September 5, 2010
Awwwww yeah!! It’s September and that means it’s time for the seasonal brews of fall to appear. If you’re like me, you’ll drink any pumpkin style beer put in front of you because much like pizza, there is no such thing as a bad one. After several web searches, it appears that Idle Hands Bar will be the first to post a review of the beer.
FIRE ISLAND PUMPKIN BARREL ALE
– Pumpkin Ale
– 4.8% ABV
– Fire Island, NY
– THEY SAY: The 3rd beer and first seasonal from this Long Island, NY brewery is a spice-infused, pumpkin style ale. To create this exceptional brew, the team from Fire Island joined forces with a sustainable New York farm to source local hops to produce a new craft ale of unparalleled quality. Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a masterpiece of hops, herbs and spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and, of course, a ton of real pumpkin to impart a festive, seasonal taste.
REV SAYS: The smells of spices and cinnamon say this beer is not for the weak of heart. The tastes on the other hand says “I’m a pumpkin beer and I love you.”
September 2, 2010
As we inch ever closer to our grand opening, we’re still out there trying new beers and making changes to our beer menu. Tried a new one this week that’s worth talking about.
MAGIC HAT HEX OURTOBERFEST
– German Ale
– ABV 5.4%
– Burlington, VT
– THEY SAY: A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.
REV SAYS: If you’re not confused by the gaggle of demons partying on the label, you will be by the bitterly-sweet flavor of this robust yet refreshing swig.
August 17, 2010
ATWATER BLOCK BREWERY DUNKEL
– 5.6% ABV
– Detroit, MI
– THEY SAY: Distinctly dark and rich in flavor, Atwater’s Dunkel (it’s German for “dark”) is a combination of black and caramel malts which give this beer a great roasted head and a flavorfully balanced warm malt finish.
REV SAYS: Known for their traditional German style of brewing, of course it’s no wonder that Atwater was able to make a beer that also tastes like a hearty German pretzel!
August 12, 2010
JOLLY PUMPKIN ARTISAN ALES LUCIERNAGA “THE FIREFLY”
– Belgian Ale
– 6.5% ABV
– Dexter, Michigan
– THEY SAY – An artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting o so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!
REV SAYS: Remember what you thought beer would taste like? Well you’re wrong! This beer is here to learn you up that sour and gentle taste buds can unite under the stream of its unique taste.
August 10, 2010
As we put the final touches on the bar and prepare to open, were still trying out new beers and putting together our offering list. Here’s a rare one for you uber-beer nerds like me.
DOCTOR FRITZ BRIEM 13TH CENTURY GRUT BIER
– Traditional Ale
– 4.6 ABV
– Friesing, Germany
– THEY SAY: Before the German Purity Law “Reinheitsgebot” of 1516 it was common practice to use any kind of different spices, herbs, fruits and other plants to provide balance to beer. Hops was not yet well known at this time. Grut bier has roots in many cultures and each culture had it’s own “special ingredients”: Egyptians, Native Americans, Arabian Tribes, Gaulles, Germanic Tribes and the Vikings. This interpretation of a traditional Grut Bier is spiced with Lorbeer (Bay Leaves), Ingwer (Ginger), Kummel (Caraway), Anis (Anise), Rosemarin (Rosemarie) & Enzian (Gentian). It is brewed with water, wheat & barley malt, “pollinated wild hops” and fermented using top fermenting yeast. – Dr. Fritz Briem Historic Signature Series
About Dr. Fritz Briem: also known as Professor Fritz Briem, is technology Director at Doemens, an internationally operating education and consulting enterprise for the brewing, beverage and food industry. He has a Dipl.-lng. and PhD from Weihenstephan, and was a member of the technical and research staff at Brauerie Weihenstephan. Fritz teaches primarily in the areas of brewing and fermenting technology.
REV SAYS: Smells like intense popurri and tastes of an intense, bitter fruit pie. There’s more happening here than on the floor of the NYSE.
July 2, 2010
YAY! We have liquid in our guns!! The sodas and juices for mixed drinks have been installed. We’re one step closer to being open. As we finalize down the alcohol and beer lists, we’re trying beer after spirit to make sure we get just the right mix. Our friends at Union stopped by with a selection of beers for our tasting pleasures and with them were Troegs Brewing Company.
TROEGS BREWING COMPANY DREAMWEAVER
– Unfiltered Wheat Beer
– 4.8% ABV
– Harrisburg, PA
– THEY SAY: Long toasty days, cool breezy nights and a splash of magic provide the inspiration for the Troegs brothers’ dreamiest creation—Dreamweaver Wheat. Combining four wheat types with Munich and Pils malts, noble Saaz hops, and a yeast strain that imparts a spicy, peppery, clove taste with a slight hint of bananas, Dreamweaver Wheat is an unfiltered blast of spicy, mouthwatering joy.
REV SAYS – 1 sip of Dreamweaver is like being slapped by your pimp and then hugged by them immediately after. “See what wheat made me do?!?!?”
June 25, 2010
As we work on narrowing down what our initial beer list will be, we’re learning a lot about beer. While doing a search on high rated beers, we stumbled across the Hair of the Dog Brewery. This brewery is located in Portland, OR and run by 3 intense beer fans out of their garage. Their beers although very hard to get outside of Portland, have very high ratings and in fact, some places rank them at 100 out of 100. We knew we had to try this beer. Thankfully, it is available in NYC and our friends at American Beer Distributors brought us one to try.
HAIR OF THE DOG FRED
– Golden Special Ale
– 10% ABV
– Portland, OR
– THEY SAY: Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. This golden strong ale incorporates ten hop varieties from five different countries. Through the use of aromatic and rye malt, the beer achieves a unique balance of flavor. We hope that Fred will inspire you to share your knowledge with others as Fred has with us. Fred is 10% alcohol by volume.
REV SAYS – This is the Warped Tour of beers. It’s never the same, it’s always awesome, it doesn’t come around all that often, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and its pure intensity and madness. No 2 sips taste the same!