First Suburban Event of 2012 for Russian River Pliny the Younger – Saturday March 3rd, 2012

Well, it’s the first I know of…

Location:

Capone’s
224 W Germantown Pike
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 279-4748

TAP TIME SATURDAY WILL BE 10:30AM PLEASE BRING CASH FOR 1ST BEER

WE WILL OPEN SUNDAY AT 3:00PM TO 8:00PM

DRAFT LIST FOR SATURDAYS 10:30AM TAP TIME

RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE YOUNGER

RUSSIAN RIVER PLINY THE ELDER

RUSSIAN RIVER BLIND PIG

Plus, more than 2 DOZEN other excellent craft beers!

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Published in: on February 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voodoo Brewing – Love Child

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

Love Child – 9.5% ABV.  22oz.

“…aged on cherries, raspberries and passion fruit.”

19.5 OG, 2 degrees Plato, 29 IBUs

Love Child poured with no head at all.  Its dark amber color was rather plain looking.  There are a few lines of bubbles rising in the glass.

The aroma is where this starts to get interesting.  The first aroma I sense is the yeast.  The bottle says they use a house triple yeast, so it’s clearly related to Belgian yeast is some way.  Even if it’s only distantly related.  Another light inhale reveals a ton of fruit aromas.  I get the cherries and the passion fruit is very present in the aroma, which surprises me.  I don’t smell the raspberries, yet.

The flavor is full of fruit and yeast and malt.  There’s a lot going on here.  The flavor has each of the 3 fruits vying for control.  One second the raspberries are center stage, and then they fade in favor of the cherries, which then make way for the faint, mild notes of the passion fruit.  There are hints of herbal citrus back there, too.  The bitterness is really low.  I think I taste some hops, but there is so much going on, it might be my imagination.  There is a light malt backbone which helps balance out the fruit.  The beer tastes sweet, but it also finishes quite dry.

One key point with Love Child: when you serve this, I would recommend taking it out of the refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving.  Consider it like a bottle of wine.  Having it warm up a little really helps develop the flavors.  Human taste buds are less sensitive when something is colder, but that’s a conversation for another time.

The mouth feel is crisp, but not quite effervescent.  The dry finish with lots of carbonation leads to a pleasant result.  We are looking at a medium-bodied brew here.

Drinkability is surprisingly good for a brew of 9.5% ABV.  The alcohol is totally hidden.  I probably shouldn’t drink the whole bomber, bit I’m going to anyway.  Normally, I would share this with my wife because she would really enjoy it.  Sadly, she gave up alcohol this month.  More for me!

I really enjoyed my time with Love Child and I will be buying more.  Voodoo turned out one of my favorite fruit beers.  I know they were going for a fruit ale, and it was a success, BUT… I would LOVE to see them sour this out on oak.  They even mention it on the label!  Maybe in the future.

Overall – B+

Published in: on February 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Voodoo Brewing – Pilzilla

Voodoo Brewing Co. – Meadville, PA

Pilzilla – 22 oz.  6.7% ABV

“…a bastardized German, Czech and Polish Pilsner…”

Purchased at the Blue Dog Pub in Lansdale for their Voodoo Rare Keg Competition.

Pilzilla roars into the glass a burnished-gold verging on light amber color.  It’s surprisingly hazy for a pilsner.  The head was minimal during the pour.  There are a healthy number of bubbles rising inside the glass.

The aroma is full of spicy hops, but no noticeable bitterness on the nose.  Voodoo used 9 varieties of hops from Germany, Czechoslovakia and Poland.  It certainly brings a good level of balance to the aroma.  There are some malt notes in the background, but the aroma is mostly grassy, herbal hops.

The flavor is really bold!  For a pilsner, it’s surprisingly hoppy and bitter.  Surprising, and quite good. It comes close to an IPA.  There is a hefty malt backbone which keeps the hops in check… at least a bit.  The grassy flavor is here, just as in the aroma.  The flavor goes off on a different direction than the aroma because there is tons of bitterness from the hops.  Pine flavors, resin and lots of fresh herbs.

The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with a pleasant carbonation.  Drinkability is OK, the ABV and the bitterness won’t make this a session beer, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

This beer truly is a monster.  I’m not sure the style designation is accurate because it has a LOT in common with an IPA, between the bitterness and the strength.  Good stuff, though.  Plus, it’s a steal at the current sale price at both Blue Dog locations.

