Saturday, August 31, 2019
Last week when I was in Atlanta, my sister and I made a visit to Three Taverns Craft Brewery. We almost had the place to ourselves for the time we were there. This brewery doesn't serve flights but has small pours and since we were allowed two each at a time, we broke the rules and made our own flights!
Our first was VERY diverse: Prince of Pilsen Pilsner, Rowdy and Proud IPA, Lord Grey Tea Sour Ale, Saporous Passion Fruit and Guava Cream Sour Ale. We also had very different rankings of the set, with me preferring the IPA while my sister loving the Lord Grey beer.
At one point, there was a couple with an infant having a few pints (the couple was drinking them). The only reason I mention that is that I highly approve of children being permitted in breweries. In fact, the day after this visit, we took my three nieces aged five and under to Creature Comforts! What do you think about that?
We grabbed another flight and headed upstairs to a comfy loft area that overlooked the downstairs. Very cool. Two people were playing scrabble up there, but my sister and I decided not to start playing one of the other board games. My sister thought that was pretty hipster, but I told her every brewery down by me here in Miami has that too.
Check this out for our second flight: Quasimodo Belgian-Style Quad, Morning Smack Maple Bacon Banana Coffee Milk Stout, Basileus Cucumber Basil Sour, Lord Fog with Lavender and Vanilla.
Nice place, the beer was different and really good! They have a gift shop that includes beer to go as well. We took a 4-pack of one of their big stouts home to my brother-in-law. Definitely check it out!
Monday, August 26, 2019
Yesterday, I visited Creature Comforts Brewery with my sister and her family. Sounds benign enough, right? Well, we were a power brewery family, including three girls five years old or younger traveling from Atlanta (like 1.5 hours in traffic each way) to Athens! Kindergarten pickup directly to the brewery!
I personally pre-gamed in Atlanta with a few Tropicalia IPAs around noon. Was perfect for our 4pm arrival! As we arrived, all of us 40-year olds (I'm 47) got carded and stamped by the staff! Georgia is so LOL as that was three times (the other two in Publix) in three days! Even my brother-in-law's parents got carded later! #DoubleLOL
Anyway, my brother-in-law and I decided to order a few flights to start. I started with a few I'd had in cans before along with a few new ones: Athena, Tropicalia IPA, Born Dreaming Hazy Double IPA, and Awaken My Love Imperial Stout.
Once you set up your tab, you're good at both bars (they have some different options) and also in the gift store. We put away a few flights, repeated, picked a few of our favorites for full pours and headed out before the brewery event later that evening.
Very cool space! A lot of room, though not enough for my 5 year old niece to be practicing her ballet without running into some guy's watch with her head. For the average beer drinker, this was killer though! And we learned a little history about the space while there. Apparently, a lot of the brewery's history is as a tire dealership!
Favorites included Tropicalia, Athena (and Athena Paradiso, a variation with passion fruit and guava), A Different Octave DIPA, Moon Tree Pale Ale, and Common Things Saison.
I had a bottle pour of Life in Flux Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout too. Big Beer! Pretty chill for 13%. I preferred the (non-barrel aged) imperial stout called Awaken My Love with cinnamon, coffee and lactose, though was a touch sweet.
Great place! Thank God I don't live in that town or I'd be figuring out reasons to "work" remotely from the brewery!
Friday, August 23, 2019
You probably remember when I called IPGA IPA one of my favorites back when I visited Twisted Trunk back in 2015. Well, apparently they have started canning and at least doing some local distribution. This can was on the local Miami shelves yesterday! 6.2% alcohol. 67 IBU.
Bright citrus aroma. Nicely bitter to start, full of orange citrus. Lightly spicy and hoppy with a sweet malty balance in the background. Nice beer! Definitely check out the brewery!
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter? Who wouldn't want to try that from Two Henrys Brewing? You can read a little story below describing the beer. 5% alcohol.
Chocolaty, blueberry, spicy aroma. Chocolate flavors come first, lightly sweet at the start. Some peppery spicy creeps into the mix with a dull heat.
Hints of coffee and char show. Blueberry flavors don't really show, but OK since you told me they exist. And I wanted that blueberry because I think it's a great pairing idea. Beer was OK.
Monday, August 19, 2019
I'm headed to Atlanta later this week for business (with some time reserved for fun too), so when I saw Monday Night Brewing's Dr. Robot Blackberry Lemon Sour on the local liquor store shelf, I decided to do a little pre-gaming. 5.0% alcohol.
My brother-in-law and I are going to try to hit Creature Comforts in Athens and maybe another locally in Atlanta. We'll see! Meanwhile here in Miami, my older kid is not happy he's in charge of taking his brother to baseball practices. I told him he can get a job instead if he prefers.
Aroma full of berries, lemony and acidic. Blackberry flavors show first with some sweetness. That initial sweetness is challenged with hints of tartness and a light lemony kick. But I was honestly expecting this beer to be WAY more tart, and "sour" has no place in its name.
Refreshingly tart and nice flavors.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Today I'm checking out Short's Brewing's Soft Parade, a fruit ale brewed with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. 7.5% alcohol and "Handmade by people who care."
Sweet, fruity, marmalady aroma. Flavor is full of berries with raspberries most prominent. Initially sweet, but there are some nice tart nips here and there. Can pick out blueberries after a few sips, but this is really more of a generic berry festival in your mouth.
I liked it!
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Today I'm checking out Wynwood Brewing's Rickenbacker Pilsner, a Czech-style pilsner named after WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker. There's a little story on the label that you can read below. Nice label art. 5.0% alcohol.
Grainy aroma with a pleasant sweetness. Grainy and sweet to start. A bitter and spicy answer comes nipping at your palate. That spiciness grows a little with each sip. Interesting and unique. Check it out.
Monday, August 12, 2019
OCNJ you probably know is a dry town which is just stupid. They used to have blue laws too when I was growing up, making sure I didn't play Paperboy and Ms. Pacman on the Sabbath. This year, Darryl Strawberry gave the sermon at the OC Tabernacle the week we were there. My mom and brother went and were impressed.
Anyway, the first structure across every bridge is a liquor store. Circle Liquor got a lot of cash from us this year! But there is also a new brewery that was a must stop: Somers Point Brewing Company.
My wife and I went one evening after miniature golfing to see what this brewery had to offer. Two flights, and I can honestly say every beer was great. Nice space and location, good crowd, food delivery, was a nice experience!
Sunday, August 11, 2019
Can label art, done by @Golden305, is great. I'm still trying to get a few unused labels signed by the artist for another contest/giveaway. 4.8% alcohol.
Hoppy with juicy pineapple aroma. Juicy pineapple flavors come first as well, sweet but not overly done. Some tartness shows in the finish. Nicely refreshing, with pineapple lingering long after each sip. Check it out if you can!
Saturday, August 10, 2019
I'm sure you all remember my visit to Playalinda Brewing in Titusville, FL a few years back. Right? Well, their Pleasure Chest IPA appeared at my local Miami liquor store in cans this week, so I thought I'd check it out! 6.6% alcohol. "Keep your cooler hoppy" around the rim of the can.
Fruity orange aroma, hoppy and spicy too. Great body, very fruity with sweet orange to start. A spicy, peppery, hoppy answer comes next, excellent balance.
Very flavorful. YUM!