Hello Beer Friends Nation! Craft beer week is in full swing and Beer Friends are hitting up some of the awesome events (we wandered from the Jimmy's 43 Cigar City event - put Maduro Tiramisu on your bucket list, trust us) and enjoying the craft beer abound in the city. Next up: Strong Island at The Stag's Head. Long Island has always been a weird beer destination (see Blue Point) but recently has stepped it up (see: Greenport Harbor and Southhampton) in which the Beer Friends have enjoyed and are going to continue enjoying tonight.
Brad's 1st: Greenport Hopnomi - this is a delicious and hoppy beer. No aftertaste and a hit of bitterness at the front - this is a great taste.
Phil's 1st: also Greenpoin Hopnomi. Very good and hoppy. Not as bitter as you would think. There's a small small bit of malty sweetness that just curbs the bitterness enough to take it off your mind. A definite yes from me.
Brad's 2nd: Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter - pretty smooth but no bite like a typical porter is. Generally I find porters on the roasted malt end and not on the smooth end (see: Founders Porter) but this is somewhere in the middle.
Phil's 2nd: Greenport Black Duck Porter - very good and mild as porters go. Great Peter(?) taste, but as Brad says, without a major toasted malt bite. The toasty part is still there, don't worry, it's just not an overpowering part of the flavor.
Brad's 3rd: Southhampton North Fork Fresh Hop - this is a delicious light hop taste. This reminds me of a Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere buy makes me feel better about myself because I'm drinking local...
Phil's 3rd: Greenport Citrus IPA - it good. A little on the weird side, it's like your ordered a white ale with a lemon or orange, but got an IPA instead but still with the fruit. The citrus part pretty much splits the hope flavor on half. You get a little hoppiness in the front that is interrupted by the fruit, followed very quickly by the rest of the hops. A good one to try in the middle of your beer evening.