On Friday night, I went out to Brick House Tavern and Tap. It’s a chain restaurant that’s billed as a mancave. It has a bunch of flat screen televisions, decent food and a pretty good beer list (and the girls are dressed in daisy dukes and low-cut shirts). Not a bad place to go. If you’re in or around Piscataway, I’d recommend it. I got to try two beers (other review will be in next post), Spaten Optimator and Sly Fox Chester County Bitter. Once I ordered this, the waitress sat down with us and asked what it was. She said I was the second one today to order it, and so I spent a few minutes explaining that I try to order a new beer wherever I go. In turn, she was telling us how they keep going through Abita Purple Haze like crazy. They finally got it on tap that morning and expected it to kick by the next day (my girlfriend was happy as Purple Haze on tap is one of her favorites).
Trivia: Spaten means “spade” in German. The logo of Spaten is a malt shovel.
Random: I always find the history of the bottles so interesting. I didn’t even notice the shovel until I really started looking at the pictures today. There’s so much history, especially in German beers.
Billed as the classic German dark beer, I received the beer in a green bottle, which always seems to remind me of beers that my Dad drank in the 80s. But, anyways, the beer poured a beautiful brown, almost mahogany color. The head was a good two fingers, off-white in color. The beer had some caramel notes on the scent as well as malt. Other people have said some hints of metal came through, but I didn’t get any of that. On first taste, I got a lot of malt and hints of toffee. My girlfriend, who tried it as well, got the flavor of molasses. The mouthfeel was nice and not overly thick with moderate carbonation. I also got a bit of bitterness on the aftertaste. All in all, it was pleasant to drink, but I couldn’t drink more than two, due to the higher ABV. If you’ve never had it, definitely try it. But, not an everyday beer for me.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0