Prohibition Pig- The best bar in America

Enter Vermont. The land of Wendell Berry and Ben and Jerry’s. Yes, also home to a larger number of hippys. Also, Vermont is home to a bar in the town of Waterbury called, The Prohibition Pig. This bar was created in the old space of the Alchemist Brewery after a flood a few years back and has created a reputation of having Vermont’s, ehhhemmm, Americas best beers on tap, smoked meat that makes the Carolina’s salivate, and one of the finest whiskey selections on the market.

One of the unique aspects to this bar is its proximity to two of Americas best breweries: The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead. Both of these breweries are exclusive to Vermont and do not distribute outside of this little area of which The Pig is located in the middle. Hill Farmstead however does send kegs frequently to the Pig and The Alchemist is usually on tap. So if you want the best of Vermont beer and a one stop shop this is the place.

Now the service was decent, but not until we had left the bar did we get real customer service. The bartender was busy talking to her “friends” at the other end of the bar, and hence we experienced some “northern hospitality” (pssst! Thats not a real thing! They only have good hospitality in the South!). But the waiters at our table were more than helpful and even pointed out to us their homemade BBQ sauces and helped deliver to us their excellent food! Hence the waiters saved the day and the date at the Pig.

Overall a wonderful bar that ranks as high as anything else in America. Vermont should be on your radar for Beercations!

Until next time friends, pour proper….

 

 

November Beer Pairing Class at 121 Tapas on the Water

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**Be sure to mark your calendars for the inaugural Beer Pairing Class on November 30th at 6pm at 121 Tapas on the Water! Your Beer Ambassadors are very excited to be teaming up with Livia, Jessica, and staff at 121 Tapas to share our passion for great beer and great food by pairing 5 artisanal beers (Bells Amber Ale, Crispin Honey Crisp Cider, Goose Island Sofie, Brooklyn Local 1, and Brooklyn Local 2) with 5 delicious culinary creations. Together we will embark on a craft beer journey to explore and discuss brewery, origin, style, appearance, nose, flavor, and finish while discussing how well said beer pairs with its dish, other potential pairings, and your overall impression. Seats are $29 each and very limited so don’t wait to RSVP your spot at the inaugural Beer Pairing Class! Please contact 121 Tapas at 772-781-0943 and we will see you there!!**

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First Perennial Abraxas Day Nov. 9

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Perennial Abraxas DaySt. Louis’ own Perennial Artisan Ales will hold the first annual Abraxas Day on Saturday, November 9 at noon to celebrate the return of their popular imperial stout. Abraxas is brewed with a tantalizing combination of ancho chiles, cacao nibs, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks, weighing in at 10% ABV.

The event will offer both draft and bottles, as well as the debut of Coffee Abraxas, featuring local roasters, Sump Coffee. Bottle limits for regular Abraxas are still pending, but the coffee version will be one per person.

Following the event, Abraxas will hit distribution throughout Perennial’s footprint, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Denver and New York City.

Perennial Artisan Ales is located at 8125 Michigan Ave in St. Louis. Check them out here.

 

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Beer – #233 – AleSmith – Speedway Stout

A life just as ordinary

Indeed, a highly regarded beer, the AleSmith Speedway Stout, Brewed by AleSmith Brewing Company in the style of a Imperial Stout and that all happened in the place with a Zoo, San DiegoCalifornia USA.

Alesmith - Speedway StoutSpeedway Stout is a HUGE Imperial Stout, with pounds and pounds of coffee added during conditioning for a little extra kick! This is a limited-edition Formula and it’ll definitely get you racing! It is available in 750 ml. champagne bottles.

  • Appearance: Jet Black, with a toast-brown head.
  • Flavor: Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramelly flavors. Finishes with a nice fullness but dry enough not to be cloying.
  • Aroma: COFFEE! And some other stuff. And coffee.
  • Mouthfeel (body/texture): Velvety smooth texture. Clean and crisp, full-bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel a bit. Still, you won’t fool…

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Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series / NOvemBEER’s second joker played

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Well, the cat has well and truly been let out of the bag. Meow.

