After knowing about the In Pursuit of Ale group for years, Autumn and I finally made it to Dos Sengundos Cantina in NoLibs to meet everyone and see what it was all about. The group, started by Suzy Woods, is intended to get a group of women together to discover and try out beers, other than the regular Stella, Hoegarden, Lager, etc….
I will admit, I’m not the best at discerning the distinct tastes of beer…but I am working on it. So, till then, I’ve listed the online reviews.
BUT, This I DO know. I love my hops!
I tried two beers:
Cigar City Warmer Winter Winter Warmer English Ale
We brew this English-style Old Ale with American hop varietals to celebrate the idea of a snowy winter landscape, if not so much the reality of it as we experience it here in Florida. Dark copper to amber in color, it has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma with underlying notes of chocolate. The flavor begins with a dark caramel to medium toffee sweetness balanced by a firm citrus dryness and then moves into a forward malt character with hints of chocolate and rye in the finish and a lingering citrus and pine note. It pairs well with spiced ham and ridiculously warm winters. Enjoy one with the air conditioner turned down low.
Whether Ben Franklin ever said, “Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy” is up for debate. Some say he said it, others say he didn’t. No one knows for sure.
Historical facts or fictions aside, Yards Brewing Company has recreated Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale™ to celebrate Franklin’s affinity for fine ales. Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale is based on Franklin’s original recipe, which called for spruce essence and molasses, as barley and hops were not readily available at the time.