Archive for October, 2008

To the Clinking and the Drinking of the Bells

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn’t drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, ‘It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver.’” –Jack Handy

And with this post we commemorate yet another beer-soaked birthday. As this time, Kunoichi Erica was the one too intoxicated to comment on her booze, we have once more invited HopDevil along for the ride. Kunoichi will be reviewing a completely separate beer she had the fortune of tasting at a time when she was more lucid.

Because apparently when you’re drunk, it’s far easier to write the lyrics to a trippy Beatles song than to say anything remotely intelligent about beer.

Also, be sure to stop by our Bar Hopping page to see reviews of the hippest hangouts, and warnings on which bars are better left alone. Or swing by the Yellow Beer Road to view the interactive map of our beer adventures.

Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale

7.00% ABV/India Pale Ale/Only available in 13 states.

Bell’s Brewery, formerly known by the funky name of Kalamazoo Brewing Company, is an Eighties Child much like ourselves, with a healthy taste for the eccentric.

Imbibe more here: Bells Beer

rachel-riot-thumbnailRachel Riot: It’s one of those beers with that familiar taste you just can’t put your finger on. A bolder IPA with a non-overbearing amount of hops and a slight floral aroma. That being said, I should tell you that I hate most IPAs (and flowers). “Hi everyone, My name is Rachel and I hate IPAs”.  Anyway, this just isn’t the beer for me. It’s not a bad beer…it’s actually one of the better IPAs I’ve been given the chance to taste. But, if you DO like IPAs I suggest you try this one. You can get a bottle of it at most well stocked bars. I was able to pick some up at Sidecar Bar.

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Hopdevil: Ah, one of those unique beers that make you say- What the &%$! is that flavor? It’s something you’ve tasted and smelled before, but just can’t place. Ever. No matter how many you drink. Other than that distinct unnamable taste, it’s a semi-hoppy beer. For all of you readers scrunching your nose thinking “Ugh, hops”- I think you may be pleasantly surprised by the smoothness coupled with the hoppiness.

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Unibroue Trois Pistoles

9% ABV/ Strong Dark Ale (refermented in the bottle)

Tankard Tidbit!: Trois Pistoles is named after a small village founded over 300 years ago in the region of Les Basques in Québec.

Located in Chambly, Quebec, the Unibroue Brewery was founded in 1993, ay.

Imbibe more here: Unibroue

Kunoichi Erica: After the very first sip of this crimson-colored brew, you’ll be forced to utter a resounding “arrrgh!” Best described as “fun on the tongue,” I wouldn’t be surprised to discover this flavorful mix in Bluebeard’s private stash. With a taste as distinct as a cold glass of V8 and an exciting salty undertone, this beer is best savored slowly. While its portwine style may seem common at first, keep in mind that first impressions aren’t always the best. It’s rather like The Ventures’ “Wipeout”: it may just be surfer-music, but it’s got that great drum-solo. So keep listening…er…drinking, that is.

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Now that you are full of beer wisdom, go and check that Bar Hopping page to soak up information on one of Philly’s finest bars and, we promise, no old western bar fights like the one seen here (unless you buy us a Coors light…then we’ll have to call fisticuffs!)

Beer+Food+Science=Taste of Philly

Posted in Beer, event with tags , , , , , , , on October 10, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“Beerest” Readers,

The ladies of PE are always up for a bit of the ol’ drinking and dining (especially when it doesn’t put a hole in our pockets). That is why we’re promoting Philadelphia Weekly’s upcoming Taste of Philly.

The 2nd annual Taste of Philly takes place on Wednesday, October 22nd from 7pm till 10pm. Taste will feature food and beverage from participants all across Philadelphia. Some of these participants include: Elephant and Castle, Cafe Spice, Plough and the Stars, Rum Bar, Mizu Sushi Bar, The Abbaye, Victory Brewery, Whole Foods, and tons more.

Tickets are $25/person as long as you purchase them before October 15th (which isn’t bad considering there’s some of you who spend triple in one night) .  After October 15th tickets increase to $30 and, if there are still tickets available, $35 at the door. If you’re still on the fence about going you may want to know that the event is being held at the Franklin Institute (the place you’re never too old to touch everything in sight!).

