Episode 12 – Spencer Brewery – Spencer Trappist Ale

Episode 12 of Drew’s Brews Reviews is here! The beer review show you never knew you wanted and no one needs. The IPA train derails and I mix it up with an ale from Spencer brewery, the only official Trappist beer brewed in the US. Special thanks to a friend of a friend who picked this up for me on her travels through New England. This review is fact-tastic, so be prepared to learn “a little bit” about Trapp-ism and these new to brew monks.

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Lavery – Imperial French Ale (Tequila Barrel-Aged)

Lavery - TequilaAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Lavery Brewing
Style: Saison/Farmhouse
ABV: 11.5%
Cost: $14 (22oz)
Glassware: Tulip/Wine
Temp: 55°F
Availability: Limited
Purchased@: Hunger n Thirst

Quick Take: The lack of sweet or bitter elements to balance out the spicy alcohol makes this an easy pass for me. If you want tequila but for some reason don’t want to drink the real thing or want it with a more manageable ABV, this is for you. If you want a Saison with just a touch of booze and tequila spice, this may very well flatten you. I have an intense dislike of this version of Lavery’s Imperial French Ale and plan on never letting it near my mouth, nose or any other orifice again.

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Dark Horse – Plead the 5th Review

Dark Horse 5thAll You Need to Know

Brewery: Dark Horse
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11%
Cost: $20 (64oz Growler)
Glassware: Snifter
Temp: 55°F
Availability: February
Purchased@: Friendly Greek

Quick Take: This is a damn fine beer that has some depth. It really reminds me of Founder’s Imperial Stout with toned down tobacco and intensified chocolate. I’d need to do a blind tasting to really determine which I prefer more, but Dark Horse has produced an excellent RIS that needs to be tasted. Really looking forward to trying an aged bottle of this (I have one from 2013, so it’ll be awhile) and making it a mission to have the bourbon barrel-aged version.

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Home Brewing – Just the Tips

HomeBrewPoster1I’m far from a prolific home brewer (yet), but I’ve brewed several batches with moderate success and every time I’ve learned something new about the science of brewing, We, i.e. dad and I, recently completed home brewing our summer beer, an orange zest and coriander Wit and we are patiently waiting for the carbonation to fully kick in. The fermentation process got a bit explosive (our bubbler got clogged from the orange zest and coriander, blowing the top of the fermenting bucket twice), but I think we fixed a few of our previous mistakes. Mistakes that involve bacteria running rampant through our Pliny the Elder clone because our bottles weren’t clean. Oops!

Nothing is more disappointing than waiting a month to taste your hard work only to get a mouthful of bitter, peachy cardboard. At least we got three good bottles… Anyway, if you are thinking of brewing up a kit or two to see what the home brewing fuss is all about, check out these 10 tips from the BeerSmith Home Brewing Blog. Just remember, the majority of your time will be spent cleaning, sanitizing (oh the sanitizing!) and waiting.

Top Ten Home Brewing Tips