It’s a Saturday afternoon, and per my usual routine this time of year, I’m watching college football and sitting down to enjoy a beer. It’s that time of year for pumpkin beers, and I got this one in the mail a few weeks ago. If your regular reader, you know that this is one of my favorite beer styles, and I’m always looking for new pumpkin beers to try. I like that this one had the wax over the cap and information on the back. The label says it was “Bombed on 7/31/13.”
The label says, “Our Pumpkin Porter is made with pumpkins and fruits of the harvest, balanced with our bend of holiday spices. This Porter is dark and smooth with a warming finish and will be sure to complement the fall season.”
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass from the 22oz bomber at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep, dark brown in color, almost black, with some brown highlights when held up to the light. It’s got a good amount of carbonation in it, but almost no head. There’s just a thin layer of bubbles at the top with a thin ring around the edges – that surprisingly, left some lacing on the glass. It has a pumpkin spice aroma with some roasty notes as well.
My wife surprised me with reservations at Biaggi’s for dinner tonight. We took the kids and had a great time. Being a Friday night, I was definitely going to have a beer with my dinner. The only beer on tap that sounded decent (and I haven’t had yet) was this one. So, I went for it, even though, I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of wit beers.
Location: On tap and served in a regular, tumbler pint glass at Biaggi’s in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 5% ABV, 1.052 OG, ~ 150 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s extremely cloudy and sort of dark peach in color. There was no head, only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma was light with some lemongrass and hints of spiciness.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved pint glass at Taco Mac in midtown Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 8.2% ABV, 85 IBUs, ~300 Calories
Ingredients: Grains: Marris Otter as a base malt, with Munich, caramel, and a smidge of wheat; Hops: Simcoe, Willamette, Columbus, and Cascade
Appearance & Aroma: It’s brown in color with some rusty reddish hues, and very clear. There’s a thick, creamy, cream-colored head on it, which had good retention and lacing. There was a light citrus-grapefruit aroma with some piney-floral hoppiness in the background.
After enjoying a couple beers at dinner at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, GA, my friend Joe took me to midtown Atlanta to the Taco Mac there. We watched the Cardinals and had a couple of beers. I like the Brewniversity concept, but more importantly, I like the huge number of beers they have on tap, and the nice selection of local craft beers.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved pint glass at Taco Mac in midtown Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 7% ABV, ~210 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s very clear and golden in color with a slight orange hue. There’s almost no head on it, just a thin layer of bubbles across the top, although it left a little bit of lacing as I drank it. The aroma was lite with some pumpkin pie spices.
I’m out at dinner with my friend Joe, at Leon’s Full Service, a restaurant in Decatur, GA. We already hit the Wrecking Bar Brewpub earlier in the evening, so we’re doing pretty good. So we ordered an appetizer (seen here) of bacon and peanut butter (Joe tells me it’s a southern thing). Also, since I’m a pumpkin beer guy, I saw they had this one on tap, and it gave me a chance to try yet another brewer’s version of the style.
Location: On tap and served in a slightly curved pint glass at Leon’s Full Service in Decatur, GA.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark copper-amber in color and, although it was dark, seemed fairly cloudy. The head was two fingers thick and foamy, with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was mostly cinnamon and other light pumpkin pie spices.
After stopping at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub for a couple beers and a snack, we headed out to find a place for dinner. We tried to stop nearby at Fox Bros. BBQ, but it was too packed, so we headed to Decatur. Joe said that Leon’s Full Service was one of his favorite places here, so we grabbed a beer at the bar and waited to be seated. They had some nice beers on tap, and this one gave me a chance to try out another local brewery.
Appearance & Aroma: It was dark in the bar, but it was bright yellow in color and extremely clear. As you can see, the head was huge, fluffy, and white. The rentention was very good, and with a head so big, it couldn’t help but leave some great lacing. It did make it hard to pick up on the aroma, but there was juicyfruit and a bit of Belgian spiciness with some pine and citrus from the hops.
I’m in Atlanta, GA visiting my friend Joe, and we’re at TheWrecking Bar Brewpub for a couple beers and a snack before dinner. After I had the Jemmy Dean Breakfast Stout, my friend Joe recommended I try their Denamelizer IIPA. However, I noticed on the corner of the menu, that they had the dry hopped AND cedar aged version of this beer… in the cask! I think Joe was a bit jealous and wanted to change his order after he heard me order this one.
Location: On tap and served in a curved 4oz tasting glass at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 10.3% ABV, 140 IBUs, 310 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was a dark orange amber color, and appeared to be fairly hazy when I put the tabletop candle behind it. The head was very creamy and had nice retention and lacing. There was a bit of woody cedar in the aroma, but it was slightly edged out by the citrusy hops.
Today is my second day in Atlanta, and my friend Joe and I spent most of the day working on his new house. So, as a reward for helping him, he’s promised to take me to a few nice bars and microbreweries tonight. Our first stop is the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. They had some nice sounding brews on the menu, but this seemed to be one of their specialties and it came recommended by Joe. The menu said it contained a cold-pressed Java Vino blend added into the serving tank.
