THE Stone collab of 2015 so far!! Awesome beer! Please check out my channel on YouTube and subscribe!!
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Normally when I a do blind taste test; it is concealed under a mystery box, there are cameras in front of me with elaborate lights settings, and two other sweaty reviewers sitting next to me.
This was different. While visiting the soon-to-be opened Metropole Brewing Company, brewer and founder Mike Katrivanos poured me what will become one of Metropole's flagship beers. Mike hand me the beer and asked me to guess what it was. All he told me was that it was called 1821 Ale and contained a secret ingredient.
The color and clarity of the beer was very nice with good head retention as seen in the images.
It was a highly aromatic beer. Among the three beers Mike let me try, all three were quite aromatic and pleasant in their own rite. 1821 had a slight floral and some biscuit aromas on the nose; with a hint of clove (very mild). My initial suspicions were that it may be a belgian pale ale.
Upon my first sips, my taste buds alerted me to think that this beer was a belgian pale ale, however, it wasn't as clove heavy as they can be, and I noticed some subtle nuances with the beer that strayed me away from it; such as an ever so slight tinge of farmhouse ale characters. Mike wanted me to guess the secret ingredient he put in the beer, and I missed on all of my guesses. I thought for sure there was lemon verbena or zest in it. Nope. It was Greek Mountain Tea, or according to my shrewd wikipedia search, Sidertis; that has health benefits for suppressing a cold, digestion and strengthens the immune system.
All that aside, I am a fan of the beer. It is crisp, refreshing, yet is full bodied and never had a watered down taste to it like some lighter beers will become. Also of note, there was a faint candied orange flavor the came about has the beer warmed up.
I will not give a BBA rating to the beer since it wasn't entirely a blind taste test, but I will say this: I would buy this local beer to share with out-of-town visitors or keep a six pack in my fridge. I think this beer will pair well with mild to medium robust cheeses and even some herb fused cheese. Arrowwine carries an herb and olive oil soaked feta cheese for only $5 that I think would pair perfectly with this.
Posted by Richard Hartogs at 4:26 PM
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Review 400 is here! Such a special beer that was given to me by a fellow YouTuber! Thanks to everyone for the support on the Better Beer Authority and all my viewers! Please watch and comment on YouTube! Cheers!
Monday, January 5, 2015
2014 was one hell of a year and there were many great beers enjoyed! Here are my personal favorites from the year and here's hoping everyone has a great 2015!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
|Richard enjoying Pliny The Younger in multiples|
Best Brewery Visit: Modern Times Beer San Diego, CA. I went there because a cousin of a friend was an assistant brewer there. While I didn't meet him, I was introduced to four great beers (see below for best beer). The brewery at the Lomoland Fermentorium was spacious and had awesome artwork all over.
|Sampler from Modern Times Beer|
Best Bottle Shop: Chuck's Hop Shop. Seattle, WA. My initial reaction when I walked in, "Holy Shit." I could rant about the selection of bottles and taps, but I would never stop. This is the best beer place I have even been to!
Honorable Mention: Charleston Beer Exchange. I had heard great things and was not disappointed. I knew they would have a great bottle selection, but I was still stunned to come away with some great beers.
Beer Bar: Toronado San Diego, CA. Yes, I scored Pliny the Younger there. However, I was there the day before enjoying many delicious beers, with the best beertender in the world and eating pork belly skewers.
Honorable Mention: The Alibi Room Vancouver, B.C Canada. Big, well curated tap list from the Pacific NW.
Honorable Mention #2: Mikeller Bar Copenhagen, Denmark. A wide variety of Mikeller beer plus Three Floyd's, Off Color and Prairie....not to mention Hill Farmstead bottles for purchase, how can you go wrong? OK, the prices in Scandinavia are crazy expensive....that is the downside.
Beer Festival: SAVOR Washington DC. World Class beer and people. Shared a beer with Jim Koch and Sam Calagione and Garrett Oliver poured me beers from their respective breweries. And every attendee went home with a special bottle of beer.
Honorable Mention: Snallygaster Washington DC. BA Abraxas, Fou Foune on tap? Yes please.
|had to take some home|
Honorable Mentions. Three Brothers Resolute Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Williamsburg Alewerks Bourbon Porter, Reuben's Crickey IPA, Maine Lunch, Three Floyd's Chevalier Bertrand du Guesclin.
Special mentions to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and 3 Brothers Brewing for being great hosts on our BBA road trips.
Also, while I had some good trips throughout the year, nothing can touch Lance's Brewery Tour. We were honored to conduct a Brew & A with Aaron Rice, the director of the project earlier this year.
Posted by Richard Hartogs at 11:21 AM
Monday, December 22, 2014
Thanks for joining me for what is perhaps the best BA DIPA I've EVER had!! Sierra Nevada is doing some amazing stuff and this is just further proof. Please don't forget to watch, comment and sub on YouTube! Cheers!