Overall – B

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blue Dog Tavern and Pub – Voodoo Barrel Aged Release Competition

Philly Voodoo Barrel Aged Release Competition

Voodoo Brewery is preparing some “super-limited” barrel-aged beers, to be released only at the brewery and at one account in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  The SEPA account will be determined by which establishment sells the most Voodoo product between now and the end of Philly Beer Week.  See the below link for details.

http://beernews.org/2012/02/voodoo-big-black-voodoo-daddy-black-magick-barrel-aged-variants-coming-in-2012/

This represents the confluence of three things we love—Voodoo Brewery, competition, and an opportunity to benefit our customers, while benefitting Blue Dog.

How do our customers benefit?  Blue Dog will sell Voodoo beers at extremely low prices.  How does that benefit Blue Dog?  It gives us an opportunity to be selected as the establishment that offers the limited barrel-aged Voodoo beers.  If we win, great!  If not, at least everyone got to enjoy some really great Voodoo beer!

Here’s the pricing structure of our Voodoo-

22 oz bottle

Pilzilla   “Unfiltered keller beer”   4.99

Big Black Voodoo Daddy     “Imperial Stout 12%”        6.79

Wynona’s Big Brown Ale     “Big robust brown ale for the strong”        4.99

White Magick of the Sun     “Belgian style ale made with wheat and a little voodoo”     4.99

Four Seasons IPA     4.99

Love Child     “Golden ale on fruit”      5.99

12 oz bottle

Pilzilla         “Unfiltered keller beer”           1.99

Wynona’s Big Brown Ale       “Big robust brown ale for the strong”         1.99

White Magick of the Sun     “Belgian style ale made with wheat and a little voodoo”    1.99

Four Seasons IPA       1.99

If you get a chance, stop in and grab some Voodoo!

Go and buy some Voodoo Brewing Beer.  They make a great product.  Reviews to come…

Published in: on February 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Green’s Amber Ale – Gluten Free

DeProef Brouwerij – Belgium

Green’s Amber Ale – 6% ABV – 16.9 oz.

Gluten Free Beer.  “Green’s ales DO NOT contain any of the following: wheat and/or barley, crustaceans, eggs, fish, peanuts, soya beans, milk, lactose, nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulphur dioxide and sulfites.”

Ingredients: water, millet, buckwheat, rice, sorghum, hops and yeast.

According to the German Purity Law, beer can only contain water, barley, hops and yeast.  So, according to the Germans, this is not beer.  None-the-less, let’s go through this gluten free beer and see how close it comes to the real thing…

The pour is certainly amber with red highlights.  There is some visible carbonation in the glass, but I would say it’s below the amount of a regular beer.  That leaves a description of the head.  Here is the first interesting thing about a this gluten free beer.

The head in barley beer is created by proteins from the barley that clump together from the agitation from the pour.  Similar to foam in the ocean waves.  The ingredients in gluten free beer have different proteins than barley beer.  The head is not creamy and inviting.  It’s chunky, aggressive and much stickier.  The head is ½ inch thick and as it fades, it leaves very thick froth on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is another diversion from the normal beer.  There is lots of yeast in the aroma.  Bread dough yeast; old bread dough yeast.  There are also some hop aromas.  A powerful acidic aroma is present, and I’m not sure if it’s pleasant.  It verges on sour.

So, the taste…  Well, it’s not too bad!  Interestingly, there are so many unique flavors, it’s difficult to describe.  The flavor is subtle.  It has more characteristics in common with a lager than with an ale.

The sip starts with a sweet flavor and a fresh grass flavor.  It develops into some hay-like notes and finishes with a very clear reminder of apple cider?!?  Others might taste other things, but that’s what I taste here.  The finish is dry.  There is a very mild taste of alcohol.  It most resembles something like a common lager.

The mouth feel is very light and a bit watery.  There is mild carbonation.

Drinkability is surprisingly good!  I could drink a couple of these in an evening.  It’s currently available at Wegman’s.

Would it replace normal beer?  Nope.  But for anyone with a gluten allergy… Have at it!!

Overall – C+

Published in: on February 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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