Thirsty Thursday 6/23-6/29/16

Thursday, June 23

We just started rolling out our summer beer menu at work and a few of us decided to split one of the new beers. I’ve had a Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch once before and didn’t really like it.

Appearance: clear straw colour, small off white head

Aroma: very mild honey, moderate fruit

Taste: slightly sweet, minimal honey, bitter floral hops

Feel: light, high carbonation

Overall: I liked this better than the last time I tried this, but I feel like the insane honey flavour I got the first time I had this beer was lacking.

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I also had a Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin, (tasting notes from 4/24/16), and a Warsteiner Radler Grapefruit, (tasting notes from 6/20/16), after my shift. I’m pretty boring with my drink choices most of the time.

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Thirsty Thursday 6/16-6/22/16

Thursday, June 16

Nothing.

 


Friday, June 17

While cathing up on season three of Orange Is The New Black and painting my nails, I decided to finally open the growler of Harpoon Vanilla Porter my boyfriend brought me back from Boston in April. Surprisingly it still had carbonation.

Appearance: dark brown, lasting off white head

Aroma: dark chocolate, vanilla bean, slightly roasty

Taste: follows smell, good amount of chocolate and vanilla, slightly sweet

Feel: slick, moderate carbonation

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It’s not the best vanilla porter I’ve had, but it’s definitely up there for me. I want to visit the brewery and try this fresh.

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Thirsty Thursday 5/19-5/25/16

Thursday, May 19

Nothing.


Friday, May 20

Two of my co-workers and I hung out for a bit after work and had a drink. I didn’t take any pictures of my beer on Friday, but I had a Barrier Brewing Company Icculus Kölsch.

Appearance:  straw coloured, foamy white head

Aroma: fruity, grainy

Taste: grainy, grassy, fruit (lime?)

Feel: crisp, light body

Overall: I don’t think this beer is a great example of a kölsch style, but I like it nonetheless. It’s super light and has a good amount of flavour.


Saturday, May 21

Nothing.


Sunday, May 22

I covered a wait shift at work today that started out quite hectic and ended pretty slow. Knowing I had a double to look forward to on Monday, I just had a simple Hot Toddy while writing up some blog posts.

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Thirsty Thursday 5/5-5/11/16

Hello! It’s time once again for a run down of my drinks of the last week. I was in a weird place mentally and just wanted to stay curled up in bed as much as I could. I pretty much only drank after work and split most drinks with someone else.

Thursday, May 5

Nothing.

 

Friday, May 6

My first drink of the week was a taste of Avery Brewing Company Raja Double IPA. One of the regulars at the bar was drinking it and offered me a taste.

Appearance:  hazy yellow/gold

Aroma: pine, fruit

Taste: hoppy, citrus, tropical fruit

Feel: smooth, light bodied

Overall: This beer is super dangerous. It’s 8% and so easy to drink. I’d try a whole can to myself.

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Thirsty Thursday 4/21-4/27

Hello! I didn’t have too much to drink over the part week, but here’s what I had:

 

Thursday, April 21

While getting ready to go to the opera to see La Boheme with my mother I popped open a Rekorderlig Päron (Pear). This cider has been sitting in my fridge for a while. I’m a fan of pear ciders in general, however I usually find Rekorderlig to be very sweet.

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Thirsty Thursday: 4/14-4/20

When trying to figure out a better posting schedule and what kinds of content to post, I mentioned to my boyfriend that I was thinking about doing ‘New Brew Thursdays’. I know that it’s an Untappd badge and I’ve seen people talk about it so I thought it would be a good idea. Jason said that I should focus more on ‘Thirsty Thursday’ being a broader term and therefore giving me much more to write about.

This week’s Thirsty Thursday is about where and what I drank throughout the week.

Thursday April, 14

Jason was covering a bar shift at the restaurant where we work so I was on my own for dinner. I ate leftovers and finally finished the strawberry daiquiri/margarita mix I’ve had in the liquor cabinet. It’s not a product I think I’m going to buy again because it is so sweet and artificial tasting. I’d rather just blend some actual strawberries with my booze. I used Master of Mixes Strawberry Daiquiri/Margarita mix, Herradura Silver Tequila, Llord’s Triple Sec, and ice. (No photo because I’m lame and forgot.)


