Throwback Thursday: Boulevard Brewing Somkestack Series Long Strange Tripel


In American, almost everything originates from some other country, and that is even truer when it comes to beer/craft beer. The first beer to be brewed here in this nation was from England and later from German and Czechoslovakia. Just look at some of the beer styles on your local beer store shelves and you can find, an IPA, and English style, Weizen, a German-style, Trappist, a Belgian style, and so forth. American breweries brew all the styles. Today’s beer is no different, Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) Smokestack Series Long Strange Triple, 9.0% ABV. A Tripel (a Belgian style ale) is referring to the brewing process in which brewers use up to three times the amount of malt than Trappist. Long Strange Tripel pours a darker semi-hazy gold color with a big three and a quarter white rocky/fluffy head that really stay a while and leaves big thick lacing behind. I found little light coming through due to the hazy nature of this beer and found little, but some carbonation bubbles are there as well. The aromas on this Tripel are big with apple fruits and a bit of lemon, with a nice spice note. I also found a bit of coriander, but that was a faint aroma at best. I could smell the aromas of this from were away, and not just when I put my nose to the goblet, and it is an awesome smelling beer. The taste of Long Strange Tripel is big with lemon and apple fruit with a slight spicy peppery like note. You do taste the high ABV (9.0% ABV) on this, more so as it warms up. But it’s not enough to make you stop from drinking it. There isn’t much of the faint coriander in the taste, there is, however, is little zesty zing from the lemon/apple on the back of your tongue. The mouthfeel is medium but does finish well with a slight spice not and bit boozy. The aftertaste is sweetly fruity with a hint of carbonated spice. So this, Long Strange Tripel that I took is getting an A+ from me. This is a really awesomely crafted Belgian style Tripel. It was refreshingly great, and I highly recommend you try this beer!! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!  

Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe Coffee Blonde Ale


Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe, 5.7% ABV a limited release is a blonde coffee ale. A morning beverage that you’ll want to have as your evening pint. Evening Joe pours a deep orange/copper color with a thin one finger white head that quickly falls back into itself with sweet aromas of vanilla coffee with a bit of a roasted scent that draws you into a sweet vanilla coffee taste with a nice roasted note on the back on the tongue with a sweet roasted finish and a roasted vanilla finish and a medium mouthfeel. This is a good beer that’s easier to drink than most coffee beers. This is a B+ beer. Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe is good but Wooden Robot Brewer Good Morning Vietnam is a better coffee blonde Ale, it’s even easier to drink. Catawba Brewing Co. Evening Joe would get to be too much flavor after two. I enjoyed it and so should you. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!