LOTS of tastes

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been to the Avenue Pub several times. Here’s what we drank:

4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Joi (not bad, had a very mild coffee flavor), and Noel de Geants (unfiltered Belgian, 8.5%, tasted like medicine…could NOT drink it)

NOLA Irish Channel Stout (love it, 6.8%, great stout):

Petrus Aged Pale (7.3%, always a good sour):

Also just had a little sample of Haand Nissefar Father Christmas. 7% alc, strong coffee flavor, can taste the high alc, not bad, but I don’t think I could drink even a whole 4 oz  at once. Seemed strong, good for sipping over a long period of time.

On another visit–

Brugse Zot Unfiltered (LOVE this one, had it in Belgium, this time it wasn’t very unfiltered..??):

Thanks to a suggestion from someone sitting at the bar, I tried the Saison de Dottignies (very good actually!):

And last, but not least…a SOUR!! I love sours, if you haven’t yet noticed. I tried a new one, Banhof Brettanmyces Lambicus  (Berliner Weisse, very sour, delicious):

…and yet another visit to the pub–

A Rogue Good Chit Pilsner in the back (very good!) and a Brugse Zot Unfiltered Blond in the front:

Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour (surprisingly, I wasn’t really into this one…not sure why, maybe it was more bitter than most sours I drink?):

Then I had 4 oz tastes of Bayou Teche Biere Noire (I really like this one!) and Racer 5 IPA (pretty good IPA, doesn’t blow me away, but pretty good).

And that’s it!!

Unfortunately, we missed some of the St. Arnolds Christmas brews that were upstairs….they’ll probably be gone by the time we get back to the pub 😦 There’s always next year, I suppose.

Thanks, Polly and the rest of the Pub staff!!




Utah Beer


Utah…..such a beautiful place! And guess what? They’ve got good beer too. Never would have thought, several years ago. But it’s booming now.

I recently had a few beers from Utah that I really enjoyed.

Squatter’s IPA in a bottle. It was unbelievably hoppy! But quite good.

Then we had it on tap locally (here in Louisiana). Totally different!! Not very hoppy, but still delicious….something in the transport I guess.

Squatter’s Hop Rising. The ultimate in hoppyness….but I like it that way. Good stuff. (9% alc)

Wasatch Devastator (Double Bock)….high alcohol, dark, rich, and delicious!

I believe these are both brewed by the same company, under the name Utah Beers. Check them out if you have access. I wish we had more Utah beer down here…..who wants to send me some?

PS- did you know that in the state of Utah, you can’t serve beer on tap if it’s over 4%? Yup. So they can’t enjoy all of their own beers on tap. But I noticed that they make most of their beers right at 4% so that they are able to serve them locally.




Some new brews

So I finally have time to sit down and post some pics of the recent beers I’ve tried. Some of the new bottles:

Bison Organic IPA:

Absolutely delicious! Not “in your face” hoppy at all. I’ve never had any of their beers before but now I want to try them all. One of the best IPA’s I’ve ever had…

Holy Mackerel Panic Attack:

That was the after picture.

Here’s the before (initial pour):

That was a major FAIL.  I’ve never had a beer pour like that! It was ALL foam. I think perhaps there was something wrong with it? Maybe something occured in the bottle between bottling and opening. When I finally tasted it, it was ultra sweet. I couldn’t drink it. Bleh. Has anyone had this one? I’d be willing to try it again, just because I think this particular one had a problem.

Bar Harbor Thunderhole Ale:

A pretty mild stout. Pretty darn good, with a nice coffee flavor.

Bell’s Pale Ale:

An ok beer. Wasn’t great….pretty inoffensive. Not really my thing. S (my husband) liked it a lot.

Twisted Pine Blonde Ale:

Ok, I didn’t really like this one. It was pretty watery to me, and didn’t really taste like much. Won’t be having it again.

That’s all I have time for right now. More little mini reviews coming later in the week.



