Newbies

Always great to pop a new cork or have somebody pour you a new brew.  The two most recents…

Was in Rehoboth Beach so had to of course visit one of my favorite breweries, Dogfish Head.  They have some brews on tap they you can only get while standing under that roof.  The one I opted for was the QuatroSanque.  ‘an intensely citrusy IPA made with blood orange juice, sliced lemon and orange zest. Dark and medium crystal malts provide a deep amber color and sweet caramel/toffee notes to balance the the tartness of the citrus. Generous dry-hopping with Centennial and HBC431 dry-hops at a massive 2 pounds per barrel pushes the citrus and tropical juiciness to the next level. ‘  7.25% ABV (served in 10 oz. pours).  This stuff was smooth, not too hoppy and just refreshing.  I was close to buying a growler…

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LAM Pinotage.  A bit earthier than normal, some tobacco in there, had minimal leather and smoke notes, but very interesting.  I tasted some fizz, but it was a ‘normal’ bottle.  It was a VERY light red.  Was definitely the most unique Pinotage I’ve tasted.  About $20/bottle.

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It’s Punkin Time!

Oh, yes, it’s (almost) fall, football is here, which means another round of seasonal brew is due.  That means Dog Fish Head has Punkin Ale!

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Great stuff (along with many other pumpkin brews).  Went to the tapping of it last week at the Dog Fish Head restaurant in Falls Church.

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It was so fresh on tap that they hadn’t even posted it on the (chalk) board.

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Ordered one and started to enjoy.  I finally got around to looking up this morning why they call it Punkin.  It’s based around the local Punkin Chunkin on Discovery Channel.  Hilarious show!  Well, the beer was perfect, its normal pumpkin and spice taste, as one would expect.  And, the bartender wasn’t totally sure the ABV, but I had look it up, and it’s on that previous link, 7%.  Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it.  Cheers!

 

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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?