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I love getting beer as a gift, especially when I will probably never get up to the brewery. This is one that I probably won’t ever get on my own. Let’s see how it was.

i87

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley. Been busy ever since.”

Random: I’ve never really explored upstate New York. I hear it’s really pretty.

The beer poured with a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly and left limited lacing on the glass. The body was a clear amber color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of metallic notes along with a lot of sweet caramel. Based on the nose alone, I would not have guessed that this was an IPA. The taste also had a lot of tin, but an insane amount of caramel and toffee notes. Whatever hops may have been there have disappeared. I would have guessed this was a lager if I didn’t know better. As I drank it, a significant butter flavor came through, which was definitely diacetyl. The body was on the medium side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy metallic finish with butter. This beer was a gift, so I have no idea how much it cost. Either way, this beer was terrible. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

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For Christmas last year, I got an Eagles memory foam neck pillow. Val decided that it was hers because it was squishy and it’s been a permanent addition to the couch.

ryelysummer

ABV: 4.8%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We bought our current building at 184 Glen Street in 1996. It was a great decision, but came with the kind of hard work you only find in old buildings. It was an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as we removed all the trash, junk, wiring, pipes and over 700 cubic yards of interior building materials from the 130-year-old building. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists and more worked tirelessly for over 2 years to realize the vision we had for the space. Today it sits proudly in the center of a thriving downtown, something we always knew would happen. We look forward to continuing to create history here in the Exchange Street Plaza.”

Random: Our couch in the house is so much more comfortable than the one we had in the apartment. Plus, it’s about triple the size.

The beer poured with a thick and fluffy, one finger, pure white head. It took a moderate amount of time to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with sweet malt and honey. I didn’t get any rye. The taste started with the same sweet malt and honey, but went into a metallic note and old, dusty hops. Again, I picked up almost none of the rye. The body was watery with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with metal. I’m not sure how much this beer was since I received it as a gift, but it was another beer from the brewery that was disappointing. It may have been an old bottle or just out of balance, but either way, I wouldn’t have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Davidson Brothers. As you can tell, I got a lot of them as a gift. Let’s crack this one open.

welshbraggot

ABV: 7.3%

Style: Braggot

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We bought our current building at 184 Glen Street in 1996. It was a great decision, but came with the kind of hard work you only find in old buildings. It was an all-hands-on-deck endeavor as we removed all the trash, junk, wiring, pipes and over 700 cubic yards of interior building materials from the 130-year-old building. Carpenters, plumbers, electricians, refrigeration specialists and more worked tirelessly for over 2 years to realize the vision we had for the space. Today it sits proudly in the center of a thriving downtown, something we always knew would happen. We look forward to continuing to create history here in the Exchange Street Plaza.”

Random: Both the cat and I can’t stop sneezing.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany with light carbonation visible and a lot of floating material. The nose had sharp alcohol, pine, and dirt. The taste was slightly smoother with pine, some currants, dirt and a lot of alcohol that finished with brown bread crust. It was quite earthy. The body was thinner than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and earthy with dirt. The beer was free, since this was a gift, but I just didn’t enjoy this beer at all. Although I give the brewery a lot of credit for making a style that isn’t all that popular, this was a miss.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Val is working late, so I’m stuck watching Jeopardy by myself. I’m obviously winning. Let’s get to the beer.

davidsonirishstout

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “How a couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub. It was in the fall of 1993, during a visit to Baltimore, that my brothers Paul, John and I wandered into our first brewpub, Bill Oliver’s Wharf Rat. The ales were terrific and with every pint we drank we became more convinced we should start our own brewpub. After returning home to Glens Falls, John and I (recalling how convinced those ales made us) began to look into brewpubs, the microbrewing revolution, and our market. We enjoyed two years of due diligence, researching the Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs markets and visiting many brewpubs and microbreweries. In February of 1996, John and I, with the moral support of a dozen close friends, took the chance of a lifetime and made the winning bid on the building at 184 Glen Street in Glens Falls. We were officially in the brewpub business and Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery opened to the public on October 14, 1996. I’d always thought that after everything it took to get the thing off the ground, I’d be overcome with emotion when that first dollar crossed the bar. But I was too busy. We used that first dollar to buy more barley.”

