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    Entries in Dogfish Head (7)

    Monday
    May272019

    Give It A Shot - Kisses Betwixt Collaboration Beer from The Bruery Terreux & Dogfish Head

    It is rare that both of us aren’t feeling well on a Thursday night that we are planning on live-streaming and recording podcasts, but that is exactly the scenario we encountered last week. The end result of something like that happening is that it just makes us hungrier (or thirstier) when we come back the next week. This episode marks the beginning of that week and we have something to try that has all the makings of being a real treat. Recently, Andrew, his wife, and two friends of the show (let’s call them H & J) were fortunate enough to attend an event and Tap and Bottle’s downtown location. It was a tasting featuring several items from The Bruery and what we will be trying is one of the items that Andrew bought while he was there. For today’s show we will feature the Kisses Betwixt which is a collaboration beer from The Bruery Terreux and Dogfish Head. It is blend of two beers, the Mr. This is Ridiculous and the Mrs. This is Ridiculous. Andrew was able to try the two beers that make up this blend separately, but true to his values, he has not yet tried the blend. What did we think? What do you think?  Let us know in the comments below or join us live on Thursday nights to give us your feedback while we are live streaming on Twitch. 

    If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

     

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    Tuesday
    Dec312013

    These are a Few of Our Favorite Things from 2013

    ...These are a Few of Our Favorite Things

    It is hard to believe that the year 2013 has almost come to a close.  Before the year takes its final bow with the completion of the holiday season, we thought it would be nice to take a moment and look back upon all that has come our way this year via the beverage industry.  Looking forward into the unknown is always exciting, but you don’t ever want to forget about the taste experiences you’ve had previously that may be informing your next decision.  Depending on how many opportunities you have had to try new beverages in this past year, that could mean quite a number of items to mentally recall and sort through. For us, having a website and making videos helps us out a great deal when it comes to remembering all that we have had throughout the year.  An easy way to catalogue your likes and dislikes if you so choose, is to either start a small journal of “Tasting Notes” or simply take pictures on your phone of things that have left an impression.  Being able to flip back through this information later on can be very useful when you are trying to make a recommendation.

    Our friend Eric who is also an AboutBeverages.com contributor often says, “Always taste something twice because the first time there could be an anomaly.”  We couldn’t agree more!  With that thought in mind, it’s time to share some of the beverages that stood out for us this past year. It is a chance to take a figurative (or if you still have some on hand, by all means make it a literal) second taste.  Have a safe and happy holidays!

    Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales La Roja (25oz Bottle $15) - Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales has been creating a wide range of oak aged and bottle conditioned beers since 2004.  It's no wonder we were more than a little excited to try their La Roja.  It is a Flanders Brown Ale blended from barrels ranging from two to ten months and comes in at a mild 7.2% ABV.  It is on the pricier side, but when it comes to these more labor intensive beers you get what you pay for.  The color is what you would expect, brownish red with sediment and a medium head.  The aroma has a bright sour and malt vinegar balance with a slight spice under note.  On the palate you get well-balanced blend of sour tart, cherry, vinegar, caramel, vanilla and oak.  Quite exceptional and available year round.

    Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin (750ml Bottle $32) - For us, anytime is gin time.  It can be refreshing or sophisticated depending on use and there are so many wonderful distillers producing a variety of styles.  This offering was no exception.  Normally we are not ones for broad generalizations, but American Dry gins tend to be on the "softer" side when it comes to flavor.  The juniper is still there, but they try to blend it in a bit more with the other botanicals.  Normally color can be an interesting descriptor when setting the table for the aromas and flavor to come, but when it’s gin there usually isn’t much to be surprised by.  It’s clear.  What is unique about this spirit are the aromas of butterscotch, juniper, cucumber, and cream.  It’s quite an amazing mix!  All of those same notes are passed on to the flavor as well.  Some heat from the alcohol is present on the front, along with cucumber, creamy butterscotch, and mild citrus notes at the end.

    The Burly Gentlemen (Whiskey Mixed Drink) - Those few words when put together simply cry out to be the name of a mixed drink.  Not just any mixed drink mind you.  A blended concoction that is sweet, smooth and delicious while also giving you a stern smoky kick that lets you know it's business time!  The ingredients are simple and if you have been following us for awhile you may even have most of the ingredients necessary:  Bourbon (Jefferson's), Scotch (Laphroaig Triple Wood), Agave nectar and Regan's Orange Bitters No. 6.  While it has some things in common with a traditional Manhattan, the addition of scotch adds a little smoke and the gave nectar adds a touch of extra sweetness.  Mix one up with us and taste along as we explore this new cocktail together. 

