Left Hand Brewing Company/Sawtooth All-American Ale

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The heat of the summer is upon us, and with it the relentless search for the perfect grilling companion. No, I’m not talking about your buddy, wife or dog. They’re great but take too much attention off of the fine art of sizzling the perfect steak (those grill marks don’t get that perfect symmetry by themselves). No, I mean beer. And not just any beer. There are brews made for each of the seasons, and the reasons for this are as diverse as the flavors themselves.

Enter the Sawtooth Nitro All-American Ale. And no, it’s not the greatest grilling guzzler of all time, but it is tasty! Nutty and smooth, this beer has a good amount of flavor for those looking for a smoother than average finish without the fruitiness or coriander of most hefeweizens or wheat beers. The malt flavors balance well with herbal hops (though in my opinion this beer could use a bit more bitterness). As mentioned, you won’t find me ordering this with a hearty soup in the winter, but it makes a fine pair for burgers and steak with potatoes of both the baked and fried variety. I give it 4 out of 5 bottlecaps.

What’s YOUR favorite grilling companion?

 

 

BrewDog / Mikkeller “I Hardcore You”

I Hardcore You is a 9.5% Imperial India Pale Ale, an international collaborative effort/baby between 2 European brewers. This beer is a blend of BrewDog’s Hardcore IPA and Mikkeller’s I Beat You. After the blending, the beer was then dry hopped  twice. Making I Hardcore You a beer which has been dry hopped four times.

Pours orange/copper with a huge, creamy, long lasting head. Great aroma. Sweet, moderate hoppy, tropical fruits, honey, herbal. Aroma is moderate bitter and sweet, some floral notes, sticky. Perfect balance between flavors.

This is probably one of the best beers that I have tried in a long time. Definitely recommend it.

 

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Brew of the Month : Dunkelweizen

Not even half way through the heat of this North Carolina summer I am already looking forward to upcoming Oktoberfests and German Festivals soon to hit the area.  I cannot think of anything better right now than washing down some bratwurst and kraut with some traditional Bavarian brews after this summer heat has passed.

One commonly over-looked and under-rated traditional German brews is the Dunkelweizen.  These southern Germany wheat beers are brewed as a darker versions to the traditional Hefeweizen.  Dunkelweizes share many characteristics to the Hefeweizen adding to it a deliciously complex pallet of malts and a low balancing bitterness.   This makes a Dunkel an excellent contrast to the summer heat with a dark, rich, roasted wheat making up a good portion of the grain bill paired with traditional Hefeweizen yeast strains which give them that unique banana and clove flavors which are characteristic to these Bavarian Ales.

Weigh Out Your Grain Bill

Dunkelweizen Grains

5 lbs Wheat Malt, Dark
4 lbs Wheat Malt, Pale
3 lbs Munich II
2 lbs 4.0 oz Carafoam
2 lbs Carawheat
1 lbs Carahell
8.0 oz Chocolate Wheat

 

Get Your Hop & Additions Together

Hopps

1.00 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] 60min
0.50 oz Tettnang [4.50 %] 45min

 
 

Mash and Boil

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Single infusion batch sparge.
Mash in 20qt @ 156°F (166°F strike)
Sparge 13.25qt, 27qt @168°F
Boil 60 min.
Cool to 70°F and pitch yeast.

 

 

 

 

Ferment for 2 to 3 weeks, bottle condition for at least two more weeks, crash cool for one final week, then enjoy!

 

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Guest Blogger

Would you like to become a guest blogger for Beersboro?

Let us know! You get complete control over what you want to say and blog whenever you want. No strings attached and you get to meet other beer loving folks like yourself

We have 4 categories in which you can contribute:

Beer of the Day, Brew of the Month, Local Bands and Upcoming Events

 

Beer of the Day:

You can blog about a recent beer that you have tried.  Just tell us about it. Did you like it? What kind of beer is it? What is the alcohol content etc. You don’t have to blog everyday, we just came up with this title since it is the most popular topic

 

Brew of the Month:

If you homebrew, this is the category for you. You can tell us about your process, the kind of beer you are making etc. You don’t have to give out all of your secrets but it will be a great way to receive feedback from fellow brewers

 

Local Bands:

Do you love music and going to concerts? This is the section for you. You can talk about the bands, tell us their store and even post a video for some of their songs. If you are a local band that would like to get exposure, you can blog too!

