Monday, March 29, 2010

This Is What I Drink : 14

A couple more beverages with alcohol today. We'll start with one from one of my favorite hometown breweries, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche
A friend brought this over and while I believe I'd had it before it'd been at least a year or two since I had it so I was ready to give it another try. With the weather not quite yet even turning to Spring yet around here, I'm not sure that I was mentally prepared to enjoy this very summery beer. Described as a "malt beverage brewed with peach concentrate", this is definitely in the style of a German wheat beer. It is very light, tart with with a hard citrus and peachy edge. I think the tartness is a bit overpowering in this case. Unfortunately it makes it one of my least favorite styles that I've had from Dogfish Head. I don't think it's bad, but I think it has to be the right kind of day and you have to be in the right kind of mood to really enjoy it. I suppose that's what I get for drinking a seasonal in the wrong season. My bad!

Southern Tier Gemini
(Imperial IPA)
Another recent favorite brewer of mine is Southern Tier and I'm particular fond of their "imperial" series where they make very good strong versions of certain beer styles. Gemini is actually a blend of two different very hoppy Southern Tier beers (hence the name), and the results are pretty great. For me, there isn't much better (an imperial stout maybe) than a strong, hoppy tasting beer and Gemini provides this in a big way. At 10.5% and with great citrus and floral tastes, this is another winner in the ST imperial series. Also, since it's strong, one bomber of it will get you a little buzzed which is always a bonus.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't had Festina Peche, but its on my radar. I tried Aprihop and Burton Baton this weekend which were both pretty excellent. And I don't even like Apricots or Batons!!

    I have an issue with drinking from pint glasses in bars. I don't know if its my brain's wiring and skepticism, but I always feel like the glass has soap, or even worse, residue from the last drink in it. This really bothers me when I'm trying a drink for the first time at a bar.

    --Joe Moore

    PS: yeah, tonight I totally started a blog about different beers i drink.