Archive for July, 2012

Mermaid Pilsner, Shmaltz Brewing Company

Posted in Pilsner with tags , , , , on July 31, 2012 by bizzlepop

As a thank you to all of our fans, new and old alike, I’ve decided to do a review this evening on a beer that I have been saving for a special occasion; Mermaid Pilsner. Part of the Coney Island Craft Lagers line from Shmaltz Brewing Company, this beer first caught my eye in the “make your own 6 pack” section of my local beer store. The entire Coney Island line comes covered in original artwork from a combination of Shmaltz’s art directors and Brooklyn based tattoo artist Dave C. Wallin. The colorful drawings on each bottle depict characters from a carnival setting. As you might have already guessed (or noticed in the picture), this particular one depicts a mermaid. Genius!

Now on to the beer itself. Very light and crisp. I would have never guessed it was sitting at a solid 5.3% abv. It is more hoppy than I had anticipated, but that bitter taste doesn’t linger at all. It is actually a really nice contrast to some of the fruit infused beers I have been enjoying recently. It finishes off tasting like a good summer seasonal beer (similar to Sam Adam’s Summer), although it is in fact a year round offering. This would be the perfect beer to drink while attending a baseball game. Perhaps the cure to watching some of the recent Mets games? A late game pitching meltdown would go down much easier if it was being chased by a few pints of Mermaid. Overall, this beer seems to have the total package. Not too dark or heavy, goes down easy, and carries enough punch to get you in a good mental state quickly.

I was originally very excited to try, what i thought was, an actual Coney Island beer. After some research, I discovered Shmaltz is actually based out of San Francisco. What a letdown. Although, it turns out that the majority of their product is brewed in a facility in Saratoga Springs, NY. I guess that’s close enough. Either way, it’s a really solid beer. -BW

Final Rating-  (4 Pints)

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Purple Haze, Abita Brewing Company

Posted in Wheat with tags , , on July 28, 2012 by bizzlepop

Let me start by saying that I’m very excited to publish my first review. I will be posting, or at least attempting to post, every Friday as a contributing writer for Beersighted.

Today, I will be tackling Purple Haze. A light, fruit/wheat beer brewed just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, in the town of Abita Springs. Don’t let the 4.2% abv fool you, this is much more than your average light beer. Crisp and refreshing, the raspberry puree that’s added after the filtration process does a nice job keeping the wheat from taking over, and adds the perfect amount of sweetness.

When I think 4.2% abv, I immediately think of Bud Light, Coors Light and Michelob Ultra. These are the kind of beers that will get you full before they get you drunk. Not to be confused with these volume beers, Purple Haze combines a light drinkability with the flavor  of a heavier, small batch craft beer. Honestly, I’m not sure if my lack of descriptive words is due to this being my first review, or because the beer is just THAT good.

Yesterday, I enjoyed the majority of a growler of Purple Haze. It was so good that I was done drinking before I could get any notes in. Now, I’m halfway through a 6 pack, and I can’t believe how good it tastes out of a bottle. Now I’m a firm believer in the Draft>Bottle>Can methodology, and will ALWAYS encourage a beer to be enjoyed from a tap, however, the bottle is damn near as good as the growler I had yesterday. Overall, this beer cracks my all time top 5. Go get some as soon as possible! -BW

Final Rating- (5 Pints)

Blowing Rock High Country Ale

Posted in Ale, American Ale with tags , , , , on July 26, 2012 by Steve

Blowing Rock High Country Ale – Brewed by Boone Brewing Company out of Blowing Rock, NC – ?% alcohol

This is an American style ale, and simply put, it’s delicious. This review is short because while drinking it, I didn’t want to write. I just wanted to drink and enjoy it. It’s got some light hops, slight to no aftertaste. One word: awesome.

This is probably one of my favorite beers now and it’s a shame I probably won’t be able to find it anywhere around here. It’s not overbearing, and GOD DAMN it’s delicious. Screw it, I just found the first 5 Pint-rated beer of this blog. Mmmmmmm give me more!!

Final Rating – (5 Pints)

Two Brother’s Ebel’s Weiss

Posted in Hefeweizen, Wheat with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by Steve

Ebel’s Weiss – Brewed by Two Brother’s Brewing Company out of Warrenville, IL – 4.9% alcohol

This is a hefeweizen (German Wheat) style beer with a banana and vanilla aroma. I thought that by the looks of the label, with the flowers, that this would be a weak chick beer. I was wrong. I don’t know if I just have a thing for hefeweizens or wheat beers, but once again, I’m a fan.

This is a nice, smooth, refreshing brew. Tastes delicious and when the 6 pack is gone I’m going to wish I had more. Two Brother’s specializes in rare and seldom-brewed beers. I’m not sure how rare hefeweizens are, but who cares. This shit is awesome.

Final Rating – (4 Pints)

I’m back…

Posted in General on July 12, 2012 by Steve

I know I’ve taken a small hiatus (ok, big hiatus) from posting to this blog, but I’m back and will try posting a little more regularly than I was before I left. I don’t want to commit to anything but I see no reason to be able to post at least once a week.

Also, may be having a posting partner as well. Not sure if it will be a once-in-a-while “guest” thing or if he’ll be a regular contributor. That’s up to him, but yes, these shall commence once again!

Look for a post tomorrow!