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Sam – you’ve done it again!

Of course I mean Jim… but you get the gist!
This year’s Winter Sampler Pack from Sam Adams is a pleasant surprise! Not only have they kept the delicious Old Fizziwig, they got rid of that Cranberry Lambic. You know that Lambic… the one that no one ever drinks – and it sits in your fridge for a least a year until you can pawn it off on some unsuspecting house guest.

The new and improved mixed 12-pack has a lot of scrumptious flavors and unlike most mixed seasonal packs, I love them all!

One in particular that I’d like to mention, is the new Holiday Porter. It’s dark and rich with lots of roasted malt and hints of caramel. It’s not overly spiced with extra cinnamon or anything, so you can enjoy the true malty Porter flavor.

I’m planning to drink lots more out of this 12 pack, so I’ll be posting reviews on the Black & Brew (Coffee Stout – yum) and the Old Fizziwig soon!

Cheers and Happy Weekend!

Champagne of Beers


No, this isn’t “real” champagne, but in my opinion is a “champagne of beers”.

Golden Monkey, by Victory Brewing, was one of my first favorite Belgian style Tripels and still remains one of my favorite, many years later!  Not only is it clean and crisp – it really has a lot of body and flavor.  I love the taste that Belgian Yeast gives the beer, almost a slight funkiness – but in a good way!  The hops are perfectly balanced, not over powering the delicateness of this bubble concoction.  A special thanks to my lovely friend, Amy, for this specific bottle.  It was an early Birthday gift that I’m going to enjoy on my Birthday!  I have the best friends!

If you reach for a Golden Monkey, or any Tripel for that matter, make sure to drink it out of the proper glass; it really does matter!


Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Beer


I walked through Trader Joe’s recently, looking for a good Fall beer.  I came across a pumpkin beer by Kennebunkport (or Federal Jack’s), which Trader Joe’s carries.   Kennebunkport makes some great beers, including an IPA and a Vienna Lager which were both tasty – so, I figured it was worth a try (and at only $6, a steal).  This Pumpkin was crisp, fresh and full of bright pumpkin flavor.  It wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be, but the cinnamon and nutmeg gave it a spicy bite, which was delightful.

If you’re ever in Trader Joe’s – pick up some of this brewery’s beer; it’s very inexpensive and the full flavor will surprise you.


Abita’s Pecan Harvest Ale – I really wanted to like it!


When I heard about Abita’s Pecan Harvest Ale, I was intrigued (even if I didn’t care for their Purple Haze).  I’ve heard this was a pretty solid beer and it sounded like a yummy, malty beer that I’d enjoy.  The first sip wasn’t bad, filled with maltiness and I could taste a bit of pecan flavor, but the aftertaste didn’t sit well.  You know how if you eat a handful of pecans, you have that bitter aftertaste?  That’s exactly how this beer tasted; total pecan, nasty aftertaste and all.  Maybe this beer just isn’t for me, and while I dare say, you should still try it – it wouldn’t be one I’d highly recommend.

Oh Abita!  I have yet to like one of your beers, but I’m not giving up – I see you have a Fall Fest and a Christmas Ale – so I will give them a shot.  Stay tuned!

A Break From Beer…


At least for one night, I’m not making a beer post.  Beer is delicious, but now and then we all need to have a yummy mixed drink recipe up our sleeve!

My standby is super simple – Tanqueray, a splash of Vermouth and lots of olives; I love olives (Queen Olives are best for Martini drinking – and might I suggest experimenting with garlic stuffed olives as well?)!  My husband jokes and says that the liquid is just to keep my olives fresh.

I don’t settle for anything but Tanqueray either – it’s just so rich and flavorful, there’s no real substitute.



This weekend we celebrated Oktoberfest at The Capital Ale House in Richmond. They closed off some streets downtown in front of the restaurant, got some great beer trucks, and had a party. We have attended The Capital Ale House’s Oktoberfest Events for the past 9 years, and this was probably the best organized yet. Having delicious Paulaner and Spaten on tap – as well as Yager and Goldschlager shots, made for a day of celebration!

The pretty lady in this picture is a dear friend of our family. With both Irish and German heritage, she knows good food and good beer! She also embodies what these celebrations are all about – having fun!

If you’re looking for a good Oktoberfest style beer, which it’s the perfect time for right now, try Paulaner – as it’s the original!

Ichabod – delicious pumpkin!


New Holland Brewery had a Pumpkin Ale with a whimsical label (The Headless Horseman), so I had to try it.   This beer is called “Ichabod Ale” and it embodies all that is Fall!  The body is a little thin, but it has a spicy pumpkin pie flavor that makes up for it!  If you think “pumpkin pie beer” isn’t for you – don’t miss out by not giving this beer a shot, it has all of the crisp spiciness without tasting like real dessert!

When looking at this brewery’s website, I see they distill as well!  If you’re more into liquor, you may want to try their “Double Down Barley Whiskey” – and make sure to let me know how it tastes!


Campfire Beer – Literally!


Here Sam Adams goes again… making one of these craft brew styles that most mainstream beer breweries dare not try.  I swear, Sam, you’ve got balls – and I am constantly impressed with you.

I’m not a Rauchbier fan, and if you’ve ever had a Rauchbier, you’d probably agree that it’s easily described as “smokey”.    I took a sip of this, and it tasted like a beer that I sat beside a campfire, forgot about for like 4 hours, then found again and drank; again, not a fan.  It does have some great malt character, but it reminds me of that “liquid smoke” stuff that people add to their chilis and stews.  Now, even though I didn’t like the taste, the smell is awesome and reminds me of Fall!

Keep on keepin’ on, Sam Adams; even though you don’t always hit my palate right on, you make me proud!






The label of this bottle was CRAZY!  It had a bunch of sperm pictures coming towards a glass of beer.  At least that’s what I thought it was – here… you decide:



See!!  I bet you thought I was lying!  Crazy beer name with a crazy label, eh?  Well… on to the beer.    This brew is part of Smuttynose Brewery’s 2011 Big Beer Series.  The Homunculus is a Belgian Golden Ale.  Belgian beers are among my favorites, and this one had a nice malty flavor – but unlike traditional Belgian  Ales – it was pretty hoppy, so I was surprised by that bitter bite at the end!  At 9.9% ABV,  it made me feel all warm and toasty inside!

It’s totally a beer to pick up and try – and as a bonus, you get a cool bottle!  Also, be on the lookout for some of Smuttynose Brewery’s other delicious beers – Old Brown Dog (Brown Ale) and even Really Old Brown Dog (Stock Ale) are some of my favorites!  I just noticed that they have a Scotch Ale and a Maibock – those are now on my wishlist!  “Make mine a Smutty!”  Cheers!


Lovin’ Some Punkin


Ah Fall – that wonderful time of year again that brings cooler weather, changing leaves, the smell of roasted marshmallows around outdoor campfires – and Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale!  I LOVE THIS BEER!  It’s no secret that I’m a huge Dogfish fan, and this Punkin is one of my favorite seasonal brews.  Tonight, I picked up a four pack and lavished myself with this spicy treat!  Rich with spices like pumpkin (yes, you probably guessed that), cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – the first sip will have you reveling in the joy of the Fall season!  My only complaint about this beer is that it doesn’t come in a sixer!  😦

Cheers and Happy Fall!!