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For the Love of Cider!

I’ve tried my fair share of cider – and most of them, I really enjoy.  Ciders all have that apple flavor to them, but they are all very unique!

This Doc’s Draft was split between me and two ladies I adore – and we all loved it!  It’s not as bubbly and crisp as my all time favorite, Crispin Cider, but it was delicious in its own ways.  Boasting a very pure and strong apple taste, this cider hit my tongue making memories of childhood rush in – but I soon tasted the “grown up” alcohol flavors in the warming finish.  This apple concoction wasn’t very bubbly, which I normally prefer in a cider – but I actually enjoyed the flat smoothness of the swirling flavors; it was so easy to drink.

In the Fall, I love picking apples from the local orchard and making gallons of apple sauce.  Maybe this year, I can convince my husband to brew me a cider!

Old Crustacean Barleywine – Aged!


This bottle of Old Crustacean from Rogue Brewery has been in our beer fridge for a while.  It’s actually a 2008!  We took it to the beach with us recently to share with friends.  This thing had a mouth-feel almost like molasses; it was so thick!  Rich with age, this brew was sweet but the alcohol also permeated the tip of your tongue.  We really should have picked up a newer bottle to try along side this one, as I have a feeling that this beer was probably far superior to it’s little brother from this year.

I’m a sweet and malty fan, so I did enjoy this.  It was so rich though, I’m glad it was split between five people and I didn’t have a full pint glass as I wouldn’t have been able to finish it.  Goal for this winter:  pick up another Rogue Barleywine!


Wrath of Picant – Holy Bacon!



When I first tried this brew, all I could taste was malt and bacon!  Now, this beer isn’t brewed with bacon, but the smokiness along with the overly sweet brown sugar flavor certainly makes me think of it.  I do love some bacon, but I’d perfer to eat it, not drink it. Some other people that shared this beer enjoyed it, but the consensus was it was a little weird and overly smoky.  With this being said – The Wrath of Pecant is the probably one of the only beers brewed by Dogfish Head that I don’t care for; I actually adore most of them – Palo Santo, Red & White and their Brown Ale – just to name a few.

I applaud Dogfish for always trying something new and pushing the boundaries of craft brewing, but maybe they could go for a new chocolate beer next time.



Irene Preparedness

We stocked up on delicious beer for our beach trip this week… but it’s turned out to be great hurricane supplies as well!  Last night we had a Palo Santo from Dogfish Head… yum!  Here you can see some Ovila, the Sierra collaboration – second addition, which we’re going to try to hold out on opening!  The first Ovila that I tried was the dubbel; it was malty and delicious!  This second Ovila is a Saison and I’m eager to try it.  I just hope this Saison  isn’t too funky.  The third bottle in the series (which I don’t think has been released yet) is a Quad – I have to get one of those!

I hope everyone else prepared well for this storm; I feel bad for anyone housebound without beer!


Full Moon – Full Flavor


I posted about Blue Moon Brewery’s White Ale not too long ago – and it was no secret that I didn’t like it.  In the very bottom of our beer refridgerator, was a lonely Blue Moon bottle.  Initially, I thought it was a nasty White Ale, left over from some get together, but the bottle said “Full Moon”.  Intrigued, I popped the cap and tried it.  This was a Winter Ale, one of my favorite styles, so it was rich with warm spices and savory malts.  There was a little bit of oxidation, but that was probably because it’s Summer, and obviously that beer had been in there forever!  I shouldn’t have been so quick to write off the Blue Moon Brewery, as this beer was pretty good; I stand by my statement that the White Ale sucks though.

When Winter arrives, I will give their new Winter a chance – at least one.


Flying Dog – Hoppy Hopness!


Flying Dog represented with a display of fresh hops, stickers and lots of great beer – at the Mashout Festival this weekend (see my previous post for an explanation of Mashout).  They had two delicious brews on tap, “Raging Bitch” and ” Gonzo”.

