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Beer & Bourbon Tasting: Bronx Brewery

Beerfriend Paul

Tonight we went to a special $10 tasting at Idle Hands. We get to sample some of Bronx Brewery's finest. I've been looking forward to this since I read the Beer Event of the Week post. Paul's first - Bronx Pale Ale: The first taste on this journey is the base brew for the night and the most available of Bronx Brewery's beverages. This is a real good beer. I've had a few of these in the past few weeks and I really enjoy it. It's got a great flavor and doesn't overpower. This is a beer that I gravitate toward and I plan to keep it that way.

Graham's First - I really appreciate the dry bitter hop flavor alongside the sweet malty finish. Easily drinkable and fast to finish. I will be a happy man when this starts showing up more frequently on draft around the city.

Phil's First Bronx Pale Ale. It's a good starter. Slightly hoppy with a bit more on the sweet malty end in my book. It's a good solid pale ale that should taste pretty familiar to anyone that likes them.

Brad's First Bronx Pale Ale - enjoyable because it has a bite on the back end that's missing from typical Pale Ale.

Brad's Whiskey Woodford Reserve - this is a decent whiskey with a nice burn. Been trying to get into bourbon and this is certainly high on my list.

Paul's Whiskey Woodford Reserve - I agree with Brad about the burn. It is definitely there. It has a nice flavor to it. It kicks a little harder than than I am used to, it's definitely not bad but it may take some getting used to.

Phil's Whiskey Woodford Reserve - N/A

Graham's Whiskey Woodford Reserve - I like the burn. Let's you know you're alive. If you're used to it then you're doing something too right.

Paul's second - Bronx Bourbon Aged Pale Ale- Absolutely delicious! They took a good pale ale and made it one of the best beers I've had this year. The way bourbon affects the pale ale is incredible. This is a beer I will seek out again if it is ever available again.

Phil's 2nd Bronx Bourbon Aged Pale Ale - good god this is delicious! Everyone knows that I do NOT like bourbon, bourbon aged beer however is wonderful. Sweet to start off with the, the bourbon flavor takes over quickly and you don't look back. Finishes with a little hop taste and a good amount of the alcohol that bourbon lovers enjoy, but not too much to turn this beer guy off. Seek. This. Out.

Brad's Bronx Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale it's a mouthful of a name that translates into silence from never wanting to talk again and drink this beer forever. Bronx Pale has a kick that I enjoy but can't enjoy more than one - the bourbon aging takes the kick out and mellows it out to a completely drinkable (on multiple levels) beverage. This is fantastic and I can't wait for their other stuff.

Graham's Third Bronx Bourbon aged Pale ale- ITS GREAT! It definitely takes the edge off the pale ale and replaces it with a smooth bourbony curve. The only problem is that I enjoyed the edge of the pale ale. I'm hit with equal parts disappointment and silky deliciousness. Still would prefer more bite.

Paul's meat! Slantshack Jerky- I certainly cannot claim to dissect beef jerky half as poorly as I can beer. This jerky is delicious (like that's a surprise). It's delicious beef jerky. I would get that again, I certainly plan on seeking out other flavor of Slantshack.

Brad's meat! Slantshack Jerky- Full disclosure... I'm uncomfortable talking about my meat online - but this was delicious aged in the Bronx Pale Ale - as someone who's recently gotten into pickling - I'm totally down with the process. Delicious but... Full disclosure... This is my first taste - is it all down from here?

Graham's meat! Slantshack Jerky- I enjoy me some jerky - staple of any good American road trip. This jerky isn't as flavorful at first but it evolves quickly in your mouth after you eat several hunks. All of a sudden you notice that the subtle spice and bourbon flavor has been growing this whole time - and you are powerless to stop it.

Phil's meat! Slantshack Jerky- I love jerky. Love it! This is some really good jerky, subtler than most that I've had, but the flavor fills out in a very nice way. Being aged in the Pale Ale is a nice touch and adds a good end to the flavor. I would take a couple of bags of this on any road tip.