#SippyTimeBeer Review – Barley’s, @DundeeBeer and @RivertownBrew

Rivertown Roebling PorterRivertown Brewing CompanyRoebling Porter – This beer helped me drown my sorrows when Kevin Smith missed his flight from LA to my fine city of Columbus. We still had Jason Mewes and “Comic Book Men” co-host Ming Chen for the “Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!” which if you can read the ticket was back on June 7th. Cleaning out the summer beer catalog pushed this one back even further than it should have. To the beer, it was mighty fine. Like most porters, it has a combination of vanilla, coffee and chocolate in it. As usual, I had a hard time detecting the chocolate. The vanilla was more in the background than some of the porters like the one from Atwater but it was still there. Unlike Atwater, it was pretty thick. I’d call it as close to a stout as you can get. This company is out of Cincinnati so if you live in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana, you’re in luck if you follow this link.

Barley’s Brewing CompanyBeyond Darkness Stout – I know this beer comes from Barley’s Smokehouse & Brewpub but they aren’t claiming that it’s theirs. They also don’t have it on the menu for Studio 35 where we saw the event. That’s a little strange since I liked this one even more than the porter above. It had that thickness, the “I just finished a milkshake thickness to it” which is always fantastic. Unlike other stouts recently that I’ve had like New Holland Dragon’s Milk or Left Hand Brewing’s Nitro Milk Stout, there’s no sweetener in this stout. Straight up Guinness like blackness which is another kind of fantastic from those other two excellent stouts.

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#SippyTimeBeer Review – Sour Beer & Russian River

Russian River Supplication

You have to drink it a Belgian beer glass.

At the beginning of the month, I posted an article tweeted by Michael Symon that was titled “A Brief History of Sour Beer” from The New Yorker. It was more brief than I expected. And the beginning of the story was more recent than I had expected. A batch of beer that was made in 1996 by William Reed impressed Michael Jackson, a British beer maker, and it helped make the style take off in America. The main differences between this beer and other are: letting wild yeasts infect the beers through the barrels they are aged in or through contact with open air. It is mostly a Belgian invention, around World War I, so that is where the Americans have learned from. It is also where I tried previous sour beers, but not known it. My ex-wife liked Lindeman’s lambics quite a bit and so did I. The price was an obstacle to drinking it more often. Recently though, I have gotten to taste two, authentic sour beers made in California from Russian River. I’m sure glad my neighbors like to drink too.

Russian River Brewing CompanySupplication – This beer happens to be aged in Pinot Noir barrels with cherries added. The article pointed out that the beer re-ferments when they add a fruit after the original fermenting. The beer itself starts as a Brown Ale but definitely morphs into something much different from normal. The cherry taste makes you pucker quite a bit. The comparison to liquid Sour Patch Kids in the article is appropriate. I’m not much of a wine expert since I mainly drink Chianti, which is from Tuscany in Italy. I’m not sure what flavors it brings to the beer but again, you can tell there’s a difference. The barrels are made of oak so that flavor is supposed to seep in too but I didn’t taste it. I know it can be tasted because Brothers Drake Meadery in town has a Honey Oak Meade and it has a very distinct woody flavor. Even though a lot of thought and time went into this beer, I wasn’t a fan of it. Too much pucker in it to be a beer I like.

Russian River Brewing CompanySanctification – I wouldn’t be able to write this column if it weren’t for my level of curiosity. I knew I didn’t like sour beer #1 but you need to try three to officially stop torturing your palate. This beer starts out as a Golden Ale but makes a less complicated journey to a final product. The sour taste was more pronounced, probably because there wasn’t the extra Pinot Noir & oak flavors tossed in there. It could also be because Golden Ales tend to have a less forceful flavor than a Brown Ale. It was wise to choose the stronger flavored beer to stand up to additional flavors and the less assertive one to take on less flavor. It leads me back to the point of it being more sour though, which I’m not looking for in my beer. I’m not really a sour guy though I do enjoy some Sour Patch Kids and lemonade from time to time. Strike two for sour beers. I’ll let you know when I try #3 before giving up on them. -Kevin

Russian River Sanctification

Or you can drink it in an old English pint beer glass.

