drinks

Alibi American Whiskey: Good to the Last Drop

IMG_1171Greetings my fellow ruffians, today I’ve decided to give a quick review on one of my favorite libations…WHISKEY! Alibi whiskey to be exact.

For my birthday I was given one of few gifts a man can give another and surely be spot on, a bottle of Alibi whiskey. This instantly became one of my favorite go to drinks. If you are in need of a good three finger beverage to accompany your pipe or cigar or to just tune out the daily grind, then you should consider seeking salvation in this spirit.

When I first cracked the bottle open, I do what I always do and gave it a good sniff. It seemed to me that initially you get a light citrus like aroma along with just the right amount of sweetness and then BAM, the whiskey punch that we all know and love. I always make it a point when trying a new whiskey to put it on the rocks to help open the flavor of the liquor. With that being said the makers of Alibi surely did not disappoint nor did they skimp when it comes to taste.

The taste seemed to be the reverse from the smell, I got the nice whiskey punch with the sweet citrus on the back end, and to me it had just the faintest taste of raisin which threw me for an unexpected (but oh so delightful) loop. I typically save my whiskey drinking for the evening but Alibi could easily be a refreshing daytime cookout beverage. Personally, I feel you can’t go wrong with three parts Alibi and one part cranberry for a great cocktail that is both easy and delightful to drink.

The makers of Alibi truly held to their slogan that “Alibi American Whiskey is a smooth 90 proof American whiskey that is easy to drink, any way you want to drink it.” I will caution you ladies and gents, IT IS RIDICULOUSLY EASY TO DRINK! So as always, partake responsibly and enjoy.

If this review has peaked your interest and you’d like to pick up a bottle, head on over to your local wine and spirit store and treat yourself to a bottle, it’s very reasonably priced at $23.99 per bottle. Cheers mates

Brand: Alibi American Whiskey

Web Address: www.Alibiwhiskey.com

ABV: 45%

Rating: 4.75 pints out of 5

Hotter Than Helles Lager

IMG_0148Cigar City Brewing’s “hotter Than Helles Lager” is part of their year round beer selection. I had been interested in trying it for a while now and decided to pick some up last week. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of it since lagers tend to be rather uneventful and quite honestly, boring. What I found was a beer that was neither of these things.

While the word “hell” is a German adjective meaning “light”, “blonde”, “pale”, etc., the word “helles” is a noun meaning “bright” or “a light one”. Given the color of the beer this is a very apt name for it. The color is very light, I would describe it as pale blonde. There is a lighter than normal carbonation to this beer which makes it even easier to drink leaving almost no head after pouring. The lower carbonation does inhibit foam though so expect no real lacing on the glass.

Cigar City Brewing describes the smell as grain, hay and honey, however, in addition, I also notice elements of fresh cut grass and a fair amount of sour lemon.

The flavor is fresh and light. The lower carbonation comes into play again creating a very light mouthfeel to the beer. Quoting Cigar City again they describe the taste as having a malty backbone with hay and honey. I did find that there is a good amount of bready malt flavors but they were offset by a decent amount of hops giving it quite a bit of bitter citrus flavor with a clean enjoyable finish.

With all the boring lagers out there it was nice to have one that at least had some complexity to it. I’m not saying this is going to replace any full-bodied beers you enjoy drinking but for a lager it’s a good. If you’re looking for something to drink on a hot day or something light and refreshing while mowing the lawn (cheers for that Ryan) this is your beer.

 

Brewer: Cigar City Brewing

ABV: 5%

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 pints.

Chilling on Church Street

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Chilling on Church

In one of the busiest cities in all of Florida, Orlando boasts plenty of options when it comes to getting in a little bit of late night trouble. So, when it’s time to get down and dirty, put on your Saturdays best and head to Church. Church Street is the Mecca for downtown Orlando nightlife and Chillers is a must.

The multi floor night club/ bar is great for scoring cheap drinks, and listening to good music.  Did I mention there is a roof top bar?  (Formally known as Latitudes) Yeah, about that, if the weather is nice then, you will definitely want to be submerged in sea of wild partiers whom, like yourself are trying to see blurred lines by the end of the night.    With fire lanterns and wooden exterior, the roof top definitely offers the best in back porch feel poised on a city back drop.

Hopefully you have been in the gym this week, getting a drink in this place can take a little muscle.  The bar on the roof is long but not always staffed adequately to serve the masses. You can either, whip out your Iphone and start playing Flappy Bird while you wait or, muscle your way through the crowds to land yourself a spot close to the wait station at the end of the bar. Either way is fine when Latitudes drink specials include 3 for 1s (Sat) and $1 drinks (weds).  You read that correct! This is one of the onlybars I know of that offers an official 3-4-1 Power Hour on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30!

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If the hustle and bustle of the crazy Latitudes crowd is a bit much for you then head to Big Belly on the 2nd floor. The drinks come quickly, the music still bumps, and the beer pong keeps playing until the 2 am.  You sacrifice the crowd but you gain adult beverages and easy access to a bathroom.  Need I remind you why you are at a bar!

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If all else fails, then it’s time to head one more floor down to Chillers on the first floor.  This is the best stop on your way out because after sweating it up on two floors dancing and drinking, nothing cools you down faster than a Chillers frozen daiquiri.  CAUTION, I have saved this spot for last for good reason; easy access to an exit!  After 3-4-1s and 3 floors of drinking you probably will have some slight issue negotiating some of the finer points of walking. Partying here last, you relieve yourself of the nightmare of stairs and free to stumble proudly through the front doors.

So grab your mates, go Chill at Church, and be ready to sing its praises.

Name: Chillers, Big Belly, Latitudes

Location: 33 W. Church Street, Orlando, Fl 32801

Entry Fee: $5

Rating: 3.5 Pints (out of 5)