Edmund’s Last Brewing Company Basket of Flowers

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers, 5% ABV is Belgian style wheat brewed in Charleston, South Carolina with oranges and rosebuds. This beer sounded like it would be interesting, so I picked up a four-pack. This beer pours a bright yellow cloudy color with a one and a quarter white head that fades steadily. The nose is floral with orange sweetness There is a bitter tart note in there as well that gives off slight pale ale vibes. The flavor is sweet with some tart orange floral notes with a bit of wheat. Yes, I did get a bit of bitterness, but not as pronounced as it is on the nose. This Edmund’s Oast beer finish with a hit of a hoppy note but sweet. The aftertaste is orange and floral with a final bitter tart note. This is not as exciting as I thought it was going to be. It was trying to go somewhere with the flavor but got lost on the way. I give Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers a low C-. The bit of bitterness I found was a surprise but not in a good way and it clashing a bit with the floral notes kind of hold it back. I wouldn’t recommend Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company Basket of Flowers. But I do find Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company to brew good beers not this one though. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer

Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer, 4.7% ABV is the other beer I purchased in Dallas, Texas, at the liquor store. This beer sour Gose brewed with Best Maid Pickle juiceI picked up a six-pack of this because I love picklesSo if you do not like pickles then, this beer isn’t for you. Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer pours a light merry yellow, light green with a one and a half finger white head. The aroma is tart and sour with dill pickle bitterness. Taste is juicy, tart, sour, bitter, with dill pickle notes and the faintest of salt. This beer has a sour juicy pickle finish and aftertaste that draws you back for another sip. That is if you like pickles, with a light mouthfeel. I enjoyed Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer quite a bit. I also think that after two, you will not be looking for a third. The flavor gets to be a bit intense at that point, but still a good beer. I give Martin House Brewing Company Best Maid Sour Pickle Beer an A. If you love pickles, then this is the beer for you! Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! 

Haw River Farmhouse Ale Cultural Divide Farmstand Pickle Kettled-Sour Saison

A purchase from the Butcher’s Market, Haw River Farmhouse Ales Cultural Divide Farmstand Pickle Kettled-Sour Saison, 6.2% ABV is part of a series of beers called Cultural Divide and is brewed with Carolina Culture yogurt fresh from cow’s milk infused with fresh North Carolina cucumbers, fresh dill & pickling spices. Farmstand Pickle pours a orange-y yellow color with a big three finger quick white head with sour pickle brine/juicy aromas and light cucumber. Taste is much like the name of this beer, tart yet semi sour dill pickle with some pickle juice that mixes with light cucumber with nice amount of effervescent to give Farmstand Pickle a medium mouthfeel with a nice tart and sour pickle finish and a similar aftertaste with little of of saison notes following the pickled flavor that lingers for a bit. Haw River Farmhouse Ales Cultural Divide Farmstand Pickle Kettled-Sour Saison is a beer that slowly grows on you and gets a B-. The Saison base does help with the dill pickle flavors otherwise this beer wouldn’t be very good, I mean most people don’t usually drink straight pickle juice. I would say to try this just as a curiosity, it is an interesting beer that isn’t that bad. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly!

Throwback Thursday: Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Weizen

Originally posted on January 15th, 2012.

When you think of Germany and it’s the beer you think of Munich and Bavaria. But this a Rauchbier, which is a smoked beer style in the Bamberg area of Germany. Schlenkerla is the original smoke beer. This is the Weizen (wheat) variety of their smoke beer. This beer is 5.2% abv and is dark amber with a thick foamy beige head. The color of this beer is a bbq like color, dark crispy slightly burnt edges of the meat. Schlenkerla has a smokey scent to it that really smells like fresh bbq being cooked. This is a very pleasant smell. Yes, there is a very faint wheat smell but it is overpowered by the smokey scent. This smokey brew here has a bbq taste that makes you think of ribs pulled pork and other good bbq staples. Yes, there is a wheat taste there but you really have search hard for it. This beer has a good smokey aftertaste that is very wonderful and tasty nothing like a heavy thick smoked porter. I really do think this would go great with a bbq brisket or a slab of ribs. This smokey guy is not heavy tasting nor does it stick to your stomach/ribs, no its semi-light drinkable and real good. Yes, they do brew three other types of smoke beer. You should try this one, it is surprisingly good. Cheers! Please drink responsibly!

