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Friday, August 31, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Falls City Hipster Repellant IPA

A business trip down to the Lexington Area means a business trip where I can also find some local brews to sample, thus Hipster Repellant IPA from Falls City Beer was one that caught my eye by the design of the can. Falls City is based out of Louisville and this American IPA carries an ABV of 6.8% and an IBU level of 65. This is one that I had previously according to my Untappd check-ins but had not done a review and it is funny as we grow our universe how thoughts of beers change. Back when I first had it, I definitely ranked it higher than now.

This being said, I still found it to be a decent IPA providing the qualities expected of this style with the aroma as well as taste. There was that little medicinal flavor that can often be picked up with IPAs, but not to a point of being off-putting. There was a good amount of hoppiness and bitterness that accompanying the beer, and flavor wised there were those common notes of orange and tangerines. There was also a slight metallic taste from the can and I would classify a syrupy feel to the texture. The beer was dry on the finish like many of this style, but there was also sweetness from the malts as well. But overall, it was a decent enough IPA that I would say would satisfy a good amount of IPA fans. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it then leave a comment letting me know what you thought of this ale.

Beer Flow - Lagunitas, BrewDog, Blockbuster Beer And More

This week we run with another Beer Flow show and look around some of the things happening from the world of beer, and upcoming things that you can expect from the Beer Flow crew and me.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Julius From Tree House Brewing

There is always some hype in the craft beer world around certain beers, and one of them held of such high regard in this area has been Julius from the Tree House Brewing Company located in Charlton, Massachusetts. This one has been on my hunt list for a while so thanks to a good friend, I was finally able to check out this beer to see how it lived up to the hype and to see how tasty this American IPA truly is.

The numbers on this brew are 6.8% ABV and 72 IBU, and the appearance of this ale is as orange as you would expect for its namesake. I found it to be oh so citrusy and smooth in the taste, and full of flavor that had a pleasant accompanying resinous aroma. Juicy for sure and in the initial with some dryness on the back, this one entices you to drink more. It does hit with some sweetness though, and not sure how many of these I would want in a sitting but it is a great one for putting in the mix. It is definitely well worth the pick-up if you are an IPA fan and especially if you enjoy the juicy ones and thanks again to my friend Joe for hooking this up for me. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on it, and if you have had it then let me know your thoughts by dropping a comment.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

My Setting Up Of The NewAir AB-850B Beverage Cooler

Here is a look of my setting up of the AB-850B Beverage Cooler from NewAir that I recently received and a look at how I decided to stock the cooler for moving forward. The ability to customize the shelves makes it nice in being able to adapt for the beers that one would like to stock, although having bottles does shrink the space since it is primarily designed for the cans. Check out what I mean by checking out the video.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Getting My Unboxing On With A NewAir AB-850B Beverage Cooler

Hey what’s up everybody, this is my unboxing of the NewAir AB-850B  beverage cooler, which they as a company have graciously bestowed on me to look at for a review. A big thank you to Cher who reached out through my social media site and a big thanks to you the viewers who watch and enjoy which even made this happen. I will at a later time do a video review of the product after it is set up and then provide my thoughts on it, but I thought it would be great to first share it though to give you a little inside track on what to expect.

Beer Flow - Beer Hotels, Beer Churches, Weed Beer And More!

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Tonight we look at more beer expanding topics including the opening of hotels where beer is the prominent novelty, church services where beer is part of the program and more on marijuana beer and how this may affect the beer industry. Join us to discuss these topics and together, We Will Get Our Beer On!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Bell's Third Coast Old Ale

This one comes from the cellar as I decided to pull out a Third Coast Old Ale from Bell’s Brewery, another fine Michigan Brewery. This American Style Barley Wine Ale carries an ABV of 10.2% and is noted by its shelf life being unlimited by Bell’s, lol. Available in September and October, this beer is meant to be held for a while, if you can and choose to do so. Speaking of which, here is my cellar experience with this one.

