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    Friday
    Jun242016

    FROM THE GROWLER

    FAILURE TO CONTEMPLATE

    This is a picture of a mouth chilling, rinsing tired senses with refreshment of bright straw-yellow nectar and anticipation of a moment of relaxation and reflection, a special moment of contemplation.

    It is offered so that you may take a moment to call to mind that particular time and place and beer that gave you a similar sensation, but in reality not remembrance.

    It is offered in order to remind you that every beer you drink is unique in the dictionary definition. That is to say, it is like no other beer will be. Should you have the inn-keeper draw you a preceding draft from the same keg and the same tap into the same glass placed in exactly the same place on the bar as the first serving it would taste different no matter the style or brewery. This is because your senses have already been exposed to that combination and they will lose interest in the obvious flavors and blend them with any new sensations. The fact that it is a second serving and the effects of that cannot be overlooked but will not be explored at this time.

    Returning to that moment when the first beer of the day appears before you, may you turn off your mobile cell phone and call to mind the above picture and the words preceding this sentence.

    May you take a moment, either in a quiet laid-back bar or a crowded pub, whether on a patio of in a cozy nook, whether with friends or flying solo, to look at the beverage in front of you and enjoy the looks of it, the reasons for anticipation, the color, condensation on the glass, and thick, rich head of white foam.

     Do this and you will never be found guilty of failure to contemplate.

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    Wednesday
    Jun222016

    FROM THE GROWLER 

    SUMMER BEER 2016 LIST OF SEASONAL BEERS

    IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER…

    (THANKS TO THE BREWERS ASSOCIATION)

    Brenner Brewing Co. | Butterfly Farts | citrus ale | Milwaukee, WI
    Arcadia Brewing Co. | Cheap Date | session ale | Kalamazoo, MI
    Perrin Brewing Co. | Grapefruit IPA | Comstock Park, MI
    Public House Brewing Co. | Thorn & Heat Strawberry Wheat Ale | St. James, MO
    Burnt City Brewing | Retrofit Lime Radler | Chicago, IL
    Fiction Beer Co. | Do Not Touch the Flamingos | apricot saison | Denver, CO
    Meadowlark Brewing | Teddy Roosevelt American Badass | oak-aged imperial wheat IPA | Sidney, MT
    Kannah Creek Brewing Co. | Apricot Sour | Grand Junction, CO
    Squatters Craft Beers | Bumper Crop Honey Lavender Ale | Salt Lake City, UT
    Carver Brewing Co. | Garden Brau Hefeweizen | Durango, CO
    Dogfish Head | Festina Peche | neo-Berliner Weisse | Milton, DE
    Cricket Hill Brewing Co. | Jersey Summer Breakfast Ale | Belgian blond session | Fairfield, NJ
    Spellbound Brewing | Peach IPA | Mount Holly, NJ
    Coronado Brewing Co. | Berry the Hatchet | ale brewed with berries | Coronado, CA
    High Water Brewing | Cucumber Kolsch | Pittsburg, CA
    Tin Roof Brewing Co. | Not Too Sweet Watermelon Wheat | Baton Rouge, LA
    SweetWater Brewing Co. | Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple | Atlanta, GA
    Avondale Brewing Co. | Strawberry Kolsch | Birmingham, AL

    Tuesday
    Jun212016

    FROM THE GROWLER

    SUMMERTIME FLAVORS

    Now that the temperature is on the rise, and summer is on the way, the thirst for beer is growing, especially beers with lower alcohol by volume.

    Originating in the United Kingdom, the “Shandy” is a drink based on equal measures of lager beer and a sparkling soft drink. The most popular soft drinks used are carbonated lemon drink, ginger beer, ginger ale. The proportions are adjusted to taste, usually half-and-half.

    The drink goes by the following monikers as well, depending on the part of the world where it is enjoyed.

    Biermischgetränke

    Biermischgetränke ("beer-based mixed drinks") uses German-style carbonated lemonade.

    Radler

    Radler (German for "cyclist") commonly consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. The credit for introducing this drink to Germans has been credited to Munich innkeeper Franz Xaver Kugler in 1922. Radler popular in all of Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, Netherlands, and Romania.

    Panaché

    A ''Panaché (French for mixed) is a draft beer mixed with carbonated lemonade usually containing less than 1% alcohol by volume. A panaché with a shot of grenadine syrup added is called a "Monaco".

    Portergaff

    Australian variant 1/2 and 1/2 Stout and Lemonade (traditionally Coopers Best Extra Stout).

    Shandygaff

    A shandygaff is an older British name for beer mixed with ginger beer or ginger ale; the earliest written record of the word dates back to 1853.

    Kip Lin

    In Singapore, a 50/50 mix of lager and Tonic water is known as a Kip Lin, named after the architect and architectural historian Lee Kip Lin (1925 – 2011) believed to have invented it.

     

    For more views on this refreshing summer combination see the following…

     

    Beer Advocate

    The Huffington Post

    Men’s Journal

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    Monday
    Jun202016

    FROM THE GROWLER

    ON THE ROAD...

    Recently I took a road trip from Brooklyn, NY to Manchester, Vermont. Whenever I travel, it is always part pleasure trip, part business trip.

    The following are my observations regarding recent visits to Saratoga Springs, New York and Montpelier, Vermont.

    The first stop, Druthers, in Saratoga Springs, NY, offered a “All-In India Pale Ale” and “Fully Committed Double IPA”. Beer Notes provided by the establishment note that the former, an “American-Style IPA”, is brewed with Polaris and Amarillo hops, the latter is less identified other than to note that it is 4% more alcohol by volume than the “All-In”.

    (The former is second from the left and the latter rests to the far right.)

    Druthers Brewing Company, 381 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

    druthersbrewing.com

    Next stop was Three Penny Taproom, in Montpelier, Vermont. Montpelier is a college town that hosts the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College and the New England Culinary Institute. The N.E.C.I. operates at least three restaurants in Montpelier. The town is also the capitol of the Green Mountain State.

    Three Penny Taproom posts a list of beers that are local and well-rounded, the service is friendly and efficient, the staff is well versed in both the beers and the food menu that don’t rest on the regularly expected pub-grub. The quality of the ingredients is not compromised and the dishes tasty, well executed and plated.

    Poutine – beer gravy, cheddar curds, herbs, with Hill Farmstead “Edward”, an “American Pale Ale” at 5% abv.

    Three Penny Taproom, 108 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602

    threepennytaproom.com


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    Jun102016

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