Archive for the ‘Barrier Brewing Company’ Category

Since we had a concert in New York City, we decided to stay to stay overnight at a hotel since it’s such a long drive. My sister and I were texting since I was right by her old law school. It ended up that she also happened to be in the City and was staying at another hotel on the other side of town. Val and I went to brunch with her friends first and then ended up at Blind Tiger in the West Village, which is one of my favorite beer spots in the city. This was the beer that I had there.

barriersuite

ABV: 7.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: The taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Random: My sister ended up meeting us at the Tiger too.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of orange flesh with some Mandarin orange juice. There was some grapefruit rind in there as well. The taste was also a mix of citrus flesh and pith. I picked up tangerines, oranges and grapefruits too. It was more on the sweet side with not as much bitterness as I would have thought. The body was on the thin side with high carbonation. It had quick finish with citrus rind. I really liked the brightness of the beer. I wish it was more bitter, but I had no problem throwing it back.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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The second beer I had at Whole Foods was this Scotch Ale from another New York brewery that I’ve heard of, but never had anything from. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Scotch Ale, so I thought I’d give it a try.

cairn

ABV: 7.2%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: The brewery is located in Oceanside, NY and open from Wednesday through Sunday. Their new website is “coming soon,” so I couldn’t find any other information.

Random: When I was a kid, I always wanted a Cairn Terrier. I thought they were adorable.

The brew poured with a smaller than average head at barely a half a finger. It was light-tan in color and dissipated rapidly, leaving very little lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color, but relatively clear with moderate carbonation. The nose started with sweet, nutty malt and quickly went into peat. There was wood smoke as well and some alcohol at the end. The taste was really smooth. It had the same nuttiness to it, hazelnuts primarily, but they quickly gave way to the peat. Wood smoke was there and if I didn’t know better, would have thought that it had some barrel aging from all the oak I picked out. It had a slight maple character as well. The body was thick, without being cloying, and had light carbonation. The finish hung around forever with the same peat and wood smoke. I really enjoyed this beer. It’s definitely one of the better American interpretations that I’ve had of the style.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0