As promised, here’s the review of Yang. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together and make a sublime beer balance. Mix the Yang & Yin together (or enjoy this flippant good Imperial IPA solo).”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut.

This brew poured with a one finger, off white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark mahogany color with very little carbonation visible. The nose presented with a decent amount of pine sap and flowers with a touch of herbal character as well. The taste was even better. There was a lot of pine sap to it. There was also significant tropical fruit with papaya, pineapple and mango. It had a touch of caramel malt at the end. The body was on the thicker side with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with tropical fruit and hops. As a standalone, this beer was really nice.

I also mixed the two as a black and tan (although my pour was absolutely awful).

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I found that mixing the two was really effective. The IPA calmed the intense smoke and wood notes from the stout and the stout balanced the intense tropical fruit of the IPA. It allowed for the stronger aspects of both beers to be calmed and I can see why they recommend drinking them together. This would be the way that I would drink them in the future.


The second episode of Gangland is on and they are highlighting a gang with a large presence in Hudson County, New Jersey. So far, it’s pretty interesting, albeit a little scary. I picked up this beer and will be posting another review with its partner and will also say a few words about mixing them together as suggested below like a black and tan. Anyways, let’s see how the stout was on its own.

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ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This is one half of a Black and Tan drink. Not just any Black and Tan but the one where a toasted smug and hoppy fella get together to make a sublime beer balance. Mix the Yin & Yang together (or enjoy this profoundly evil Imperial Stout solo).”

Random: This beer was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut.

This brew poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was mild for the style, but had notes of burnt oak and cocoa nibs. The taste was really smoky with burnt wood smoke and ash. There was a bit of chocolate malt present as well with some marked bitterness and warming booze. The body was thick with very light carbonation, although the body was delightfully velvety. The finish was long with booze and a lot of smoke and booze. It was alright, but the burnt wood and smoke overwhelmed everything else. I wouldn’t rush back to have this on its own.


Happy Sunday! The other half is still asleep, but the cat woke me up about a half an hour ago and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I’m watching my Netflix disc (which happens to be Gangland Season 5: Disc 1) which she didn’t want to watch anyways. I’m on the first episode and so far, it’s pretty good. Anyways, this was a cider that the other half let me have a few sips of. I really like black cherries, but I don’t recall ever having them in a cider. Let’s see how this one was.

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ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Reserved for the darkest of hearts, McKenzie’s Black Cherry is an inspiration to hard cider – rich amber, full body with a refreshingly sweet cherry finish.”

Random: The cat has already fallen back asleep after he woke me up to feed him. It doesn’t seem fair to me.

This cider poured a clear, straw yellow color with a decent amount of carbonation visible. There was no head that poured with it, and thus no lacing left on the glass. The nose initially reminded me of cherry cough syrup. As it warmed up, it smelled more like black cherry soda and was really nice. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of black cherry notes, some sweet honey and apples. The body was on the light side with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with black cherries. If you’re a fan of black cherry soda and apples, this is a cider that you definitely need to try.


I get so excited when I get to add a new brewery to my “categories” list for the blog. After doing a little bit of research on the website, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen any of their regular or special beers before, so I have no idea what to expect from them. It looks like most of their regular beers are offered in cans and after doing a search to locate the closest store to me to get their beers, there aren’t any places within 100 miles. After looking at the map, the closest place is South Carolina. Well, let’s see how this went.

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ABV: 7.6%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Blind Ambition is the third edition in the Alchemic Ale series. A matte black ceramic bottle with a screenprinted design by CF and a blonde Bière de Garde by Southern Star Brewing Company of Conroe, Texas.”

Random: According to their website, they said this was distributed to New Jersey as well, but I’ve never seen any Southern Star beers in Jersey. Interesting.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark amber color with very little carbonation visible and lots of detritus visible. The nose had a lot of yeast to it with honey and bread. The taste was sweet too. There was definitely some sweet malt with caramel along with yeast. I also got honey to it as well, but very little hop. The body was on the thin side with almost no carbonation. It had a moderate long finish with honey. This beer was alright, but definitely one that I purchased because I liked the bottle. I wouldn’t have this again.