J. Wakefield Brewing El Jeffe

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J. Wakefield Brewing Company El Jeffe German-Style Wheat with Coconut, 5% ABV from Miami, Florida is a traditional German Hefeweizen brwed with coconut fresh flakes. I haven’t seen any of J. Wakefield beers anywhere here in North or South Carolina, just only in Florida, specifically Miami, and I found this beer here in Charlotte, NC at Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop. El Jeffe pours yellow with a thick three-finger creamy, fluffy white head with good retention leaving behind some really decent lacing and giving sweet banana, light clove, and coconut aromas with a little nice bubblegum-like note as well. Taste is somewhat similar to it aroma, I found a nice sweet banana clove note that you typically find in a traditional German-wheat/Hefeweizen with some sweet coconut that melds well with the banana notes with a very light/faint bubblegum notes that comes to a sweet coconut finish and continues into the aftertaste with a little Hefeweizen banana that lingers for a minute before it fades into just sweetness with a medium mouthfeel that is lighter than most Hefeweizen beers. J. Wakefield Brewing Company El Jeffe German-Style Wheat with Coconut is a great beer and the coconut really amps the traditional German Hefeweizen to a new level, I give it an A+. El Jeffe is excellent and i highly recommended that you have this beer. Please stay safe and please enjoy responsibily! Cheers!    

Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings

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Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings, 5% ABV brewed with coconut and orange peel is a collaboration between the two breweries brewed at Dssolver Beer in Asheville North Carolina. Tiger Kings pours a yellow color with a bright one and a half finger white quickly fading head that fades down into a small island. This beer gives off orange aromas with sweetness coming in a little coconut form that then takes you into the taste that is big sweet orange flavor in the front with some coconut and a weird bitterness in the back of the mouth that continues into the finish with an orange candy finish that tastes like it has gone bad with a bitter orange candy aftertaste that really lingers with a very faint trace of weird coconut. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings starts out fine then goes way downhill quickly getting a D-. The finish and the aftertaste are weird tastings in the bad/not so good way. Dssolver Beer & Proclamation Brewing Co. Tiger Kings is only good when it hits the tip of your tongue, that like two seconds then it’s quickly headed into D- territory. But I like Dssolver Beer but I am not so sure about Proclamation Brewing Co. Don’t try this one. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Crafted Cocktail: Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Dark & Stormy

Here is something a little different from the usual. Thank you to the The Baddish Group for sending me some Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer and for sparking the idea for this post. One of my favorite types of liquor is rum especially dark rum so here I crafted a Dark & Stormy, 3 1/3 oz ginger beer (Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer), 2 oz dark rum (Pusser’s Rum), and 1/2 oz lime juice (Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice). Fill a highball glass with ice, add dark rum atop ginger beer then add lime juice, mix thoroughly and garnish with a lime wedge. Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has a 4.8% ABV whereas most ginger beers used to not. The Dark & Stormy is a is light sort of brown copper color with a big aroma of ginger and little notes of the lime and dark rum. It has a pronounced ginger flavor with a nice following of light lime dark rum right behind all the ginger beer with an alcoholic ginger finish and similar aftertaste with a light lime coming through with a halfway medium mouthfeel. This is not as boozy as it would seem but it’s a little boozier than a standard Dark & Stormy due to the Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Overall this was a nice taste Dark & Stormy cocktails, gets a B+. Yes sure there will always be something better out there but right now this Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Dark & Stormy is really good. Please enjoy responsibly. Cheers!

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals.

Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals, 4% ABV brewed in Cary North Carolina with sea salt, mango, pineapple, and strawberry in stainless tanks. Flag Signals pours a hazy straw yellow color with a fuzzy one finger head with tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple with faint strawberry. The flavor follows the aroma with tropical fruit notes with a tart saltiness that finish with a strawberry tropical flavor that is a bit sour yet tart with a sour tropical fruit aftertaste. The salted aspect of Ancillary Fermentation Flag Signals kind of throw the beer off, an it come out to D+. I did finish the beer but it not something that might go back to. The sour aspect really did go as well with the salt. Please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!