My choice for celebrating National Beer Day was the Rally Drum Red Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Company. This was a good looking brew with a little bit of hops that was almost identical to the Irish Red Ale that I brewed in March. Cheers!
Although the year is not over my favorite beer of 2016 is Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels. It was smooth and so alcoholic. It was the perfect tonic for a long work week. My only complaint was that it was expensive for a draft, $14 for a pint.
The name of this beer, Yodo Con Leche, translates as iodine with milk but the brewers say the Spanish slang translation is a coffee that is strong and dark. I was expecting this imperial porter to be somewhat bitter with a strong coffee flavor so I was surprised that the bitterness and coffee flavor were more muted than expected. Since I am not a big fan of IPA beers, I am not complaining. The combination worked for me and I enjoyed sipping this beer.
I drank the Barrel Aged Knuckle Head beer last Friday at Jungle Jims. It is a strong ale that has been aged in used Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. I liked how the bourbon flavor added complexity to the ale. I wanted to get back in line for a second but since the beer is around 10% ABV that could cause a problem driving home.
I was over at Jungle Jims again last Friday for Pint Night and my beer choice was a Christian Morlein Altered Pale Ale. This beer reminded me of another beer that I drunk in the past but the name was stuck on the tip of tongue. As I wandered around the tasting area looking for good buys, I picked up 4 16 oz. cans of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for $5. That’s a good buy! When I got home and took my first sip of Pale Ale, I instantly knew that this was the beer Christian Morlein was paying homage to with their Altered Ale.
Last Saturday we went to the Moerlein Lager House to celebrate my mother-in-law and wife’s birthday and it almost was a disaster. We did not know it beforehand but there was a Gay Pride parade going on the same day and ending up at the park next to the restaurant at the same time as our reservation. We were almost to the restaurant when we found several roads blocked off. Fortunately I was able to make a scenic detour through Kentucky and was able to find some open roads on the other side of the restaurant. The restaurant was busy and festive. I noticed that much of the crowd was drinking what looked like a Hefeweizen and since I have been on a Hefeweizen kick this month, I took the opportunity to try Moerlein’s Se7en (Seven) Hefeweizen. It was a nice Hefeweizen with hints of citrus. My only complaint was the small head on the beer. Here is my checkin on Untappd.
After the meal we went to Smale park. My wife wanted to see and ride Carol Ann’s Carousel. I was surprised in this high tech world how busy a low tech carousel was. The carousel was very pretty and a few minutes after arrived, a wedding party arrived. It was amusing to see the grooms and bridesmaids try to get on the horses in their tuxedos and dresses.
Then we went and played with the rest of the kids in the park. It has to bring a smile to your face to see your 84 year old mother-in-law making music by stepping on piano keys.
Here is one of those scenic bridges on my detour.