My version was that of the 2015 vintage and this was actually done in April, so I guess I aged the review as well. I will say that there was not a wow factor for me, but it was a very smooth ale. I was able to pick up some nice tones of the caramel and toffee from the malts as well as some of what I would call black licorice and dark fruit notes often associated with a Barleywine. Full bodied, this beer is definitely one you may enjoy more in the cooler part of the day. There also was not as heavy of an alcohol presence, and even when fresher it was still hidden well enough. Overall, it was just a nice pleasant beer top sit back and enjoy and one that I was glad to pick up. Check out the video to hear and see more of this one, and if you have had it before then let me know what you thought of it by dropping a comment below.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Shmaltz Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.

Lenny Bruce a prolific comedian of days past and one definitely deserving of a beer such as Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. from Shmaltz Brewing out of New York. Anytime something is dedicated in the name of an icon, there is a hope that it pulls it off and Shmaltz has pretty much done that with this beer. Coming in at 10% ABV, 86 IBU, this beer is defined as having an obscene amount of malts, and hops and what better than this beer to represent Lenny. For me, this beer packed in many good things from its appearance to the aroma to the taste and flavor, there was just a lot of good things happening.

Starting with that appearance, the color is just a nice brilliant caramel tone with a head capping it in a nice tannish color. The rye is easy to pick up in the aroma and taste and for a 10% beer; it is smooth in texture and flavor making it slightly dangerous to those that may rush through it. A good caramel or toffee type tone comes through in the flavor that is well balanced between the malts used, and speaking of malts. Shmaltz pulls off a nice balance of the malt backbone versus the number of hops also used; this does not play like a high IBU beer. It is full bodied for sure, and the mouthcoating left was impressive. Overall, this beer is just damn solid and worth a go in my opinion. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it then let me know what you thought of it by dropping a comment as well. Cheers!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Arcadia Ales Barrel Aged Shipwreck

The Barrel Aged Shipwrecked Porter from Michigan based Arcadia Ales is a 12% ABV 50 IBU Baltic-Style Porter that is aged 12 months in 10-year old Kentucky bourbon oak barrels. I found this one to be somewhat enjoyable, although while full-bodied, I did find it thinner than I expected. For me, there was a good amount of dark fruit play and the booziness was not escapable. The sweetness of the malts did balance well versus the bitterness, and overall it was a smooth beer. The licorice tone was probably one of the more dominating features for me, and I would have thought there would have been a little more oakiness in the taste although you do get it some on the nose. Decent enough and definitely worth a try if you are a dark beer fan, check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one. In addition, if you have had it, then let me know what you thought of it by dropping a comment below. Cheers!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Beer Flow - Can We Talk AB InBev Hype?

Tonight, we talk AB InBev and if they are really becoming the king of craft beer. We talk the opening of the Guinness Brewery in Mayland. Is it time drop craft and just go Independent? We discuss that as well as Freshfest from Pittsburgh and myself getting better at answering comments.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Getting My Beer On With America Solera The Ground Is Shaking

The Ground Is Shaking from American Solera located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a Rare Beer Exclusive that is a Flemish-Inspired Sour Brown Ale that is aged in Vin Santo Wine Casks. This 6% ABV ale is said to be best served from 50 to 57 degrees in a recommended Tulip, Goblet or Pinot glass according to the brewer. I went with a Tulip and found this one to be a very nice smooth ale that did a good job of bringing in the wine qualities from the aging in the casks, and provide a nice sour feel overall. There was the tart presence with a nice cherry feel, along with a little acidity. What I really liked about the tart was that you got it without it being overpowering as it struck a nice balance with everything else on the beer. A fine beer and treat indeed, and definitely recommend for anyone that digs a sour style and enjoys wine once and then. Check out my video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it then drop a comment about what you thought.

