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Florida DR Crawfish Boil 2017

Mark your calendars everybody because it’s almost that time of year again. The time for the DR crawfish boil. This year its happening on April 29th at DR HQ S&M Smoke Shop in Fort Pierce. It starts at 5:00 and goes until we feel like stopping. As usual we’ll be supplying the food you bring the booze!

This year we are happy to have Moya Ruiz to be the cigar sponsor for this event and Nelson himself just might be stopping by to party with us. As always there will be great cigar giveaways, raffles and discounts on products. Last year was a great event and we are hoping to make this event even better. Look forward to seeing you all there again.

As always there is a ton of space at Steve and Missy’s and the humidor is always stocked for us!

Here’s the address and phone number for the event:

1001 S US Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL — 34950
772 801-5104

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Goose Island IPA

goose-islandDebuting back in 1988 that sexy goose of a logo made its way to its home town of Chicago bringing more then just an idea. Inspired by the European craft market john hall, C.E.O of Goose Island felt Americans deserved at least a little of what Europe had to offer.

John hall opened a small brewery and began to create magic, allowing his consumers to get a behind the scenes look of every step in the process. The fascination of brewing a craft beer like no other was propelled by the demand of beer loving pallets. 1995 was the year john pretty much out grew his humble facility and decided a larger brewery was the next move. That same year john opened a bottling plant and by 1999 a brewpub was already established.

The Goose Island IPA smells of lemonade and orange peels a bold citrus aroma with color resembling the golden gates of heaven what more could you ask from a proper brewed IPA? It’s one of those “grab a couple with some buds at a BBQ” beer. Carbonation is on the medium, almost light side but then again we’re talking about an IPA so its definitely hop driven with a bitter after taste. For those of you who’ve never given the goose a try I’d recommend requesting it at your local bar because something about this brew on draft takes it to a whole different level.

Style: American IPA

ABV: 5.9%

Website: GooseIsland.com

Rating: 4 out of 5 pints

Review by guest writer Andy Melo.

Flying Dog Brewery’s Pearl Necklace

IMG_0282Pearl Necklace is an American stout brewed with local Rappahannock River Oysters. Flying Dog originally started Pearl Necklace as a seasonal brew but launched it into the market year round in May of 2012. In the production of this beer Flying Dog has partnered with Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) and proceeds from this beer are donated to them to help restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. In addition to helping the ORP in their mission they also managed to make a great tasting stout.

The color of this beer was as dark as expected, close to that of cola or mud. It left a nice dingy colored head about 1.5 fingers think that lingered for a respectable amount of time. The smell of malt was clearly present along with that of coffee and a hint of sea air in the background.

The flavor was full and complex but not heavy. It started with a rich dark chocolate flavor that shifted to coffee and nut flavors with a hint of honey. Only at the end was there a small amount of brine flavor. The carbonation was what I would consider to be average, which kept the feeling of the beer light on the tongue giving a good balance from the full flavor. A good amount of lacing could be noticed on the glass while drinking as well.

As stouts go this is a well crafted beer. Not only is it pleasing to the nose, but also has a drinkability that won’t limit you to just one or two beers. In addition to it being a good beer it is actually doing something good in their community by helping the ORP. It would be hard to find a reason to not recommend this beer.

 

Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery

Website: flyingdogbrewery.com

ABV: 5.5%

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints.

Photo by @syndie_marie

New Belgium / Snapshot

IMG_8828Snapshot is the newish wheat beer from New Belgium. I had been putting off trying it since I am not a big fan of wheat beers but a few days ago I gave in. I waited until I had finished the whole six-pack before writing this. I limited my self to two bottles a day to ensure that I wasn’t swayed in a positive or negative way by drinking too much at one time and what I found was a new style of wheat beer that I really enjoyed.

First the appearance, when first poured out of the bottle there was a nice head of about 2 fingers thick that slowly reduced to a small layer of fluff on top. Since this is an unfiltered drink the color shows a nice hazy gold when held to light. As I finish the IMG_8820drink it leaves nice thick lacing on the glass.

On the nose it has a lovely aroma of grass, citrus, yeast, and wheat. Smells you would want to have with a good wheat beer.

Finally the fun part, the flavor and palate. It is light with the flavor of coriander and a fair amount of citrus that leads to a tart/sour and dry finish. According to New Belgium the special process to achieve this flavor is to “Add Lacto (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic sourness and mouthfeel. That acidic portion is then added to other portion of the wort that was fermented with the Ale yeast. So two worts – a sour and a regular – are blended together to make Snapshot.” The mouthfeel is thin but creamy and pleasant on the palate. If it had a heavier mouth feel it wouldn’t be as refreshing and enjoyable.

For someone that normally doesn’t normally drink wheat beers I found this to be a very delicious beer. Overall this is a great light summer or spring beer. It is incredibly enjoyable while sitting outside in the sun or in the evening while talking with friends. Because of it’s light and tart flavor my cigar pairing recommendation would be a Liga T-52 or Undercrown. The lightness of the beer will pair well with the heavier cigar.

 

Brewer: New Belgium

ABV: 5.0%

Yeast: Hybrid ale yeast

Hops: Cascade

Malts: Pale, Wheat

Rating: 4 out of 5 pints. Go get some and enjoy.