Thursday, April 28, 2011

400 Beers one Location

That’s right folks, the 4th annual American Craft Beer Fest is back and pouring more than 100 American brewers and 400 sudsy delights to wrap your lips around.

It’s kicking off at the Seaport World Trade Center on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 and this blogger is going to be there, notebook in hand, doing the dirty work for those who can’t make the trek.

$45 gets you through the door to the magical candyland of hops and malts and the website reminds us - No children or pets. Respect Beer.

Will we see you there?

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Beer in the City

Peak Organic Simcoe Spring
5.40% ABV

*DISCLAIMER: Enter the non-hop-head to weigh in on a spring beer, known for its hoppiness …

Recently I have been warming to IPAs and stronger hop brews, but they have to be balanced. I don’t like my palate to be blown after one beer or to fill me up too quickly. Basically I love beer, so I like to drink a lot of it. Beers that allow me to do that while still tasting great are a part of this quest called Beer411.

This past weekend my fellow blogger and I were in NYC together and ordered a pint of the Peak Organic Simcoe Spring on draft. We sniffed, we sipped and basically came to the same conclusion, “ehh – so what?” (Add in anything I miss below cuz)

Not much to report on the nose, a little grassy, a little citrus. Which is why I was so surprised by my first sip - I got bowled over with malts. This beer has a really crisp, sharp taste which may be due to the organic barley and hops. The flavor hits you right from the top and then … that’s it, nothing lingering or really satisfying about it. We got some cherry and vanilla peeking through but nothing standing out enough to make us order another round.

Grade C+

I say keep it moving and save your five spot for something better, or in this case we were out $7 each -- OUCH!! Just another reason Boston is better than NYC.

The good news is summer ales are creeping in, bring on the hefeweizen.

Don’t agree with us? Tell us below.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Beer "Raises the Bar"

I know, I know... why haven't I called... it's been months since we last spoke, and well, frankly, I don't have a good reason why I've been so distant. It's not you... it's me. Life gets in the way of posting from time to time and I certainly I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me...

I'm not going to kick this off with a big review of any kind. Yes, my cousin and I started this blog to inform all those that are thirsty all about the Wonderful World of Malty Beverages. Normally, we write reviews from things that we've tried, or look forward to trying... but I also look to this blog to help spread the word... to point out things that might catch my eye that I feel people out there would enjoy reading...

And when I came across this on good ol' Facebook, I laughed OUT loud. If I needed an excuse to call up the blog... this is it.

I've written about BrewDog before... just a bunch of guys that I would love to meet someday. I've posted some of their querky videos and talked about there drive to always push the envelope of beer. For example, their quest to make the strongest beer in the world. CHECK.... well, this is also a first...

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding... presenting BrewDog's Royal Virility Performance... as they put it, Celebrating the Royal Wedding 'Big Willy Style'. A funny name... but what's the deal??

This 7.5% ABV IPA beverage contains:
-Horny Goat Weed
-‘a healthy dose of sarcasm’

...and Viagra. Yes... Viagra! HAHA!!! If you have moment... please read their blog below.

It feels good to be back... hope to write more soon!!