Random: It’s been a long time since I had a great Irish stout.

The beer poured with a two finger, light brown head. It went away slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was jet black with no visible carbonation. The nose was like sticking my face in an ashtray. It had a lot of wood ash and smoke with some dark malt to counter the ash, but not enough. The taste was bitter with old espresso and the same amount of ash and smoke. It had an aggressive amount of booze warming at the end of the sip. It had a medium thick body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy with ash. I have no idea how much this bomber was since it was a gift, but this beer didn’t do it for me. There was no balance to it.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Here’s another beer from Davidson Brothers out of New York. This one is part of their Signature Series.

scot

ABV: 9.1%

Style: Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy

Trivia: According to the brewery
website
, “Our Scotch Ale is more technically called a Strong Scotch Ale, and it doesn’t fail to live up to its name. There is a profusion of maltiness, with a heavy body and full flavor. This is a very sweet ale, full of malty goodness without any sense of being cloying. The hop profile is very slight, with little bitterness, flavor or aroma. Definitely a big beer, the overall impression is of a very sweet, malty beer with little hop flavor. This is a favorite among wine drinkers, with its sweet profile and high alcohol content.”

Random: I’ve always wanted to go to Scotland.

This beer poured with a half a finger of light brown head that dissipated slowly. It left no lacing on the glass, but instead left a small crown on top of the dark mahogany body. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was sweet with caramel and lots of peat. The booze note in the nose was aggressive and abrasive. The taste was incredibly sweet with caramel, then went into booze and smoke and peat. The beer was completely unbalanced. It had an overly thick body with high carbonation. The finish took forever and was sickly sweet and filled with booze. This beer was a gift, so I have no idea how much the bomber was, but this beer was another miss for me. The flavors didn’t transition well and the booze was too aggressive.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Val and I are watching the Golden Globes tonight (yes, I post that far in advance) and we’re watching the red carpet arrivals. I’m not exactly sure why they have one of the Bush daughters interviewing people because she is making the interviews super awkward. I’ll probably be posting about the Golden Globes for the next few days, so let’s get to the beer.

davidsonipa

ABV: 5.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Ours is a traditional IPA, using traditional aroma-filled hops, instead of the very bitter but less aromatic hops common among Americal IPAs. This is a very bitter beer, with a sizeable hop aroma and dry finish. The overall impression is of a hoppy, medium-bodied beer. Our bestselling ale, it has remained on tap since the day we opened.”

Random: These labels look like they need an update.

The beer had a three finger, off white head that was quite thick. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of metal and then went into mineral water and river stones. There was also some caramel malt. I hada hard time finding the hops in the nose. The taste started with mineral water and went into nutty malt. All of the hops were gone. I’m not sure how old the bottle was, but I am guessing it was on the older side. It didn’t drink like an IPA. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with caramel malt and river stones. I have no idea how much this beer was since I received it as a gift, but I wasn’t a big fan. I’d be curious to try it on draft.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

This beer was the one that I had when I came home from Ohio. My cousin brought a bunch of beers to a family reunion party and the brewery is right by his house in upstate New York.

davidsonred

ABV: 5%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Irish Red has a distinct reddish tinge with a medium body and a sweet maltiness. The hop flavor is potent, using aromatic British hops, although it doesn’t rise to the level of an IPA. Another session beer, this is for those who want a nice flavorful beer with a supple hop zest, without rising to the thundering flavor of the IPA.”

Random: My feet are freezing. Val got me heavier socks for Christmas and I think I need to put them on.

The brew poured with half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, mahogany color with a lot of visible carbonation. The nose had peat and lots of malt that was toasted. It had a subtle rye scent to it. The taste also had the spicy rye note that was apparent in the nose. Peat came through next and the sip finish with sweetness that reminded me of caramel candy. It had a medium body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with spice and peat. Since my cousin gave me this beer as a gift, I have no idea how much it was. This beer had some nice flavor to it and although it didn’t floor me, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0