Bar Review: Bull Moose Saloon

Check out this review by my buddy, Pete. You can read his bio here

I only have 6 words to say about this bar

COME TO BULL MOOSE ON TUESDAY!

$3 drafts…. not a certain draft or just crummy light beers (which I prefer but I’m a real American.) But they have heavy foreign beers and smaller brewery’s stuff from around the area. The best part is for those who work until 6pm the happy hour is from 7pm till the end of the night. its not one of those stupid 4pm to 6:30pm happy hours designed for students and or teachers.

The rest of the time the bar is pretty cool too. There is a pool table that you can always get a match with someone on and meet someone interesting (in New York interesting is nice for weird.) But none the less it’s fun. The Bull Moose is on 44th between 8th and 9th and right by the Irish Rogue another cool joint. I would love to say more but I gotta go it’s Tues and almost 7pm.

PQ

354 W. 44th St, New York, NY 10036
nr. Ninth Ave.

Beer Review: 3 Philosophers

I’ve been a fan of the Ommegang brewery since the Battle of the Brews up in Saratoga I covered a few months ago. One of the beers I tired there was 3 philosophers, which automatically became a top tier beer for me. It pours a dark wood brown and you think its going to be hop heavy and overbearing, but quite the opposite. The wafting smell of cherry is very inviting and it sits lightly on the taste buds. This is not a fruit beer, but beer with subtle fruit flavors. This is a great alternative to wine, to bring to a party or celebration. It still has a cork, which makes you want to us the phrase “poppin’ bottles“. Its cool, taste good, looks sophisticated and makes you feel smart for drinking it. 3 Philosophers FTMFW.

ABV – 9.4%
Color – 9
Smell – 9
Taste – 9
Overall – 9
Price – $9-11 for a 0.5Litre

Friday Drinkin’ Music: Happy Days

A friend of mine has a tradition, that is over 2 years old. Each Friday, before hitting the town with his buddies, they line up 2 shots each and listen to this song. They take one shot at the beginning of it and one at the end. Then they rush out the door, get a cab and head off to where the night will take them. Cheers sir.

Beer and Bacon Mancakes Recipe

Beer and Bacon Mancakes Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb bacon (8 slices)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup of your favorite regular or nonalcoholic beer
2 eggs

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place wire rack on top of cookie sheet. Arrange bacon in single layer on top of rack. Bake 10 minutes.

2. Sprinkle bacon with half the brown sugar. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn bacon over; sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until golden brown. Remove from rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. Crumble bacon into small pieces; set aside.

3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with vegetable oil or shortening.

4. In medium bowl, beat Bisquick mix, beer and eggs with whisk until blended. If batter is too thick, add additional beer until desired consistency. Stir in bacon. Pour by 1/2 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden brown.

Beer Review: Balashi

It’s just a lil’ guy

This was a present from my GF’s sister who went to Aruba on vacation. I learned that beer from Aruba, should stay in Aruba. Aruba should stick to their main exports of beautiful beaches.

Aruba is under Dutch rule and they must have learned their beer brewing from them. Never trust a Dutchmen, personal mantra of mine which echos fervently. Balashi starts harsh and ends the same way. This beer really isn’t that bad, but I would never have another one.

ABV – 5%
Color – 7
Smell – 6
Taste – 6
Overall – 6.3
Price – Some amount of Aruban florin, aka their currency

The Best Fictional Beers

  • Duff of The Simpsons
  • Pawtucket Patriot of Family Guy
  • Buzz Beer of The Drew Carey Show
  • Samual Jackson from Chappelle Show
  • Schmidts Gay from SNL
  • LöBrau Beer from Futrama
  • Alamo Beer from King of the Hill
  • Shotz Beer of Laverne and Shirley
  • Dharma Beer of Lost
  • ColdCock of Saturday Night Live
  • Flager Beer of Magnum PI
  • Rocketfuel Malt Liquor of News Radio
  • Romulan Ale of Star Trek
  • Girlie Girl Beer of Married with Children
  • Vudweiser of Mad TV

Brews To Look Foward To In 2011: New England Edition

The new year has begun, and breweries throughout New England are continuing to come up with exciting-sounding beers.