Yet another brew from the Westchester, New York beer haul. You’ll be seeing these beers for awhile. This does make it so I won’t have to make a beer run for at least another week, maybe two. It’s been almost two years since I’ve had a beer from Pretty Things. Let’s see how this one fared.

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ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Meadowlark IPA is a new juicy and floral hoppy ale we brewed to celebrate the flavor and spirit of American craft brewing. This 7% alcohol beer has a sunny orange-gold color, 60 International Bittering Units, a smooth mouthfeel and layers of soft flowery hops. We wove fragrant Citra and Bravo hops from the Pacific Northwest with intensely fruity Galaxy hops from Australia. The malts are English pale & crystal, flaked barley with malty highlights from Munich malt and Roast Barley. The resulting patchwork is as “American” tasting as short ribs and slaw, and provides an excellent accompaniment to that kind of food too!”

Random: There’s still no news of any big Phils being traded yet. I think that we’re going to lose at least one big name this year, probably more.

This brew poured with a four finger white head that dissipated really slowly and left lots of spidery lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy light orange-yellow color with light carbonation visible. The nose was fresh and light with grapefruit and grass. There was some lemon pith as well. The taste was just as fresh and light. I got grapefruit and lemon pith with a touch of bready malt and grass. It had some biscuit as well. The body was lighter than expected with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with biscuit and grapefruit. This beer drank much lighter than I expected for the ABV and was another amazing beer from Pretty Things. They really need to distribute to Jersey.


This is another Evil Twin beer that I’ve been seeing on some beer blogs lately, so I wanted to try it for myself and see how it was.

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ABV: 12%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “‘When I copied the famous Even More Jesus, I had to ask myself as an artist, why am I doing this? I didn’t honestly know. It was just an instinct about beer as pure form… in a sense this stout is like a metaphor for freedom – the sum of all the beauty that surrounds me and my perfect contemporary existence.’- Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Brewer and founder of Evil Twin Brewing”

Random: This was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company in Connecticut.

This brew poured with less than a quarter of an inch of tan head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was black with absolutely no light getting through it and moderate carbonation that was visible at the top of the glass. The nose was really pungent with booze, bitter dark chocolate and licorice. The taste was just as strong with bitter dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasted malts. The booze was really apparently on this one, and at 12%, I don’t see how you could completely hide it anyway. There was some smoke and charred wood. I also got strong dark coffee. The body was really thick, but velvety and smooth with light carbonation. The finish was long with booze warming and lots of bitter chocolate. This was a great beer and a nice sipper. I would definitely have this one again.


The other half and I still have not planned a vacation. Hopefully, by the time you’ve read this, we’ve at least planned a long weekend. But, we definitely need one. We’re thinking of going to Delaware and staying at the Dogfish Inn which just opened a few weeks ago, but they don’t have a pool. I’m not sure if that’s a big deal, but I feel like if we’re on vacation, we should at least be able to sit by the pool. I’ll keep you posted. Onto the brew…

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ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A big, hoppy IPA with plenty of bite! Our assertive, hop-centric Double IPA has a lean malt backdrop and is brewed with four American hop varieties – Summit, Palisade, Cascade and Magnum. Piney, citrus, floral, not-for-the-timid!”

Random: The brewery’s website looks like it’s just been overhauled and there are a bunch of seasonals that I want to get my hands on.

This brew poured with a huge, four finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark amber color with high carbonation visible. The nose was seriously hoppy with grapefruit and pine sap. I didn’t get any malt off the nose. The taste was definitely more balanced. I got grapefruit pith and pine sap, which was then quickly balanced with caramel malt. There was also some yeast presence as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. There was a touch of alcohol at the end of the sip, which transitioned into the thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish also had some pine sap. This was a really solid brew that I would definitely have again. If you see it, you should definitely try it.