About- Marie DeAeth
Spending the weekend out on Long Island, I was looking for a local brew and found this fruity lil guy. The thing about wit beers in my opinion, is that well, they’re always just sort of . . . predictable. That said, the Southampton Publick House Double White covers all its bases and is in fact, delightful. When most of your crew is tucking in with a glass of red, or a bottle (no judgment), this beer will still fit in. You get a cool, crispy drink tinged with citrus, while still staying medium-fancy.
As a PorchDrinker based out of NYC, I am happy to regale you, dear readers, with tales of daring innovation that spring from the sometimes excessive effort to be the leader of the pack in the NYC-area beer world. But what about those cities that don’t get a lot of play in beer media? Places where craft beer is only just beginning to flourish? Well today folks, I am taking you to that great American stalwart, Buffalo, New York. In particular, we are talking about the Buffalo IPA from Flying Bison Brewing Company, a sweet little operation that, according to its website, professes to be the city’s first stand alone brewery since 1972. Before we get to the actual beer, let me just first tip my hat to the brewery for having the good sense to draw some wings on a bison and turn it into their logo. Excellent decision making there.
How excited am I that I get to be the first one to review this fantastic new offering from Coney Island Brewing, their Seas the Day India Pale Lager? So excited. I like everything I have had from these guys; the Coney Island Lager is classic; the Mermaid Pilsner is super fun; and the Tunnel of Love Watermelon Wheat is no slouch either. But those are for other showcases. Today we are here to talk about the Seas the Day IPL.
So let’s dive right into summer and talk about Brooklyn Brewery’s annual Summer Ale because omg this winter. This winter has been like that kid in Problem Child or North Korea – it just won’t effing quit! While I know that we may technically still be in spring, summer brew taps are already being installed at all our favorite bars, and pictures of Oberon are littering Instagram feeds everywhere, so maybe, just maybe, if we collectively signal to the gods of the seasons that we are ready for change by toasting them with lovely summer beer, they may finally let us break free from these wintery shackles. Yes? Yes. Cheers to summer, sunny picnics, patio brunches, and the delightful countenance of a Brooklyn Summer Ale.
Ante up PorchDrinker, because today we have the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace on our table and it is…aces. Sorry, I had to. This delightful saison was intended for summers, but after its original warm-weathered debut, Brooklyn Brewery fans liked it so much, it worked its way off the seasonal list and onto the Brewmaster’s Reserve, offered year round. While I can see the summer appeal it is certainly a brew good for any season. However, The thing I like the most about this beer is that it has a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. (Yes, I did just accidentally slip into some Meredith Brooks lyrics there. I cringed for a second, but then I got over it. You will too.) This beer is somehow simultaneously crisp yet comforting, light but big, and strong but subtle. Basically, you’ve hit blackjack my friend.
Today we are talking about session ales and mermaids both of which are manifest in Smuttynose Brewing’s Star Island Single. So before we get into the beer, let’s look at that sweet label. Now, I bet your instinct is to think that all mermaids live in tropical waters, but actually there is a large contingent of mermaids that live off the coast of New England. This is scientifically confirmed by the 1984 hit movie Splash starring Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah. Now we have further evidence, in the form of this label!
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For today’s beer showcase, I ask you to indulge me the tropical fantasy that surrounds Balboa Lager from Panama’s Cervecería Nacional. Let us escape the chill that for us Northern climes has firmly set in and imagine ourselves *Bob Barker voice* jet setting off to beautiful Panama!
On this, the 12th anniversary of 9/11, I thought it appropriate to show some love to New York City. So for this Ultimate 6er, I am taking you on a tour of all five New York City boroughs. And yes, …
If you are itching for a tour of Davey Jones’ locker, the Shipwrecked Peninsula Porter can take you there. Wait, does ‘Davey Jones’ locker’ apply to Lake Michigan or only the ocean? Whatever, I’m going with it. Also, …
The Ale Asylum Ambergeddon coming out of Wisconsin, has a tasty 6.8% ABV and an ominous skull label to back it up. Sure, there are far more destructive beers but this one lends itself so beautifully to all the …
Hop on board the crazy train with a yummy Madtown Nutbrown from Ale Asylum. (See what I did there? Hop? Ha ha ha! I slay me!) Ale Asylum is one of the many great craft endeavors coming out of Wisconsin. …
I recently had the good fortune to visit Wisconsin and have a tasting of many delightful craft beers including the New Glarus Totally Naked Extra Pale. I know, I know, I said “New Glarus” and that makes all craft-beeries get excited like a kid at Christmas but just settle down for a minute. . . Naw, I’m just kidding; get excited my babies! It’s New Glarus! Besides being ripe for innuendo, the Totally Naked is also an excellent brew. Let’s shed a couple layers and dive right in, shall we?
In these, the dog days of summer, the ocean-advantaged dwellers among us will be snatching up opportunities to get between the waves and those further inland are also certainly finding excuses for any beachside vacations. For you ocean babies and …
Calling all summer bunnies to check out Abita Brewing Company’s Lemon Wheat beer. This delightfully refreshing beer is going to be a beer you can fall back when you are in a rush to get to the park to waste an afternoon playing scrabble in the park, preferably with a view of some body of water. You can just grab it without thinking and have a nice, reliable picnic beer.
Today PorchDrinkers, we are showcasing Lagunitas’ Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. Okay, go back and reread the name of the beer again, but this time hear it in the voice of the guy who does the voice-overs for all the summer blockbusters. (pausing for you to reread) Yeah, there you go. Now we are on the same page.
With Spring finally in full effect and New Yorkers starting to head off for Long Island beaches, I thought it would be fitting to have a go at Fire Island Beer Company’s Lighthouse Ale.
Okay, so to get a proper feel for the River Horse-Tripel Horse you are going to need a particular soundtrack. Remember Salt ‘n Pepa’s ‘Shoop’? Remember the breakdown where it’s all, “Oooh ooh ooh, I like whatcha do, when ya do, whatcha do . . .”? Got the tune in your head? That is your soundtrack for this beer.
Dressing for the Kentucky Derby is arguably one of the trickiest fashion endeavors of the year. For ladies on Halloween, if the packaging said ‘sexy’ and it was totally inappropriate for the weather, you probably nailed it. New Year’s Eve- …