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My Antonia by Dogfish Head

With the jammed packed crowd at Yankee Stadium chanting “Derek Jeter”, Derek sends a 3 and 2 slider into the left field seats for hit #3000.  Talk about a flair for the dramatic.  To put it into perspective, some 16000+ players have played in the MLB.  Derek is only the 28th player to hit that lofty milestone.  No matter how you cut it…that is pretty damn impressive.  I could go on and on about Jeter, but I do have some beer tasting to do.

The first thing I thought of when I saw beer #223, My Antonia by Dogfish Head, was My Sharona.  Don’t know why that came to my mind but it did.  This is an American Double Pilsner or an Imperial Pilsner which is a new category for me…yeah baby!  The ABV for this beer from Milton, Delaware is sitting pretty at 7.5%.

It poured a hazy pale yellow or gold and had the most lovely frothy white head that left quite possibly the best lacing of any beer I have had so far.  Lacing for the uninitiated is the when the head of a beer clings to the glass.  It can leave some really neat random patterns as it clings.  The nose was full of bread, grains, and lemon with a nice earthy aroma.  The hops really took over in the taste with a grass like flavor up front then it gets malty with those bready flavors.  It finished slightly bitter with a lemony flavor.  The mouthefeel was heavier than I expected and very smooth, almost creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation.  Weird thing about this beer was at times it was smooth and creamy and another sip would find it quite crisp…odd.  With the alcohol hidden nicely, this was nice and drinkable for myself.

I kind of liked this even know I’m not a big Pilsner fan.  It may be my favorite Pilsner style beer I have had so far.

Once again…I raise a glass to the greatest shortstop, and future Hall Of Famer, to ever don the Yankee pinstripes.  Let the chanting begin… “Derek Jeter” “Derek Jeter”….

Rating: B+

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Lilja's Sasquatch Stout by Pangaea Beer Company

Bigfoot has always fascinated me.  That fascination goes back to when I was a kid and saw the famous Patterson-Gimlin footage shot at Bluff Creek, California.  Was it a fake?  I don’t know but I do know it left a lasting impression on me.  So much so that every once in a while I find myself hunting for Sasquatch (love that word) but imagine my surprise when I found the big footed fellow not in the deep woods of New Jersey, but in the big aisles of my local Joe Canal’s…not that I actually found Bigfoot but a beer named after him.

That beer, #222, is Lilja’s Sasquatch Stout by Pangaea Beer Company.  Pangaea Beer Company hails from Wisconsin and they brew this American Stout with an ABV of 7%.

Just a word of caution to all the New York Yankee and Derek Jeter haters, from now until Mr. Jeter gets his 3000th hit, of which he is 2 away, I will be using my Yankees glass.  So into that said Yankee went this black brew.  The head of this was light brown and dense.  Lots of cool lacing was left on the glass from that head.  I took smell, it had a nice roasted malty aroma with dark chocolate and a faint sweet thing going on.  The dark chocolate flavors hit me first in the taste followed by a sweet almost fruity flavor, what fruit though was beyond me.  It finishes with just a slight coffee flavor that disappears very quickly.  It had low carbonation, was quite smooth and had a body midway between light and medium.  I was a bit disappointed as I was expecting something a bit more sticky and full bodied.

Overall a decent beer and a fine way to end the week.

Rating: B

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Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Samuel Adams

Looks like I will have to wait a few weeks for Derek Jeter to get hit #3000.  On to the 15 day disabled list he went today.  Although, looking at the schedule, it sets him up nicely to get #3000 in New York…at Citi Field, home to those cross town bums called the Mets.  Actually, that would would be pretty sweet.  I can’t stand the Mets and I despise them almost as much as I do the Red Sox.  It could be a good thing for the Mets and their money troubles though…they could keep the ball, steal his bat, and auction them off to the highest bidder.

Beer #198 is Samuel Adams Summer Ale by Samuel Adams from Boston Massachusetts.  This was served in a large glass on draft from Ruby Tuesdays.

Stats – American Pale Wheat Ale with an ABV of 5.3%.
Appearance – Pale straw yellow with a white head.
Nose – Kind of light with grains, wheat, lemon.
Taste – Wheat and grains up front finishing off with a lemon zest like flavor and bitterness.
Mouthfeel – Medium body, nice prickly carbonation, refreshing.

Not too shabby.  This was a pretty good beer that was super easy to drink. Mine came with a slice of lemon.  I’m not a huge fan of fruit slices in beer as I think they usually cover up bad tasting beers (Corona for example) but the lemon here complimented the beer.  I could see this as a good backyard BBQ type beer on a hot summer day…add that slice of lemon and it could be quite refreshing.

Rating: B

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Lilja's Heifer Weizen by Sand Creek Brewing Company

I will be breaking out my New York Yankees glass for the next few beers in honor of The Captain, #2, Derek Jeter.  As I type this he has just gotten hit #2994, just 6 shy of 3000.  I hope he gets it in the last 4 games of this home stand instead of on the road.

Beer #197 is Lilja’s Heifer Weizen by Sand Creek Brewing Company from Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Stats – Hefeweizen with an ABV of 5.3%.
Appearance –  Hazy pale golden yellow with a frothy one finger width white head.  Excellent lacing did that head leave behind.
Nose – Bananas, slight clove aroma, some grass, spicy.
Taste – Fairly light taste wise, bread, wheat, just a tad bit of sweetness, maybe some lemon, slightly bitter, odd aftertaste.
Mouthfeel – Low carbonation, smooth and creamy, somewhere between light and medium body.

“Brewed behind the cheddar curtain” is printed on the label.  I liked that and the nose but the taste just kind of fell off the cliff for me.  Shame, because up until the taste, this was looking and smelling to be a very good beer.  Not that is tasted bad, it just didn’t live up to the the aroma.

Rating: C

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La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue

I took a look up into the sky today and was amazed by what I saw…a yellow globe radiating heat and light.  Interesting…rumor on the street was that the globe was the sun.  Seems like forever since it has shown itself here in good old New Jersey.  Why not celebrate with some good food (Thai) and a beer.  That beer, #174, is La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue and is a Tripel with an ABV 9%. This beer is from Canada and brewed in Chambly, Quebec.  I do believe this is my first beer in the 365 from Canada.  Sweet!

Sorry for the root beer style mug this went into, but it was all the Thai restaurant we went to has for boozer like myself.  They are BYOB which is a good thing.  The color of La Fin Du Monde was kind of a hazy golden yellow.  It had a nice frothy white head.  The nose was really, really nice…apples, spiciness similar to pepper, flowery, banana, a bit of orange, and a slight grain bread like aroma.  I took a taste before the spicy Thai food got to work on me.  One word…delicious!  Lot of stuff going on here in the taste but for me it all started with an apple like taste.  Lots of  other fruit  (citrus, possibly peach, banana, pineapple) abound here along with a spiciness such as clove and pepper.  The mouthfeel from the carbonation made it very bubbly and prickly.  It had a medium body.  Highly drinkable in part because of how it tasted  but also because for a 9% ABV beer…that alcohol was virtually undetectable…until after the bottle was gone, then I felt it and the wife had to drive home from the restaurant.

Absolutely fantastic beer that is one of the best I have had.  I highly recommend you give a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  I wasn’t and as I typed this last line, Tex (Mark Teixeira) just went deep for the Yanks with El Capitan on base (Derek Jeter) off of some hobo from Flushing, New York (Flushing…really…a town with a toilet reference…guess it is appropriate for the Mets) giving the Yanks the lead.  Yeah baby!

Rating: A+

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