 

Upcoming Events:

Do you organize events for charity that involved beer? or are you a local bar looking to advertise an event that you are hosting like  karaoke, trivia, festival, concert etc? Come on in! You can publish as many events as you like. Tell the Beersboro crowed what is going on in the Triad Area

 

And last but not least, we have the Local Joints category. This is a community post section. We organize an event for all bloggers  to check out a local bar. In a group we then post about our experience. We review the bar in 4 criteria: Scene, Drink Specials, Beer selection and Service.

This is just a hobby, and it is meant to be fun. It is a great way to meet other beer-curious folks like yourself.

Contact us  for more information

Fullsteam Working Man’s Lunch- I’m still getting dessert

Fullsteam is a local brewery located in  Durham NC  inspired by the food and farm traditions of the South. Their mission is brewing southern beer using only local farm products.

They have a really good variety of beers ranging from a classic American style Lager to a beer that has sweet potatoes in it. All I can say is that I’m really looking forward in one day touring their brewery. I’m glad to see a local brewery give back to the community and represent the south as well as they do.

Now to the topic of this post. Their Working Man’s lunch beer. The best way to describe it without getting to much into detail is that it is a brown ale brewed with German Weizen and has a hint of chocolate in it. But all you really need to know about this beer is that it is fucking delicious. I mean really. Its not strong and the taste is perfectly balanced. It pours dark brown with a thick brown top. You can smell the chocolate in this beer too.

This is the face that I made when I first tasted this beer:

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I strongly recommend it to all the beerchachos and beerchachas in the Triad- Area.
5.5% ABV.

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Sir Perry’s Cider

You know what sucks about not being able to drink beer? All you want to do is drink beer. That is my sad story. I cannot drink beer. Allergic to it.. Feel bad for me. But, I don’t let it get me down, because there are glorious Ciders out there that get better all the time! So that’s my gig. Writing about ciders. Try them. You might just like them. I’m not talking about Redd’s, that gross apple flavor malt drink not even fit to live in my fridge. I’m talking delicious, crisp, (often gluten free) delicious, fruit nectar fermented in a glorious way to come in a bottle, can, or tap just to make me feel better. I also love that it has a great light amber color, that when in a pint glass, lets me pretend I’m drinking beer like everyone else, when in reality, I’m enjoying an alcoholic juice box.

I often love to drink Cider when I am out and about. One of my favorite things to do is play Trivia. I’m a dork. Shoot me. So, I am so happy that one of my favorite trivia and eating spots, Lindley Park Filling Station, stock several types of lovely ciders! They carry both apple and pear cider in cans and bottles as well as other choice craft beers and a great but small tap beer list.

Recently, I visited The Filling Station for a book club meeting (Yes, you can join. We are currently reading a 1000 page, Japanese literary work called 1Q84 – what are your thoughts on it?) I had the pleasure to enjoy a lovely Sir Perry. Sir Perry is a pear cider with a nice crisp taste. It is not too sweet and is gluten free to boot. A super plus is its got 6% alcohol content and comes in a big giant 16.9 oz can! Not too shabby!
Here’s a pic of the glorious can. Bunny Ears courtesy of my friend Ana S!
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The lovely people at The Filling Station will even give you a glass if you really want one. But I don’t. Im gonna drink it out of the can like a real woman! So, they gave me this awesome Koozie brand Koozie to drink it with! I win!

Here’s a pic of Sir Perry with his Koozie, and of course Ana S. Bunny Ears.
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Besides Sir Perry, trivia and all of the other wonderful drinks they offer ($1 off all adult beverages every Tuesday night!), Lindley Park Filling Station has an amazing menu! Me and Ana highly recommend the Longview Salad! Grilled Salmon, goat cheese and walnuts! Yum. The staff is fun and helpful, but the seating can get stark if its a busy night and the patio is closed. Check out the rest of the menu here.

Sir Perry and Lindley Park Filling Station gets a million thumbs up from me (if thumbs are what you would rate ciders and restaurants with).

Love is a complex thing! – Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

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I’m in love with this beer. Dogfish Head Brewery is known for providing “Off centered ales for off centered people” and Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale provides truth in that statement.

