#SippyTimeBeer Review – Crescent City Brewhouse, @Jaxnola and @TinRoofBeer

Jackson Brewery Flight

I believe this will be the final Wrestlemania related post. I hoped to do this at my parent’s house this past weekend but to no avail. I did get to pick up some beers though that I hadn’t gotten a chance to try before when I visited thee Altoona PA so more research material is a positive.

Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar – After wondering around much of Saturday morning just taking in the sights in the French Quarter, we finally worked up an appetite for lunch and stopped in at Jackson for food and beer. To make life easy, Jeremy and myself ordered flights of beer. Since they had a light colored flight and a dark colored flight, we ordered one of each. They didn’t follow North High Brewing theory that IBUs should order how you taste the beers. The two flights had two beers, their IPA and Double IPA, in common though so we didn’t order that much differently. I just got an amber & a stout while Jeremy and his lady got two other beers that no one can remember. The three of us tried all of the beers. I discovered that Jeremy isn’t much of a DIPA drinker even though he prefers the hops much more than I do. I thought the DIPA had an interesting taste though it wasn’t close to the Seven Fists of Deth from Revolution & Seventh Son. The IPA wasn’t too hop heavy. The amber wasn’t too malty. The stout wasn’t too heavy on coffee. I think that’s part of their beer problem. All of their beers didn’t have anything that defined their taste. The beers weren’t terrible but they weren’t anything to rave over. Most beers that are good play up one or a couple of ingredients then down play others. These beers seemed to be made with a thought of balance but they did that too well so their beers came out middle of the road.

Crescent City Brewhouse Flight

Crescent City Brewhouse – Later that night, before meeting up with Shahid, Cameron Hawkins & their respective ladies, we stopped in at the Crescent City Brewhouse. We yet again ordered a flight of beers to figure out which beers were the best. Because of the larger sample size, we only ordered one flight here. They had five types to choose from: Pilsner (Btm L), Black Forest (Top L), Red Stallion (Btm. R), Weiss (Middle R) and an Alt (Top R). I tried their Pilsner first as I knew it wouldn’t really grab my interest. It was good for a pilsner but as usual there’s no real bite behind it. The Black Forest is a traditional Munich style Black Lager. It’s a malt heavy beer with small notes of hop in it. This one was good. The Red Stallion is their Vienna style lager which has a sister beer in Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewing. This beer isn’t quite as malty which I don’t prefer but others may like this one better. The Weiss beer is their version of a hefeweizen. It was the beer I ended up ordering a pint of after our flight because I didn’t get to sample enough of it. After having a full beer, I’d say this beer was in the middle with the Black Forest and next beer taking the taste department. The Alt was their seasonal beer and was quite tasty. I had only ever had one other one and it’s the Myopic Red from Zauber Brewing. Crescent City wasn’t quite as good but it was Crescent City’s second best beer.

Tin Roof Perfect TinTin Roof Brewing Co.  – Perfect Tin Amber – Because the lady & I spent most of Friday traveling (and due to the fact that Jeremy & his woman had their flight delayed), we decided to pack it in early after eating at Emeril’s, which I highly suggest even if it’s on the expensive side. I decided I’d have some beer for the hotel room. While looking around one of the local corner stores, I found this beer from Tin Roof which is from Baton Rouge. It was interesting because it melded two similar beers, an Amber with a Red. It came out more hoppy than I expected from two malt beers. It was a solid beer with a 4.5% ABV and 28 IBU. I just wish I had remembered that I was allowed to walk outside with an open container or else I wouldn’t have left two of these bad boys in the fridge when we checked out Tuesday morning.

Have a good weekend and remember to have a #SippyTimeBeer! – Kevin

#SippyTimeBeer Review

Abita Brew Kettle Founders

Abita Brewing CompanySatsuma Harvest Wit – I learned what a satsuma is this weekend.  It’s the name for a tangerine since it was originally from the Satsuma province of Japan. The good folks from Abita Springs, LA got a hold of them for a very refreshing beer. I’m not one for summer shandies because I think they get heavy handed in the fruit department. This beer left just enough orange flavor on my palate. It was a nice change after drinking a rye beer, which I won’t review today. Abita makes good products so go out there and hunt this one down.

