Month: July 2012

Curing the Summertime Blues with Southampton Triple

Southampton Triple Abbey-Style Ale – 8% ABV When I think of Southampton, if I’m not focusing on the area in Long Island that bears the same name, then immediately their Double White comes to mind. Irving, Jason C and I did a video smackdown with that as a contestant and it won handily against the other competitors. This tells me that I should expect big things from this brewery. Based out of Southampton, NY near the eastern end of Long Island, Southampton Publick House has been pumping out fine selections since 1996. This one is their take on an...

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Fighting the Heat Wave? Cool Off with Geary’s Summer Ale

Geary’s Summer Ale – 6% ABV As my Keg Tap brother Irving has already mentioned, it has gotten unseasonably hot up here in the Northeast. Already there are a number of people who are quite vocal about their opinions in these parts. Throw in some extra heatwaves and you’ve got a tenuous situation on your hands. Being from Texas, I’m used to this type of skin-scorching, sweat-inducing weather. But even I get thirsty sometimes and require a cooling-off period. Enter Geary’s Summer Ale. This fine brew is a kölsch suited perfectly for the summertime, hence the name. It weighs...

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Why I Love Beer – A Treatise

I Love Beer and Here’s Why Picture the sight of a giant foamy wave forming above a golden amber ocean, the smell of malty sweetness and pungent pine and grapefruit citrus permeating the air. The aroma entices you to dig deeper, get a taste of this new discovery. The cold sweet elixir hits your palate and moves quickly to the back of your throat, giving you an almost orgasmic feeling of refreshment as it works its way to your stomach. Cool, refreshing, invigorating. You let out a giant elated sigh as you soak in the plethora of emotion that...

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Traveling Outside of My Comfort Zone: Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale

Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale (7.8 ABV, deplorable IBU 15) Any long time reader of this awesome blog could tell ya I am not into the Belgian styles. They’ll say that I’ll leave that style to Irving and the rest of the Jersey fellas to blog about. That is true. I’m not against tasting them and as I’ve said before for this blog, I will try all kinds of styles outside of my hophead comfort zone. So tonight I bought a Belgian style ale home brewed in Portland, Oregon by Bridgeport Brewing Company called Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale...

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Trying to Beat the Heat: Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel (video)

  Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel 5% ABV All the Gold Bond in the world couldn’t stop me from sweating yesterday so I pulled out the big guns, BEER! The temperature in Jersey reached 101 and before you southern folks start playing the worlds tiniest violin for me, humidity plus high temperatures is not the same as dry heat and high temperatures, so I have a whole bag of SHHHH right here for you. OK so I’ve been on a quest this summer to find the perfect dark lager, which I might have already found in Schneider Aventinus but I push forward in...

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