Are you over your holiday hangover?

Jan 17, 2014

I’m finally getting over my holiday hangover.  Even though a few feet of snow and subzero temperatures didn’t help the healing process, it did make for some enjoyable evenings cooped inside the house enjoying some ice cold Coors Light and MGD………and if you just believed that previous line then I’m assuming this is your first time reading Foaming at the Mouth, and if that’s the case; Welcome! 

But in all seriousness, no more LOLing, I enjoyed a couple of delicious brews during the polar vortex.  Ok, I enjoyed more than a couple, but a couple I will share with you.

A big thank you to Connie and Chuck Arnold of Arnold’s Carryout in Willard for providing this week’s beers.   Arnold’s is located at 105 S Myrtle Ave, Arnold’s is Huron county’s top spot for craft beer, liquor, wine and tobacco products.

New Belgium Trippel 7.8% ABV

                I’m sure you all probably know by now, but if you don’t, New Belgium does have other beers besides Fat Tire.  Trippel is a Belgian Style Ale with an aroma that I found to be exquisitely pleasing.  Sweet and strong upfront with a perfect balance of lemon zest, coriander, bubblegum and a hint of pepper to blend the sweetness into a pleasurable balanced aroma. 

                Trippel pours a very faint orange, almost a translucent yellow, with an average head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a nice full pasting around the glass.  Trippel has a very light and airy body with an above average carbonation.  Tastes of Belgian yeast spiciness, pepper, sweet and bitey citrus flavors of orange and lemon peel please the palate up front, and are followed by herbs and spice flavors of sage and cardamom that flow into an ever so slight hop bitterness in the finish.

                A great brew by a great brewery that is just getting its feet wet in the state of Ohio.  At $2.99 for a 22oz bottle, you really can’t find a better deal.  Beware, you would never assume by drinking this brew that it carries a 7.8% abv.  Maybe that’s an added bonus?  That’s for you to decide!

Sam Adams Rebel IPA 6.5% 

                Now some of you might not consider Sam Adams to be a craft beer, but I tend to disagree.  For one, they are independently owned, and for two, they have been craft beer pioneers since 1984.  So, in my opinion, it’s necessary to give credit where credit is due. 

                Being that Sam Adams has a huge distribution network and are always rolling out new brews that are usually fairly easy to locate, as well as their seasonal sampler 12 packs that are always featuring new styles, I’ve had my fair share of Sam Adams beers, specifically IPA’s (I love their Hopology twelve pack), however I was very excited to try this one as it is their first attempt at a west coast style IPA.

                Pouring a clear and pale gold color, Rebel omits traditional scents of a west coast style IPA, including strong grapefruit upfront, followed by citrusy hops and finished with honey sweetness.  A light bodied brew with a medium carbonation level, Rebel hits it right on the head with traditional west coast IPA tastes including a strong grapefruit  upfront, followed by citrusy hops with a wonderful dry and quick finish.  I really enjoyed the finish of this beer as the bitter hop aftertaste did not leave a bitter, sticky lingering finish.  A very drinkable beer at 6.5% abv, I would highly recommend this one to the hoppiest of hopheads, as well as the 30 pack guzzlers.  Sam Adams’ first attempt at a west coast IPA is a success in my book.

Want to know what’s going on in the Firelands’ craft beer scene?  Take a look below at what’s happening in the area:

Arnold’s Carryout in Willard: If you’re still dreaming of multicolored leaves and the hopes that Browns won’t completely suck this year, stop into Arnold’s and take advantage of discounted pricing on Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest 12 pack cans as well as discounted pricing on cases of Hofbrau Oktoberfest.

Hot Dog Tony’s:  Take a trip to downtown Sandusky this weekend as Kevin and his crew at HDT’s will be serving up a Prime Rib special on Fridayand on Saturday they will welcome the local 2 piece band Vinyl Equinox from 7-11:30PM.  Enjoy your prime rib and Vinyl Equinox this weekend with a couple of excellent locally brewed craft beers as HDT’s will be featuring Catawba Island Brewing Co.’s Double Couple 3 hops IPA and Seiche Scottish Ale.   

Mekong:  Everybody’s favorite Asian restaurant in Sandusky will be featuring the following draft list this weekend:    

Jackie-O’s Java the Stout

Columbus Brewing Co.’s Bodhi Double IPA

Oskar Blue’s Old Chub Scottish Ale

Wyder’s Cider

Three Floyd’s Gumball Head American Pale Wheat Ale

Revolution Brewing Co.’s Bottom Up Wit

Maredsous Belgian Pale Ale

Great Divide Hibernation Ale

*Beer Flights are available as well!  Sample five of the above drafts for $15! 

**There will also be bottle beer specials available all week long!  Stop into Mekong-Located right in front of the Sandusky Mall!

Huron Market: Tuesdays at Huron Market beer growlers are 10% off!  Right now they have a dynamite lineup of 12 draft beers to go:  Fat Heads Bumbleberry, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Dogfish Head 61 (an IPA brewed with Syrah grape must), Breckenridge Ophelia, Fat Heads HeadHunter IPA, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Great Lakes Blackout Stout, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Samd Adams Rebel IPA, and Thirsty Dog Cerberus.

Maple City Ice: The Norwalk distributor has just picked Summit Brewing Co.’s Horizon Red IPA.  It can be found in Norwalk at Gardner’s SuperValu and Schild’s IGA,  and in Sandusky at Harney’s Market and Hot Dog Tony’s.




I've been craving some Headhunter! I may have to stop at Huron Market next Tuesday!

Raoul Duke

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