Monday, July 28, 2008

Just kidding!

Now that my lst post is out of the way and never to be seen again, here's something slightly of note.
Since I work at Time Out NY mag, I sometimes am privy to junk that people send into the office unsolicited(handed over from the editors). THIS junk however is beer, and possibly not junk at all. What we have here are two bottles of "SAMPLE" beer from Samuel Adams, a brewery who likes to think of themselves as craft. We've got a Blackberry Witbier (capped with a regular Samuel Adams cap) and a Coffee Stout (with a blank gold cap). A few of these came by wrapped in bubble wrap and I got all giddy... until I tasted one. I'm regrettably not a fan of the lighter, highly effervescent and fruity witbier style... I just don't think it does the fruit any real justice. This version of the style may well be liked by some, but to me this one was a whole lot of fluff and no real flavor. Coffee stout yet to be tasted. Can't wait to hate it and be able to swear off Sam Adams for life as mass market titan who THINKS they remember what good used to taste like... but don't remember how to brew it! I will however let the beer speak for itself.

5 Year anniversary of Hop Nation Blog

After 5 long hard years of posting every single day to the Hop Nation Blog, I've decided to take a break to spend time with my family and enjoy the other things life has to offer. I know for our fanbase this will be a tough thing to hear, but I've thought long and hard and in my heart I know this is the right thing to do.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Green Flash!

Tonight we went to Hop Devil Grill ( for their Green Flash Brewery night! We sampled:

American Double / Imperial Stout
8.80% ABV

Surprised at how little of the nearly 9% ABV came thru.

8.50% ABV

Good and tasty, but nothing all that memorable.

American Double / Imperial IPA
9.00% ABV

HOP CITY! Bitterness off the charts. One is about enough.

American Amber / Red Ale

Well-balanced, tasty. Perhaps a little over-hyped.

American IPA
7.00% ABV

This is really Green Flash's crowning achievement so far. It's the perfect amount of hops and drinkability.