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…

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

A Beer Cellar Experiment Gone Wrong…

Warning to all aspiring beer tasters:  If you have been trying your hand at Cellaring beer for future consumption, be careful if you have a bottle of Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel down there.  While creating a brunch menu this morning for Mother’s Day, I thought how appropriate it would be to crack open a bottle of “Brunch Weasel”.  Coffee Stouts often go very well with food served during brunch and we were making brunch.  Worked for me.

For a little bit of back story… Brunch Weasel is an oatmeal coffee stout that is made with the really expensive Vietnamese Ca Phe Chon Coffee beans that have been eaten by a Southeast Asian Civet cat.  The beans are gathered after the civet has “processed” the beans.  So, to be blunt, the cat eats the beans, the cat poops out the beans, then some dude goes through the poop, picks out the beans and sells it as “Gourmet Coffee”.  Yeah, I know it’s weird.

I had heard about the beer in May of 2010 and found it interesting.  Found a bottle and put it in the beer cellar to age.  In March of 2011, I had an opportunity to taste it on tap.  Even though it was very strange, it was pretty damn good beer and the coffee flavor was great.  It made me pretty excited to see how my bottle fared.

Unfortunately, a year of aging completely eliminated the coffee flavors from my bottle.  All that was left was a Imperial Stout with bitter, “off” flavors.  Not even a hint of coffee flavor was present.  The whole point of this particular coffee stout was the coffee flavors.

Obviously, I’m kind of annoyed, but Lesson Learned.  The darn bottle was expensive, too.  What a waste…

Published in: on May 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm  Comments (1)  

Founders KBS – Possibly more limited than last year.

Founders KBS (Kentucky Bourbon Stout) is an excellent beer.  It’s brewed once per year and is often a bit hard to acquire.  News on the street says it may be more limited this year than in the past.  We’ll see…  I will most certainly be trying to obtain some, both for tasting as well as cellaring.

Published in: on March 17, 2011 at 12:29 am  Leave a Comment  

Now On Twitter!!

Philly Beer Ambassador was too long.  So, using a vote from other beer enthusiasts, my new Twitter name is PBAmbassador.  Follow me for the most up to date news!

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

PhillyBeerAmbassador’s Top Ten Beers of 2010

As 2011 begins, I felt compelled to post my two cents on my favorite beers of 2010.  Every industry seems to give their own opinion of their “best of” list every year.  It may even be cliché, but I think it’s fun.  It gives me a chance to look back at all the great brews that came around over the past 12 months.

In creating my list, I had 22 beers that I felt were Top 10 worthy.  From there, the list was narrowed down to ten.  That was slightly more challenging.  Ranking the final ten took almost 30 minutes.  Some are available frequently, some annually and some are much harder to acquire.

With that, here are PhillyBeerAmbassador’s Top Ten Beers of 2010:

#10- Founder’s Porter.  Available frequently both on tap and bottled.  A perfect example of a classic porter, Founders simply makes my favorite porter of the year.  A great balance of sweet and hoppy bitterness, the coffee and dark chocolate flavors work great together.

#9- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA.  An annual release, available on tap and bottled.  I was able to sample this during Philly Beer Week in June.  This high-alcohol Imperial IPA has an extra full-bodied mouth feel and a good balance of hop flavors and maltiness.  It’s almost syrupy mouth feel came close to some cordials I’ve had over the years and contributed to my enjoyment of this brew.  Some may cry “sacrilege”, but I enjoyed it more than “Younger”.  Dogfish made some awesome brews this year, but this one stood above the others.  They may brew it annually, but this was the first year I’ve tasted it.

#8- Russian River Pliny the Elder.  Available periodically on tap only.  A great double IPA with tons of pine-flavored hops.  Absolutely a “hop bomb”.  Hop lovers rejoice.  Along with the hops, there are also hints of grapefruit.  There is also a strong malty backbone.  Some hunting and waiting may be required, but Elder is worth seeking out when it’s around.

#7- Stone Russian Imperial Stout.  Available annually in bottles and on tap.  The best example of a traditional Russian Imperial Stout this year.  It has a great balance of sweet malt flavors, hops, coffee and chocolate flavors with a heavier mouth feel.  I’m sure I’ll always track this down when they brew and bottle it.  It’s great fresh, and I bet the bottles will be even better a few years down the line.

#6- Troeg’s Nugget Nectar.  An annual release coming up soon.  This is another beer for hop lovers; it’s an IPA with an IBU count of 93.  That means there’s tons of hoppy bitterness.  Nugget Nectar was one of my biggest surprises of the year.  I tasted and reviewed it back in February.  At first, I thought it was good.  Then, I was compelled to get another bottle here, another there…  At that point, I realized it was a great beer.  I can’t wait for this years’ batch.