I’d hinted towards something being afoot back in September when a number of Brisbane-based bloggers gathered at Tippler’s Tap for a secret meeting. One other notable attendee was Ross Kenrick (and Josh Kenrick too come to think of it) from Bacchus Brewing Co.

The meeting was no accident. We were scripting ideas for a collaborative series of beers involving us and, of course, Bacchus. During the time between that milestone meeting and the brew day we’d all submitted our ideas to Ross for him to work on the recipes. My concept involved a big IPA with theoretical IBUs of 250 (of course!).

The set of six beers would ultimately become the Bacchus Beer Bloggers Series.

Brew day was Tuesday 5th November when we all converged at the Capalaba brewery for a 9am start mash-in. I’d…

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Noche De Los Alebrijes – Half Pints Brewing

Mike's Craft Beer

Seasonal Beer

From Winnipeg Manitoba’s half Pints Brewing Company comes their Fall/Winter seasonal “Noche De Los Alebrijes” a black lager brewed in the Oaxacan style.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts and caramel.  The flavour was of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 32.  I quite enjoyed this black lager as it was not one dimensional like average lagers are.

Commercial Description:  A malty Oaxacan dark lager inspired by the carvings of the Oaxacan area of Mexico, this beer is a very drinkable dark lager with tons of Munich malt and a spicy zip of German Perle hops.

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Noche De Los Alebrijes – Half Pints Brewing

Mike's Craft Beer

Seasonal Beer

From Winnipeg Manitoba’s half Pints Brewing Company comes their Fall/Winter seasonal “Noche De Los Alebrijes” a black lager brewed in the Oaxacan style.  The beer pours a deep brown colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of roasted malts and caramel.  The flavour was of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and some mild hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 5.2% with an IBU of 32.  I quite enjoyed this black lager as it was not one dimensional like average lagers are.

Commercial Description:  A malty Oaxacan dark lager inspired by the carvings of the Oaxacan area of Mexico, this beer is a very drinkable dark lager with tons of Munich malt and a spicy zip of German Perle hops.

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Taking Back the Old and Making it New

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Often the smells and bells of California call me back, and I return to my native land. On all such trips when with friends I always ask, “What local beer do you all (catch that?) have?” And my friend Emmett was quick to point me to Ruhstaller.

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Ruhstaller was the largest brewery west of the Mississippi before prohibition. After prohibition ran it into the ground it was bought by Budweiser and they henceforth shut it down. But they only bought the rights to Ruhstallers not Ruhstaller. And in lieu of this historic brewery calling from the land of Sierra Nevada Brewery some gents decided that it was time for Sacramento to have Ruhstaller back in our era of craft beer renaissance. And these gentlemen have decided to use all fresh California products to create their historic synthesis of beers.

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The aesthetics at Ruhstaller are very austere and simple reflecting the life of a farmer and his straightforward and quiet life. And in a world fully of people trying to be like Miley Cyrus this is a welcome relief. A real, genuine, welcome relief, just like their good beer. It is real, genuine, and welcome in this world of over saturation to have something simple, strong, and sure.

Over the course of a fall afternoon we imbibed three of their beers: 1881 Red Ale, California Blonde Ale, and the California Tripel. These beers bleed out themes of John Stienbecks Grapes of Wrath with tastes and aromas calling forth themes from modern art to simple canvas.

If your fingers happen to be dancing to clasp a glass bottle and you come across this beer, be sure to grab it for you will not be let down but taken like the wind through the beauty of the American dream.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Pot of Gold

The Good Stuff

IMG_0930…So we got to London, Louise and I, ready for a weekend of food, drink, laughs and relaxation. It was our wedding anniversary weekend, which we were combining with seeing Wembley for the first time and catching up with dear friends transplanted from the north to the south.  I was extra-excited because I was looking forward to introducing Louise to some places (and by that I mean Pubs) I’ve grown to love on my (admittedly more frequent than hers) visits to the Capital. This wasn’t a pub tour, you must understand… this was about joining the dots; bringing people a little closer. 

Despite the glitz and the glamour of the countless new breweries setting up in London, only one held a shining beacon in the forefront of my mind as one to ‘tick’, you will; Truman’s. I’d been following the progress of the revived ghost brewery with a little…

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