Yes, I bought more beer

I can’t help it. When I’m on a roadtrip, I have to buy beer, especially whatever is local.  So here are the latest additions:

Rahr & Sons Ugly Pug Black Lager

Saint Arnold Texas Wheat (was hoping for Summer Pils, but it wasn’t on the shelves quite yet)

Rahr & Sons Buffalo Butt Amber Lager

Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale

Real Ale Brewhouse Brown Ale

Real Ale Lost Gold IPA

Maui Brewing Coconut Porter (yes, it’s in a can)

Santa Fe Pale Ale

Santa Fe Hefeweizen

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Green Flash Brewing West Coast IPA

….and last but not least….

Boulevard Brewing Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

I haven’t tried any yet…still workin’ on my last batch.  I’ll post some of my thoughts about the last batch in my next post!

Have any of you tried any of these??



Pub Tasting And A New Stash

Today I’m testing out a new blogging platform from my iPad: Blogsy. Let’s see how it turns out.

Yesterday I went to The Avenue Pub and got to taste some new beers:

These first two are the Chouffe Belgians. The one in the back was the Houblon and it was really refreshing and crisp. Excellent! The darker one in the front was the McChouffe. Vey smooth….rather unusual flavor for a Belgian.

The second two above were the Stone Old Guardian in the back and the Ichtegems Grand Cru in the front. The Stone was quite hoppy for a barley wine and knocked me off my feet at 12% alcohol! The Grand Cru was an amazing Flemish Sour. I had to get a second helping….LOVED it!

And today my friend, Adelle, brought me an awesome stash of beer from her recent trip to Alabama….yes, they have excellent distribution there. Who’d have thought?

The stash included:

Yazoo Pale Ale
Avery IPA
Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale
Holy Mackerel Panic Attack Belgian Style
Bar Harbor Thunder Hole Ale
Gouden Carolus Classic, Belgian
Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale
Bison Brewing Organic IPA
Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Bell’s Pale Ale
Eel River Organic Extra Pale Ale

I’ve not had several of these….looking forward to posting about them. Have you had any of these beers? Thoughts?

Don’t forget to let me know if you’d be interested in this book!


Beers for Japan

We recently attended the Drink for Japan event at the Avenue Pub. It was crowded and hot….but these were the perfect brews for the occasion!

Our first set was a glass of Sapporo and a Hitachino Classic IPA (front):


For our second set, S (my husband) had the Hitachino and I had NOLA Flambeau Red (front):


The Sapporo wasn’t really my thing, but S enjoys those kinds of beers. He’s a pilsner and lager kind of guy. We both LOVED the Hitachino! What a great beer for a hot afternoon. So crisp and really delicious. I hope the Kiuchi brewery will be back up on their feet again soon. As for the NOLA Flambeau….well, I love it. It’s one of my favorites brewed by NOLA so far.

And I thought I’d include yesterday afternoon’s Abita Amber by the open windows in the French Quarter…..on another hot afternoon. It quenched my thirst 🙂


I hope to be back at the Avenue Pub soon for another tasting.  Check out my newest beer book! Would YOU be interested in this book?



A Stout, A Porter, and Eel River


First, I can say for sure now, I love Eel River beer! I’ve had their Amber, IPA, and the Imperial Stout. All excellent! I still think the IPA is the “prettiest” beer ever…..the color is really nice. And it’s not too hoppy…just perfect. But alas, I just ran out.



I just had the Stout the other night and it was oh so smooth. Really awesome, but I’ve only seen it in the large bottles here.




I’m officially a fan of Eel River Organic brewing!


I also love the various Rogue stouts, like the Chocolate Stout and the Oatmeal Stout. Dark, coffee, deliciousness 🙂




And of course there’s Stone‘s Smoked Porter. ‘Nuff said.






Tonight I’m trying Saint Arnold’s Spring seasonal: Bock.  I’ve really enjoyed their other brews, so I anticipate enjoying this one. I’ll let you know!


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