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Happy Saturday! Today’s selection is one of the variants on Carton Regular Coffee. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Café Y’ Churro is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with vanilla and cinnamon. Much like Regular Coffee looks to evoke an amusing version of the acidic bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar that starts a day in a paper cup at home; Café Y’ Churro addresses post siesta cup of bitter coffee and scalded milk lazily stirred with a churro to restart momentum on vacation. Drink Café Y’ Churro and mull the next activity.”

Random: I am not the biggest fan of churros.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a small crown. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with high carbonation visible. The nose had a white sugar note with light coffee and a lot of cinnamon and caramel. It was definitely inviting. The taste started with coffee and moved onto lactose and cinnamon. It had a lot of brown and white sugar with hard caramel candy. The body was medium thickness with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with cinnamon, caramel and coffee. I don’t remember how much I paid for this beer, but whatever it was, it was definitely worth it. If you can grab a can of this, do so immediately.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0


I’m loving that my new-ish job has me closer to one of the best beer stores in the state. They also get pretty regular distribution of Carton, which means that I don’t have to drive out to the brewery for everything. Although this beer has been released a bunch of times, this is my first shot at it.


ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Not much to analyze about IDIPA. Sometimes you just crave a dank IPA to sip on, so that’s what we made. Multiple hops, multiple malts and multiple yeasts combined in a way to placate the dank side of our desires. Drink IDIPA because it’s the dankness you need.”

Random: I want to try the double and triple IPA version of this beer too.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy and pure white in color. It took a long time to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw yellow. It had a lot of active carbonation visible. The nose was filled with pine and pine resin that was incredibly strong. It had an earthiness to it as well. The taste was a hop bomb with pine resin, but had a slight sweetness at the end of it. It had some grapefruit to it as well, but pine was dominant. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy and dank finish. A pounder of this was $3.75, which came to $.23 per ounce. This is another outstanding beer from Carton that I will be revisiting.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is a super hyped beer that I picked up directly from the brewery.


ABV: 12%

Style: Cream Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Caffé Corretto is a continuation of the Regular Coffee game. Our golden imperial coffee cream ale has been finished with fennel, licorice, and anise. Much like how Regular Coffee looks to evoke Jersey’s version of an acidic, bitter coffee curbed by milk and sugar, Caffé Corretto takes a lesson from our Italian friends by running a touch of anise’s bitter-to-sweet path alongside coffee’s. Drink Caffé Corretto and Roma if you want to.”

Random: This comes in at 20 IBUs.

This beer poured with a finger and a half of ecru colored head. It was really fluffy and took awhile to dissipate. The body was a dusky orange, almost brown with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with anise and black licorice along with some sweet cream and light coffee. Anise dominated the nose for sure. The taste had some light and sweet coffee which was quickly overwhelmed with licorice and anise. It had a significant sweet cream component as well. The alcohol was completely hidden. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was quick with licorice. I bought a case of the irregular coffee when it came out, but I have no recollection of how much I paid for it. I thought this beer was exceptional even though I’m not the biggest fan of licorice. If you have a chance to try this, do so.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Tonight’s beer is one that I have been aging for over a year in a waxed growler. Hopefully it stood up to the aging.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When our friends and neighbors at Brinley shipped us ten of the barrels used to make their Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum from their distillery on St. Kitts, we were given the opportunity to create a beer that would take advantage of wood rather than the other way around. We looked to coax complexity out of the marriage of a barrel’s soul and a brew’s potential, not just to bomb a huge beer with huge flavor. The rum that lives in these barrels for four years integrates its spice to the wood so well that it ends up reminiscent of a Bananas Foster. A sturdy brown honey porter seemed the best host to receive the ghosts from Shipwreck’s old home. We started with a base of deep malts looking for notes of coffee and chocolate, then enhanced them with the floral bouquet of local wildflower honey and the preservative strength of 10% ABV while keeping the body sensible. This was put in the casks to meld with the vanilla, wood, and spice notes, toned down by the oxidative effect of a year in the cellar. Drink Shipwreck Porter because a barrel should be so much more than a depth charge.”

Random: I’m not a big fan of rum.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, light brown head. It dissipated slowly, but left limited lacing on the glass. It did leave a significant crown. The body was a dark brown, but some light was still getting through it. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and rum, along with caramel that complemented the dark malt and smoke. The taste was soft for the ABV. The rum came through as the primary flavor, but it wasn’t abrasive. It had a certain sweetness that complemented the wood. The roasted malts and ash. It didn’t have a huge amount of bitterness. Vanilla came through at the end. The mouthfeel on this was silky and smooth. I’m not sure if a year on this helped or if it was this smooth initially, but it definitely worked for the beer. The carbonation was moderate, which was perfect for the beer. Since Val got the waxed growler for me last year, I have no idea what she paid for it, but this was a solid beer. It’s probably the best example I’ve seen of a rum barrel beer. I highly recommend this beer. It was perfection in a glass.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Carton. I love truffles, so I was excited to give the beer a shot.


