Drink Craft Beer
With St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, we're curious how you all plan to celebrate. For a long time, Guinness has been the unquestioned beer of choice for this day of revelry. But now, with the rise of craft beer, Guinness' position may be a bit more precarious...at least among a certain swatch of people.
We want to know, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, do you plan on drinking Guinness or do you plan on drinking some craft beer equivalents? Or, for a third option, will you have some of both? We know what we're doing...but we want to hear what you're planning on!
You know when you just want a beer but you don’t want to think about it? Rather you want to be able to be outside playing baggo or wiffleball? Or maybe you want to socialize with friends and family? Whatever the activity, if it’s a situation where beer is a second thought to what’s at hand, don’t reach for some mass market lager because I’ve found your what you want! I first had Victory Summer Love at a big family gathering, and downed quite a few straight from the bottle while keeping busy in the yard with my cousins. But don’t take my word for it, here’s the details.
Crystal clear, light and a wispy head that quickly fades? If you didn’t know better you’d think I was describing something that was much less appealing. Having had this quite a few times, though, I’ll tell you to ignore any worry as this is a great beer for socializing and playing wiffle ball!
I hate to say this, because we all know that beer is a super diverse drink, but this smells like beer. There’s a bit of malt in it, very little hops and the well known mark of yeast having caused fermentation. You can tell it’s an ale as there’s a bit of fruitiness to the nose but, other than that, it’s a fairly neutral beer.
So I told you this was a great beer that you didn’t have to think about. The carbonation is smooth and not overwhelming. The hops provide a bit of flavor, but there’s nothing challenging about them. The malt is a bit sweet, balancing the hops, and has a great biscuity flavor. Over all, this is one of those beers that’s a delicious social lubricant. Don’t worry too much about it, just enjoy it! Cheers!
Hey all you craft beer drinkers! It's that time again! What time? New Beer of the Month from Gourmet Monthly Clubs time! Yeah... we know, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. But the beer... The beer tastes good. So let's get to it!
This month, we've got beer from Harpoon Brewery and Uinta Brewing Company. Harpoon sends their Irish Red, Hibernian, and Brown Session Ale, while Uinta has their Anglers Pale Ale and East Side Dark. With that in mind, let's get to the beer!
And, as always, if you want to get the same club as us go here: Click to Join
Harpoon Brewery Hibernian
Appearance:Amber light quickly disapating head
Smell:lightly sweet, nice malt backbone, touch of sourness
Taste: This beer has a nice malt taste up front with an odd offputting copper like finish. We try an be honest with our reviews, and sadly we just don't really care for this beer. The good news is we got some other stuff we are excited about so read on.
For the very first time, New Hampshire's Smuttynose Brewing Company will be offering a subscription to get a case of each Big Beer they put out in 2009. The lineup is:
- Gravitation Belgian Quad (New Release) - early January, 2009
- Imperial Stout - mid February
- Maibock - late March
- Baltic Porter - Early May
- Farmhouse Ale - late June
- Big A IPA - early August
- Wheat Wine - mid September
- Barley Wine - early November
- S'Muttonator Double Bock - early December, 2009
This is one of the finest brewers on the East Coast, and each edition of their Big Beer Series is limited and often hard to get if you don't act right away... Their Big A has been known to sell out of stores within a week of release (and some stores sell out in a day). This subscription will ensure you get some of each one.
The downside? You have to buy a case of each and you have to pick it up at the Brewery. But, they will be having beer socials for the release of each brew. For all the details, check out the website here.
Yesterday for the first time this Winter we actually had some snow in the Northeast. There's been a couple flurries here and there but for the most part we've had an extremely warm Winter. When I got home yesterday and went to my fridge I grabbed a bottle of Mayflower Oatmeal Stout. The choice was almost Pavlovian, the mere image of snow makes me crave a nice, rich, malty beer. The fact is I've been favoring pales ales, lagers and even saisons this Winter far more than I have in past Winters. The warmer days just put me in the mood for different beer. So how about you, has this unussually warm Winter changed your drinking habits? Vote below in our poll and then sound off on Twitter, Facebook or the comments section below to let us know your thoughts.