Location: On tap and served in a tumbler style pint glass at theWrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 7% ABV, 47 IBUs, % OG, 210 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color, and I couldn’t see much light through it when I held it up. It had a very thin, light tan head on it, that fell to just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and didn’t leave much lacing. There was a straightforward, roasty-coffee aroma.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark orange in color with amber hues, and fairly cloudy. The head was a quarter inch thick, and had soapy-looking bubbles, which left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma was a great, warm oaky-piney citrusy smell.
After having some wings and a couple beers at Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA, my friend Joe said it was time to check out “The Fred.” It’s the name of a private bar below Taco Mac that you get access to if you’ve enjoyed enough different beers at Taco Mac. We walked downstairs and up to an inconspicuous door with a doorbell. When we walked it, it seemed to have a great speakeasy vibe – dimly lit with dark curtains on the walls and cushy chairs. The waitress handed us an iPad with the beer menu on it, which had a good list of uncommon beers on tap and a list of hard-to-find bottles. My friend Joe knew I was looking for good local brews and recommended this one.
Location: On tap and served in a curved glass at The Fred in Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 7.8% ABV, ~ 250 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s black in color, and it’s dark in the room, so it makes it hard to see light through it. There was a quarter-inch thick, creamy head on it when it was served, but it feel to just a thin layer of creamy bubbles across the top. The aroma was mostly vanilla with hints of roastiness.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’m in Atlanta, GA, visiting my friend Joe. We’re having a good amount of local craft beer before we hit Athens, GA for the Mizzou-Georgia game on Saturday. I got into town today, and for dinner, we hit Taco Mac, a place that serves wings and has 140 beers on tap. After a couple local beers I wanted from the menu weren’t available, I decided to go ahead and order this one. I’d already had Red Brick’s Brown Ale,
Location: Poured into a pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Appearance & Aroma: It’s deep amber in color with an orange hue when held up to the light. It’s a bit cloudy, and has a thick, somewhat creamy head on it that stuck around for a bit and left decent lacing on the glass. There was a mostly citrusy hop aroma with hints of pine and caramel maltiness.
Today I arrived in Atlanta, GA, where I’ve met up with my good friend Joe. The plan is to try a bunch of local brews from the growing Atlanta craft beer scene, and then go to the Mizzou-Georgia football game in Athens on Saturday. After stopping atThe Beer Growler and picking up some Founders Breakfast Stout for Saturday morning (the bus leaves Atlanta at 7 A.M. to go to the game), we headed to Taco Mac. It’s a sports bar with over 140 beers on tap, and a cool loyalty club for trying a lot of beers. For my first selection, I decided to go with something malty from Monday Night Brewing whose startup journey I’ve been following for several years as a homebrewer.
Location: On tap and served in a curved pint glass at Taco Mac - Prado, in Atlanta, GA.
Numbers: 7.2% ABV, 26 IBUs, ~ 240 Calories
Ingredients: Hops: Columbus and Willamette hops; Grains: includes cherrywood-smoked malt, chocolate malt, and roasted barley
Appearance & Aroma: The color was brown with some ruby highlights. The head was tan and very creamy (almost nitro-like) and stuck around for a few minutes, leaving some decent lacing on the glass. There was a good amount of caramel maltiness in the nose.
It’s a gorgeous, sunny, but cool, fall day, perfect for sitting on the back deck and enjoying a beer. All morning, I’ve been working with my son to catch up on his homework from when we were gone on vacation last week, so I thought I’d enjoy a beer during our lunch break. As I mentioned, before I left on vacation, my sister gave me a bunch of beers from her trip to Asheville, North Carolina a few weeks ago. I already enjoyed a growler of Wicked Weed’s Freak Double IPA, and although this half growler has that beer on the label, it’s really their Cardinal Sin Belgian Red.
Location: Poured from the half growler into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: ~7% ABV, 27 IBUs, ~ 200 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s copper-red in color, like an old penny, and very clear. It has a decent sized, creamy off-white head with great retention and lacing. It’s got a lightly malty head with some light Belgian-like spiciness in the aroma.
I’m on vacation this week at Disney in Florida, and today, my family and I are visiting EPCOT. We had a nice day walking around the world showcase, and we stopped at the German pavilion for a Altenmünster Oktoberfest bier earlier in the day. I thought it would be fun to come back and have dinner here at theBiergarten Restaurant since it’s actually Oktoberfest right now in Munich. So, when our waitress asked, I ordered a liter of this beer.
Location: On tap and served in a German liter glass at the Biergarten Restaurant at the German Pavilion in EPCOT in Orlando, FL.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was amber-auburn brown color and it had a huge, fluffy, off-white head on it that had great retention and left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was a bready and light caramel maltiness.
My family and I are on vacation at Disney, and today we’re visiting EPCOT. I’ve been looking forward to getting around the world showcase to visit the German Pavilion, since we’re here during Oktoberfest. While my son did the “Agent P adventure game,” I decided to grab an Oktoberfest bier from the stand out front with two beautiful, young German women serving beer, and take in the sights and smells (the aroma of sauerkraut was pretty heavy).
Location: On tap and served in a clear plastic pint cup at the Germany pavilion at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida.
Numbers: 5.5% ABV, ~ 160 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It was deep golden in color and slightly hazy with a finger-thick, foamy, bright-white head that had some good retention and some lacing (even on the plastic cup). There was a nice, light malty aroma with a light mix of bready, toasty, and caramel notes.