Friday, April 15

I have so much beer sitting in my fridge that I usually forget what’s in there. I pulled a Bank’s Caribbean Lager out from the depths of a drawer to have with lunch. It tasted slightly off, but overall wasn’t bad.

Appearance: golden/straw, quickly disappearing white head

Aroma: grains

Taste: malty, grainy, clean

Feel: slightly bubbly

Overall: It’s fine. There’s not much more to say about it than that. It’s pretty straight-forward and adheres to the American Adjunct-Lager style. It’d be nice on a hot summer day.

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Saturday, April 16

I work weekends, so a majority of Friday-Monday drinking is at Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn on Staten Island. It’s a lovely little family-owned and operated German restaurant. Before I starting working there, I would ask to eat at Killmeyer’s when my family had a lot of time or for special occasions since it was located on the opposite end of Staten Island from where we lived.

photo credit: Marielle Solan via TimeOut

This week after my Saturday night wait shift I changed it up a bit and had a mixed drink in addition to my usual “Surprise me” beer.

I started with Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier. 1516 is a new offering from the world’s oldest brewery celebrating the 500 year anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, (the German beer purity laws).

Appearance: hazy, golden, honey coloured, has a thick white head

Aroma: grainy, yeasty, slightly spicy

Taste: malty, grainy, slightly hoppy, slightly floral

Feel: decently carbonated, clean finish

Overall: I was very happy with this beer. I’m not a huge German beer fan, but this limited edition brew is worth having before it’s gone!

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Pictured: great beer and Jason’s funfetti tie

I also had a lovely Dirty Figtini made with Feigling vodka. Feigling is a fig flavoured vodka from Germany and probably the best flavoured vodka I’ve ever had. Put this stuff in anything and I’ll give it a try.

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I hate stem glasses.

Finally, I finished off with a Schofferhofer Grapefruit. I simply adore this beer. It’s nothing overly fancy and it is VERY fruity, but it is a solid beer. Schofferhofer also hails from Germany. The brewery makes a regular hefewizen and a number of other fruit/hefewizen beers that I have yet to find in New York.

Appearance: hazy light orange

Aroma: grapefruit, yeast

Taste: I find the taste to be more grapefruit peel or a light pink/white grapefruit, yeasty

Feel: clean, refreshing, light/medium carbonation

Overall: This is one of my go-to beers for any occasion. It’s sweet, but not overly so. It’s nice a crisp on a hot summer’s day. Being only 2.5%, it’s a great beer for drinking all day or as a breather during a night of drinking heavier beers. I think I like it most on draft, but it’s just as wonderful canned or bottled.

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Monday, April 18

Jason and I went to Ho’ Brah for lunch before he drove me in to work. It’s a nice little restaurant that serves tacos and other Mexicali type dishes. They have a number of frozen drinks behind the bar in machines and based on the two times I’ve eaten there- a nice selection of rotating draft lines.

I chose a nice cider since I wasn’t feeling all that well. The tap handle indicated that it was Ciderboys Cranberry Road, but when the bartender placed it in front of me, it looked like orange juice. Jason thought that it might be their Mimosa cider and tasted it to be sure. It was and it was perfect.

Appearance:thick yellow orange

Aroma: It smells like a mimosa

Taste: citrus, apple, sweet, champagne

Feel: light carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Definitely something I’d have again. It might be the best Ciderboys I’ve had so far.

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Ciderboys Grand Mimosa. Jason got a Negra Modelo.

Tuesday, April 19

Tuesdays are the start of my weekend and I’ll often find myself having a drink with lunch. I wasn’t in much of a beer mood, so I pulled some wine out of the fridge.

I escorted my grandmother to her niece’s wedding in Michigan back in September. We stayed with one of my grandmother’s sisters. While there, my great aunt wanted to know what I do for fun so that she could plan things to keep me entertained for the week we were there. My grandmother told her that I really enjoy drinking. Aunt Marie then decided that I needed to drink on a daily basis and took us to breweries, brewpubs, and a winery.

Forgotten Fire Winery in Wisconsin has a nice little tasting room with all kinds of trinkets and things. I really enjoyed some of the wines I tasted and bought a few bottles to bring home. My last remaining bottle was their Ice Wine. It’s a very sweet, thick, syrupy wine made from grapes that were frozen while still on the vine. It comes in a very tall, skinny bottle and clocks in at 12% ABV.

