Perennial Southside Blonde

Val and I took a trip to Philly awhile back and ended up at City Tap House in University City. That was the first City Tap House that I went to and they’ve since expanded to Logan Square in Philly and DC as well (I’ve now been to all of the locations). They have a great beer selection and their food is usually pretty good. If you find yourself in the area, it’s definitely worth a try.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Southside Blonde is a sessionable Belgian-Style Blonde Ale that is light-bodied and dry with a hint of fruitiness from the yeast. Southside is a friendly pairing with a variety of foods and an approachable choice for all types of beer drinkers”

Random: Val got me a keyboard cover for my new laptop so it doesn’t get filled with cat hair.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and bright yellow. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with some spicy Belgian yeast and light honey sweetness. It also had a little bit of white grape. The taste started with a slight funk and quickly transitioned into white grape and Belgian yeast. It also had a grass characteristic as well. The body was very light and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with white grape and grass. The beer wasn’t super complex, but was very drinkable and paired really well with food.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Perennial Von Pampelmuse

Tonight’s beer is one that Val picked out because she liked the label. She’s not a big fan of sour beers, but I have to agree that the label is super cute. I’ve had a few beers from Perennial and I’ve had some great beers and some less than great. Let’s see where this one stacks up.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To create Von Pampelmuse, we souped up our Berliner Weisse base with generous doses of Mandarin orange and Rio Red grapefruit during fermentation. The result is a juicy summer crusher bursting with citrus.”

Random: It’s pretty rare to see Berliner Weisses in a bomber.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left little lacing on the glass. The body was bright yellow in color and slightly hazy. It had a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had some tartness, white vinegar and wheat. It also had significant grapefruit juice. The taste started with a lot of citrus juice. Specifically, I picked up grapefruit and lemon juice, along with grapefruit pith. It had some white vinegar tartness. There was some wheat as well. The body was light, but coupled with lots of carbonation along with it. The finish was quick and tart. I picked up a bomber of this for $13.99 ($.64 per ounce). Even though this beer was more expensive than most other beers of this style, I thought it was a decent example of the style. I wish it had more complexity, but it was no problem to throw back.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Perennial Meriwether

One of the nicknames I hated as a child was “Meriwether.” Being named Meredith, you get a certain amount of nicknames that are sufficiently irritating (the worst one being, “Merri Christmas…ha ha ha.”). Of course, they would think they were the first one to tell me that one. I typically go by either “Mer” or “Maria” at work (it’s easier for people to remember). Hopefully this beer is better than my childhood nickname trauma.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: This beer was a collaboration between The Commons brewery.

Random: I’ll go into my time in Columbus soon, but suffice it to say, I’ve spent so much time at the airport that TSA knows me by name. They’re very nice here.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, lemon yellow color. The nose was also had lemon pith with grassy hops and a lot of yeast. The taste was really bright and grassy. It had a green herbal note, like cilantro or basil. It had lemon flesh and an orange segment sweetness. Yeast was present with light spice and breadiness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with orange segments and fruit juice sweetness. A bomber of this was $14.99, which came to $.68 per ounce. This was an easy drinker and had a lot of flavor with. This would make a great table beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Perennial Abraxas

So, we’re progressing steadily in the home process. In the past week, we’ve gotten the home inspection done, termite inspection done and the appraisal. The next step for us is packing, which is going to be a lot of fun. Anyways, let’s get to this beer.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An Imperial Stout brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks. Pouring deep brown with a thick head, this beer has a complex body with a delicious lingering roastiness. Abraxas is brewed with unique ingredients intended to challenge and excite the palate. It may be enjoyed right away or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged. Perennial Artisan Ales is a small batch craft brewery dedicated to producing unique, premium beers. Our beers are brewed with the experimental, seasoned craft beer drinker in mind.”

Random: This episode of SNL (the Kevin Hart episode) is not funny at all. Parts of it are borderline creepy.

This beer poured with a two finger, medium brown head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing. The body was almost black with high visible carbonation, despite the dark color. The nose had dark chocolate and chili spice. Light cinnamon was present as well. The taste was ridiculously good. It started with dark chocolate and quickly transitioned into cinnamon and then, some light burn from the ancho chilis. The body was thick and oily with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with slight chili heat and cinnamon. There was no alcohol burn from this, despite the ABV. This beer was absolutely fantastic and one of the best of the style that I’ve had. For $27.99 a bomber, which broke down to $1.27 an ounce, is very expensive. But this beer was worth every penny. If you see it on the shelves and you’re a stout fan, you absolutely need to get this.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

Perennial Stefon

So, the other half and I made an offer on a house last Sunday. After offers and counter offers, we finally can say that our offer has been accepted. The next step is signing the contract. We’re most likely going to close in February, but we’re both seriously excited. We must have looked at 50 houses minimum. So, once we move into the house, the next thing that we’ll have to plan is our wedding, which is going to be lots of fun. But, we both love the house that we picked. It’s got a lot of space, a decent sized yard with a patio as well as a bar in the basement that my kegerator will look great in. It’s also got plenty of space to brew. Anyways, let’s see how this beer was.


