The Sandusky area has it’s share of positives and negatives during the summer months.
For many, the negatives include heavy traffic, heat and humidity, and rising prices on everyday items.
The positives include spending time at the beach, enjoying the islands, and knowing that the staff at Mekong will provide you with a great summer beer and an incredible meal.
The warmer weather has finally arrived and Chuong Bui has made sure his establishment is ready to provide customers with a pleasant, great tasting brew for summer.
A recent trip to MeKong saw customers enjoying a variety of styles of beer.
Gone for now are the heavy porters and stouts. In their place are brown ales, IPAs, wheat, and belgian ales. With all the selections on draft, and many more in bottles, everyone is sure to find a beer they will love at MeKong.
The draft offerings while we were there included Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan, a light brown ale; Ace Pear Cider; 3 Floyds Robert the Bruce, a Scottish-Style ale, Columbus Brewing Company’s Bodhi, a double IPA; Revolution’s Cross of Gold, a golden ale; La Trappe, a Belgian Quad; Steenbrugge Tripel, an Abbey Tripel; and Bell’s Oberon, a wheat beer.
Coming on tap soon is one of our personal favorites, St. Bernardus’s APT 12.
If you are not a fan of draft beer, Mekong is the still the answer for beer lovers as they have a phenomenal selection of bottles. This includes Houblon Chouffe, a Dobbelen IPA Tripel, Kasteel Rouge, all three Chimay brews, Lagunitas, just to name a few.
Unsure of what to get, or want to try something new, simply ask any of the staff members for a recommendation and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what you get!
And for those bikers we see and hear all over the North Coast for Ohio Bike week, we here at Foaming at the Mouth encourage you to stop out to Mekong’s for some delicious food and their incredible craft beer selection.
For a delicious meal, try the Shaken Beef. This dish, comprised of steak, vegetables, a light sauce, peanuts, and rice, is on special this summer for $12.95.
Now for this week’s tastings:
Robert the Bruce
ABV - 6.5% IBU - 24
Now that the weather is warmer, it’s difficult to drink a lot of heavier-style beers. One full-bodied beer worth drinking during the summer is this offering from 3 Floyds.
As the beer is poured into the glass, it’s easy to see this is a dark brown offering. The aroma is filled with mostly sweet malts and raisins. The taste is much like the smell - malty and sweet. This is definitely a Scottish-style ale. There is no hoppy bitterness or fruity flavors. This is all caramel and toffee while reminding us of brown bread.
Most of 3 Floyds offerings are a bit over the top. Not this one. This beer is more subdued than it’s brothers and sisters from Indiana, but still is enjoyable all the same.
English Brown Ale
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
ABV - 4.5% IBU - 19
When we think of Mississippi, beer is not the first thing that comes to mind. Actually it has never come to mind before - until now.
Hailing from that state wedged between Alabama and Louisiana comes a Southern Pecan English Brown ale, a beer that actually uses whole roasted pecans during the brewing process.
This brown ale is brown in color (duh!) and smells of roasted malts. It surprisingly did not smell like roasted pecans, as we assumed it would given the name. The taste is light, but not overpowering with pecan flavor. There is nothing bitter or hoppy about this beer. It’s a tad mild compared to other English Brown ales we have enjoyed.
The beer is also a bit thin, given the brown color. Usually a darker-colored beer has a thick mouth feel, but this has the feel of a light beer.
Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia is a decent beer worthy of a place in your summer time lineup.
Trappistes Rochefort 10
Brasserie de Rochefort
ABV - 11.30%
When a beer with an 11% ABV doesn’t taste like pure alcohol you know you’ve got something special. This is the case with this offering from Brasserie de Rochefort in Belgium.
Right from the start you know this is a top-tier beer. The pour is a deep dark brown color with a descent amount of head.
The smell of dark colored fruits is apparent, but not overpowering. The aroma reminds us of raisins and currants.
The taste follows that of the aroma. At first sip you can taste the sweet raisins and malts as they work across your tongue. Once you swallow the pleasant taste remains in your mouth, something a lot of beers fail to do.
The mouthfeel is also top notch. The Rochefort 10 melts in your mouth and covers all the parts of your tongue in an enjoyable manner.
This is a beer that you should drink to enjoy and savor - the nightcap after a great evening out on the town.