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)
It’s only fitting that I do my first review on probably my favorite local brewery out of Fairfield, NJ. Magnify Brewing has been making some good noise around the area and it may have to do a lot with their New England style of brewing. There hasn’t been a beer that I’ve had out of their camp that I have not seriously enjoyed I’m excited to see how Magnify continues to grow and progress. Let’s get into the beer no? Continue reading Hype Train
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
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.