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A special message for some soccer moms.

October 29th, 2009 by Android | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

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Please note that none of us over here at Tavernator claim to be beer tasting experts. We know what we like, but that may not be what you like. To that end we will try to include descriptors, such as our favorite session beers, etc. so maybe you will get a better idea of where we are coming from. Additionally, we have an interesting and varied knowledge that goes with over 100 years of combined drinking experience. We will be working on developing our own style of descriptions, but at this time we refer you to http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style for immediately available descriptions and rankings. We also do not necessarily agree with any of the rankings over at Beer Advocate and would even argue that they are heavily slanted towards beer snobs, but then again so are we, the bigger the price tag the more we tend to like it.By Android

Over the summer I was out with a friend of mine at a place called Bailey’s Smokehouse in Blauvelt, New York. (No the friend was not one of the  soccer moms.) What struck me was they had Abita Turbo-dog on tap there. The beer was tad bit smoother, maybe not quite as distinct a smokey flavor you get from Turbo-Dog out of the bottle. Baileys also has some very interesting beer foods being a smokehouse. Probably the most anomalous was the Texas Lollipop. This is a local Butcher’s sausage, smoked at Bailey’s, cut up, placed on a skewer, and served with a very healthy dollop of Bailey’s apple butter based barbeque sauce.  Real tasty and went well with the Turbo-Dog. Bailey’s also had some other interesting offerings including a Long Trail Blackberry Ale, and Peak Organic Brown Ale.  The Peak Organic was only available in the bottle, but it was very tasty. The Long Trail was palatable, and tasted like blackberries, but I am generally not a fruit beer fan myself.

I would like to make a special shout out to David Carlucci, Clarkstown Town Clerk, he is one of the biggest celebrities I know, so you know I am not even on the G List. He turned me on to Sierra Nevada SummerFest Lager. Real tasty stuff and it became one of my main summer session beers. David, thanks for the clue in. This is categorized by Beer Advocate as a Czech style Pilsener. They only rate it at a B or B+. Clearly, it tops out in the A range in my book.

Android’s favorites:

Session Beers:
Harpoon IPA, (IPA;s Generally) Harpoon Summer Ale, Sierra Nevada Summerfest, Shipyard’s Old Thumper, Boddington’s Draught.

Seasonal favorites
Sam Adams, Harpoon or Saranac Oktoberfest, (Kind of depends upon the year which one I like the best)

Special Treats: Ommegang Abbey Dubbel, Especially in the winter, but other times as well. Arrogant Bastard Ale, Delerium Tremors, Maudite, Anchor Steam, Harpoon Celtic Irish Red

Slumming beer: Budweiser, Genessee Cream Ale, Rolling Rock, Swinkels, “More beer swilling swine prefer to swill Swinkels when copious quantities are required!”