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Kicking the Keg on 2012

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Have a happy and healthy wrap up to 2012 everyone. Here’s to even more beer and cheer in the New Year!

Written by A+K

December 31st, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Southampton – A Photo Journal of Fall Festivities

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After breaking the tragic news that the release of Southampton Publick House Russian Imperial Stout is cancelled for 2012, we decided a little levity was in order. We offer here a post collecting of images from our trip this past fall to Southampton. Over the last three years we have headed out to Eastern Long Island, before Halloween, with the intention to grab some pumpkins and try some beer. Our destinations have been Hank’s Pumpkintown (which was insanley packed this year) and Southampton Publick House. Last year we even stopped at Duck Walk Vineyards, which is across from Hanks’s, but this year we opted not to as it seemed like every parent out there decided to drown their sorrows in some vino. keep reading...

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November 29th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Sayonara Squash San aka Farewell to Pumpkin Beer

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Days are shorter, most trees have shed their leaves and pumpkin beers are in their twilight for the year…

Well, that was quick! Fall really is flying by. This years pumpkins have been carved, turkeys have been cooked and leftovers have been consumed. Christmas lights, trees and decorations are starting to pop up everywhere. Though it is still November, it seems fall is behind us and winter is about ready swoop in and cover us in blankets of snow. With winter comes a whole new offering of seasonal brews, but it does sadly mean that it is time to close the door on pumpkin beers (for this year, anyway). Over the past couple of weeks bars and brewpubs have been tapping their final kegs of pumpkin ale, making way for the post-Thanksgiving season of darker, rich, warming, winter and holiday focused beers. keep reading...

Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Sandwich (Plus Beer Pairing)

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

left·o·ver [left-oh-ver] adj. Remaining as an unused portion or amount. n. 1. A remnant or an unused portion. 2. leftovers Food remaining from a previous meal.

Leftovers are a huge part of the Thanksgiving tradition. For some people these delicious remnants are better than the actual Turkey-Day dinner itself. Let’s face it, the meal you slaved over is going to taste about 1 million (dollars) times better with your in-laws and relatives out of the house. Seriously, holidays are stressful so enjoy the fruits of your labor in peace. We won’t tell your aunt Edna.

This year we had several traditional items remaining and decided to combine them in a non-traditional way. We used several ingredients: stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce to make a sandwich on bakery rye bread. This delicious monstrosity was dubbed, “the Gobble-nator”, and we try to use an ominous voice when mentioning it. Such a powerful sandwich commands both awe and respect. While we admit slapping eveything together to create a thanksgiving sandwich may not be totally rare these days, as this article from the Village Voice shows, it isn’t super common and is a great way to put extra to use. The ingredients used are limited only to what you have on hand or you think your guts can handle. So take a breath, get those leftovers out and build your own Gobble-nator! keep reading...

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November 26th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Pumking – Southern Tier Brewing Company (2012)

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BLC Says:
Souther Tier Brewing Company Pumking only comes in a 22 oz. bomber bottle, which should be the first indication that this is not your typical light pumpkin concoction. It pours a golden orange with a white fluffy head that sustains itself for a substantial amount of time. After subsiding, a thin cap of foam remains atop the modestly carbonated body. Due to the light color and carbonation level, you can actually see bubbles throughout the beer. The scent features caramel and spices on a malty backdrop. There is something a bit cider like and acidic to it which cuts the richness of the sweeter aromas. A definite alcohol presence comes through in this Imperial Ale. If you thought the scent was intriguing, the flavor is even more multifaceted. Spice, hints of cider and again a big sweet, caramel, malt backing are the first things to hit your palate. Accents of vanilla also peek through at times. A nice, subtle, bitterness comes in toward the end of the sip and adds a bit of balance to this beer. The slight sour, ciderish essence and the bitter, dry finish do balance things out but this would still be classified as a sweet beer. A unique brew indeed. keep reading...

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November 21st, 2012 at 9:32 pm