September 19, 2010
THE BAR IS FINALLY OPEN!! Come on down and taste from our large stock of bourbons and craft beers. Here’s one we expect to pouring a lot of.
INNIS AND GUNN OAK AGED BEER
– English Strong Ale
– 6.6% ABV
– THEY SAY: Using oak to age beer is unheard of. But, the flavours imparted by the oak barrels (previously used to mature bourbon) lend an incredible depth oftaste. Think vanilla, toffee and orange aromas, with a malty,lightly oaked palate; soothing and warm in the finish.
REV SAYS: This beer would be great with a steak dinner, at a tailgate, on an ocean cruise and just about anywhere else! The versatility in this beer is made by a well balanced smooth drink of really complex flavors. You know that awesome smell and taste that hangs in the air after you blow off fireworks? Somebody bottle it in a beer!
September 14, 2010
When the world of bourbons is crossed with that craft beers, our panties get into a bunch. I like to refer to this 2 world’s colliding phenomenon as an Idle Hands “identity beer.”
HARVIESTOUN OLA DUBH RESERVE 12
– Old Ale
– 8.0% ABV
– Central Scotland
– THEY SAY: Aged in selected oak casks, formerly used to mature Highland Park’s beautifully balanced 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Appearance: A dense, bituminous, oily brown with a gentle tan-coloured, espresso-like head. Aroma: Appeasing toasted cereal notes underscore the general tartness of dried fruits. Palate: Immediate, cleansing bitter hops are reinforced by richly toasted malts; finely balanced with raspberry coulis-like acidity.
REV SAYS: If bacon could be a beer, this would be it. I tastes like a BBQ pit smells.
September 10, 2010
Let me guess? You want to know when we’re opening right? Well here’s your answer:
AS SOON AS WE GET OUR LICENSE FROM THE SLA!!
They are notorious slow but we’re told it probably any day now. That isn’t stopping us from trying out news beers to serve.
ARCADIA ALES JAW-JACKER ALE
– Pumpkin Ale
– 6.0% ABV
– Battle Creek, MI
– THEY SAY: Jaw-Jacker Ale is our Fall Seasonal, a celebration of harvest-time and the changing of the seasons. Using only the finest malted barley and a touch of wheat for mouth-feel, Jaw-Jacker pours a brilliant orange-amber color with truly unique flavors. Although no pumpkins are used, a blend of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon work with malty flavors to create a bold flavor reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A light hop note balances out the beer nicely.
REV SAYS: This beer legitimately tastes like Grandma’s punkin’ pie. How they got her to give up the family recipe, ill never know!!
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.