Cake with Mascarpone Ice Cream, well I pretty much named everything but those were all of my favorites. You can read the specifics on the menu posted below.

As for the beers, I really enjoyed the Thai Rack Jasmine Rice Saison with Lemongrass and the Dinkelwheat Dry Hopped Spelt Saison. And the aroma from the Torito Rye Wild Baltic Porter, I'd make out with that all day! You can also see some descriptions of the beers below as well.

Jorge Matt and Dan
Service was excellent as was the conversation. The restaurant's General Manager told us they are considering making this type of beer dinner a regular occurrence there. Point Royal is scheduled to host another beer dinner with Civil Society Brewing on 9/20/18. Definitely check that out and reserve your tickets here! I'll post more details soon. Hopefully, the series continues beyond that as well.

Odd Breed Wild Ales can be found at 50 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Diplomat Beach Resort (which you probably don't need my help) is located at 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019