For Valentine’s Day, the other half and I got tickets to see “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” with John Cameron Mitchell in it. We decided to grab a bite to eat before the show at Heartland Brewery. They have a new restaurant next to the brewery that is basic burgers and snacks. Every time we’ve been to Heartland, I find that it’s always a solid choice and the food is always decent. I ordered this beer along with our snacks.

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ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This American porter is ebony with a subtle garnet hue. Rich chocolate malt is highlighted by notes of fresh clover honey and blackstrap molasses. Its strength imparts a dryness that complements the long, nutty finish. A very satisfying beer.”

Random: The snow is melting now and our apartment complex is now filled with giant puddles. This made it even more fun when taking the garbage out.

This beer poured with half a finger of tan head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had roasted malts with light smoke and milk chocolate too. The taste was pleasant with dark malts, milk chocolate and significant smoke, more than the nose hinted at. There was also slight sweetness from the honey. It had a thinner than expected body with high carbonation. It had a long finish with chocolate and smoke. This was a pretty good that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


One of the shows that I really like is “Gotham.” I used to read comic books and this show brings in so many different aspects of Batman and it’s really interesting how they’ve made the series start from when Bruce Wayne’s parents are killed. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. They take a few liberties with the characters and certain storylines, but it’s one of my favorite shows on television right now. Let’s get to the cider that Val picked out last time we were at Half Time.

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ABV: 6.8%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Pumpkin is fermented with fresh local Sugar pumpkins.”

Random: The Jeopardy clues on this episode are shockingly easy.

This cider poured with no head at all on top of a clear, straw yellow body. There was a lot of carbonation visible in the body. The nose was filled with fresh apples and some honey sweetness, but I didn’t pick up any pumpkin. The taste had more pumpkin notes. It started with red delicious apples and quickly went into pumpkin flavors with light fall spice, specifically nutmeg and cinnamon. It still had a light and crisp body with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with apples and pumpkins and nutmeg. I didn’t pick up any booze. This was a really solid cider that was easy drinking and flavorful. For $10.99 a bomber, this broke down to $.50 an ounce, which was on the more expensive side, but I really enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


I saw this bottle on the shelf in East Windsor. Until I saw this, I didn’t know that Shipyard even had a bourbon barrel aged series, which is mostly why I picked it up. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 9.2%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our award-winning, limited release Bourbon Barrel Aged ales are carefully cellar-aged in small batches in decanted bourbon barrels at our brewery in Portland, Maine. Aged over 100 days. Unlimited shelf life. Recommended serving temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit in brandy-style stemware. Rotating beers in this series include: XXXX IPA, Imperial Stout, Double Scottish, Smashed Pumpkin, Prelude, and Barley Wine.”

Random: I want to go back to Portland and spend a few days there. It was such a cute place to walk around.

This beer poured with a half a finger of slightly off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with booze, tobacco, and lots of bourbon and vanilla. The taste was filled with bourbon barrel, oak and vanilla. Booze was present as well, although not as apparent as in the nose. After the beer warmed, dark fruit came out as well, which gave it a bit of depth. The body was on the thin side, with light carbonation. It had a long and oaky finish. For $12.99 a bomber, this broke down to $.59 per ounce, which was a bit expensive for what it was, although I did enjoy it. I would consider getting another bottle if I see it around. This is definitely one of the best beers I have had from Shipyard.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Avery Pump[KY]n

Posted: February 22, 2015 in Avery Brewing Company, Pumpkin Ale, Reviews

I found this beer last time I was at Half Time after Christmas. I was surprised that it was still on the shelves given that it wasn’t their most recent release. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 17.22%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Incorporated in September 1993, Avery Brewing Company is the culmination of several years of homebrewing experimentation by Adam Avery, President & /Brewmaster, to perfect the recipes for Redpoint Amber Ale, Ellie’s Brown Ale, and Out of Bounds Stout. Production and sale of these three flagship beers began utilizing a 7 barrel brewhouse and 7 barrel Gundy tanks as fermenters and bright tanks. Out of Bounds Stout won a gold medal in 1994 in the category of dry stouts at the largest beer tasting event in North America, the Great American Beer Festival, held annually in Denver.”

