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Southern Migration

March 6th, 2010 Bill Zavorskas No comments

There was an Unearthly presence at WOB

Anne and I went to World of Beer last week, and were pleasantly surprised when Tony noted that they had Southern Tier beers on tap. I started with a pint of their superb Southern Tier Unearthly (Southern Tier Brewing Company; Lakewood, NY; Imperial India Pale Ale; ABV: 11.0), which I’ve praised continuously on this blog. Even Anne enjoyed this IPA, after trying a 5 oz. paddle of it. Drinking Unearthly on tap allows you to appreciate the full bodied taste, which is big citrusy hops balanced by sweet malt and light peppery spices.

For round two, I tried Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale (Southern Tier Brewing Co.; Lakewood, NY; American Pale Wheat Ale; ABV: 5.0) for the first time. As expected, it was a much lighter ale than Unearthly. 422 has a crisp clean taste, with the wheat flavor complimented by citrusy hops and toasted malt.

Not to be outdone, Mr. Beery’s put Unearthly on tap this week, along with Southern Tier Choklat (Southern Tier Brewing Co.; Lakewood, NY; Imperial Stout; ABV: 9.1) and Southern Tier Gemini (Southern Tier Brewing Co.; Lakewood, NY; Imperial India Pale Ale; ABV: 10.5). Choklat is a big flavorful stout, with the rich milk chocolate taste followed by hints of roasted malt and coffee. It’s been awhile since I’ve tried Gemini, so I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with it. I’m curious to see how it compares to Unearthly.

I’m pleased to see that this brewery is now featured in Southwest Florida, and hope that its presence continues to expand.

Sizzling in Seattle

August 1st, 2009 Bill Zavorskas No comments

If you can't stand the heat, just grab a cold one

If you can't stand the heat, just grab a cold one

Anne & I are going on vacation starting tomorrow. We’ve always wanted to see the Pacific Northwest, so we’re heading to Seattle. We also plan to hit Portland, and if time permits, head up to British Columbia (Victoria and/or Vancouver). Cascadia has been baking in the 100’s this week, but it looks like the heat wave is starting to break. If it doesn’t, there should be plenty of brew pubs to keep cool in.

We’re looking forward to seeing all that Seattle and the rest of the Pacific Northwest has to offer, from its culture thru the magnificent natural beauty of the area. And the fact that it’s basically Brewtopia doesn’t hurt either! I’m looking forward to trying some new beers that are not available back East.

To get in the proper frame of mind, I had one of metro Portland’s finest, Dead Guy Ale from Rogue, as well as a new one for me, the Somer Orange Honey Ale (Rogue Ales Brewery; Newport, OR; American Pale Wheat Ale; ABV: 5.2). Summer’s in full swing down here in the Sunshine State, so the array of citrus, honey, sweet malt, & wheat is crisp & refreshing.

We’re looking forward to our trip, seeing the sights, and even making some new friends. And of course, I’ll report on all the beers, pubs, & breweries that we encounter.

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Red White & Brew

July 8th, 2009 Bill Zavorskas 1 comment

The fireworks welcomed in America's 233rd birthday

The fireworks welcomed in America's 233rd birthday

Anne & I had a blast this past 4th of July weekend. We got together with family & friends throughout the holiday weekend. Our highlights included attending a cookout, singing karaoke, having dinner at the beach, & watching a spectacular fireworks display. And of course there was plenty of beer to help usher in America’s 233rd birthday.

Bell’s Oberon Ale (Bell’s Brewery; Kalamazoo, MI; American Pale Wheat Ale; ABV: 5.8) was a big hit with everyone. An easy drinking pale ale, the smooth wheat taste is complimented by citrusy hops, light malt, & spices. This is an excellent session beer for summer.

Scrimshaw Pilsner (North Coast Brewing Co.; Fort Bragg, CA; German Pilsener; ABV: 4.4) is another very drinkable brew. The sweet malt taste up front is balanced by Tettnang hops & a crisp, clean finish. Like Bell’s Oberon Ale, I highly recommend this pils as a session beer.

Flying Dog Kerberos Tripel (Flying Dog Brewery; Frederick, MD; Tripel; ABV: 8.5) is a very enjoyable Belgian tripel. The taste is a wonderful array of sweet malt, citrusy hops, & spices. This beer is so drinkable that it’s easy to forget the 8.5% ABV.

I hope that your 4th was as memorable & fun filled as ours.