This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. It's spicy and flavorful. It is the most complex? No. Can I drink a 6 pack of it easily? Yes. Do I love it? Totally. I know a lot of people will disagree with me about this one, but I really don't care. I love how flavorful it is and how it almost tastes like pie, but not as sweet. Oh and for the price, it's just right!
On our little tour of Colorado, we stopped into Oskar Blue's restaurant. It was lunch time and the place was still busy. We were seated fairly quickly, but the restaurant was kind of loud. Also, there was a lot of stuff going on. The walls were filled with decorations.
The beers were delicious, as to be expected. The husband went with a burrito drowned in gumbo. It was delicious.
I had the Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich. I wasn't a big fan of the jalepeno jam and the peanut slaw combination. Really, one or the other would have been ok, but both made it a bit too much.
Overall, I'd stop in here for a few drinks and maybe some snacks, but I don't know if I'd make a full meal out of it again - unless I could eat the burrito.
It's ok. It's what you'd expect from a red ale. It seems to the be trend that the Saranac beers are just about okay in my head and nothing is over the top impressive. They're beers I'd pick up a mixer box to take to a party and I'd give new ones a try, but I don't think they'd be standard ones I'd drink.
I had this beer on nitro at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY. The head was like oatmeal, but in a good way. It was thick and yummy. The entire beer was delicious. The beer itself was a bit bitter, but it did not detract from the taste at all. It is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts this year.
This beer was on tap at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY. It was good and strong and has a nice flavor. It was darker than I expected for a pumpkin ale. It may be one of the best pumpkin beers I've had this year.
I had this on tap at the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY and I've had it in the bottle this year. Clearly, the beer on tap is pictured. It's good, but not nearly as strong and delicious as last year's batch. I'm beginning to think the pumpkin crop this year wasn't so great as a lot of the pumpkin beers have been a bit disappointing.
The husband and I came to the Bier Abbey in Schenectady, NY to get some 120 Minute from Dogfish Head on tap. We only stepped inside briefly and then returned outside to sit on the patio since it was a nice evening. The inside looked a little small, but then again, that could just be the bit I saw. We were waiting on my brother-in-law and the server was extremely patient while we waited. We ordered some fries to keep us from starving during the wait and boy were they good. You get to pick which sauces you want. Awesome.
After a while my brother-in-law texted us and let us know he wouldn't be able to make it after all. We proceeded to order some dinner. The husband had a burger which he very much enjoyed. I went with the chicken strips. OMG, they may be the best "grown-up" chicken strips I've ever had. The breading was just delightful. The chicken was real meat, not overly processed crap. The food was great and reasonably priced.
After dinner we treated ourselves to some dessert - chocolate cake with ice cream. It was delicious. We fought over it. And had we not been sitting outside with people around, I think we would have literally licked the plate clean.
Oh, and the real reason you care - they have a great beer selection. They keep their facebook pretty up to date with what's on tap for the day and it's always a nice variety. We didn't ask a lot of questions, but the table next to us had a million about the beers and the staff seemed quite knowledgeable. Definitely a place to check out.
Yet another just okay beer from Saranac. It didn't have a lot of pumpkin flavor or remind me much of any of the other spice characteristics I'd expect in a pumpkin beer. It was drinkable, but nothing I'd look for again.
I don't ever know why I didn't bother to take a picture of this beer....
Really thought, it was okay. By far nothing I'd ever call a favorite or buy myself, but when given to me for free as a "housewarming" beer, I won't complain. It was drinkable and that was the best part. If you're appealing to the masses, this is a good one. If you actually enjoy craft beer (as I presume you do reading this blog) you may want to skip this one.
This beer is brewed for Duff's Wings in Buffalo, NY. Well, I'm sure they brew for all their locations (NY and Canada), but I had it at the Buffalo location. With some wings. The wings were good. The beer...not so much. It was below average and tasted slightly better than a Bud or a Coors. If you want some beer with your wings, then this is doable, but not a reason to travel to Duff's. However, their wings are, so go for them instead.
The brewery's site doesn't talk about the beers they brew for others, so you're on your own.
See if it's distributed near you and what others think at Rate Beer.
This beer was so very smooth. And delicious. And just yuuuuum. If you can find this beer, don't walk by it on the shelf. Just pick it up immediately. You'll thank me later. This beer is thick and filled with coffee flavor. It's amazing.
Picked this one up at Sergio's in Kentucky. We drank it in the hotel in Mansfield, Ohio. It was well worth the travel. It was a great java stout. The coffee wasn't overpowering, but provided a nice flavor. YUM!
This is a slight off from the beer theme. We had this at Brown's Hotel in Louisville, KY. If you haven't heard of this hotel, it's where the Hot Brown was "invented." If you don't know what this, there's a recipe on their website and I can tell you it's just plain delicious.