Here is a list of some of the beers that are scheduled to debut in 2011 from New England breweries.

Cisco Brewers of Nantucket will continuing to expand The Wood series with three new beers coming out this year.

The first will be Winter Woods, which is described as an ale aged in French oak barrels.

Following that will be White Woods and Pechish Woods.

White Woods is a witbier, a Belgian white ale, aged in wine barrels.

Pechish Woods is an ale aged in oak barrels and fermented with fresh peaches.

Also from Cisco, for the first time, Sankaty Light will be available in cans.

Ipswich brewery Clown Shoes is expected to release its newest beer, Tramp Stamp, a Belgian-style IPA, within the next 10 days.

Also available later this year will be a new Russian imperial stout, tentatively named Blackorn Unidragon, expected later this year.

In addition, Clown Shoes hopes to create a couple of lower-alcohol beers, possibly a pale ale and a black India pale ale, which will be available in either cans or 12-ounce bottles. Currently, all Clown Shoes beers are available in 22-ounce bottles.

Next winter, Clown Shoes plans to debut its new barleywine: The Billionaire.

The brewery is also working with Boston restaurant Jacob Wirth’s to brew a house beer, which may be called Jake’s New Old Time Ale.

Gritty McDuff’s of Portland, Maine, has no new beers in the works for 2011, but they are changing the labels on some of the beers. Every single beer will have a new label designed by graphic designer Chris Hadden of Christopher Hadden Deisgn and illustrator Marty Braun.

The Harpoon Brewery of Boston has a busy year planned.

In the brewery’s 100 Barrel Series, Catamount Maple Wheat (made with Vermont maple syrup) is scheduled to be in stores this month.

Also in the 100 Barrel Series, Oyster Stout is scheduled to return in March. The Founders Ale (which will be brewed by the three founders) is scheduled for May, while the Czech Hop Harvest and Spruce Tips are tentatively scheduled to be released in August and November, respectively.

In Harpoon’s Leviathan series, the Quad is scheduled for February, the Super Maibock is scheduled for April, the Rye is scheduled for June, the Triticus is scheduled in August and the Barleywine is scheduled for November.

The Boston Beer Company is also busy in 2011.

The 2010 LongShot mixed pack is scheduled to be available in March. The pack features the Friar Hop Ale and Blackened Hops beer, which were both winners of the LongShot homebrewing contest.

In addition, Caitlin DeClercq, who won the Samuel Adams homebrewing contest, will have her Honey Bees Lavender Wheat beer in the LongShot mixed pack.

After thousands of votes in the Beer Lovers Choice Contest, the brand-new Samuel Adams Revolutionary Rye will be part of the all-new Samuel Adams American Originals 12-pack.

The other beers in the American Originals pack will be the Boston Lager, Noble Pils, the Scotch Ale, Irish Red and the White Ale.

Also, in November or December, Samuel Adams Utopias will make their return.

The Shipyard Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, will debut its newest beer, the double Old Thumper, which is an imperial porter, in February.

In March, the newest entrant in Shipyard’s Pugsley’s Signature Series, the Smashed Blueberry, will make its debut.

The Smuttynose Brewing Company of Portsmouth, N.H., will release a series of Short Batch beers, with the first scheduled for release in May as part of the Big Beer Series. The brewery describes the beer as a Belgian-style IPA.

Smuttynose has several other Short Batch beers they hope to brew, but no plans have been finalized on them.

Finally, Wormtown Brewing Company of Worcester has several new beers planned for the early part of 2011.

 

The first is Joe Z’s Coconut Porter, which will be released on Jan. 11.

At the end of January, Wormtown’s Beer Goggles Barleywine will be available. Half of the beer is aged in wood barrels and the other half in steel tanks; then the two are blended.

Also at the end of January, Wormtown’s unnamed scotch ale will be available on draft throughout Worcester and some areas of Boston and MetroWest. And, a new cream ale will debut in the spring.

And, for the first time, Wormtown will begin bottling some of its beers. The first will be the Pro-Am Porter, which will hit shelves as early as March.

Also, in 2011, every one of Wormtown’s beers will contain at least one Massachusetts ingredient.