A really fun bottle to read though.
I was pretty sure someone had mentioned it before, Jeff. I was just to lazy to go look.
Right now I am drinking a Zōn by Boulevard Brewing. It is their summer beer, a Belgian witbier. I can definitely taste the zing of the coriander, the orange peel not so much. It isn't bad.
I was in Tampa, FL for the week on business. Well actually it was for training, so I was in a classroom most of the day. Not a lot work. Anyways, I had a few beer-ventures while I was away.
There was a World of Beer by my hotel, so I decided to check it out. While they had a nice selection, I wasn't overly impressed. The beers were $1-$2 more than if I had gotten them at the bar I go to back home. Second the staff weren't as friendly and helpful as indicated on the website. The first beer I got was the Cigar City Maduro Brown. Cigar City is a local Tampa brewery which I have mentioned before. I've had the Maduro before, it's a solid brown ale. My next one was another brown ale, the Tilburg Dutch Brown. It as alright, a bit sweet for my taste.
The next night I went to Cigar City's tasting room. I've mentioned this before because I was there in February for my brother's bachelor party. The first one I tried was their ESB. It was tasty, smooth and drinkable. I liked it a lot. Pretty similar to the Red Hook ESB. Next I was being adventurous and tried their Oatmeal Raisin Cookie. Not sure what type of beer this was, it wasn't a stout even thought it was dark. This was good. I don't know if I'd get it again but it had a mild flavor yet tasted like it's name. I bought a growler of the ESB to take to my brother.
Friday I on my way home I stopped in Ocala to visit my brother for a few days. He had some Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA in the fridge and wanted me to try one. I did. Mighty fine IPA, if I do say so myself. We had the Cigar City ESB with the steak he cooked. He liked it but really loves beers with stronger hop flavor.
Saturday he took me to to a pizza place for dinner. They had quite a few craft beers on tap. I first had the Highlands Oatmeal Porter, pretty good brew. He had the Sierra Nevada saison (forgot the exact name). For our second we both got the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Black IPA. This by far was the best beer I had all week. Bold flavor and boy was it good.
It’s been too hot to drink beer recently, but it cooled off a bit over the weekend prompting me to try a Trout Slayer Ale (full name: Montana Trout Slayer Wheat Ale) from the Big Sky Brewing Co. of Missoula, MT. I didn’t expect to like this one, but it surprised me. For one thing, I had seen it sitting in the walk-in refrigerator (where the service station near my house keeps the craft beers) for several months now, so I knew it wasn’t fresh. For another, it was in a can. But I was in the mood for something different and something light, and this fit the bill on both counts. Actually, it was a little darker than I had anticipated (I saw that it referred to itself an ale, but the (old?) label didn’t say anything about it being a wheat.) I’ll have to keep an eye peeled for other Big Sky wares the next time I go to a real liquor store.
I saw "The Bottle Shop" featured in the Dallas Morning News last week, Travis, but I've never been there.