Thanks to my partners and friends, Brant and Emily for also making it possible for me to enjoy this beer.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Alltech KY Bourbon Barrel Stout

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout from Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. based in Lexington, Kentucky, is an 8% ABV ale and a multi-medal winner from the brewery. I have to admit that the beer was smooth, and there was a nice touch of the coffee and vanilla notes. Some oakiness did also come through in the beer injecting some of the notes from the barrel aging. It did play a little thin, but outside of that, it proved to be solid for sure. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it before then drop a comment on your thoughts about it as well.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Unibroue A Tout Le Monde

A Tout Le Monde from Unibroue, a Saison Ale brewed at the request of Dave Mustaine the lead singer of Megadeth was initially brewed in 2016 and I guess now can be seen as a dedication beer to the band. This beer comes in at 4.5% ABV making it fit right as a session-level ale, and is the lowest ABV of any of the Unibroue beers. In addition, at 22 IBU, bitterness is not much of a concern with this light-bodied ale. I found this one to have an earthy feel that carried the characteristics of many Belgian-style ales. There were some clove and ginger notes in the aroma and taste that stuck out for me, and a nice sweetness overall of the beer. Carbonation was active and provided a slight effervescent appeal. This beer was decent enough that I could check it out from time to time. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one, and if you had it then let me know what you thought by dropping a comment.

Beer Flow - Todd Is Doing a Mystery Beer

Here we are with another Thursday night on our hands meaning time for another Beer Flow show where Joe, Todd, Eric and myself get together and talk some beer and update you on things from the world of beer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Guinness Extra Stout

For whatever reason, I never did a review on the Guinness Extra Stout from the classic brewery and that has just changed. Here is my look at this beer that is according to Guinness’ history is based on a recipe that goes back to 1821 and said to be modeled after Arthur Guinness the second’s Superior Porter. Up front, I was hit by the chocolate and coffee notes, along with the sweetness of the malts. Taste-wise, there was the detecting of a sweet caramel feel in the flavor, although texture wise it was thin which I thought may also be the case with the ABV at 5.6%. Often with stouts and porters at this level, for me thinness I tend to find common. However, the body was not heavy and allowed the beer to be a light one to enjoy. Overall, I found the beer to be decent enough, although it is hard for me to like any of their offerings as much as the Foreign Extra Stout, which for me is their crown jewel and one I definitely recommend. Nevertheless, this one can do okay in relief as well. Check out the video to see and hear more, and if you have had it then drop a comment in the comments area to let me know what you thought as well of it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Getting My Beer On With Nowhere In Particular Batch 021

Nowhere in Particular Promiscuous Ale Project is located in Dayton, Ohio, and Batch 021 is their Double Dropped IPA brewed with red raspberries, lemons, and Enigma hops. The ABV on this brew is at 6% and has an IBU of 40. So what this turns out to be is a fruity IPA that they also call, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle. It is also one that they say will only be brewed once and then it’s gone, which they do with just about all of their beers. I must say I did find it an interesting beer, it was more fruitier and sour than I expected with a good refreshing quality. Both the raspberry and lemon do come through rather easily, and there is a layer of acidity along with the tartness of it. And of course being an IPA, there is still some bitterness and a drying quality as well. I don’t know how much was made or how long it will be around at this point, but if you are a fruit beer and IPA fan then this may be a beer for you. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one, and if you have had it then drop a comment below about what you thought. Distribution for the brewery includes Kentucky, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Mystery Beer Unveiling Review From Joe aka The Beer PaTroll

So Joe​ from The Beer PaTroll decided to shoot me a beer mystery wrapped to try to guess the style of the beer, as well as do a review. I decided to undertake this task during a live stream to see what it may be. Join me to see if I can pull it off...

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Getting My Beer On Platform High Brow Barista Beer Review

High Brow Barista from Platform Beer Company is one that I picked up a while ago and drank, but am just getting around to uploading the review. It is not an all-year-round offering but it is not one that I would not mind being so. The beer is a Coffee Rye Pale Ale that uses dried coffee beans in conjunction to the spiced rye and other ingredients. At 6.4% ABV, the beer is not boozy and the coffee and spice provide the nice crisp finish as also advertised on the can. It was very smooth and flavorful, light-bodied, aromatic, and just overall a good beer. I can only hope they bring this one back and if you like, coffee and a spice type kick then I think it is definitely worth a try. Check out the video to see and hear more on this one. In addition, if you have had this one then leave a comment in the comments area on what you thought as well.

