The line of He’Brew beers is the product of Schmaltz Brewing Company and is cleverly marketed as “The Chosen Beer.” The beer that I chose is the Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A, a rye-based Imperial IPA brewed in honor of Lenny Bruce. At 10% ABV it’s going to take a lot of work to mask the alcohol notes and achieve a balance. Having sampled some other He’Brew beers, such as the Jewbelation 14, I can say that I’m very excited about this one.
Archive August 2011
Joining us once again is Mike, and this time he brings along a special beer for us to try. Sent by Amie in Florida (thanks!) is the Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. An 11.5% ABV Imperial Stout aged on Peruvian cacao nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon and Madagascar vanilla beans. We pair this with two different chocolates: chile dark chocolate and 70% cocoa dark chocolate.
Local brewery Spring House Brewing Co. makes some seriously unique and interesting “small batch” beers available only at their pub. Recently, I visited their Taproom in Lancaster, PA and enjoyed one such beer: Little Gruesome (aka PB&J). Yes, that’s right – Peanut Butter & Jelly…in a beer. This was, in fact, the beer that made me visit after seeing it on their tap list.
One of my favorite breweries that simply doesn’t distribute to Philadelphia is Ska Brewing Company in Colorado. They make, in my opinion, one of the most delicious hoppy IPAs out there, Modus Hoperandi. When I was on vacation I picked up two 12 ounce bottles of their Pinstripe Red Ale, which is part of their flagship line.
I’m a sucker for anything having to do with dogs, so the black lab on the label of the Dogzilla Black IPA immediately caught my eye. Dogzilla is a 6.9% ABV Black IPA from Laughing Dog Brewing. Black IPAs are truly a best of both worlds beer for me, they bring the hops of an IPA and the malt backbone of a good dark beer. The bottle describes the Dogzilla as being a “true Northwest IPA with a dark malt twist,” so it should provide the flavors I’m expecting.