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The Next Big Thing

November 7th, 2010 Bill Zavorskas No comments

I enjoyed the exceptionally complex Coton...

while Seven Years Past rocked the house

Voted “Best Original Local Band” in Sarasota Creative Loafing, in addition to being a finalist for opening 97X’s The Next Big Thing concert in Tampa next month, Seven Years Past is one of the Tampa Bay area’s premier bands. Fronted by Lisa Larkin, with Mark Medeiros on guitar, my friend Bret Calltharp on bass, and Brett Jones on drums, the band performed an acoustic set at Mr. Beery’s Thursday night. Featuring songs from their 24 Days in May CD, from the riveting Chemical Woman to the introspective “You Said”, 7YP’s combination of soulful lyrics and raw musical power brought the house down.

As an added bonus to the evening, I welcomed the chance to savor a remarkable old ale that Mark had on tap. The Bruery Coton (The Bruery; Placentia, CA; Old Ale; ABV: 14.5) is as smooth as it is complex, and takes its place alongside Hair of the Dog Adam and Harviestoun Ola Dubh as my favorite old ales. This chocolate colored ale has notes of dark fruit such as cherries and raisins complimented by caramel, vanilla spices, and a bourbon feel in the backbone. Coton reminds me of the now retired DuClaw Repent, one of my favorite all-time Belgiums, in that the alcohol content isn’t too noticeable for a beer in the 14-15% range. It’s easy to order a second pint of this deliciously eclectic ale.

For additional information on Seven Years Past, please go to the band’s website at, and don’t forget to vote! And be sure to check out 7YP the next time they play in your area. They’re truly The Next Big Thing.

Hair Of The Dog That Bit Me

June 28th, 2010 Bill Zavorskas No comments

You could go rabid for Adam and Doggie Claws

“Hair of the Dog That Bit Me” is a saying that goes back to olden times. There was a belief that a shot or two of alcohol could cure just about anything, from rabies (along with hair from the rabid dog) to hangovers. There’s actually been some scientific studies to support the latter. In any event, there are several beers from the outstanding brewery Hair of the Dog that have left many a good beer aficionado wagging his/her tail!

Hair of the Dog Adam; Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.; Portland, OR; Old Ale; ABV: 10.0. Brewed in the historic Adambier style of Germany, Adam is a superb full-bodied old ale. The first beer brewed by Hair of the Dog, it’s jet black in color and has notes of chocolate and tart fruit in the nose and taste, with the latter complimented by caramel malt, spices, and light hops, with a woody feeling in the backbone. Adam is velvety smooth, but also quite robust, so the 10% ABV isn’t going to sneak up on you. It reminds me a little of a more potent version of the Ola Dubh Reserve Series from Harviestoun.

Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws; Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.; Portland, OR; Barley Wine; ABV: 11.5. A big tasting, traditional West Coast barley wine. Deep mahogany in color, there’s ample notes of Simcoe and Amarillo hops in the nose and taste, balanced by sweet malt, dark fruit, and cinnamon spices with a hint of honey as well. Doggie Claws has a sherry like feeling to it, and is quite warming as well. This is a sipping beer for sure, in order to fully appreciate its wonderful complexity.

Hair of the Dog Fred; Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.; Portland, OR; Barley Wine; ABV: 10.0. Another exceptional barley wine, Fred was brewed to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Deep amber in color, Fred has notes of sweet caramel and Cascade hops in the nose and taste. The latter is backed up by dark fruit, vanilla spices, and a wine like oakiness at the finish. This beer is quite sweet and easy to drink, and I agree with several of my friends that it reminds one of a kinder, gentler version of Dogfish 120 Minute IPA.

Each of these ales are as enjoyable as they are complex, and highly recommended.