11 February 2018

wynwood brewing: pop's porter..

it is 85° in miami but the winter olympics put me in the mood for a porter.  after cracking open the bottle, i immediately recognized the classic aromas of cofffee and chocolate.  it poured easy and went down smooth (6.8% ABV).  the folks at wynwood have crafted a comfortable beer with no surprises.

05 August 2017

ground zero: imperial fuck IPA...

if you need a break from the romanian lager, try this strong IPA (9% ABV) from ground zero, two friends, an artist and poker player, based in bucharest.  these guys do not mess around since they believe the corporate beer companies are waging a war for your mind and soul.  ground zero plans to win with an insurgency; the imperial fuck does not disappoint.

open the bottle and smell the sweet hops.  the IPA pours smooth with a golden finish and firm head.
let it roll in the mouth as the strong bite tickles the tongue.  you will be left wondering what happened when you finish the bottle.  time for another?

29 April 2017

lakes & legends: harmony farm...

the bottle explains it all; this minneapolis-based brewery has crafted a saison (ABV 6.3%; IBU 27) which has been stored in white wine barrels, left to age for one year(!). patience is more than a virtue for those in these northwoods

it felt like opening a wine bottle as the amber saison emerged.  there was minimal head and the aroma suggested a mix between a beer and a white wine.  it tasted as such and i could detect subtle hints of oak, reinforcing the barrel-aged process.  i wondered how an extra year or two in the cellar would have affected this pleasant drinking experience.

20 March 2017

browar staropolski: whisky stout

from the start, i was excited about this beer. whisky?  stout?  who could ask for a better combination.

these brewers from wola show that poles can produce more than just lagers.  the whisky stout (ABV 6.2%) poured smooth, and its dark chocolate color had a minimal head. the aroma was a bit lighter that most stouts but did have a hint of whisky, which teased my taste buds for what was to come. indeed, this stout did not disappointment; it boasted a gentle nuttiness with a chase of whisky.  i did enjoy this beer.

23 November 2016

bahamian brewery (freeport): sands

during my travels to the bahamas, i discovered this local brew.  the family of the bahamian brewery named its flagship beer, sands (5.3% ABV), after itself, which debuted on december 15, 2007 on the grand bahama island.  as noted in the picture, i drank this lager straight from the bottle, so i cannot comment on how it pours.

the golden lager has a light, clear appearance, which is typical for most beers in the caribbean.  it had a strong fragrance; somewhere between a mix of garlic and onions or burnt tires.  its flavor also disappointed.  sands definitely does not have a smooth, soft, pleasant texture as advertised.  i found it to be overly bitter, lacking any subtleties.  if given a choice, i would choose anything (or nothing?) over sands.

04 October 2015

browar stu mostów: coffee milk dark lager art3...

OK, i decided to change fonts.  thoughts?

browar stu mostów, from wrocław, makes some interesting beers.  the ART series is a collaborative experiment with german brewers, camba bavaria.  the simple design of the coffee milk dark lager (4.8% ABV; 25 IBU) beckoned me as you may now know, i do have a weakness for the all things coffee and dark.

i was curious to taste what a dark lager had to offer.  it poured smooth with minimal head; the dark lager was rich in texture and had a notable coffee aroma.  unfortunately, the taste did not match its appearance.  the brewers boast a two-step process where peruvian (elmer pena) coffee is added to the hops and to the maturing beer.  i felt that this was overkill, and the overabundant coffee flavor gave it a bitter, almost rotten taste.  sorry guys, next time.

27 August 2015

MILCoffeeL (reden): coffee milkstout...

i LOVE the milk stout nitro from the left hand brewing company (longmont, CO), so i was incredibly excited to find this stout (ABV 5%) from the reden brewery in the city of swietochlowice in southern poland.  before i start, we need to discuss the spelling of this stout, "MILCoffeeL".  what is the significance of the capital letters?  i have decided to shoot a quick e-mail to the brewers.

the MILCoffeeL poured smooth and formed a beautiful head.  it boasted a solid, dark espresso with hints of dark chocolate, which dazzled in the evening light.  the subtle coffee scent had me eager for the first taste.  i appreciated the flavors of milk, coffee, and caramel with just the right amount of bitterness.  i do miss how the milk stout nitro pours, but here in warsaw, i think i may have just found my new favorite beer!