Getting My Beer On Rivertown Roebling Nitro Beer Review

In the past I had looked at the Roebling Vanilla Espresso Imperial Porter from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, however, this is a look at the Nitro version to see how this one compares. At 7.9% ABV, this version is still stacked the same and still provides the same dark, coffee, and roasted qualities of the non-nitro version. However, as an Imperial, I did find this to be a bit thin with a watery quality to it, which I was not really expecting. It did have a smooth feel from the Nitro, but one thing I have noticed from both versions is that on draft has totally worked better for me than the canned versions. As I look back on my Untappd, it is almost a night and day experience from my notes and comments. Funny how that works out, but check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one. Also, if you have had it before then leave a comment below about your thoughts on it as well. I am curious to see what others think about it.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Getting My Beer On Revolution Eugene Beer Review

Eugene is a Porter from Revolution Brewing Company located in Chicago, Illinois. Carrying the namesake of iconic Eugene V. Debs, this one seemed to be created with robust in mind. 6.8% ABV and 28 IBU are the stats on this beer that for me brought in some nice roasted coffee tones from the malts as well as a nice overall smoothness. There was some bittering to the beer as well, which was much like that of an all-black coffee and not the bittering that we usually equate to hops. This all year offering also provided a nice sweetness that balanced well against the beer, making it a decent one to give a try. Check out the video to see and hear more, and if you had this one then let me know what you thought by placing a comment in the comments area.

Getting My Beer On Rivertown Pineapple Whip Beer Review

Brewed with milk sugar for creaminess, Pineapple Whip from Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House is a Nitro Berliner Style Sour Ale that carries a 5% ABV along and is a limited edition from the brewery making it a one-time brew from the brewery. For me, this one did have the sweetness expected although the artificialness of the added flavor was easy to distinguish. It was light and creamy due to the nitro effect, as well as fruity but just too soft for me. There was the sour feel to be expected, and on a warm day, it can have its place especially with the smoothness that it did provide. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it then let me know what you thought by placing some comments below.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Getting My Beer On Short's Space Rock Beer Review

Space Rock from Short’s Brewing Company located in Michigan is an American Pale Ale that comes in at 5% ABV and 55 IBU, unlike the 72 mentioned on Untappd which goes to my point of their inaccuracies at times. Nonetheless, this is one that I had wanted to try for a good amount of time, and just recently, it was made available to me through our distribution. For me best described, I found this to be a somewhat decent pale ale that carried the expected characteristics that one expects of the style. It was hoppy, dry, slightly bitter and somewhat flavorful with tones of orange and grapefruit. It did play thinner than expected so that did catch me by surprise, but it is a lighter bodied pale ale. For me, it was worth a try, but it just did not do a lot to stand out. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one, and if you have had it then let me know what you thought by dropping a comment below.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Beer Flow - A Mega Beer Unboxing And Other Beer Things

This episode, we take a look at various beer items and include a mega three-way beer unboxing compliments of Average Joe aka The Beer PaTroll. Tune in to see what we discuss and what's in the box.

Getting My Beer On Avery Liliko'i Kepolo Beer Review

Liliko’i Kepolo from Avery Brewing, a 5.4% ABV Witbier that brings together some of the expected spicy notes of this style and places on it a nice fruity twist highlighted in the aroma and the taste. For me, I have enjoyed this previously on draft and decided to check it out in the can, which still provided a nice delight of this beer. There are qualities of tart, fruitiness, tropical, sweet, sour and even astringency and some acidity involved with this one. I guess I can say there are many things happening with this one, but all good from my opinion. Now an all year offering, this beer is a nice one to try for sure if the aforementioned qualities appeal to you, and you like a nice fruity and somewhat spice note beer. Check out the video to see and hear more of my thoughts on this one.

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