Random: I’ve now moved on to house shows. I would never want to move to Iowa.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with lots of carbonation visible, despite the body being so dark. The nose was intense with booze, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon, along with roasted malts and a touch of chocolate. Despite the intense booze scent, I was excited to try the beer. The taste was quite impressive. It started with pumpkin and the expected pumpkin spices: nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Then, I picked up molasses and bourbon with vanilla and light oak. It also had a brandy-like note to it. Roasted malts were present with a touch of coffee as well. The booze was definitely present, but given the ABV, I full expected that. The body was thick and chewy with lots of carbonation on the tongue. The finish was long with gourd and spice and oak and don’t forget the heat from the booze. For $17.99 a bottle, this broke down to $1.50 per ounce, which was insanely expensive. Despite that, I really enjoyed this beer and would look out for it again next year.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


This is a beer that I have been looking at almost every time I go to a beer store in Philly. I really enjoy Cascade beers, but the price point is a little much for my tastes. I finally pulled the trigger on this one last time I went to the Craft Beer Outlet. Let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 8.2%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This NW style sour wheat ale was barrel aged for up to 12 months with cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon. Soft aromas of cranberries and light floral notes start this beer off. Tart, dry notes of sweet cranberries with hints of wild strawberries on the palate give way to a pronounced dryness and a lingering finish of cranberries and spice.”

Random: One of my favorite things at Thanksgiving is the cranberries.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head into my Firestone Walker Teku glass. The body was a cloudy, dark pink color with lots of active carbonation. The nose was filled with sour cranberries. There was significant yeast and Brett characteristic to it, but the cranberry note did stand out. The taste was very nice with significant tartness that was supplemented by cranberry notes. There was also wheat in the taste. Light spice and toasted oak were present as well and added a certain depth to the flavor. The alcohol was very well hidden. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a long and sour, cranberry finish. For $34.95 for the bomber, this broke down to $1.59 an ounce, which was insanely expensive. Despite this, I really enjoyed the beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


In other news, I think we got about 4-5 inches of snow here. I am beyond sick of the snow. It’s pretty and all, but we’ve just had so much of it this year. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much…I could live in Boston after all. I was hoping that this beer would remind me of summer.

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ABV: 4.9%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Rotating series of Lambics, using natural fruit and NO back-sweetening. Planned offerings: Kriek Lambic (Sour Cherries), Peach Lambic, Key Lime Lambic, Framboise Lambic (Raspberries), Pomegranate Lambic, Barbera Grape Lambic”

Random: It’s not a good idea to watch a cooking show when you’re hungry and your other half is asleep.

This beer poured with a half a finger of white head on top of a slightly cloudy, greenish-yellow body. There was no lacing left on the glass and the head dissipated quickly. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was filled with key limes and sour notes. So far, I was really into this beer. The taste was very tart and had lots of key limes, with none of the sweetness you’d fine in key lime pie. There wasn’t anything else to the flavor. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a long tart finish with limes. I liked this beer, but I really enjoy tart things and I love limes. The other half couldn’t stand it. For $15.49 for a bottle, this is definitely expensive and although I thought the flavor was good and I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t buy it again due to the price.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0


The other half is still asleep, so I can bang out a few more updates. The cat has been really snuggly lately. I think it has something to do with the fact that the apartment is really drafty, so it’s pretty cold in here, despite having the heat on. I am not going to miss this apartment. The worst part about it would be the stove, which is awful and electric and takes about 45 minutes to boil water. Anyways, this was another beer that I picked up at Half Time awhile back. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: This was brewed at Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Connecticut.

Random: Evil Twin beers are always a good choice, albeit usually on the pricier side.

This beer poured with a one finger, light brown head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was black with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with roasted malts, coffee and licorice. Smoke was present as well. The taste started with a lot of smoke, then dark fruit. I picked up some figs and dates. Coffee came through with dark chocolate and there was a significant alcohol presence to it. Cocoa powder was present as well. Ash popped up after a few sips. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with ash, coffee and dark chocolate. For $3.99 for the twelve ounce bottle, this broke down to $.33 per ounce, which was bit expensive, but this was definitely a solid stout that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0