The “Raging Bitch” is a Belgian Style IPA which has great body and a lot of hops!  I loved the malty Belgian taste that this beer had and the hoppiness to make this a well balanced beer.  I do believe I filled my glass up a couple of times.  The name, in my opinion, is pretty funny – but I do know they’ve received some grief about it; come on people – it’s beer – have one and lighten up!

The “Gonzo” is an Imperial Porter and full of rich roasted malt.  Think strong coffee, with alcohol!  There is a bit more hops in this Porter than in others I’ve tried – but from trying their other beers, I think Flying Dog just loves the hops!

I’m impressed that Flying Dog donated some of its beers and merchandise to this Maryland event.  While it’s an event of homebrewers – most craft breweries were started by homebrewers!


Guinness – The “Original” Stout

I went out with a group of people last night and one of the guys ordered a Guinness.  We were at a great beer bar with tons of options on tap, so I just asked him if he’d tried any other stouts.  He was rather offended with my suggestion and let me know that Guinness is his all time favorite beer, even though he’s tried many.  Really??  His favorite??  Surely this can’t be true!

It’s been so long since I’ve tried a Guinness, that I decided to have one myself.  I’d forgotten how delicious it really is!  It’s bitter and roasty with a creamy head, but not to overly filling – a really good stout!  They got it right when they created this beer, so if you’re holding out for St. Patty’s Day to have one – break free to enjoy one sooner.  Oh, and a 12-ounce bottle comes in at 126 calories – so if you’re looking to maintain that “girlish figure”, it’s a smart choice!


Dogfish Head’s Best T-shirt Evah!


My husband was out of town this past week, working but also living it up like a bachelor!  I’ve wanted this “Fort” t-shirt from Dogfish Head for a couple of years now, so when he was at the brewery, he picked it up – so sweet!  Atleast when he drinks without me, he still thinks about me!  😉

It’s no secret that Dogfish Head is one of my favorite breweries; I love so many of their beers!  From the Red & White to the Palo Santo – they are all really delicious!  This Fort though, is really special.  Just imagine this – lots of raspberries purred and added into a belgian type beer… yes, it sounds delicious – and it is!!   AND… I love my awesome new shirt!

Long Trail Centennial Red


Evidently here’s another beer you can’t get in VA (what’s up VA??).  A friend of ours picked up this beer when traveling to NJ and was kind enough to share.

Long Trail Brewing Company is in Vermont and prides itself on not only making great beer, but being environmentally conscious while doing so.  From feeding their spent grain to local dairy cows (which I bet those cows LOVE) to recovering kettle steam to use for heat – this company is serious about “EcoBrewing”.  I’m always impressed when a company goes out of their way to try to conserve, especially when it’s so easy to be wasteful and claim it’s “not our duty”.  You go Long Trail!!

So, they’ve got my vote for all of their environmental efforts and their beer is quite tasty as well!  This Centennial Red is part of their limited edition “Brewmaster Series” and the first beer I’ve ever tasted from this brewery.  It’s called a “Red”, but it’s so rich, sweet and malty – that it could easily be mistaken for a Barley Wine (which is totally okay with me – as I do love the Barley Wines).  I can totally taste the alcohol in this brew and did I mention the awesome maltiness?  Heaven!

There’s an Imperial Porter included in their “Brewmaster Series” which I must get my hands on.  Looks like I’ll be heading North sometime soon.


Lucky U IPA


While in the OBX this weekend, we stopped for some brews we hadn’t tried; Breckenridge IPA “Lucky U” was one of them.  As you can see by the number of caps I have, we kinda liked it.  😉  It wasn’t as hoppy as I expected, being an IPA – but in my case, that’s good!  I prefer beers that are hoppy, but yet well balanced with malt flavor.  “Lucky U” delivered that nice crispy hop flavor without going overboard.

I do believe we were the “lucky” ones, picking this tasty brew!  Having this beer as my first Breckenridge beer, I’m excited to try their other flavors – like their Autumn Ale!  Cheers!