Bell’s Batch 9000

After Jose Pistolas, Katie and I headed to this place that I had never been to so that we could try a sample (or rather, me) of Bell’s Batch 9000. It was called The Boilermaker and the menu looked really good, although we didn’t try any of the food. It was a really dark bar, almost too dark, but the tap list was absolutely amazing. So, onto another beer that I can’t get in New Jersey.

ABV: 12.5%

Style: American Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The latest in Bell’s series of milestone releases, Batch 9000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.”

Random: I saw the HOG twice while I was in the city.

This brew poured a hugely dark brown color with a two finger thick and tan head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. There was no visible carbonation due to the darkness in the car. The nose was really pungent. There was lots of coffee and dark chocolate and some licorice. The taste was interesting. There was some chocolate, coffee, and licorice is really pronounced. The booze was really hidden. The finish was long with coffee. The body was thick with low carbonation and was really silky. After a few sips, I also got some black cherry and raisin. I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely have this one again. It was crazy complex and lots of different flavors.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus

After we left Misconduct, we were headed to Jose Pistolas for some nachos, which I had heard were the best in the city. Katie and I definitely were impressed by the nachos. I’ve only ever headed to Pistolas for drinks and the guac especially was amazing there. So, I let Katie review this beer for me, so let’s see what she thought.

ABV: 5%

Style: Lambic – Fruit

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The process to make this beer is identical to the one to make Kriek. When young, the Rosé de Gambrinus will still present its full fruity taste. Later on, the lambic taste will become dominant at the expense of the fruit taste.”

Random: Almost everyone in the bar was having this beer.

This brew poured with no head and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a deep red, which was hazy and there was no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with raspberry, which was natural and not artificial. The taste was very tart with some raspberry and a bit of lemon. The body was thin with no carbonation and was almost syrupy. The finish was tart and Katie wouldn’t have it again. I, on the other hand, absolutely loved this beer. It was tart, complex with lots of fruit. This was probably one of the best lambics that I’ve ever had. It was incredibly drinkable and flavorful. Absolutely amazing brew.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

The Alchemist Heady Topper

On Sunday, Katie and I headed back to Misconduct. Although we were probably still a little tired from dancing at the club the night before, we found out Friday that they were getting the only keg of this in Philly on Sunday. So, I dragged her ass out of bed to head over. I’ve heard great things about this brew, so I had to try it.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Heady Topper is our double I.P.A.! Loaded with hops, this one will put hair on your chest.”

Random: Since there was only one seat available at the bar, I let Katie sit at the bar and she took my notes for me.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, dark yellow color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had some grapefruit notes with a bit of grass and malt on the back end. On the taste, I got lots of grapefruit hops and some nice malt on the end. On first sip, I thought this was absolutely amazing. This was insanely hoppy, yet well-balanced. It was a total hop heads dream. I was totally in love with this beer (and as Katie noted, with her too). The body was towards the thicker side with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with grapefruit and malt. This beer was definitely par with Pliny. I can totally see why this beer is so actively sought after. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Mein Grunes

This was the second brew that I had at Brauhaus. And yes, I had to get a liter. I’ve never ordered a liter of beer, mostly because I hate when beer gets too warm. But, I figured this time, I should just for fun. I have to say, the food this time was even better than the last time I went. If you’re ever around South Street, you have to go to this place. So, onto the beer.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: This is a certified organic wheat beer.

Random: This glass was insanely heavy. It made it a bit hard to drink.

This brew poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the gigantic glass. The body was a hazy orange color with no visible carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was orange and wheat and was really pleasant. The taste was filled with banana, citrus, wheat and spice (specifically coriander and clove). The flavors were spot on and absolutely amazing. The body was medium with generous carbonation. The finish was lengthy and citrusy. Honestly, I didn’t expect this brew to be as good as it was. I would definitely have this again as it was probably one of the best hefeweizens I’ve ever had.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Mahr’s Saphir Weiss

After about 25 minutes at the other bar, Brauhaus called and said that they were ready for us. I had told Katie about this place and raved about the food, so she was really excited. She also had a great beer (I found out she likes berliner weisse brews with a shot of raspberry schnapps) that she actually enjoyed. This was the first brew that I had at the Brauhaus.

ABV: 5.6%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to greatbrewers.com, “Extra Hoppy Amber Weiss. Mahr’s master brewer has a new love — an exciting and saucy new variety of Hallertauer hop called Saphir, German for ‘sapphire.’ There’s a metric ton of Saphir hops in this ground-breaking Weiss.”

Random: I think Katie is going to make me bring her here more. She loved this place.

This brew poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, yellow color with lots of carbonation. The nose was hay, lemon, wheat and yeast. Shockingly, I didn’t get any banana. The nose was a little different than the taste. The taste had wheat and a mineral quality, which transitioned into a floral quality. It also had a decent amount of citrus. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. This was a really interesting, unique beer than I really enjoyed. The finish was quick with some floral notes. It was very refreshing and complex. I would definitely have this brew again. It paired really well with food as well.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Philadelphia Brewing Company Kenzinger

After we went to Reading Terminal Market, Katie and I headed down to South Street to go to one of my favorite restaurants in the city, Brauhaus Schmitz. Once we got there, it ended up being a 45 minute wait, so we walked down South Street to find another bar to grab a drink. This place was a hole in the wall, but had a decent selection of craft beers…not like Monmouth County. So, I went with another local beer.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This crisp, light-bodied, golden beer is the very definition of refreshment. The combination of premium German pilsner malts and American Noble hops aims to please your taste buds and satisfy your thirst.”

Random: I love how Philly has such an emphasis on local brews. It’s really nice to see.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow with low carbonation. There wasn’t a lot on the nose, a little grass, not much else. The taste was much better than the nose. I got some grain, hay, grass and a hint of a mineral quality at the end. The body was light with medium carbonation. There really wasn’t much to this beer, but that’s standard for the style and that’s what I liked. There was no real booze presence. I didn’t expect much from this beer, but I loved it. It was thirst quenching and pleasant. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Evil Genius Witty Will

After leaving The Institute, Katie and I headed to one of my favorite spots in the city, Reading Terminal Market. After walking around and drooling at all of the food, I expected to hit up the beer garden in the center. It was always dark, but they had decent beer on tap. I was shocked to see that it was completely redone with a great selection of brews. I let Katie pick this one out for me.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Good Old Bill Shakespeare was most certainly a genius, but we think he’s pretty evil too. We’ve all been stuck studying his plays for 400 years! Our Wit is infused with mandarin oranges to give it a hint of sweetness that balances this beer nicely. A fantastic thirst quencher.”

Random: I pretty much have to hit up Reading Terminal Market every time that I go to Philly.

This one poured with a thick one finger white head that dissipated slowly, but left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with almost no carbonation visible through the body. The nose had a little bit of skunk but had to stick my nose into the glass to get anything (I honestly think there was a huge problem with the keg of this or they gave me the wrong beer, because it didn’t resemble a witbier at all, especially in the color and flavors). The taste had nothing to it. It was almost like a macro. There was a little grain to it and nothing else. I definitely didn’t get any witbier characteristics or mandarin oranges. This was really bland with a quick finish. This was just really boring. I would have this again because I don’t think this beer was exactly right.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0