Anyway, the Buffalotini was Buffalo Trace liquor and bourbon and hit of nutmeg. It was deeeelicious.
Sergio's World Beers is located in Louisville, Kentucky. Honestly, if you're anywhere within driving distance this place may be worth your trip. I love, love, loved this place. I could imagine if I lived in Louisville I'd become a regular here. They brag to have over 1000 beers and I'm quite certain they do.
According to their website, there are 43 taps and 1417 bottles of beer. Those are different types of beer too. One of the best parts of this place is you can buy a bottle and sit down and drink it there. There are coolers upon coolers of beer. And the tap list is long and you really may need to spend some serious time considering which beers to pick from. Oh, and be sure to get yourself a taxi since it'll be hard to not just keep picking great beers.
The service here is hit or miss. We had a terrible time ordering and one time the guy forgot he was pouring my beer and wandered off for like 10 minutes. Either way, I would still go to this place for the selection.
While there we ordered the chili wontons and they were pretty good (pictured above). We also had the Sergio's special burrito. Nothing special, but we weren't here for food. We were here for the beer. And the beer definitely came through. They do have an ok food menu though so you can have some solid sustenance while you enjoy your liquid diet.
Know that Sergio's isn't easy to find and you will probably walk by it a time or two before you find it the first time here. Don't be discouraged though, it's worth doing the hunting for.
I'm not sure where the picture of this one went, but it was dark in the place so it may not have had the best picture anyway. It was average and an ok amber. Nothing I'd hunt for, but I'd definitely have it again if I was in the area.
This beer was good and a solid oatmeal stout. That seemed to be the trend from Apocalypse. Good. Nothing super notable, but they were new and still developing. I think with a year or two under their belt they'll be outstanding.
The husband and I were on a cross country trip and spent an evening exploring the breweries Louisville had to offer. Out of our stops, this was the most unexpected and possibly the favorite.
Apocalypse is somewhat tucked away and I don't think I would have noticed it had we not been looking for it. We came in and took two seats up at the bar. The bartenders were quite friendly and willing to tell us all about their journey into getting this place going.
We tried a few of their beers and were generally pleased with what they had to offer. They seem to have a constant rotating tap selection of whatever they've come up with lately. Watermelon Crack was an offering and it was great if you like sweet, fruit flavored beers (not my style, but I could still appreciate it). Expect to find beers served in plastic glasses, no food, and a single uni-sex restroom in this small brewery location. There was a food truck in the parking lot, but that was independent from the brewery.
Overall, I definitely think if you're a beer lover in Louisville, or just traveling through, you should give this place a try. It may be one of the best stops you can make on a beer tour of this city!
This beer was ok. We had it on tap at the brewery/restaurant. It wasn't very much in the style of a Scotch in my opinion. It was a decent beer but not as malty as I'd like. I'd drink it again, but wouldn't come to the brewery just for this. I do like the name though.
This place is right in Louisville Slugger Field pretty much. It was a great location. I imagine if I was a baseball fan this would be a great stop before a game.
We were doing a little beer tour of Louisville so gave this place a try. We had two of their beers and they were both just okay. The menu was a bit strange for beers, but it was unique with labels of "hop" or "dark" and almost a surprise of a beer. They have an interesting brewery model which leads to beers not appearing again and again.
We had the smoked beer cheese as a snack as this was one of many stops. The beer cheese was like velveeta and it was served with potato chips of sorts. The chips were quite good and clearly fresh. The cheese was a bit disappointing.
It was an okay place, but nothing remarkable. Maybe if we had gone with some more food it would have left more of an impression, but the purpose we came for (beer) and the rest of the restaurant we tried left something to be desired.
This place was a top choice in Louisville when we stopped here. Not only did we hear they had great beer, we heard they had delicious food. Located in what looks like an old church, you'd easily walk by it if you did not know what you were looking for. We sat out back on the patio and enjoyed the ambiance and hop vines growing.
We started off with the pickle plate, which had no pickles that you'd think of and instead several different pickled items. They were all delicious and interesting. It came with an accompaniment of bread to go with it. Overall, the dish was fresh and pleasant.
Then we decided to try the scotch quail eggs. Neither my husband or I have ever really enjoyed a scotch egg, but these were great. The inside was done perfectly and whatever was on the outside was great. The sauce that came with it was just the perfect amount and not smothering to the egg.
We ended the meal with a chicken apple brat. It was on a pretzel bun, which is the real reason I decided to order it. The bun was great and the brat was too. There were fresh toppings on it and overall it was wonderful.
Our experience at Holy Grale was pretty good and we enjoyed ourselves. The servers were attentive, but not overly friendly. The service itself was perfectly fine though. Definitely a place to try out!
This was one of our last beers on our Denver tour. It was so good. It had a perfect whiskey tastes to it. It was a great flavor and totally delicious. Definitely one I'll be sad I can't get locally. YUM!