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Beer Review 18: Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week our Six Pack of the Week (SPotW?) is Brooklyn Breweries Summer Ale.  This delicious offering takes a different twist on the typical "summer" beer.  This is the first in the Summer Beer Series, so check back for future installments!

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Breaking News: Sierra Nevada's B-Day gift to everyone!

Phil Foleen

Is today your birthday?  well if it is Happy Birthday, and if it's not have no fear! Sierra Nevada has decided to give us all a gift for their 30th birthday this year: The Sierra 30.

According to uncrate.com the good folks out west are releasing a bunch of Limited Edition brews, 30 would be my guess, conjured up with a number of Craft Beer Innovators from around country.

Currently there are four they are telling us about: Fritz and Ken's Ale, Charlie, Ken and Fred's Lager, Jack and Ken's Ale, and Oak Aged Ale.  They are bottled in the larger form factor bottles with the cork and cage seal that we all enjoy from Brooklyn Brewery for the Local 1 and Local 2 Brews.  The rest are slated to be unleashed on the public over the course of the year so be on your toes.  Be on the lookout for these at a store near you, pick one up or you'll ruin Sierra Nevada's Birthday.  No one likes a crying Brewery.

Beer Review 08: Harpoon Brewery Celtic Ale

Phil Foleen

As a special offering for St. Patrick's Day we bring you a Beer Friends BONUS!!!  Our review of Harpoon's Celtic Ale.  A good middle of the road Red Ale, but is it something you'll want to have to celebrate today?  Check out the review to find out!!! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSh4nx52vtY]

Beer for Brunch?

Brad

A burger for breakfast?  No way.  A burger for lunch?  Of course, but it’s only 10am I don’t think I can have lunch this early.  A burger for brunch?  Absolutely.  Brunch is a favorite past time of a lot of New Yorkers on the weekend.  While it’s usually an excuse to drink early in the day, it also helps fill in that awkward grazing time between the early AM and the early afternoon.  At 10 in the morning I don’t think I could usually, but it’s not actually breakfast, its brunch.   There’s that wonderful culinary loophole and while the two famous brunch drinks are Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, this Beer Friend asks why not a beer?

While food pairing is popular in wine, food pairing in beer is gaining ground even in some top rated restaurants.  More and more brewery websites are including beer/food pairing recommendations as well - take Brooklyn Breweries for instance. Homebrew books and beer dictionaries are also including advice and sections on pairing, so if you want to start thinking down these lines the information is readily available.

Thinking about a typical brunch menu – eggs, pancakes, French toast – nothing makes you want to reach for the stout.  With beer pairing, as with its brother disciplines, it’s not necessarily about the food specifically, but about how each of the items in the meal compliments the other flavors as a whole.  In a few Beer Friends video reviews we’ve mentioned what kind of meal we’d have the beer with.  One episode that comes to mind is a Christmas Ale with a stronger nutmeg and cinnamon finish, pairing with a ham and sweet potatoes is perfect.  So, keeping in mind the taste of the food – what to have with brunch?

With eggs, the basic breakfast food, try a simple Lager or Ale.  Avoid anything with a strong taste that’s going to overpower the taste of the food, a good rule of thumb.  Eggs typically have a simple taste, spiced with what salt, pepper or Tabasco you put on it.  Keep the beer choice simple – lager or ale.

Pancakes are typically a sweeter taste.  Pancakes can be made very plain but usually involve a little butter and sugary syrup.  Reach for the sweeter beer to compliment the sweetness of the syrup.  However, if you’re the type to order chocolate chip pancakes – who isn’t? – perhaps a lighter stout will compliment the chocolate flavor in the pancakes.  Speaking of the stout why not replace that run of the mill, daily work commute cup o’ joe with a Coffee Stout or a Gorilla Warfare American porter from Sixpoint which is brewed with coffee from Park Slopes’ own Gorilla Coffee.

A French toast recipe usually includes cinnamon and a few even include nutmeg.  This one can be more difficult because you don’t always know how powerful the cinnamon/nutmeg flavor is.  Fortunately this can be a seasonal pairing with a winter or Christmas type brew.

Looking for a lighter pairing?  Try a general wheat or Hefeweizen beer that will compare to a mimosa or glass of orange juice.

Overall beer with brunch is a great idea – as long as you have the right beer, and as long as it doesn’t have the word “Light” in the title.

Sixpoint Night at Barcade in Williamsburg

Corporate Kerouac

What a great night in Brooklyn last night for The Beer Friends.  We got there early and took advantage of all the rare pours.  All 3 Gorilla Warfare pours were awesome.  This Beer Friend’s favorite was the Coffee Hopped Cask pour, but I wouldn’t kick any of the three out of bed.  Also, an incredible treat for us was the Hops of Love.  I was amazed that one brewery could have two IPA’s that each have such different personalities.  I certainly hope that Sixpoint brings this one out a little more often. Here is our night (now in chronological order) at Barcade.  If you were there early, let us know what you think of our impressions.  For those who got there late, see what you missed…

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Hello and welcome to the second straight night of live blogging by the Beer Friends! Tonight we took the long journey out to Williamsburg to visit a great bar - Barcade. Around 24 taps of Sixpoint with a few cask pours... Should be fun so stay tuned!

6:28pm - First Beers: Brad tries the 2010 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare- this porter is brewed with coffee from Gorilla Coffee and has a slightly different taste each year. This is one of my favorites, the smooth slight coffee taste goes down amazingly smooth with a little grounds taste on the aftertaste... This beer never disappoints.

Graham started with Bengali – Great as always.  Went on to Glazer. Interesting flavor at the start that I just can’t peg and a real mellow finish.  This is a pale ale of a unique kind…

Paul had a Bonehead Ale.  It’s a sweet amber ale, there is a kick at the beginning but it finishes soft.  Very light on flavor, could have a few of these in a row and not thing about it.

6:50pm - Second Round Graham- Third round actually Brad... Hops of Love is an extremely well balanced IPA. I don't know to say it any better than this: I have hops of love for Hops of Love!

6:56pm - Paul's second round is the cask pour of the "Coffee Hopped" Gorilla Warfare. The description says this particular GW was hopped with an extra batch of fresh ground coffee, and it tastes like it. I would drink this in the morning with my eggs.

7:02pm - Brad's second round - Sixpoint Express 2008 is a Belgian Quad that has a slight bite, finishes smooth and leaves with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

7:22pm - Paul's Third Round - Hops of Love... What a great IPA. This is like the successful older, more reserved, sister of Bengali Tiger. She's smart and sweet, but she's got the kink where it counts...

8:02pm - Brad's Third Round - Hops of Love (seems to be a popular one) - Sixpoint's Hops of Love is a great floral/citrus-y IPA... Light and refreshing yet enough of a kick to be a tasty beer-looks like we have a winner!

8:02:50pm - Paul's fourth round...ish -Mason's Black Wheat: This is an American wheat, of which I am usually critical, but this dark wheat has something to it. It is a dark beer and it smells that way, but it's sweetness overpowers leaving a very mild wheat beer. Another very strong pint from Sixpoint.

8:03pm - Graham's Fourth Round - 2008 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare - A coffee porter with few equals. Age it a year or two and get something real special. May not pop up again for awhile (if ever again) but if you ever have the opportunity then you should jump on it!

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