Troegs Blackberry Tizzy

Now that I made my trip to Troegs, I’m seeing their limited edition corked and caged bottles all over now. Despite that, I have never seen this one on the shelves.

ABV: 7.8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One day, we muddled some fresh blackberries with brown sugar, lemon juice and bourbon. ‘Mmm,’ we thought. ‘This should be a beer.’ Blackberry Tizzy is that spirited daydream come true. Sour fermentation tempers the juicy blackberries with a touch of tartness, and a spell in bourbon barrels delivers ripples of oak and toasted coconut.”

Random: This beer is also only available in corked and caged bottles and draft.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with tinges of purple. There was no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with fruit. I picked up notes of blackberries, blueberries and apricot. I picked up some bourbon as well. The taste had a lot of fresh fruit as well. The dominant flavor was blackberry. I picked up the same blueberry and apricot as well. There was a slight brown sugar sweetness. It had a nice yeast characteristic as well. There was a slight alcohol heat as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of blackberries. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I picked up more than one bottle.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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Troegs Freaky Peach

One of the things I’ve started to get into is the show “Rick and Morty.” I heard a lot of positive reviews about it on a few of the podcasts that I listen to and I haven’t been able to stop watching it. It’s sarcastic and ridiculous, which is right in my wheelhouse. I’m on season 2 right now and am liking it more and more every episode. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 9.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Oh wow. They say the nose knows, but Freaky Peach pulls a fast one. Its aroma promises charred caramel and grilled stone fruit, but the flavor delivers waves of bright peaches, spun sugar and whiskey sour. It’s young. It’s tart. It’s super-freaky.”

Random: This is another beer that is only available on draft and in corked and caged bottles.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated rather quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark orange color that was almost brown with limited visible carbonation. The nose was filled with aged peaches and some brown sugar and oak. There was some alcohol as well. The taste also had a lot of booze to it with a decent amount of peaches. The oak came through a bit more with some vanilla as well. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with peaches. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Paradox Skully Barrel No. 57: Pina Cielo

Tonight’s selection is a barrel aged sour. I really tend to like those, so I was excited to open it.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Every beer that Paradox Beer Company produces is barrel-aged and bottle-conditioned. In 2012, Jeff, Brian and David, equipped with over 30 years of combined professional brewing experience, founded Paradox Beer Company. Paradox Beer Company produces original and rare beers which honor the uncertainty of nature bound with rigorous quality testing, providing one-of-a-kind flavors that could only be produced by Paradox.”

Random: There’s another brewery called Paradox based in the Adirondacks. I haven’t tried anything from them yet.

The brew poured with a half a finger of white, wispy head. It dissipated quickly with no lacing left on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange/light yellow color. There was no carbonation visible due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with pineapple, apricot, peach and white vinegar. There was also a touch of oak and light vanilla as well. The taste was moderately sour. It had a nice vinegar presence that quickly followed up with pineapple, apricot and a touch of mango. I didn’t pick up on any of the cinnamon. There was a pleasant amount of wine barrel with oak. The alcohol was well-hidden. The finish was lengthy and sour with moderate carbonation. I wonder if their year or so of age this beer has mellowed out the barrel. Either way, this was an enjoyable beer and I’m glad I got to try it. I just wish I picked up some of the warm spice that was supposed to be there.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Strange Roots Red Briar

This was the second beer that I had at Strange Roots. It was very crowded, but Val and I found a table and played Uno for a bit. We’re both super competitive, so it’s an extra fun game for us to play. Let’s see how this beer was.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A distinctly tart and complex American wild ale reminiscent of a West Flanders style ale. Fermented with red raspberry juice and local yeast aged in French Oak red wine casks.”

Random: The taproom was a bit dark. It made it a little hard to see.

The beer poured with a half a finger of cream-colored head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, bright red color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of red wine barrel notes, which wasn’t surprising, given it is aged in red wine barrels. It had a significant raspberry note with some aged white vinegar and a touch of vanilla. The taste was equally complex and pleasant. I picked up a lot of the tartness with the aged white vinegar and it quickly transitioned into warm oak and raspberry to complement the tartness. The alcohol was well-hidden and it had a lighter than expected body. It was pleasantly carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tartness and oak. I would definitely have this one again. It was worth searching out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Strange Roots Party In The Dark

The next brewery that we visited was Strange Roots. Since we were in Pittsburgh during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, it was definitely a little crazier than normal. Anyways, let’s see how the beer was.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Strange Roots exists at the intersection of farmhouse brewing tradition and creative, locally-driven experimentation. We’re passionate about celebrating our environment through the use of local ingredients, varying fermentation methods and micro flora, and strive to create unique artisan ales inspired by our surroundings here in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.”

