Let’s talk for a minute about Vault Brewing Company. Buying and trying craft beers, IPAs being the biggest example, has become a ritual of stalking the social media pages of breweries, waiting for a release announcement, and lining up, for hours on occasion, to pick up the newest and freshest beers. This is not a complaint by the way. There is something very enjoyable about grabbing friends, hopping in a car, and road tripping to a brewery to wait in line to snag some beers. I’ve met cool people and had great conversations in these lines. From time to time though, there is something to be said for just showing up, picking up beers, and getting on with your day. For me, enter Vault Brewing Company… Continue reading Vault Brewing Company
First up this time: a couple of smaller, local breweries in New Jersey have jumped on the canning train. Jersey Girl Brewing’s first offering is their Rake Breaker; a hazy, tropical, New England style IPA. http://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/beers.html While Manskirt Brewing has gone the darker route and canned their Great Porter. http://manskirtbrewing.com/
I’m a fan of Ballast Point; their Habanero Sculpin is one of my all time favorite beers. That said, I’m pretty pumped up about their newest beer: Nitro Red Velvet. The color of this thing looks crazy and I’m looking forward to trying it. https://www.ballastpoint.com/beer/red-velvet/
You have to respect the Germans’ love of beer. As more and more breweries host a yoga class followed by a beer afterwards, German steps the beer yoga game up by making the bottle of beer part of the routine. How do you say Namaste in German? http://bieryoga.de/english/
Heineken is buying Kirin’s Brazilian beer operations for around 100 billion yen. Kirin had Brazilian beer operations?! http://www.cnbc.com/2017/01/19/heineken-will-pay-around-100-billion-yen-for-kirins-brazilian-beer-operations-nikkei.html
Ah, human ingenuity….can we brew beer on the moon? The title of the article is a bit misleading as the majority of the “brewing” will be done on plain boring Earth, but an interesting read nonetheless. https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/can-you-brew-beer-moon
And finally, an awesome product out of Sweden. The article is funny in that it tries to explain and justify the need for a “shower beer” beyond: alcholism. http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/01/17/Swedish-brewerys-Shower-Beer-designed-for-shower-drinking-and-conditioning/2311484690772/
I hear a lot of different things about Tired Hands Brewing Company out of Ardmore, Pa: “they suck,” “they’re awesome,” “their beers are bizarre,” “their beers are delicious,” etc. I haven’t had a chance to make it out to their brewery yet, but they are probably my next trip. A brewery so polarizing has to be worth the drive. I was recently able to acquire a can of their peach milkshake (which I’m very much looking forward to trying) along with this little beast…the aptly named Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste). Continue reading Intensely Juicy Dank Beautiful (Copy & Paste)
I have quite a backlog of beer currently, but because I’m an idiot, I just keep buying more rather than drinking all of what I have. That fact did let me do some interesting “research” however. (For a frame of reference, I did this back in October). Plat and I recently (in October) took a second trip up to craft beer juggernaut Treehouse Brewing in Monson, MA to pick up some Julius and another flagship beer: Green. Since I still had some Green left over from an earlier trip, I had an interesting opportunity to compare a fresh Green with a 2 month old Green. Breweries always tell you with these “juice bomb” type IPAs to drink them fresh…but does it really matter? Let’s see. Continue reading Green vs. Green
I feel like I’ve mentioned that porters, and by extension stouts, are not my favorite style of beer. There are people that would gasp at that I’m sure. That said, I’m continuing to try to up my porter/stout game. Somerdale, NJ’s own Flying Fish Exit 7 Pork Roll Porter is apparently a limited release brewed in honor of Flying Fish’s 20th anniversary. I definitely felt the “I need to try this” come over me when I heard about it but I’m not sure this was the best porter to try to change my opinion of the style. Continue reading Exit 7 Pork Roll Porter
Just some things happening in the beer world….6 things specifically.