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Wednesday, April 20

I had a beer with lunch while catching up on season two of Outlander. Harpoon UFO White is another one of the go-to beers. It’s a nice, light witbier. If you like Blue Moon or Shocktop, I highly recommend drinking this.

Appearance: hazy gold, quickly disappearing head

Aroma: orange, coriander, grain, fruit

Taste: pretty much the same as aroma

Feel: medium carbonation, light and easy to drink

Overall: I really like this beer in comparison to other witbiers I’ve tasted. I think the spice really pops in UFO White instead of getting lost behind all the orange.

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For dinner, Jason took me to Big Ed’s BBQ in Matawan, NJ. They have all-you-can-eat ribs. It’s like heaven in a barn shaped eatery.

To accompany my BBQ baby back ribs and half a chicken, I ordered a Shiner Bock. I am fairly certain I’ve had a Shiner Bock before, but I wasn’t sure and it sounded the most appealing at the time.

Appearance: clear reddish brown

Aroma: malt, barley, bread

Taste: malty, a touch of sweetness

Feel: refreshing, crisp, lightly carbonated

Overall:  I’ve had many other bocks much more aggressively flavoured than Shiner Bock, so this is a really nice introduction into the style.

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-Kyra Lynn

 

Atlantic City Beer Fest

Last Sunday was the 11th Annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. This year marks my third time attending and I think it was the best year so far. There were an obscene number of breweries to choose from and so many new-to-me beers to try.

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AC Beer Fest Tasting Glass

After the mess that was trying to get our group’s matching shirts from UPS, my boyfriend, Jason, and I drove down to Atlantic City. After checking in and bringing everything to our room, we met up with the rest of our Beer Fest group at the Wild West Mountain Bar in the Wild West Casino between Bally’s and Caesar’s.

As tacky as I feel casinos to be, the Mountain Bar is pretty cool. They have cheap draft beers and what seems to look like a decent liquor selection. The decor is fun and the bar is nice and dark, (I’m a sucker for moody lighting).

Between the Mountain Bar and drinking while Jason was gambling after everyone else went to bed or elsewhere, I wasn’t drinking anything crafty or interesting. At the bar I was drinking Miller High Life and it was probably the first time I had ever had more than a sip of one. I would definitely drink it again. It was nice and crisp and refreshing. I also had a Smith and Forge Hard Cider, which I believe to be one of the best ciders offered by one of the major American beer companies, and I stole Jason’s Miller Lite. There aren’t very many beer options on the slot machine ordering menu, so I settled for my go-to limited option brew- Corona.

The next morning we all made our way to the convention center ready to drink. I was extraordinarily happy with the options at this year’s Beer Fest. I got to try some of the new beers I’ve been waiting for, ( Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin, Founder’s Mango Magnifico, and Ommegang Game of Thrones- Seven Kingdoms), a lot of beers I’ve never heard of, (Lunacy Admiral Vickers Baltic Porter, Saint Benjamin Wit or Witout, Double Nickel Marbled Rye),  some new or new-to-me options from breweries/cideries I’m familiar with, (Goose Island Matilda, Sam Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA, Strongbow Cherry Blossom), and a good number of beers I’ve had before, (Stone Arrogant Bastard, Speakeasy Baby Daddy, Blue Point Blueberry).

One beer that’s new this season, which I’ve tried previous to this beer fest and really enjoy is Harpoon Brewery’s Camp Wannamango. It’s a light golden colour with a very mango aroma. It’s both malty and hoppy with a lingering mango flavour at the end. This might be one of my always in the fridge beers this summer. Harpoon had a cute little campground set up next to their jockey boxes and my boyfriend’s brother Mitch requested I take a picture of him to put on my blog.

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Jason and Mitch in our San Jose Marks jerseys

The people working the booths were kind and knowledgeable which makes the event even better. I’ve been to some beer fests in the past where the staff/volunteers know next to nothing about the product and it’s not nearly as fun. I really enjoyed talking to these two ladies from Big Muddy Brewing and Schöfferhofer.

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I asked to take his photo and he said I had to be in it too.

I didn’t dress in pinup for this event since I’m still learning about the style and don’t have very many clothing options. Hopefully next year I’ll be in a super cute outfit and people will ask me for my picture!

-Kyra Lynn