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Mystic Bridge IPA

Posted in IPA with tags , , on June 16, 2011 by Steve

Mystic Bridge IPA – Brewed by Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT – 6% Alcohol

So after glancing at a few beer reviews, I noticed some people feel the need to tell you how the beer pours out into a glass. They’ll give you the color of the beer, the amount of foam (head, heh heh), and all that jazz. Let me tell you now, unless otherwise noted, these beers are pouring right out of the bottle into my throat.

Mystic Bridge IPA

Now lets get the point. Mystic Bridge IPA. I’m not a huge fan of IPA’s, so right off the bat I get a little worrisome before tasting one. Mystic Bridge IPA is technically an American IPA (India Pale Ale), which is slightly different than the UK IPAs. They are known for their hoppy taste which results in that bitter after taste that takes a while to get used to. Most average beer drinkers don’t like IPAs as they don’t have a great “drinkability” factor. You don’t pound an IPA down to get hammered.

Mystic Bridge is not an overpowering IPA. It’s hoppy and bitter enough to know its an IPA but its not extreme. It goes down smooth, and if your like me where IPAs take some getting used to, after muscling through the first one, the rest drink with no problem. I’d say this is a good beer for people looking to venture out of their Budweiser phase and want to try an IPA. A good introductory IPA if you will.

I didn’t drink this during dinner, but it’s got a good taste and is probably an excellent dinner beer. Like I said before, this is not something you can slam down but I don’t think there is an IPA you would want to do that with. It’s slight bitterness is almost welcoming. I want to compare it to other IPAs but I don’t have much experience in them (yet). If I had to pick one, I’d say its comparable to Magic Hat’s Blind Faith, but that’s probably because that’s the last IPA I tasted that I liked. Maybe that’ll be the next review…

If you’re in the area, you can visit Cottrell Brewing Company at 100 Mechanic Street, Pawcatuck, CT  06739. They have tours and tastings Monday-Wednesday by appointment, Thursdays at 3PM, Fridays every half hour from 3-6PM, and Saturdays every half hour from 1-5.

Be sure to spread the word to your friends about this blog. If there’s something you’d like to see reviewed or any other comments or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.

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International Great Beer Expo – Rock Hill, NY – July 23, 2011

Posted in Beer Festivals on June 3, 2011 by Steve

I know it’s more than a month away, but I wanted to get the word out there in case nobody knows about it. On July 23, at the Rock Hill Fire Department, the International Great Beer Expo will be taking place from 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Tickets are $40 if purchased ahead, or $55 at the door if any tickets are available. The price includes a tasting glass and ability to taste 2 oz. pours of any participating brewery. As of right now, they are expecting 30+ brewers and 75+ beers.

The brewers signed on as of this posting are as follows: Innis & Gunn, Signha Beer, Keegan Ales, Gilded Otter, Peekskill Brewery, Doc’s Hard Cider, Staropramen, Thomas Hooker, Spaten, Franziskaner, Stiegl, Goose Island Beer Company, The Old Burnside Breweing Company, and Alexander Keith’s. All of these breweries represent different parts of the world, and if your a beer enthusiast, this is a perfect opportunity to try out different brews.

I will definitely be in attendance, and you can expect a full assortment of reviews following shortly after the festival (or whenever I recover. 2 oz a piece…75 beers…150 oz…thats about 12.5 full beers? Sounds like a Saturday night to me!

Blue Point Summer Ale

Posted in Summer Ale with tags , , on June 1, 2011 by Steve

Blue Point Summer Ale – Brewed by Blue Point Brewing Company in Patchogue, NY – 4.39% Alcohol

Blue Point Summer Ale

First, let me start off by saying this review was fate. I’ve always heard of Blue Point, but never tried it. How fitting that the very first review I do on my blog just happens to be brewed in my birthplace of Patchogue, NY. Funny thing is, I didn’t even realize it until after downing my first one and then inspecting the bottle trying to find the % of alcohol. Maybe this is a good sign…

Let me set the scene for you: Memorial Day, BBQ, Alice in Chains on the iPod, friends, sun, 90 degree heat, and an iced cold Blue Point Summer Ale. It really couldn’t get any better than that.

Simply put, this beverage is awesome. It’s your typical, light summer ale, comparable to a Sam Adams Summer Ale or a Harpoon Summer Ale (the originality in the names is astounding).  Blue Point may not have the same billing as Sam Adams, but it is just as good, if not better. Again, this is my first beer from Blue Point and I can’t wait to try and review the others. This Summer Ale is seasonal, and is only available from April – July, according to the Blue Point website.

So yes, I love this beer, and will try it again. I don’t venture out to bars that often as I’d rather buy a 6 pack for $7-10 rather than 2 beers at the bar for the same price, but if I do find myself in a bar within the next couple of months, and this is on tap, you can bet your ass I’m ordering one. If you enjoy those light, summery beers like the ones I mentioned above as well as Corona, Landshark etc etc, you can definitely not go wrong with this.

If you are in area or live on Long Island, be sure to check out this brewery. They offer tours and tastings at their “Tasting Room” located at 161 River Ave. Patchogue, NY. Hours are Thurs & Fri from 3-7PM or Saturdays from 12-7PM. I will definitely be taking a Saturday trip to go back to the place of my origin and check Blue Point Brewing Company out.

Final Rating – 4.5 Pints  4.5 Pints