ABV: 10.6%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to, “Gilded Lily was an alchemist of great talent and a student of Diablo. Lily was initially seen to be a woman in a golden mask, golden gloves, and a fur coat that covered her slender body to her feet. She had lived for an inordinate length of time, her makeup (on her mask) and hair were very much in the style of the 1920s particularly Louise Brooks. Visited by her ‘nephew; Walter Langkowski (Lily was unlikely to be an actual aunt due to her age), Gilded Lily intended to turn Walter to gold. She had done this with a great many men in the past; somehow their conversion to gold allowed her to add their life energy to her own, in effect achieving immortality. As she was about to do the same to Aurora, Sasquatch intervened. Lily attempted to escape, but when Sasquatch grabbed her, Lily’s fur coat came undone revealing that Lily’s body had been replaced with a very basic metal frame with arms, and in place of legs she had wheels, much like a Segway HT. Lily’s mask was removed in the ensuing struggle. Her mask was seemingly what was keeping her alive, on its removal, Aurora was shocked to see Lily’s withered face. Soon after the mask’s removal, Lily’s robotic frame, along with what was left of her original body crumbled to dust.”

Random: I started watching “Fuller House” and I’m not a big fan.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow. There was visible detritus, but I couldn’t see much carbonation. The nose had peach and golden raisins and banana. There was booze and yeast too. I didn’t find any truffles in the nose. The taste started with a strong banana presence and quickly went into yeast. The truffle came through and gave it an interesting savory note. It had some golden fruit as well (peach, golden raisin and orange jam), but had a honey-like sweetness. The booze warmed at the back of the throat. The body was thick without being cloying and had just enough carbonation. The flavor hung around forever with lots of honey and a hint of truffle. A can of this set me back $2.50, which broke down to $.21 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer and would have it again. It was an interesting take on a tripel.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

This is a Carton beer that I picked up at the brewery. I’ve never had any beers from their Swisher series, so I was interested in giving this one a shot.


ABV: 6.2%

Style: Rauchbier

Trivia: According to, “Smoked malt is one of the more dubious tools in a brewer’s bag because thresholds are vastly different. What to one palate is a hint of bacon or a whiff of BBQ to another is ashtray or Band-Aids. How can Carton ignore playing this game? Where can smoldering aromatics go off the beaten craft? In Grape Swisher we have reassembled the deconstructed aspects of a flavored blunt. Rich, dark malts rendered smoky by the addition of oak smoked pale wheat touched with concord grapes and a heavy plug of the hops that smell like their cousins. Drink Grape Swisher and hand me down a 50-pack.”

Random: I’ve never been a big fan of grape-flavored things.

The beer poured with a huge, three finger, tan head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass The body was a dark brown, that was almost black, with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had a lot of smoke with grape flavoring. It had some light oak as well. The taste was way more towards the grape side, but it was bordering on a grape bubble-gum flavor. There was smoke as well, but the grape flavoring was dominant. It had tobacco as well. The body was on the heavier side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tobacco and grape bubble gum. This beer was definitely interesting, although not something I would want to have daily. I think it’s worth a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Today’s selection is from local brewery, Carton. I love their stuff and I was very excited to try this beer.


ABV: 4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the New Jersey Craft Beer website, “What would you do if you made the only pale ale on Beer Advocate’s Top 50 under 4.5%, named it Boat, and another brewer in your class, a DJ, put out a lager with the same description and named it Yacht? Fans of Carton Brewing suggested calling a lawyer. Owner Augie Carton said, ‘I’ll treat it like the greats do when someone bites a rhyme,’ and wrote his track over the perpetrator’s beat. Sit Down Son is Carton Brewing’s reply to Stillwater Artisanal Ales’ Yacht. The New Jersey craft brewer teamed up with the folks at Smuttynose for the brew, a dry-hopped session lager, which at 4% and 22 IBU is ever-so slightly the junior to Boat (4.2%, 35 IBU). But that’s where any similarity or echo to Boat starts to fade. Sit Down Son, with a classic lager malt bill, Bavarian lager yeast and hops (Polaris Hersbrucker, dry-hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Mandarina Bavaria), makes a different kind of a wave. And a shot over the bow. (Wink, wink.) Earlier this year, itinerant brewer Brian Strumke and his Stillwater Artisanal christened Yacht, a 4.2% hoppy lager in pint cans, produced at Two Roads Brewing in Connecticut. It’s not a Boat, but it does have a similar jib, even if it is on a different tack. ;7 Yacht is part of Stillwater’s Contemporary series, a sextet of brews that mark a five-year milestone for the brand. The beers sample the stylings of American craft brewers with rewrites some to traditions to stay fashionable, offer complexity, and sweep the notion that Strumke’s just a man for all saisons. It’s with Yacht that the still waters get just a little choppy, make for a beef. (And our mixed metaphors ignore shame.) Carton’s beer will be produced at Smuttynose, packaged in 16-ounce cans. It’s due out early October, togged in sleek lines strikingly similar to the linear illusion of Yacht’s, but with a lowered boom, if you get the drift 😉 “You can be ridiculous and call lawyers, or you can do what we all came here to do and treat it as a call to step up creatively. Nas and Jigga were never better than the early aughts’, Augie says.”

Random: I’ve been watching “Vanderpump Rules” in the hotel and it’s beyond mindless, but I can’t turn it off.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear and straw-yellow in color. It had soda-like carbonation visible. The nose was delicate with lemon flesh and grass. There was light, toasted grain as well. The taste was stronger than the nose. It had the same light malt and a stronger grass note. I also picked up a garlic and green onion note. It didn’t dissuade from drinking the beer and for me, it worked in the flavor profile. The body was light generally-speaking, but heavier than I typically get from the style with lots of carbonation. It had a long finish with the grassy/green onion note. A pounder can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was great and I could throw down a bunch of these by the barbecue. Even if you’re not a fan of the style, this is worth trying.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0