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Tis the Season

Posted: September 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

The fall: my favorite time of year. The weather gets cooler, football is on all day Sunday, people prepare for Halloween and Thanksgiving, my birthday is coming up, and most importantly: the beer!

I’ve always said that the fall is the best season for beer. Both Oktoberfest and Pumpkin beers are prominent and I think that they are the best seasonal beers, especially since I consider the summer a dismal season for beer. I’m just not a fan of the light and citrus flavored beers found in the summer. I feel like most of them taste like lemon Pledge.  The fall, however, is the opposite. Rich and deep flavors take over the beer world. Pumpkin beers are my personal favorite. Nothing like sitting back on a cool fall evening and tasting the blend of spices that are brewed in a Pumpkin beer.

The first Pumpkin beer I had of the season was at the brand new Nicky’s Beer Garden BBQ in the Bronx. They had a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale on tap. I never had an Imperial Pumpkin ale before so I was immediately interested in trying this beer. It had the smell and taste of the typical pumpkin spices, but being an imperial, it packed an extra kick with about 8% abv. It was a great beer to have with my bbq ribs dinner and then later on while hanging out in the backyard beer garden.

I admit to not drinking many Oktoberfest beer this season, but that is because I’ve been very much into drinking the Pumpkin brews. This Friday I will be going to a Harvestfest party which will hopefully serve up some good Oktoberfest beer. I need to try as many of those as well since the beer seasons go by very quickly. The winter seasonals will be out before we know it and I will be longing for the tastes of the Fall.

Beer Snobs Unite!

Posted: May 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

Welcome to my blog. I’m a long time reader, first time blogger. For a long while I’ve been wanting to write about one of my favorite hobbies I’ve picked up on in the last few years: Beer. I’m not talking about any beer. I’m specifically talking about good beer. Let me delve into my beer history for my readers….

My first exposure to beer was in my infancy. Allegedly my Uncle would dip my pacifier in beer. While this sounds irresponsible and probably very illegal, I turned out fine (for the most part). However, by giving me early exposure to one of the finest beverages in this world, my Uncle may have began me on a path that led me to the fascination and appreciation I have for beer.

A long while passed before I would touch the stuff again. I’d assume most children drinking beer out of the womb would develop what some people call “a problem.” This was not the case for me. I always saw people drinking beer weather it was at parties or on television. I didn’t have much of a desire to drink any. Even in High School when most of my classmates would be pounding cans of Bud to get drunk, I strayed away from it. If you’re asking why I was so lame, re-read the last sentence…more specifically “cans of Bud.”

Back when I was a teenager, I tried beer. However, what most teenagers were drinking were those of the “Budweiser, Miller, Coors” variety. I never understood the appeal. They tasted like musty old water, rarely would give you a buzz, and if you drank enough to get drunk you would wake up in the morning with a sickness that made it not worth the effort. Granted, as a teenager I didn’t know what getting a buzz felt like, but I knew that drinking those mainstream beers wasn’t fun. It wasn’t until many years later when I would discover what a good beer would taste like.

How did I learn to appreciate a good beer? Honestly, I can’t tell you. Now I don’t mean its some big secret. I honestly do not remember. I can probably attribute a few factors into my appreciation for good beer:

One: Sam Adams. Sam Adams was probably the first “mainstream” beer that I drank that made me realize most beers aren’t glorified fartwater. Sam Adams is a large brewery that actually makes a variety of beer and makes them well. Most bars carry it, even when they don’t carry beers in which I consider “good”.

Two: Beer Bars. My first exposure to a bar that actually served good beer was The Dead Poet in New York City. Their “Guinness Club”  turned me onto Stouts. I also would order a different bottle of the micro-brews that they offer each time I was there (Including one I always look out for: Monty Python’s Holy Grail Ale). Another bar I would like to thank would be Sunset Grill in Boston. One look at their massive beer menu made me realize there really were a lot of friggin beers out there. That may have been when I decided I wanted to try most of them.

Lastly, Three: Captain Lawrence Brewery. When I found out there was a (relatively) local brewery, I decided to check them out. After my first time sampling about six different beers and buying a couple of growlers, I can say that Captain Lawrence is my favorite brewery. I haven’t had a beer that I didn’t like. The first time I was there, I made it a point to pay attention and learn about the different distinct styles of beer, not just different brewers. I can probably say that my visits to Captain Lawrence solidified myself as a self-proclaimed Beer Snob.

I have to thank my friend Vicki for the term “moxie.” She claims she has no moxie when it comes to selecting different beers. I would love for this blog to help those who don’t have moxie, get moxie. I also would love to just communicate with other Beer enthusiasts and snobs. I will use this blog to write about different beers and bars I encounter, as well as anything else that may be of interest. I hope you all enjoy and have a tall one for me.