Sunday, October 12, 2008

Spaten-Franziskaner Dunkel, Old Heathen, and Old Rasputin

Arthur and I went to the Peculiar Pub. Started with the Spaten-Franziskaner dunkel weiss which is typical of the style. Amoung its peers it is better than Erdinger, on par with Julius Echter, but falls short of Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse.

Second up was the Old Heathen Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher. While I enjoyed this one, it sweetness reminded me of the Dogfish Head Imp Stout against my will. Perhaps the alcohol content and subtlety of the sweetness made this one easier to handle.

Last up was the Old Rasputin from the North Shore Brewery(shown in the image). Different take on the style than I am used to. Tastes like the offspring of brown ale and imperial stout. Would try again, but perhaps my judgment was too clouded by that point in the night.

Peculiar Pub

The peculiar pub is a great place to get good beer for a fair price in a not so crowded atmosphere. Will elaborate at a later date.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Unknown Belgian Beer

I had this beer on 4th and 6th ave in nyc and I completely forget what it is.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Blind Tiger Ale House

After the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden the next NYC beer destination was the fantastic Blind Tiger Ale House. I have already gone to this bar several times. My only complaint is that it can get quite crowded. What makes the bar great is that it has about 40 taps that change on a regular basis. They are often running promotions with a certain brewery, and sometimes have anywhere from 10-25 of the taps from a single brewery. Prices are reasonable($6-8) except if you want to get one of there overpriced bottles. A great place to come to something new on tap.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

Its been quite some time since I posted last, and I could not possibly post all the beers I have tried in the interim. I have made the move from Philly to NYC, so there will be a shift towards NYC beer, and to start off I am going to review the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria.

On an early summer saturday afternoon the large outside area is packed with long benches of people drinking a small selection of Czech and German beer(mostly Czech). We sat down to eat indoors which limited the selection of beer offered. You can't beat pitchers of good beer for $15 alongside some farely tasty/authentic food. I didn't mistake the garden for Prague, but I think its as close as you get in NYC. I would definitely recomend this place especially for large groups of people.

Take the N to the second to last stop and keep walking in the same direction as the train along 31st street until you reach 24th avenue. You should be able to see the beer garden from the intersection.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

I bought this beer at U Med when I was heading out of Prague. Drinking the world wide stout reminded me of this beer because of the sweet taste shared by both. This beer is much smoother and complex than the world wide stout, and if i could find this in the US I would have it again.

12% ABV

Dog Fish Head World Wide Stout

I had this beer when my friend was enjoying Dog Fish Head's 120 Minute IPA(21% ABV). Picked this up at Atlantic Liquors in Delaware. Also available at Ron's. This is unlike any other stout I have had. It has the high alcohol content I expect from an imperial stout, but the flavor is simply a sweet syrup. Difficult to get through and will not drink again. The 120 Minute was delicious in comparison and I would much have Victory's Storm King if I want a domestic imperial stout. Did I mention I won't drink this again?

Price: $9
18% ABV