Random: They had really good ice cream sandwiches at the brewery.

The beer poured with a half a finger of thick, light brown head. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass, along with a small crown on top of the body. The body was dark brown, almost black and had no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was super complex. I picked up some dark fruit like currants and figs and then cocoa and hazelnuts. The taste was equally complex. It started with currants, figs and red grapes. There was also some red wine barrel. There was some oak and vanilla along with some cocoa and hazelnuts. The body was on the medium side with some alcohol burn. There was moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with oak and red wine grapes. I loved this beer and its complexity. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Dark City Jersey Triad (Sour IPA)

I’ve been trying to sample more beers from New Jersey, especially from breweries that I can’t easily get. This was hanging out on the shelf at my local beer store, so I gave it a shot.

ABV: 7.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to app.com, “New Jersey craft beer lovers, watch out: the Jersey Triad has formed. Icarus Brewing Company in Lakewood, Dark City Brewing Company of Asbury Park and Point Pleasant Beach’s Last Wave Brewing Co. have joined forces for Jersey Triad, a tag team beer collaboration. Starting from the same New England Double India Pale Ale base recipe, Jersey Triad is an opportunity for each of these three local stars to showcase their own personality and inventiveness. Icarus’ Brux Trois-fermented version comes to its Swathmore Avenue tasting room on tap and in cans 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Dark City will unveil its kettle soured version on Thursday, Feb. 14, followed by Last Wave’s Brut-fermented iteration on Saturday, Feb. 16.All three versions will be on tap at Jack’s Goal Line Stand, 149 Brighton Ave. in Long Branch, on Thursday, Feb. 21. Jersey Triad is a reference to a 1999 World Championship Wrestling tag team of the same name which featured Diamond Dallas Page of Point Pleasant, Asbury Park legend Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon, who hailed from Queens, New York. It’s the latest in a line of classic wrestling-inspired beers from Icarus. The brewery has previously released beers inspired by Bigelow, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Sgt. Slaughter.”

Random: I didn’t get to try the Brux version. It would have been interesting to try them side by side.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a small crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There wasn’t much carbonation visible due to the haziness. The nose was filled with sour fruits and a touch of grass. The taste was also generous with the sour notes. I picked up some mango and guava. Some grassy hops came through next. The body was on the medium side with moderate carbonation. It had a quick, sour finish. I liked this beer, I just wanted it to have more complexity.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Edmund’s Oast Sour Concord Grape

Val and I went to South Carolina a few years back and made a stop in Charleston. Our best meal in Charleston was at Edmund’s Oast, which was written up by Bon Appetit. Apparently they’re canning beers now.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Located in the Pacific Box & Crate development at 1505 King Street, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. is less than a mile from Edmund’s Oast restaurant and Edmund’s Oast Exchange. The 20,000 square foot brewery produces a variety of beers packaged in cans, bottles, and kegs for wide-reaching wholesale. The brewery sports over a dozen EOBC beers on tap and regularly cans a number of offerings. Brewing Director Cameron Read produces an array of beers for both immediate consumption and barrel-aging. The facility includes an area dedicated to extended non-sour or wild barrel-aging, and a sealed area for sour and wild fermentation. EOBC beers are available at the Edmund’s Oast restaurant, as well as other restaurants and bars in Charleston and beyond. Edmund’s Oast veteran chefs Geoff Marquardt and Johnny Singleton oversee the kitchen, which features a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse. The food is casual and approachable—with selections including pizza, sandwiches, and entrees. The Taproom’s interior sports a 65-foot bar featuring 26 taps of house-brewed beers, wines, and cocktails. There is patio seating overlooking the courtyard and neighboring businesses. The venue is available to rent for special events. The taproom management team, led by Devin Marquardt and Jen Eppich, offers a variety of programming for guests to enjoy including weekly trivia, live music, sports, family friendly events, charitable fundraisers, pop-ups and more.”

Random: I cannot express how excited I was to see this at Joe Canal’s.

This beer poured with a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a ruby-red color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some red-wine grapes and yeast and a touch of vinegar. The taste started with red grapes and went into yeast and then had a touch of orange. This was mildly sour and didn’t overwhelm. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with sour grapes. I thought this was a good beer and would pair well with light Summer fare. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0