 

This masterpiece of an ale pours a Dark Brown color, with reddish tints appearing in the light and a two finger off white/tannish head, which settles nicely (and makes me want to immediately start guzzling it).  However, even before I can start sloshing up this nectar of the Gods, the aroma completely freezes me in place. This beer has a heavenly scent with a heavy, sweet, almost bread-like malt that also has hints of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, as well as slight caramel and floral notes provided by the hops.  The aroma of this beer is magically complicated, complex, and confusing which makes you want to breathe it in for hours to try to figure out what the hell is going on with it.

The flavor of this beer is as big and complex as the aroma! The first sip put me in a magical place, tasting the coffee and chocolate notes accompanied by toffee and brown sugar. The hops provide a great balance creating a slightly bitter finish. Like I said before, this beer is complex; big and bold and packs a 7.2 ABV which subtly comes through in the taste as well.

 

All in all, this is my favorite beer ever.  I would drink this all day everyday if I could….  Tastes so good, make you wanna slap yo momma!

Dogfish Head’s Website

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Piedmont Ale House Burlington NC

Hello Beerchachos and Beerchachas.

This weekend we had our second official Local Joints review. This is just the second of a series of installments. We are going to visit random places and tell you, the Beersboro crowd, what we think of each place.  We will review a place in 4 categories:

The beer Selection, Service, Scene and drink Specials

This week’s Joint is Piedmont Ale House in Burlington NC. A locally owned bar that has been opened since 2007. We know Beersboro should be about Greensboro and surrounding areas , but we just ran into this place and decided to do a review on it.  We will try our best to keep it closer to home next time, we promise :)

So let’s get started!

 

Beer Selection:

This place has a great beer selection. Their Draft options are really good. I asked one of the bartenders if they had a beer list, she said no and the reason being is that they update their draft selection pretty often. So it was refreshing to know that they carry new beers and switch it up once in a while to keep us in our toes.

So when it comes to beer, we give Piedmont Ale House 5 out of 5 Jimmy Carters

You still don’t know why we use Jimmy carters?

 

Beer specials:

They do have some pretty decent beer specials.  The only bad thing is that they don’t have them posted anywhere. Their site seems to be broken and their FB has not been updated in over a week. So we are giving the Piedmont Ale house the benefit of the doubt since they did have decent beer specials the day we were there.

So even though they do have specials, we give are giving them 3 out of 5 Jimmy Carters

You need to have that posted somewhere online you guys :)

 

Scene:

It has that traditional pub feel. Kind of dark inside but that is how we like it. It is nice and cozy and it definitely has that family operated feel. Plus they have a nice little patio. The only negative is the room in the back. No windows and its almost like you are closed out from the rest of the bar.

On Scene we are giving them 4 out of 5 Jimmy Carters

Note: These guys have NFL Sunday ticket, so this should be a great spot to go watch your favorite football team.

 

Service:

Ok so this the only issue with this bar. They have bar tables around the area but you don’t have servers. The bartenders themselves are the ones that go out to the floor and ask if you would like something to drink. We sat at the bar and we were still struggling to get service. And that place was not packed that night.

There are a couple of bartenders that were really good. This really nice guy wearing a hat was very attentive but he was in the patio are most of the time and he was also seen stocking beer. The other one was the same. She was super nice but we saw her stocking beer most of the night.

We did encounter a couple of big offenders. There was a bartender just  standing near the POS system in the corner looking at her IPhone most of the time and ignored customers. Well some customers. She did help the ones that yelled her name. We witnessed 2 tables leave that night because nobody came up to them.

 

For the service we are giving Piedmont  1 out of 5 Jimmy Carters

The good bartenders that we were lucky to have for a couple of minutes need to be in charge of running this place for sure.

 

In conclusion, great beer selection and classic pub feel. They need to work on their online presence, advertise their specials better and fire half the bartenders ( or train them better, whatever).

Location-  1149 St Marks Church Rd  Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 584-4422

Website-   http://www.piedmontalehouseonline.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Piedmont-Ale-House/149645002632

Twitter    https://twitter.com/piedmontalenews

 

 

If you have visited the Piedmont Ale House lately and would like to add some feedback on your personal experience, please add a comment to the post. All comments and suggestions are welcome.