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If you are looking for a great beer try this one

Alcohol And Aphorisms

Pirate Badger Attacks
Brewdog: Arbor: Pirate Badger Attack (England: Black IPA: 7.8% ABV)

Visual: Very dark brown. Large browned head.

Nose: Good hop character. Coconut cream. Sour white grapes with a sharp undertone. Slight white wine. Vanilla. Sour cherry sweets. Touch of coffee.

Body: Moderate bitterness. Good coconut. Sour grapes touch. Slight sour cherries. Malt drinks and digestives. Prickling hops. Light oak. Coconut cream. Kumquats. Cola sweets. light marmalade. Beef slices. Salted bagels.

Finish: Malt character and coconut. Reasonable bitterness but smooth feel. Dry. Slightly tangy. Dry beef slices.

Conclusion: The first stand out beer of the collaboration fest. This is malt drink heavy in style, like a malt drink made with coconut milk and infused with a balanced hop character. It sooths and sparkles in equal measure.

There is a lovely relaxed feel to the coconut backed by the low level, slightly tangy and tart elements that keep the malt drink heavy…

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Mossman’s Top Sirloin Chili

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

A great recipe to go with beers on my blog

Ooey Gooey Spinach Artichoke Dip

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Uncategorized

a recipe that looks delicious that will go great with a great beer.

Peonies and Pomegranates

Raise your hand if you’ve got the Monday Blues.

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Keep your hand up if you just KNOW that diving face first into some warm, melty spinach artichoke dip would cure those blues.

I made this dip last weekend for a girls night, and I have to say, I am quite sure it’s my new favorite recipe for this dip. You see, I’ve tried many a spinach artichoke dip before…but this one takes the cake. Simple ingredients, easy to throw together, and absolutely amazing. As a matter of fact, I had to put the leftovers in the freezer to avoid putting them in my stomach. All at the same time.

I want all the cheese. Ever.

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  • 2  cups parmesan cheese
  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1  cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2  teaspoons…

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These are tips that everyone can use , must read

There are times that because of my job I have to travel out of town. Well, a couple of weeks ago I had to travel to Atascadero, CA.  This is where I discovered the Firestone Walker Brewing Company. They were doing a beer tasting at the hotel I was staying at, and needless to say I discovered a great beer that everyone needs to try.

The beer that I had tried is called the “Wookey Jack,” and it is considered a Black Rye IPA. I’m not the only one that seems to love this beer. In 2012 it won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Also in 2012 it was named a top 25 beer by Draft Magazine. So you not only have my opinion, you have awards to go by.

This is a beer that is brewed with a variety of hops and malts. Some of the malts in this beer are of the Pale Malt, Malted Rye, Dash of Cara-Rye, Midnight Wheat , De-Bittered Black Malt and a  Dash of Wookey dust. As you can see its quite a variety as is the same with the hops which include; German Magnum , Citra & Amarillo hops. All of the malts and hops in this beer give it a variety of flavors and aromas . All of which are pretty distinct.

When you first open this beer and pour it into your favorite glass you will notice that it pours to a dark mahogany and has a beautiful head that will sustain itself.  You will also notice the aromas of citrus with a little bit of pine in their, both which are created by the hops that are in this beer. Then you take your first sip and notice a mouthful of different flavors. The first one that you will notice is the caramel and chocolate flavors of the malts. Another flavor that is very noticeable is the Rye that this beer is brewed with.  In between all of  that you may notice that there are some nutty, earthy flavors as an added bonus.

This beer is a must try as with all of the others on this blog





Last night my family and I had a little get together with some friends of ours, so I thought it would be a great time to try a few different beers. The first one that I tried was the Sculpin IPA by Ballast Point. This is another beer by one of the best breweries located in Southern California.

Anyway, this beer is more than I ever expected it to be. When you first open this beer you can smell the hops within this beer. This being an IPA you would not expect anything less. As far as the IBU scale I would say this beer falls around the 70 to 75 mark, meaning thst the bitterness of the beer is very noticeable. However, that is not all that you get out of this beer. From the first sip of this beer you can notice several different flavors. Some of those flavors are peach, mango, citrus and apricot. Some if these are more influential to this beer but non of these are the main flavor of the beer. They add a nice touch to help balance out the hoppiness of this beer.

This beer went very well with the food that we ate last night as well but went exceptionally well with the cheeses such as the pepper jack. This beer will also well with meats, seafood and other fish. This beer is 7% ABU and like I said before, about a 70 on tge IBU scale. I also recommend that you let tge beer warm until 45 degrees before you drink it and doing this will give you all the flavors in this beer.