#5- Port Brewing Wipeout IPA.  Available periodically, most recently in December.  I tasted Wipeout for the first time in the spring.  It was another great surprise!  Lots of citrus and fruit flavors made it an excellent IPA.  One of the best things about this beer is its $5.75 price tag for a 22 oz. bottle.  It just proves that awesome beer can be had for a great price.  Take that wine lovers!  (No offense wine lovers, I like good wine, but your hobby is more expensive)  I’ll probably grab a bottle or 2 of Wipeout almost every time I see it.

#4- Russian River Supplication.  Available once in a while.  This was my first experience with a sour style beer, and I didn’t like it right away.  With lots of berry notes and a high level of tartness, it was something unique.  My second tasting was enough to convert me to a sour beer lover.  Wine flavors are prominent since it’s aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels.  It bites back with astringency making it very refreshing.  Supplication doesn’t even taste like your average beer, to the point where it’s almost weird calling it a beer.  But it is a beer… and it’s great!

#3- Founders KBS, Kentucky Bourbon Stout.  Available annually on tap and in bottles.  Being Founders’ second showing on this list should help show the quality of their product.  They have so many great beers, but KBS is awesome.  It gets rave reviews from me because I really like bourbon stouts.  There were other contenders, but KBS is the best of the bunch.  It’s thick and syrupy with a huge sweet bourbon profile.  While tasting good anytime, it tastes best with some dessert, like cheesecake, or on a cold night to take the chill off.  KBS is warming with a high alcohol content, and it’s awesome!

#2- Cigar City Hunahpu.  Tasted during Philly Beer Week.  Not readily available, but rumor says it may be brewed again 2011… Here’s hoping.  This beer had such a unique group of ingredients, and was exceptional.  It’s a full-bodied imperial stout brewed with vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa nibs.  It’s aged on pastille and ancho peppers.  So smooth, creamy and complex with a tiny bit of spice.   It may have earned the #1 spot  if it wasn’t so impossible to find.  It’s my list and I can dock points for teasing me with something I can’t get.  A truly delicious beer with an amazing recipe.

And my #1 beer for 2010….

#1- Flying Fish Exit 16.  Brewed once for Flying Fish’s Exit Series, it was available in bottles and on tap.  I first tasted it on April Fool’s Day, 4/1/10, and knew it was a Beer of the Year contender.  It’s full of tropical fruit flavors like grapefruit, mango, tangerine and papaya.  The fruity flavors reduce any hoppy bitterness to almost zero.  It also has a very bright, dry flavor similar to a good champagne.  Exit 16 was spectacular super-fresh and I made sure to bring bottles to as many gatherings as possible to expose the greatest number of people to its awesomeness.  Between myself and the people I enjoyed it with; I wouldn’t be surprised if we went through 2 full cases.  That’s 24- 25.4 oz. bottles.  That’s a lot of beer tasted by a lot of people.

I’ve said it here before, but being a limited release, I sure hope Flying Fish earned enough money and earned enough critical acclaim to move Exit 16 into their regular rotation.  Truly an amazing beer and my #1 favorite of 2010.  Congratulations, Flying Fish… You deserve it!

So, that concludes PhillyBeerAmbassador’s favorite beers of 2010.  Thanks to everyone who read once in a while or on a continual basis.  If you know anyone who might enjoy reading, please recommend my Facebook page so they can “Like” it.  They’ll then hear about new postings as they happen.

Happy New Year!

PhillyBeerAmbassador

Published in: on January 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Halloween! Pumpkin Beer Weekend…

Welcome to Halloween weekend!

This weekend I’ll be reviewing one pumpkin beer each day:

Today, Saturday and wrapping up on Halloween.

Starting off will be Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin…

Check it out shortly.

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 9:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Opening Statement

Welcome, Everyone, to PhillyBeerAmbassador.

My name is Greg and I am your Ambassador to all things “Beer”.

Let me start by giving you a short history of my personal beer experiences.

I’ve always enjoyed having a few beers, but have gotten more involved in the “Craft Beer” hobby over the past year. I started out joining a simple beer club where all the work selecting different beers was done for me. Following that, I began doing all my own research on purchasing beer for tasting, which led to writing reviews for all the new brews that were tasted.

After gaining some knowledge, in May ‘10, I decided that it would be fun to grow Hop plants in the yard. They are doing well and I’ll post information about them periodically. Logically, that led to home brewing. The first test was an Imperial Ale and it turned out well. Currently, there is a second batch brewing, this time a Belgian White with orange and coriander.

Here on PhillyBeerAmbassador, my primary purpose will be to review various craft beers. There will be a wide variety of reviews ranging from local craft brews, rare-hard to find beers, as well as a few beers from larger companies.

Beyond that… I’m sure there will be discussion of other beer topics- including brewing beer and growing hops at home.

So, enjoy the content and thanks for visiting. Hope to see you soon.

Greg

Published in: on June 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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