Hardywood, Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale

Hardywood Brewing, Richmond, VA, Rum Barrel Pumpkin Ale, 12.3% abv. Packs a punch. Dark amber with a quickly fading tan head, this is a unique heady beer. The nose has strong aromas of caramel and pumpkin pie spices up front. The palate follows the nose, with a nice vanilla sliding in mid palate. The high alcohol can be felt as it is going down, but not an unpleasant burn, kind of warm welcome, especially is sipping on a chilly evening. The aging in rum barrels does add another dimension to pumpkin ales, but do we really need another pumpkin beer … Continue reading Hardywood, Rum Barrel Aged Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin Beers 2018, part 2

Weyerbacher, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Easton, PA, 8%abv., is dark red-amber with a quickly receding tan head. Cinnamon, clove and allspice blend with pureed pumpkin and roasted malt. The palate basically follows the nose creating a liquid pumpkin pie. I would fill a glass with the Weyerbacher, Imperial Pumpkin Ale and add a scoop of rich vanilla bean ice cream, creating a liquid pumpkin pie ala mode. Brooklyn Brewery, Post Road Pumpkin Ale, 5%abv. This brew gives a nod to early American brewers who used the plentiful pumpkin to brew their ales. Rich amber with a quickly receding khaki head has … Continue reading Pumpkin Beers 2018, part 2

Pumpkin Ales 2018, Part 1

September is always an exciting month for beer lovers. Oktoberfest beers start to show up on the shelves, but it always seems these special brews shelf space is shrinking. Pumpkin beers seem the hot beer this time of year now, hogging the space one occupied by the Oktoberfest lagers. Brewers like to show off their skills at this beer, a brew steeped in history when colonial brewers couldn’t get barley from the British and resorted to using pumpkins. The pumpkins were plentiful in the colonies and provided the necessary sugars to brew beer in the New World, screw the king. … Continue reading Pumpkin Ales 2018, Part 1

Oktoberfest beers of 2018, keep it local

Now that late September is here, so is Oktoberfest. Huh? That’s right, Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest beer festival actually begins in September. The first Oktoberfest was held in 1812 to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig. For 2018 the festival starts on September 22 and runs until October thru October 7. Below are several Marzen, the beer brewed for Octoberfest. Marzen is generally amber in color from roasted malt and has a slightly sweet flavor and typically a little more alcohol than other German lagers.   Devil’s Backbone Brewing, O’Fest, Lexington, VA, 5.9% abv, is crystal clear amber in the … Continue reading Oktoberfest beers of 2018, keep it local

Tikves, Rkactelli, Special Selection, Macedonia, 2013

is light gold in the glass. Aromas of sweet summer peaches backed by tart lemon and bright minerals tease the palate of what’s to come. Peach and pear and juicy mango fill the mouth and are soon joined by bright acid of lemon and grapefruit giving the Tikves, Rkactelli has a medium body and a long dry finish. The long finish cleans the palate out ready for another sip or another bite of food.   Tikves, Rkactelli, Special Selection is the perfect warm weather wine, best enjoyed sitting on the back deck or on a picnic blanket on a hilltop … Continue reading Tikves, Rkactelli, Special Selection, Macedonia, 2013

Refreshing Healthy Cocktails to Celebrate Independence Day

We all want to celebrate our nations independence by enjoying our wonderful bounty of food and drink.  Of course the day after too many of these drinks can make you feel sluggish.  How about some cocktails that add a refreshing, healthy twist to ward off the day after drag?  Aloe infused Detox water helps keep you hydrated, helps digesting all of those foods off the grill and still add a heathy shine to your skin.  The following cocktails are easy to make and will leave you feeling refreshed on the Fourth of July and maybe more importantly on the Fifth. … Continue reading Refreshing Healthy Cocktails to Celebrate Independence Day

The 4th of July will be hot, these cocktails will keep you cool!

When the temperature rises you need to keep your cool.  Wether manning the grill, lounging by the pool or relaxing watching some fireworks, these drinks will help you keep your cool. The Mixed-Up Monkey –          Currently touring with the Monkey Mixer 1.5 parts Monkey Shoulder .75 part mint simple syrup .5 part fresh lemon juice 3 parts soda Method: Fill a high ball glass with ice and add Monkey Shoulder, syrup, and lemon juice. Top with soda, stir, and lift a few times ensuring ingredients are well-mixed. Garnish with mint.   Montelobos Paloma ½ part Montelobos Mezcal ½ part Ancho Reyes … Continue reading The 4th of July will be hot, these cocktails will keep you cool!

Some refreshing cocktails to celebrate Memorial Day, the official start to Summer

Memorial Day starts off the traditional start to summer.  Fire up the grill for family cook outs, pools opening up and don’t forget plenty of sunscreen.  Also remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free to have these freedoms. Here are some delicious cocktails to help kick off the summer and keep cool this weekend and for the rest of the hot summer coming up.   Sailor Jerry Lemonade 2 parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Top with lemonade Serve on the rocks or in a pitcher for large groups. — Ginger Monkey … Continue reading Some refreshing cocktails to celebrate Memorial Day, the official start to Summer

Need a present for mom? Try these cocktails

SJ Bloody Mary 45ml Sailor Jerry 90ml tomato juice 15ml lemon juice 0ml worestershire sauce Tabasco to taste Salt and pepper to taste 10ml dry sherry HOW TO MAKE Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher (or for one, a large glass) and stir. Pour into ice filled glasses. Get creative with your garnish!   Flor de Caña Pina Colada 2.5 parts FDC 7 Rum 3 parts pineapple juice 1 part coconut cream Method: Combine the FDC 7, pineapple juice and coconut cream in a blender. Add cup of crushed ice and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a … Continue reading Need a present for mom? Try these cocktails