Two New (Tasted) Brews

Checked out Mussel Bar in Bethesda the other day (hadn’t been since literally the day they opened) for some good beer on tap.  They have quite the selection!  Almost too many good ones to pick from.

Opted to first try the Oskar Blues G’Knight Imperial Red

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Per the menu: “Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs)…”

Very nice and smooth, not too hoppy.  Great for a summer night outside.  Did not taste like 8.7%…

After awhile decided to sip on another and went for Dogfish Head’s Sixty-One.

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From the menu:  “The name Sixty-One is a reminder that this beer is Dogfish Head’s best-selling 60 Minute IPA plus one new ingredient: syrah grape must from California. The label, painted by Sam, is a twist on a typical watercolor…”(6.5% ABV, 60 IBU)

Could definitely taste the grape in there.  A bit sweet, but not overbearing.  However, definitely couldn’t drink more than one of these.

Great to try these new (to me) brews.  And it was a perfect night out so got to enjoy them outside.  Has anybody had them or had others they can share feedback on?

Southern Tier of Choklat Heaven

A friend had been telling me about a chocolate stout recently and I was quite intrigued.  I lean towards IPAs and wheats but will try something off the wall.  She had to wait to go home at Christmas to get this stuff as it’s hard to find around here.  So, last weekend I finally had the great treat of sampling some Southern Tier Choklat.  Per the bottle, it’s a stout brewed with chocolate — sounds deep. WOW, give me some gingerbread, dark cherries and dark chocolate to pair with this and heaven had arrived!  It’s 10% ABV, super smooth and just disappears.  You don’t need much.  It comes in 22oz bottles so pick one up to share with a friend for dessert.

I’m going to have to check out some of Southern Tier’s other stuff, now, too.  They are located in NY and have a nice menu.

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Rasp-beer-y

The snow ‘storm’ in DC brought a government shutdown.  This was the first time I’ve ever been able to actually have a paid snow day!  So, come 1pm, the snow was gone, the sun was out.  What did that mean? Time to go (Christmas) shopping.  I only had the intention of finishing off getting gifts for those on my list but when I went to the mecca of grocery, kitchen gadget, wine and beer store, things changed.  After some discussion with the beer man and other shoppers of the current offerings, New Belgium’s (new) Frambozen came up.  Nobody had actually had it for several years.  The name itself screams raspberry then the description lures you into a brown ale.  You can’t leave that poor thing sitting on the shelf!  Had some a bit later.  Very nice, smooth, nice hint of the fruit, but not overwhelming.  Pick some up for a friend, yourself, or to take to a party to celebrate the season.  Happy Holidays!

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