The Brew KettleLake BeErie – This beer is from Strongsville, OH which is west of my old stomping grounds at Kent. As far as I can tell, the distribution is just in Ohio and specifically for their Taproom and Brewhouse. This beer has confirmed something that I’ve been thinking since starting these reviews, I’m not a big pilsner fan. They’re just there. It’s hard to describe something that goes in and out almost as smoothly as water. I’m not the biggest fan of “cute” names especially when you look at the map and still see a solid 30-45 minute drive from Strongsville to Lake Erie. For a pilsner, I’d pick this one over the Victory Prima Pils though.

Founders Brewing CompanyPorter – It’s billed as dark, rich and sexy. I can agree on the first two parts. The last part might happen if you have enough of them at the bar and you strap on your beer goggles. This porter is dark and rich enough to drink like a stout. They say there’s chocolate and caramel (also called crystal) malt. I didn’t taste much of the chocolate but I did taste the toffee flavor which to me is more like a coffee flavor. Here’s TheFullPint review. They’re out of Grand Rapids, MI and have a find it search for their products in your area. There isn’t anything too fancy to this porter and that makes it just right to drink, hopefully in your area. -Kevin

#SippyTimeBeer Review – 3rd Annual #Cbus Winter Beerfest

I went to the 3rd Annual Columbus Winter Beerfest on Saturday. It was the first time I’ve attended the event. I went with my girl and my neighbors. We paid for the VIP entrance an hour early at 6:30 PM and it lasted until 11:00 PM. We got a set of twenty five tickets, one for each beer that you could taste. Many of the vendors didn’t care if you gave them one or not. The samples were supposed to be 5 ounces but most of the vendors topped you off to about 8 ounces. In no way am I capable any more of drinking that much. I got around to twelve samples. Here’s the list.

Weasel Boy BrewingBarrel Aged Brown Stoat Cherry Stout – I started off the night with a local beer from Zanesville, OH. It was a wise choice as it was quite good. It had nice head and was as thick as expected out of a stout. The cherry kicked in as an aftertaste. I think it matches well with a stout. It was one of my favorites of the night.

Victory Brewing CompanyRed Thunder – This beer was served to VIPs only. It became a mission to try as many VIP only beers as possible in our hour head start. It wasn’t as much of a help though because a majority of the crowd pitched in the extra $10 for the the extra hour. This beer was served out of a double deuce bottle that was chilled on ice. They don’t have this beer on their website so it was an exclusive. It tasted like a red amber. A big bounce back from the Prima Pils.

Six Point BrewingResin – I’m not much of an India Pale Ale fan. The heavy dose of hops is not my favorite taste. This IPA is very tasty. The hops was kept to the minimum considering the type of beer. They’re out of Brooklyn, New York.

Kona Brewing CompanyBig Wave Golden Ale – This beer was very crisp and refreshing. This one would be my other favorite beer of the night. Outstandingly smooth. They’re out of Kona, Hawaii so I won’t be able to get this one too often. That’s too bad.

Green Flash BrewingSaison Diego – I was told this was “some type of Belgian Blonde” by the woman working the counter. On the beer map, it was called Grand Cru but it is definitely not that. I’m guessing that it is the Saison Deigo because of the slight fruit note at the end with a summer ale feel. As can be implied by the name, they’re out of San Diego, CA.

North Peak Brewing CompanySiren Amber Ale – This beer got the thirty two second video review above. It was very tasty with some spice kick at the end. I did this review just in time because things started to get ugly soon there after. My presentation could have been better. As I do more of them, hopefully they’ll get better. I hope not to tell my camera woman when to cut next time. They’re out of Traverse City, MI.

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