Sierra Nevada’s 40th Anniversary Ale

Most people have their own go to beer.  That special beer that you can always turn to when you can’t find another beer that appeals to you at that moment your craving something familiar instead of the latest beer trend of the moment.  Sierra Nevada has been my go to brew for many years, over 30 to be sure. 2020 is a milestone for Sierra Nevada, their fortieth anniversary.  They began brewing in 1980, a couple of years before it was official for me to drink legally.  When I was finally able to go to a bar and enjoy beer, … Continue reading Sierra Nevada’s 40th Anniversary Ale

Sprung Beer Festival April 4 in Wynwood

Beer lovers it is time once again to welcome spring and drink some of the best craft beers available and in one location Wynwood Marketplace in Miami.  Over 150 craft breweries will descend into Wynwood pouring over 300 beers in all styles and all unlimited.  There are several options on tickets as always and if you act fast the included special codes may save you a few bucks $35 $45 General Admission INSIDER CODE: RUSH35 UNLIMITED CRAFT BEER SAMPLES & admission from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM $45 $75 Beer Socialite INSIDER CODE: RUSH45 UNLIMITED CRAFT BEER SAMPLES & EARLY … Continue reading Sprung Beer Festival April 4 in Wynwood

Open That Bottle Night 2020, Leap Day

Open that bottle night. The wine holiday created for wine lovers holding on to a special bottle of wine for a special occasion.  Sounds reasonable, but more often than now, that special bottle is resting for that special day, but that day never comes. The wine columnists for the Wall Street Journal were often asked by readers when to open their special bottles so they would still be drinkable when that day came.  Not such an easy answer to provide, what grape was the wine, where was if from, which winery, storage conditions?  Obviously not an easy answer to provide, but, … Continue reading Open That Bottle Night 2020, Leap Day

Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel, 2017, Lodi, CA

Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel, 2017, Lodi, CA has a deep purple hue in the glass.  The nose is filled with plenty of ripe strawberry, apricot, raspberry and wild flowers sitting in an open field.  There is also an undercurrent of fresh baked apple pie wafting in from the kitchen on the back of the nose.  The palate is fruit forward with jammy mixed wild berries, out of the oven blackberry scone and a persistent long fruitiness running the length of the palate.  It is not a sweet wine, just pleasant like a long summer afternoon spent in a bright … Continue reading Michael David Winery, Freakshow, Zinfandel, 2017, Lodi, CA

Sierra Nevada’s 40th Anniversary Ale

Most people have their own go to beer.  That special beer that you can always turn to when you can’t find another beer that appeals to you at that moment your craving something familiar instead of the latest beer trend of the moment.  Sierra Nevada has been my go to brew for many years, over 30 to be sure. 2020 is a milestone for Sierra Nevada, their fortieth anniversary.  They began brewing in 1980, a couple of years before it was official for me to drink legally.  When I was finally able to go to a bar and enjoy beer, … Continue reading Sierra Nevada’s 40th Anniversary Ale

Winter Warming Brews Part 2

Mad Elf, Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey, PA is light reddish brown with a fluffy khaki head that recedes quickly.  The Mad Elf comes in at a whopping 11%abv.  Dark roasted malt, brown sugar, and red cherries greet the nose up front. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove follow through as the aroma opens up.  Palate is a mélange of roasted malt, cherry, baking spices and wild honey, hitting the taste buds like Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound” hits the eardrums. This is a welcome brew when the temperture’s are sinking lower and lower, the high alcohol content warms the bones, warm the beer … Continue reading Winter Warming Brews Part 2

Ring in the next decade with Scharffenberger Cellars, Brut Excellence, Mendocino, CA

Every year millions of bottles of sparkling wine will be popped at midnight at the different time zones that span the earth to ring in a new decade this New Year’s Eve.  Champagne from France is always the top choice, but does it really have to be. California is quickly becoming the go to region for sparkling wines; in fact, most of France’s Champagne houses have been making sparkling wines themselves in California for decades. France’s Champagne region can only produce a finite bottle of wines in the region that can labeled as Champagne. That means expensive land and ever-rising real estate and … Continue reading Ring in the next decade with Scharffenberger Cellars, Brut Excellence, Mendocino, CA

Winter warming brews for 2019 part 1

The Virginia Beer Co., Evil Santa, Williamsburg, VA, 7%abv. is deep opaque with a thin dark brown head. Dark malt, sweet molasses, dark chocolate and espresso dominate the nose.  Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice are added to the mix and come on strong as the beer opens up, make sure to swirl your glass so all of the enticing aromas emerge.  The palate pretty much follows the nose.  The Evil Santa is billed as spiced milk stout.  The spices are well pronounced and this ale has a rich creaminess, full body and added sweetness with the addition of lactose. The Virginia Beer … Continue reading Winter warming brews for 2019 part 1

Skippers Creek Vineyards, Pearl, Powhatan, VA, 2017

Skippers Creek Vineyards, Pearl, Powhatan, VA, 2017 is a blend of Viognier and Chardonnay and aged two years in stainless steel vats.  The Pearl has a bright yellow hue in the glass.  Aromas of fresh cut wild flowers and pomelo hit the nose first. Secondary aromas of honeydew melon and Meyer lemon round out the nose.  The combination of Viognier and Chardonnay give the Pearl a nice full mouth feel, Flavors of bright citrus open up the palate to juicy melons at the height of freshness.  The mid palate allows the citrus to shine and add acidity that makes the mouth … Continue reading Skippers Creek Vineyards, Pearl, Powhatan, VA, 2017