Monday, February 18, 2019

American Beauty Pale Ale


Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead collaborated back in 2013 to create American Beauty Pale Ale. At the time, they asked on social media for suggestions for one quintessential ingredient that would represent the Dead (within reason, of course).

I submitted at least half a dozen what I thought were great choices. In the end, granola was chosen. If I had known that something like granola was an "ingredient," I'd have probably submitted ice cream or other already prepared food "ingredients."

When I saw the beer on the liquor store shelves, I didn't remember if I had tried it or not. Apparently not. I was wondering why, but have two theories and both could be correct. First, granola isn't an ingredient, and I was probably pissed about that choice. Second, the beer was released in wine bottles in 2013 and a few other times since then. And large format is a rip off. #BomberBoycott

So here we are, 12 oz bottles, 6 year later. 6.5% alcohol. Bottled on 01/02/19 Drink 10 days later.

Not much of an aroma. Nice bitter base, some citrus flavors to start. Honey and granola definitely show to create a balance. Simple, soft but nice flavors, and my wife loved it!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Juice Boost Dry-Hopped Sour


Tart, Tang and Tropical Fruit? Yes please! That's how Victory Brewing describes their Juice Boost Dry-Hopped Sour. The pounder can has a bunch of phrases that are supposed to set your expectations. Contains lactose, 7.2% alcohol. Enjoy By 14 May 2019.

Nice bright orange, tangy aroma. Similar flavors to start, full of citrus, oranges and tangerines, tangy, hoppy. Then the sourness kicks in, adding a stark contrast. Repeat each sip. Interesting twist.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Resilience Butte County Proud IPA


Sierra Nevada Resilience Butte County Proud IPA was brewed to support those impacted by THE CAMP FIRE. Sierra Nevada also asked all the other breweries in the country to also brew Resilience, and the amount that actually did was nothing short of amazing! Great cause, read the story at the link above. I love this brewery! 6.7% alcohol.

Citrus and caramel aroma, not that big. Pretty malty to start, lots of caramel and herbal sweetness. There is definitely a bitter answer though. Orange citrus, zest, pine. Couldn't shake a minty flavor too. Check it out.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Emergency Drinking Beer


Wild Heaven's Emergency Drinking Beer recently started being distributed to South Florida. I've had the opportunity to visit the brewery while hanging with my sister in Atlanta last August. So I've tried this beer before, even a watermelon variation.

Emergency Drinking Beer is German Pilsner meets Gose. The can says "Contents: Beer. The Drink of Necessity." 4.4% alcohol.

Lemony, salty aroma. Similar flavors, grainy with plenty of lemon and a salty backdrop. Tart, lightly sour but not overly aggressive. Super refreshing, totally grows on you. Even my wife and her hairdresser that was over liked it, unexpectedly. Check it out!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Blushing Monk Belgian Style Ale


Today I'm drinking Founders Blushing Monk, a Belgian-Style Ale fermented with pure raspberries. The brewery has another great raspberry beer called Rubaeus, but says to consider "Blushing Monk as Rubaeus' older sibling - more intense, slightly larger and just a little bit more mature." 9.2% alcohol. 20 IBU. And one 12 oz bottle cost me $6 retail.

Great red color. Beautiful jammy raspberry aroma. WOW! Raspberry explosion in my mouth! Intense flavors, rich texture, jammy raspberry coats the palate. Lightly tart, lightly sweet, nicely play off each other. Definite yeasty character adds a lot. Love it!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

North Coast Beachmaster Imperial IPA


Today I'm checking out North Coast Brewing's Beachmaster Imperial IPA. The beer and label are a tribute to the Northern Elephant Seals that can be found on the coast near the brewery, with the label illustration done by Mike Patrick. 9.0% alcohol.

Nice color! Beautiful fruity orange, jammy, tropical aroma! Lots of flavor too. Sweet and bitter. Citrus orange, juicy, spicy, piney. Rich with an excellent bitter bite. Delicious!




Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Visit to Tripping Animals Brewing


Last weekend, my wife and I met up with a few friends at Tripping Animals Brewing in Doral (Miami). My wife works in the area and noticed the building toward the end of last year, so I asked the brewery at one of the beer festivals if they were open yet. Apparently they were just a few weeks away, and ultimately opened on 11/16/18.

The brewery is spacious and comfortable, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. They don't offer flights but do have 5 oz pours, so same difference. Our friends decided to let me choose our self-made flight.


We started with Koopa Troopa (Dry-hopped Pilsner); Wandering Eye IPA, Iwanna Sour (Berliner with mango and passionfruit); Wizard of Auz (Imperial Brown Ale with vanilla and cacao). I really liked the fruity sour and the rich Wizard of Auz!

We created a second set of 4 after we finished: Lick Me (Berliner with sweet cherries and raspberries); A Brewtiful Trip (Imperial Stout with coconut and cacao nibs); and two guest taps that would likely be pretty hard to try otherwise in Miami... Aslin Double Orange Starfish (DIPA); Jolly Pumpkin Rozilla (Sour aged 18 months on oak and blended). I loved all of them!


The brewery offers some pretty good cooked snack/bar type food. There is a substantial gaming area that overlooks the brewery as well: cornhole, ping pong, pool, and a few others. There are trivia and board games and you could definitely spend an entire day playing Risk if you wanted!

Service was great and so were the beers. Spacious, comfortable, nice decor. If you're in the area (and a lot of you will be since it's by Miami International Airport), you should definitely stop by!

Tripping Animals Brewing
2685 NW 105th Ave
Doral, FL 33172









Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Calidad Beer


Tonight I'm drinking Calidad Beer, a "Quality 'Mexican Style' Cerveza" brewed by Smiling Sun Brewing in Santa Barbara, CA. Actually I'm drinking a sixer! LOL. Fun can art (and also their website), mixing English and Spanish. 4.5% alcohol. If you get the impulse, their website says you can text them at 253.300.HOLA

Very nice aroma, grainy with a light honey sweetness. Similar flavors, very tasty. Light grain, nice sweet honey, fruity apple. And just enough hoppy bitter balance. Crisp with nice flavors. I liked it and it was super easy to drink more than one!