#SippyTimeBeer Review – Great Lakes, Left Hand & Samuel Adams

Left Hand Good Juju Great Lakes Lake ErieGreat Lakes Brewing CompanyLake Erie Monster – I have covered this beer before for the Memorial Day weekend beers. I heeded my own advice and grabbed one for that weekend in a pick a six pack. This Imperial India Pale Ale is quite tasty and has just the right amount of hops. Great Lakes says that there’s lot of hops in this beer but the extra heaping of malt mellows it out. It’s hard to go wrong when you buy from this company. Be glad they discontinued Grass Roots Ale though. Yikes.

Left Hand Brewing CompanyGood Juju – This beer is a pale ale that hides any hops flavor by loading up on ginger. It has the spicy bite that ginger provides in food. I’m not a fan of it in beer. Even though Left Hand is a great company, this beer gets a boo from me.

Samuel AdamsSummer Ale – This company is probably the first microbrew that I had. Their standard Boston Lager was an early go to. I’ll have to review that at some point. Anyway, after helping my girl’s parents clean up their back yard, they provided me with a tasty beverage. This beer is typical of what I thought of when summer beers were given to me. It’s an ale that puts lemon in it so that it feels more refreshing. The problem with that is the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of lemon. At least in beer. I’d take a tasty lemonade over most summer beers. Luckily, Sam Adams know how to dial back the lemon to not make it overwhelming. I’m still not the biggest fan of this beer but it’s better than most.

Doesn't the neighbor's yard look nice?

Doesn’t the neighbor’s yard look nice?

I follow Chef Michael Symon of Iron Chef America & The Chew fame because he’s from Cleveland. He sent out a tweet earlier this week about how he enjoys sour beer then linked to an article in The New Yorker. I’ve had a couple of sour beers recently from Russian River so I will give my opinion on the article when I get around to reviewing those beers.

From the Brewer’s Association, craft beer in America has grown 15% in sales and 13% in volume. Good news, better quality beer for every one! Enjoy a Sippy Time Beer or two this weekend! -Kevin

Kevin’s Blog: Definitely Live & Half Assed Review of Raw

They are pushing the traditional 5 on 5 matches this year.

It is upon me again. Another three hour Raw. I started late because I needed to knock more stuff off my DVR. It happened to be watching Iron Chef America: Thanksgiving Showdown. I can’t get enough of the cooking. I made some killer baby bok choy slaw and shredded teriyaki ginger barbeque chicken. It is tasty. I was going to babble about my mother’s Thanksgiving dinner but I will save that talk for next week when we’re closer to the holiday. The Rock is on today. Lucky us, a whole segment might be funny. I need to start reviewing Smackdown on more than just Twitter because it is a much better show now that they’re firmly back in the development phase of the show. Oh well, Let’s roll.

We get the pleasure of starting with the Michael Cole challenge. You had to know lots of filler was coming tonight. What would be the use of showcasing wrestlers? We start with the usual arm wrestling schtick. Cole insults BBQ sauce. I haven’t tried JR’s stuff. I should at some point. I can’t drink enough to forget this dance competition and finish this article. Cole is dumb for letting the fans judge anything. He knows they hate him. Is there any cheap heat Cole hasn’t tried yet? After we get to see people on a scale, Punk shows up. Punk stating the obvious again. Does he cry at night that he gets to say what’s wrong but it doesn’t actually solve the problem? Oh, Twitter drinking game is so on tonight.  Twitter gets mentioned for a 3rd time before Mick Foley shows up. I’m glad Foley got a hair cut.

Hunico & Cody Rhodes vs Sin Cara & Kofi to start. It allows me to drink some Brothers Drake Mead, which is a honey wine, Honey Oak flavor. I barely get to type that and we get a commercial. I don’t bag on Kofi’s offense as much as the other guys on the site but that rolling clothesline is beyond dumb. Rhodes wins with his finisher. Good choice for a finish. I will enjoy Cody more without a crutch like the mask or mirror before it.

Santino is back in full force as the comedy act of Raw. The Broski defends Cena’s in ring work. I’ve got nothing on that segment. It existed. Vickie almost announces my boy Dolph as the 5th member of Team Barrett. Ziggler does a solid job again. I want his big title push!

Of course Cole needs to be more important than the show again. Mason Ryan comes out to take on Ziggler. Ryan comes out on fire. I don’t think the monster can lose quite yet. The WWE doesn’t want either guy to lose. Morrison gets to be the next title holder so Dolph can move up. Fingers crossed. Foley gets to talk to Ryder. Are they going to give any segment time aside from ones involving Cole?

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