Rouge Ales is releasing a new member of their “Voodoo Doughnut” series of beers; This time it’s Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla. We’re kind of partial to the name ourselves. Having tried all the other beer in this series, I’m strangely looking forward to giving this one a taste. http://www.rogue.com/rogue_beer/voodoo-doughnut-grape-guerrilla/
If you spend any time on this page you are going to start hearing the name Magnify Brewing more and more. They are local to the Guerrilla Compound here in NJ and they are definitely a name to look out for. Bias aside, I truly think these guys are on to something, and they feel like they’re on the verge of blowing up….the good kind not the bad kind. If you are in NJ or traveling through, they are absolutely worth making a special stop. Just an update on their upcoming week. https://www.instagram.com/p/BM1fNReATjx/
One of the “big daddies” in the craft beer game is getting on board the canning train (canning line technically I guess). Dogfish Head is canning their 60 minute IPA and will follow with Flesh and Blood IPA and SeaQuench Ale early next year. http://www.dogfish.com/blog/can-we-can-it-%E2%80%A6-yes-we-can
Speaking of craft beer big dogs, Stone Brewing is completely changing the game. This is an old story but I wanted to make sure to post it in case anyone hadn’t heard……Stone is opening, what sounds like, a literal dream come true. Stone Hotel! http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5ec5334c4de0485ce1a0cb338&id=ab24209d7a&e=[UNIQID]
For our friends across the sea, big news out of Hungary as the Daily News Hungary reports HopTop Brewery won a bronze medal at the European Beer Star 2016 competiton for their Dry Stout. This marks the first time a Hungarian based brewery has won at the competition. Congrats guys and if anybody wants to send some HopTop to the States we are ready to receive. http://dailynewshungary.com/hungarian-success-european-beer-star-2016/
Lastly, technically another old story but one that I think is very cool to read about. The rise of the craft beer industry in other parts of the world. This article from The Guardian from the beginning of the year talks about the increasingly popular craft scene developing in Russia. Worth a read. It’s an exciting time for beer and beer lovers.https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jan/17/russia-craft-beer-geeks-drinking-vodka
A couple of the Guerrillas and I took another quick trip up to Massachusetts to hit the big time breweries up there…more on that to come, stay tuned. First, as a Jersey guy I want to get a little NJ representation on here. Carton Brewing out of the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, is as good of a place to start as any; with a 95 score on Beer Advocate, 077XX is a strong way to kick it off. Continue reading 077XX
Full disclosure: Porters are not my favorite style of beer. I can certainly appreciate the rich history and varied
flavor profiles of a porter, but they’ve just never resonated with me. So, why a porter as my first review? It was simply the first thing I saw when I opened my fridge….that’s it. With that, we have the PBJ Crunch Porter from Philadelphia based Manayunk Brewing Company.
From the can, Manayunk describes the PBJ Crunch:
As a kid, there was nothing more satisfying than a delicious PBJ sandwich. This staple could be found in most lunchboxes across America. Mouthwatering, ripe strawberries and delicious nutty peanut butter play in perfect harmony with this bold and malty Porter. Just don’t pack this delicious beer for lunch. Or go ahead. We don’t care.
PBJ Crunch pours a very dark dark brown with maybe a hint of red when held up to light. Slightly less than one finger of tan head, which dissipated quickly. Definitely looks like a porter.
The smell is malty with strong peanut aroma. Almost more peanut shells. Smells a bit like you went to a baseball game, bought a bag of peanuts, and poured your beer into the bag. There’s a very slight hint of fruitiness too but you have to search for it.
The taste is pretty much how it smells. Strong peanut flavor with a slightly stronger hint of fruitiness. It took a couple sips before I noticed the fruit flavor. The can says strawberry flavor but it could just as easily be raspberry. Definite maltiness with a bready aftertaste. So that bag of beer and peanuts you have, imagine taking a swig out of it but you just finished eating one of those old strawberry candies first. That’s about what you’re dealing with.
As porters go, this one was pretty interesting. The peanut flavor and taste is strong but different than any of the various peanut butter beers out there. For me it’s a 6/10 but definitely worth checking out if you see it somewhere.
So, what is this? Good question without a good answer…yet. The ideas of what this site will be are still very fluid. I guess, at its simplest, this site will be a place for reviews of beer and some liquor. However, we all know there are thousands of other sites doing the exact same thing. I suppose something that will set us apart is we are very much amateurs at this point. In reality, the “about us” we wrote probably sums all this up best: Continue reading What Am I Looking At!?
“You’re going to drive 6-7 hours just to go to a brewery? Are you serious? What’s the point of that?”
I recently faced some version of that question from a couple of different people recently. The answer was almost always the same: “yeah we are, you just don’t understand. It’s not like going to a regular brewery.” Truthfully, the answer is far more deep than simply driving a bunch of hours to go visit a brewery. The breweries in question in this example were The Alchemist and Treehouse Brewing (both of which were probably worth a drive of twice the distance honestly). The trip was about far more than going to get some beers that I have wanted to try. Continue reading The Beer Life Isn’t For Everyone