Archive for November, 2008

26 – Southern Tier Cuvee Series One (Oak Aged Series)

Two weeks in a row with Southern Tier! I have a hard time justifying a bottle of beer priced at $17 so after some research I decided to pick it up. The results were, well, read on…

Southern Tier Curvee Series One
brewery:
Southern Tier – southerntierbrewing.com
style: American Strong Ale
abv:
11%
serving size:
22oz
glass used:
sniffer
price: $17

Overview
This is the first part in a limited series from Southern Tier Brewing. Series One was released this month with Two following in February 09 and finally Three in June 09. For more information check out the beers page of the Southern Tier website.

What I think
When I put money into a beer I have a certain level of expectations. In this case it came in a cardboard box with simple yet effective artwork and the bottle itself was impressive. Unfortunately the beer wasn’t. Not a fan of it. It tasted like the brewers were standing in front of the boil and said “Reginald, go open your lunch from mommy and lets see what we can use! Scurry! Scurry!”. It did pour a delightful copper color but had little aroma to be desired. The taste was a bland strong ale and got me to wondering if I had a bad bottle. Slights hops, little malt and quite frankly just a boring beer. Utterly disappointed but willing to revisit down the road. It was still an average strong ale which is why I give it the following grade.

Spoon’s rating: C-

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25 – Southern Tier Krampus

When this arrived at 3 Sons Dogs & Suds I swear that every regular that I talk to told/emailed me that this was a must buy. Gotta love communication like that! I love most Southern Tier products so I was really excited to see something new on the shelf. Wait till you read the story behind the name!

Southern Tier Krampus
brewery:
Southern Tier – southerntierbrewing.com
style: Munich Helles Lager
abv:
9%
serving size:
22oz
glass used:
sniffer

Overview
Here’s the story from the Southern Tier website
St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children.

That has to be one of the best stories ever for inspiring a craft beer. Just wait till I have kids and share this one!

What I think
Before I dove into craft beers I never thought much about glassware. Using a sniffer is key in this one because the nose you’ll get will make a hop head moan. After the initial pour there was an ivory white head resting on top of an amazing copper body. This is pure beer porn and the first drink was just as amazing. The hops are settling on my palate like a mild blanket meanwhile the malts coat the roof of my mouth making me crave for more. If you’re a lacing junkie make sure you take your time to savor the beer before geeking out at the drapes of goodness.

This is a great way to bring in the holiday season on a cold snowy tonight kinda like what I have right now. I’m feeling all warm inside.

Spoon’s rating: A-

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2008 Podcast Award Winners Announced

Thanks to all who voted for  Should I Drink That?” in the food & drink category! Unfortunately we didn’t win this year and while rumors started to surface of us having a fate like Susan Lucci I can assure you that… aw screw it. Have a craft beer and keep on supporting Should I Drink That?, this site Humpday Happiness and our friends at Beer Safari!

cheers!

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EVENT – Brufest at Station Square

So like an idiot I thought I was over the flu and guess what, I wasn’t. No review today because I need to get ready this weekend for the greatest thing to ever grace the shores of Station Square.

The 2008 Pittsburgh Brufest will be Friday, November 14, 2008 at Bar Room & Saddle Ridge in Station Square from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased here! A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit The PLEA Agency and entertainment will be provided by SeeMusicLive.org

Oh did I forget to mention that yours truly along with sickpuppy from Should I Drink That, Zeke from Y108, Ron Man from B94 and a surprise local celebrity will be the official beer judges.

Stop out, get your drink on and help support a good cause.

cheers!
spoon

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24 – Knights Head Pale Ale

When you’re done reading this I want you to go check out the official website for this line of beer. Knightshead is one of the most appealing sites I’ve seen this year. Only thing missing is the ABV for the beers and they never answered emails asking for it. That aside I LOVE the website – knightsheadbrewing.com

Knight’s Head Pale Ale
brewery:
Round Table – lionbrewery.com
beer website: knightsheadbrewing.com
style: English Pale Ale
abv:
N/A
serving size:
12oz
glass used:
pint glass

Overview
Sickpuppy had picked up a case of this when he was at Save on Beer because it was $10.  I’m not kidding, TEN DOLLARS! It’s a new brew from the makers of Lionshead (Best Head in Town!) and Butt Monkey in the fine Pennsylvania town of Wilkes-Barre. When I went to SoB I was told that the price will go up to $20-$25 some time in November so buy it now if you can.

What I think
This is a perfect gateway beverage when you’re starting out in craft beers. Poured a copper/amber body with very little head but provided a balance of hops and malt. The hop profile is very noticeable but doesn’t overpower the palate and leaves a moderate malt finish. This is your session beer, meaning it’s a beer that you can chill with and have more than a few. You can appreciate the flavor profile without having to put much thought into it. It’s just good. Plus for the price you can’t beat it.

Spoon’s rating: B

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