    • 2oz Bourbon (Jefferson’s)

    • 1oz Scotch (Laphroaig Triple Wood or any that have a good balance of peat and sweet)

    • 1Tbsp Agave Nectar

    • 1 Dash Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

    Fill a drink shaker about 2/3 full of cubed ice. Add all of the ingredients to shaker. Shake well and pour strained contents into a martini glass.  The drink will initially appear cloudy, but if you sip (and you should) the clarity will improve over time.

    Stone Brewing Old Guardian Oak-Smoked Barley Wine (22oz Bottle $6) -  In 2011 Stone Brewing began their Odd Beers for Odd Years program.  They took two of their seasonals, (Old Guardian Barley Wine and Imperial Russian Stout) and made two versions of each.  The standard version they have been making for years and an "Odd Release" in which they make a change.  That year they used a Belgian yeast in both.  Fast forward to 2013 and we have a new addition to the "Odd" family.  The Old Guardian Barley Wine gets a heavy dose of German oak-smoked malt.  One of the great quests since we started AboutBeverages.com was to get Keith to truly enjoy a barley wine.  This is one that finally made that happen.  The color is a hazy dark amber with a tan head.  In the nose is where this beer really shines with smoke, sweet caramel, and butterscotch.  The taste brings all of those elements together with a medium-full body and just an added touch of a slight sour and notes of alcohol.  This is a great one to sip and savor.  As it warms it gets a little sweet and creamy.

    Dogfish Head Noble Rot (25oz Bottle $12) - Should anyone be drinking anything, let alone a premium beer if the word rot is in the title?  The answer is apparently yes as long as part of that same label contains the words Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.  Thinking not only out of the box or out of the keg as it were, is what makes them very unique in the craft industry.  That uniqueness is what helped this beer make our list.  Noble Rot is not only the name of the beer, but also a term used to describe a grey fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that can either destroy grape crops or when picked at just the right time can produce a very concentrated sweeter wine.  This beer uses unfermented juice (or must) from viognier grapes and pinot gris must.  The color is what you would expect from a saison;  very clear yellow with good head and carbonation.  The aroma is where things begin to get interesting.  Classic savory and Belgian yeast spices are augmented by sweet grape, and mild funk notes.  The palate features a sour tart that slowly sneaks up on your tongue. There are also sweet grape notes, with mild funk and yeast spices, as well as a tart fruitiness from the wine that comes forward at the end, all balanced on a thin body.

    Laphroaig Triple Wood Scotch (750ml Bottle $58) -  Over the last two years, Scotch has opened our eyes to a world of whisky love that had not extended past bourbon.  As the name suggests, it goes through three maturations in wood barrels before bottling:  American oak, 19th century quarter casks and then finally in Oloroso sherry casks.  Honey gold in color, the aroma is rife with smoke, peat, and sea spray. Once on the palate the smoke hits you first as does the realization that it is surprisingly smooth. There are also notes of cinnamon, a peppery fire on the front of the tongue and a hint of sherry sweetness on the finish. Even if the smoky-peaty scotch variety isn't normally your preference, this is definitely worth trying.

    Stone Brewing Enjoy By Double IPA (22oz Bottle $8) - Holy hops Batman!  That's exactly what you might here either of us yell when we first had this beer.  This beer is hopped every which way you can with seven different types of hops.  In addition to that, a clever bit of marketing lets the name of the beer tell the rest of the story.  Enjoy By the date emblazoned on the bottle or you will begin to miss out on the hop character originally contained within.  They usually have a fresh release of this beer about every 4-6 weeks.  When first poured it is gold with a slight haze but that dissiaptes quickly. The nose features pineapple/citrus hop notes followed by caramel malt with a finish of savory hops. The same notes in the aroma are present in the taste, but they reveal themselves in a different order. The caramel notes are first, followed by the savory and then the citrus hops. Very tasty, easy to drink and pairs well with all types of food.

    Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout (4pk $10) - The name of this beer is quite straight forward and can be broken into two parts to help explain its origins.  Lugene is the name of the local dairy farmer who takes away spent grain (which you have a lot of after making beer) and feeds it to his cows.  The chocolate milk stout part comes from the milk sugar and milk chocolate used during the brew process to make as they say a "..rich and creamy brew that reminds us of a cold glass of chocolate milk."  The color is non-see through black, much darker than a regular glass of chocolate milk.  The aroma is where the sweet chocolate kicks in along with coffee and roasted malt.  The chocolate takes over as the coffee and malt provide a tasty foundation. There is a surprising amount of carbonation, followed by the delicious waves of flavor which also include a hint of vanilla, all framed by a nice medium body.

    Wednesday
    Jul032013

    Give It A Shot - Dogfish Head Sah'Tea

    If you are in the mood for something out of the ordinary and all you've had as of late are summer beers, then their is no brewery better to turn to then Dogfish Head.  The off-centered ale that hits our tasting table today is their Sah'Tea.  The traditional beer this is inspired by is called Sahti and was originally made in Finland.  It used the usual types of grains you would expect, but then was flavored with juniper berries.  We tried this style late last year in the form of the Norse Legend from Sam Adams.  While that one stayed more traditional, Dogfish decided to put their unique spin on it and infuse their's with juniper berries and chai tea.  Hence the change in the spelling of the name to Sah'Tea.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Wednesday
    May082013

    Give It A Shot - Dogfish Head Noble Rot

    Should we be drinking anything, let alone a premium beer if the word rot is in the title?  The answer is apparently yes as long as part of that same label contains the words Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.  Thinking not only out of the box or out of the keg as it were, is what makes them very unique in the craft industry.  That uniqueness is what brings the world of wine into our beer today.  Noble Rot is not only the name of the beer, but also a term used to describe a grey fungus (Botrytis cinerea) that can either destroy grape crops or when picked at just the right time can produce a very concentrated sweeter wine.  The beer we are having today uses unfermented juice (or must) from viognier grapes and pinot gris must.  Join us at the tasting table today as we pour this most interesting saison.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Tuesday
    Apr022013

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Spiegelau IPA Glasses

    We know it seems a little random that we would just now be getting around to the Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA.  It's been around for years and at this point most of our listeners have probably already enjoyed this one.  Well this show is about more than just that.  Over the next few weeks we will be trying several new IPAs (one of them an Imperial) in the new IPA glasses recently created by Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada and Spiegelau glassware.  We figured it a good idea to start with something more common and see what differences, if any, could be found when compared to other pint glasses.  Needless to say we were surprised at the results.  These glasses can be purchased directly from either of the breweries just mentioned, if you want their logo on them, or soon from the Spiegelau glass website as well.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

    You may click on the media player to listen directly on our website, right click the link below to download and listen to it later, or subscribe to us and never miss an episode. Enjoy!

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    Monday
    Oct152012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Episode 26 - Pumpkin Beers 2012

    Welcome to Episode 26 of the AboutBeverages.com podcast!  It's that time of year again when I torture my co-founder and brother with another trifecta of pumpkin beers.  The formula remains the same as in previous years.  We have three new challengers to the crown currently held by Dogfish Head and their Punkin Ale.  The contenders this year are the Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, the Samuel Adams Fat Jack and the Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin.  Let us know what you think of this style and what your favorites are by emailing us at AboutBeverages@q.com.  

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    Tasting Notes - Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin, Samuel Adams Fat Jack, Shipyard Brewing Smashed Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

     

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    Thursday
    Sep202012

    AboutBeverages.com Podcast: Give It A Shot - Saison du Buff Aged In Red Wine Barrels

    The Saison du Buff collaboration was first brewed by Stone, Dogfish and Victory Brewing in 2010.  This was the first and I think only beer to come out of their BUFF (Brewers United for Freedom of Flavor) alliance.  It was brewed at all three breweries using the same recipe and ingredients throughout that year.  Fast forward to 2012 and the power trio is at it again making another round of that original saison which featured parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.  For our tasting today we have taken it to even another level.  We will be sampling the Stone version of the Saison du Buff which they chose to age in red wine barrels as part of their Quingenti Millilitre series.  If you have any ideas for future episodes of "Give It A Shot" or just have a question, you can always send us an email to AboutBeverages@q.com.

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