2SP White Bear

I’ve been trying to pick beers out lately that are styles that I tend to avoid. Almost every time that I have an English Bitter, I tend to enjoy them and they are quite sessionable. Given that this one is brewed by Two Stones, I was even more interested in trying it. The food there was great and the beer selection was better. Anyways, beer time.


ABV: 4%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: This beer is brewed for Memphis Taproom by 2 Stones Pub. I still haven’t been to the 2 Stones in Pennsylvania, but I loved the one that Val and I visited in Delaware. I wish there was one closer.

Random: Val just made me eat a dehydrated garlic slice. It was terrible, and I like garlic. Between the texture and the tongue numbing, I never want to try that again.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on top of a slightly cloudy, orange body. I didn’t see much carbonation on it. The nose had some malt and a slight musty bitter note like mineral water. The taste was light with mineral water, grain and some toasted bread. I kept trying to find other flavors in this one, but couldn’t find much. It had a thick body with light carbonation. The finish was quick with toasted bread. Even though this beer was on the simple side, I enjoyed it. If you see it while you’re out, give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Cricket Hill Colonel Blides Cask Ale

I am insanely tired today. I had to go into work early today to help cover Dispatch and came home to mow the lawn and break in my new trimmer. The lawn looks much better and the trimmer is awesome. It’s the same brand as the mower and the battery lasts 40 minutes. It’s pretty light too and does a great job. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With subtle aromas of biscuit malts and tangerine, this British-style beer will accentuate the flavor of food and hence pair well with just about any cuisine. Drink cool, but not cold, to fully enjoy the flavor spectrum this beer has to offer.”

Random: The humidity was awful when I was mowing. I had to get right in the shower as soon as I was done.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly. It really didn’t leave much lacing on top, but a crown did linger. The body was lightly hazy and orange with moderate carbonation. The nose was bready with lots of grain and earthy hops at the end. The taste had notes of grassy hops and grain. Caramel malt was present as well. It’s slightly bitter, but nothing overwhelming. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a long, malty finish with toffee and caramel. For $1.60 a bottle (with the NJCB discount), this broke down to $.13 per ounce. That price is reasonable for a local brew, but this was just missing something. I just wasn’t feeling this beer.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America There And Back

We’re finally down to the last Beer Camp beer. I didn’t leave this one for last for any reason in particular. It’s another collaboration from a brewery that I’ve never had anything from, but really wish that I had. Their stuff is written up constantly and I wish I could get more. Maybe if I ever travel to the Midwest, I can grab some. In terms of the style, it’s been over two years since I’ve had a beer of the style, so it’s definitely worth a revisit. Let’s crack it open.


ABV: 5.6%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: This beer was brewed in collaboration with New Glarus Brewing Company.

Random: The Eagles better win tomorrow. It would be sad if Jacksonville beat them.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that was quite thin. It took awhile to dissipate, yet left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with very heavy carbonation visible. The nose was light with nuttiness and caramel malt and a touch of light hop. Bread was present as well. The flavor was much more hop forward than expected. I got herbal and earthy hops that transitioned into bready and sweet malt with brown sugar. Nuttiness was present as well. I would go with hazelnuts specifically on this one. Bread was present at the end of the sip as well. The body was thick for the style with heavy carbonation. It had a long finish with brown sugar and malt. This was an alright beer, but nothing impressive. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Goose Island Honker’s Ale

Last night, Katie and I tried a new bar in Red Bank called Brannigan’s. All I knew was that it was an Irish pub, or at least a bar with an Irish name. Once I started driving into Red Bank, I knew this wasn’t going to be great. I guess all of the college kids were home from school, because by 11:30, people were falling in the streets drunk. So, once we got to Brannigan’s, we ordered drinks and afterwards they told me that it was a cash only bar. What bar in this day and age is cash only? Apparently one packed with college kids. Definitely annoying. So, anyways onto the only “craft” beer they had…

ABV: 4.2%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by visits to English country pubs, Honker’s Ale combines a fruity hop aroma with a rich malt middle to create a perfectly balanced beer. Immensely drinkable, Honker’s Ale is not only the beer you can trust but one you’ll look forward to time and again.”

Random: I wondered if Goose Island was in a bar like this because it was taken over by Budweiser. I highly doubt a bar like this would have Goose Island before this…

This poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, amber color with low carbonation. I got very little on the nose. Maybe a bit of grain, but not much else. The taste was just as tame. I got a bit of malt sweetness and rain that had a slight bitterness at the end. After a few sips, I also got a mineral quality. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It finished quickly with no standout flavors. It just didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

Sly Fox Chester County Bitter

This was the other beer that I had at Brick House. It’s just listed on the menu as a “cask beer.” But, after some investigation (read: asking the waitress), I found out it was Sly Fox Chester County Bitter. I had tried Sly Fox before (not this particular type) during Philadelphia beer week and really liked their stuff, so I was excited to try this. I couldn’t get any decent pictures of the brew due to the low lighting in the restaurant.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: English Bitter

Trivia: Sly Fox runs a Bock fest and goat race annually in May.

Random: I don’t think that I’ve ever had an English Bitter, nor seen one. I was pretty excited to try it.

I received my Sly Fox Chester County Bitter served in a pint glass. The lighting was pretty poor, but from what I could see, this was a copper color that poured with two fingers of head. The head stayed throughout drinking it with some lacing on the pint glass. It had an earthy smell to it, and on first taste was definitely bitter, but pleasant. I put the ABV higher than it was (thought it would be about a 7). I got some hops on the taste. Mouthfeel was smooth. A decent brew, but nothing I’d rush back to. I’d like to try some traditional beers of that style before I come back to this.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0