So, you get to eat and drink till your hearts and stomachs are content and hang around in the Franklin Institute for just 25 bucks!

Tickets can be purchased here
More information can be found here

Now we will leave you with the 20th century cartoon icon Mr. Magoo promoting Stag beer (no wonder why our parents are so messed up! And is it just us or does he look a lot like John Locke from Lost?)

Hot Chicks Drinking Beer!

Posted in Beer with tags , , , , on October 6, 2008 by philadelphiaexbeeriment

“I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning, I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” –Winston Churchill

We’re revamping our layout.

We’re sprucing up our pages.

And we’re even running up and down the art museum steps.

All just to bring you a better exBEERience!

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In other news:

Your humble beermaidens recently threw our very own Bacchanalia in celebration of the birth of Miss Riot. While we may have opted out of the traditional midnight-mountaintop celebrations (after all, September is a bit chilly for running about the woods at night outfitted with naught but fawnskins, vine leaves, and thyrsuses), we did nevertheless settle for a more laid-back, local grove known as the P.O.P.E. Bar (a.k.a. Pub on Passyunk East).

Thus it was we found ourselves in a pleasant hole-in-the-wall, decked intriguingly in iron chains, a ceiling cannon, and quite the impressive bar menu. Not only that, but we managed to pick up a few guest-reviewers, chicks (almost) as hot as ourselves.

We hope you enjoy this account of our expensive beer-foray of the evening. And we apologize in advance for the briefness of Miss Riot’s post. As we mentioned, it was her birthday. She was drunk. ‘Nuff said.

Our random pick from the draft menu:

Avery Kaiser Oktoberfest
Avery Brewing Co. was born in 1993. We’ll take this micro-brewery on the rocks: of Boulder, Colorado, that is.

Imbibe more here: http://www.averybrewing.com/

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Kunoichi Erica: The first thing I noticed as I carried several glasses of this beer to our already cluttered table was that the color was an almost exact match to my nail polish: a deep, autumn sunset baked golden-brown by the waning light. Overall impression: harvestride. With the smell of a candy apple, and a tangy, pumpkin-pie backwash, it was an interesting change for the night. Althought it was a little too sweet for my taste, I can’t deny that for those of you with a bit of a sweettooth, the Kaiser is a perfect choice as the Halloween season rolls in.

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rachel-riot-thumbnail1Rachel Riot: The birthday dinosaur says, “Yum, tasty! Great aftertaste!” Then runs away in drunken birthday happiness. *Birthday hiatus.*

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As to our first guest-writer of the evening:

HopDevil: Love the beautiful deep-orange color. Very sweet, much like the feel of a Dubbel, with a definite pumpkin flavor. Not as spicy as I would imagine an Oktoberfest to be, as the sweet taste eventually overpowers any spice that I tasted in the first sip. Nevertheless, deliciously smooth. Mmm…squash.

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And our second guest-taster of the night chose to review a different, time-honored, and far-wallet-friendlier beer:

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Brewing Co. is an old hand at beer, as it was born all the way back in 1844.

Imbibe more here: http://www.pabst.com/

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Philly Lush: While the aristocrats are drinking Oktoberfest, I have opted for good, old-fashioned PBR. This smooth beer is often ignored by the beer afficionados, as it is the cheap beer preferred by college students and starving artists. I say, damn the Man! (Save the Empire). PBR can be apprecieated for its taste. I may have lied when I called it smooth earlier–I think you have to grow into it–but it’s certainly the better of the “cheap” beers. It’s not too weak, not too heavy, and not as disgusting as a Country Club or a Beast (officially known as Milwaukee’s Best). In short, PBR is the drink of champions. Sure, it’s no one’s first choice, but if you’re on a limited budget it is the recommended alternative. Also, the merchandise is cool.

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Ahem…Right. Enough words for one day. Now get off the computer and go drink some beer!

Oh, and here’s our vote for the next addition to the Summer Olympics: