Drunk Intern Olivia here! Coming to you once again with five new beers from the Upright Brewhouse in the West Village. You see... we had intended on going to the Blind Tiger on Bleeker St. but at the last second our plans were stifled by a much needed PowerPoint creation for William Shatner—that my friends is the truth!
I will start off by saying that the beers that I savored this week were as a whole much better than last; I found MOST of them to be tasty and satisfying. A few names stuck out on the menu for pure originality and we couldn’t resist picking them!
1. Radiant Pig Gangster Duck American Red Ale
Brewed by: Radiant Pig Craft Beers (NY)
Style: American Amber / Red Ale
Right off the bat I am struck by how hoppy this beer smells, I check the menu again to make sure it is in fact an ale and not an IPA. This beer is exploding with hops and my nose has picked up a pretty dominate smell of “stone fruits”. (This is a recent beer term I have learned; it refers to the pit of the fruit like a plum or a peach). Overall the Gangster Duck is living up to its name; this beer is smooth like a criminal.
2. Local Option Dampf Loc Steam Ale
Brewed by: Local Option (IL)
Style: California Common / Steam Beer
If you are looking for a break from the hops, this beer is for you. I really enjoyed the Dampf Loc, it is a great “session” beer basically meaning that one could drink this all night without getting bored of it; boredom is the downfall of a good number of session brews. Dampf is a light beer and it’s nice on the tongue, it leaves you with a sort of herbal dryness. I could equate this with being a summer beer, but personally I could drink it all year long! Ahhh...this next one was a doozey.
3. 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood Belgian Dark Ale
Brewed by: 21st Amendment Brewery (CA)
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Now to start, all of the Belgian beers that I have ever had have been white Belgians, I am sure by reading the name you have already formed the conclusion that this beer is certainly NOT white. As I bring the pint of Monks Blood to my nose...(why do I feel so wrong typing this...?) there is an overwhelming syrupy sweet smell, not at all what I was expecting. At first glance this brew looks dark brown, but holding it up to the light I notice that it is more...well yes.. blood red than anything else. As I am about to take a sip the waiter comes over to check on our table, he realizes I am about to try out Monks Blood. He proceeds to go into a tall tale about how it is said that the Abbey Monks who brewed this, had beer in their veins...ok sir, am I going to make it to beer number 4? I take the plunge and am struck with a sweetness that is slightly medicinal. I am displeased. The waiter had also said that the Monks Blood was almost like a mix between a red ale and a Belgium, but there is no bite. I push Monks Blood to the side.
4. Schlafly Export IPA
Brewed by: The Schlafly Tap Room (MO)
Style: English India Pale Ale(IPA)
The Schlafly is cheerful amber red! It is bright! What a relief seeing as though I just drank some Monks Blood. This beer has a floral smell, I take a sip...it has the characteristics of an IPA but the taste is mellower, there are certainly hops but they lend a hand to the fruity notes. Overall nothing jumps out at me when drinking the Export IPA, it is a decent brew.
5. Westbrook/Evil Twin/CBX Justin Blabaer Blueberry Sour
Brewed by: Evil Twin Brewing (Denmark)
Style: Berliner Weissbier
First of all let us all take in that photo above.
Seeing as though I mentioned Justin’s Evil Twin in my previous post I thought I should save it for last, keep it interesting...especially since this was a blueberry sour! If Justin’s Evil Twin has struck ya with “Blabaer Fever”, maybe this beer will help you! This beer is not blue; it is practically pink and slightly cloudy. There is very little foam on top of this brew as opposed to the others; it smells sweet. I take a taste and I am shocked by how utterly tart it is! It is legitimately sour; my cheeks pucker. The beer is very light bodied, there is little to no carbonation I do not feel like I am drinking a beer. If the Evil Twin is served VERY cold I could see how one pint of this sour could be refreshing. This beer is worth a shot for its unique qualities alone!
I am hoping this post has given you some ideas for your next packy run! That’s all for now from the #drunkintern, as custom a quote as I bid
“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer”. Tom Robbins
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