ABV: 7.1%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: All the website told me on this one was that it was another collaboration beer.

Random: Once we move, we’re planning to get another meow so the cat has a meow-friend.

This poured with a one finger, off white head that was thick and dissipated slowly. The body was a clear, dark brown with heavy carbonation visible. On the nose, I got notes of Belgian yeast, roasted malts and rye spiciness. The taste was filled with roasted malts and light coffee with Belgian yeast and lemon pith. There was rye spice present as well. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with rye spice and roasted malts. This was a different interpretation of a black saison that I really enjoyed and would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Perennial Tart Hopfentea

This was the beer that the other half ordered. I was really excited to try it, especially since it utilizes a special blend of tea in the beer. One thing that we always have in our house is iced tea. We go through it like crazy. So, to find a beer that uses tea is always cool. The other half wasn’t a huge fan of it, but mostly because she tends not to like tart beers. Let’s see how I liked it.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Berliner weisse brewed with a custom tropical tea blend. Brewed in Collaboration with The Hopleaf.”

Random: We’ve spent the morning watching house shows. I think “Property Brothers” is my favorite.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was an orange color with a tinge of pink and light carbonation. The nose had some funk and bright lemon with tea. The taste was tart with tea following right up with some floral notes with hibiscus and tropical fruits. The tea notes were very apparent, which was really nice and unique. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation, which was one of my worries when first looking at the beer. But, it definitely had enough carbonation for me. The finish was long and floral with tart notes. This was a really unique beer that I wouldn’t have every day, but I’m glad I tried it and would definitely have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Perennial Hommel Bier

Last week, the other half and I went to our favorite place for brunch, Memphis Taproom. Before you ask, yes, we got the smoked coconut club. And yes, it was absolutely amazing. They had just had a Perennial tap takeover there, so I got to try a few beers from them. This was the first one, which is one of their flagship beers. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A dry hopped Belgian Pale Ale which defies tradition by combining Chinook and Columbus hops, American malts and a Belgian yeast strain. The result is a beer with earthy and spicy tones from the yeast and a slight orange note contributed by the hops.”

Random: I love the glasses at Memphis Taproom. They had the same ones at Bluejacket in DC.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, golden-yellow color with mild carbonation visible. The nose was filled with bright, golden fruit with touch of hops and bready Belgian yeast as well. The taste was just divine. It had grassy hops coupled with Belgian yeast. Then, golden fruit came through with light citrus and lemon pith that transitioned back into clean and grassy hops for the finish. It had a medium thick body with generous carbonation. The finish was quite long and hoppy. This was a really enjoyable beer that I could see drinking a lot if it were readily available. It’s definitely worth a try if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Perennial Saison De Lis

Tonight is “So You Think You Can Dance” night in my house. It’s absolutely dorky, but it’s something that I really look forward to every week. I didn’t get home until late tonight, which meant that we had to start it later than usual. Anyways, this was another brew that I picked up from New York. I’ve had a few beers from them and I’ve liked one and wasn’t a huge fan of the other. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 5%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A straw colored Belgian-style Saison brewed with chamomile flowers. It is fermented with a traditional saison yeast strain that imparts fruity and spicy notes that dovetail perfectly with the tea-like quality of the chamomile. Finishes dry, tart, and refreshing.”

Random: I’m ready for the weekend already. I wish I didn’t have 3 more days of work to get to it.

This brew poured with a huge white head, that was about three fingers high. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a warm and bright, cloudy orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was really pungent and yeasty, which was expected for the style. There was a lot of floral scents present as well with some light chamomile. The taste was also very delicate. I got some chamomile, yeast and then light clove and some coriander. There were some green apples and grapes as well. The body was on the moderate side with high carbonation. It had a long finish with lots of yeast and chamomile. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely have it again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Perennial Savant Beersel

Today has literally been the day from hell. Every single thing that could go wrong basically did and I had a million conference calls on top of it, which always sucks. As usual, I’m stuck here late, but on the bright side, that means more beer updates. This one is from Perennial, which I’ve mentioned that I can’t get in New Jersey. I’ve had two beers from them and so far, I’m 50/50 on them. Hopefully this one changes my mind.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to, “Beersel is a municipality located in the Belgian province of Flemish Brabant. The municipality comprises the towns of Alsemberg, Beersel proper, Dworp, Huizingen and Lot. On January 1, 2006 Beersel had a total population of 23,433. The total area is 30.01 km² which gives a population density of 781 inhabitants per km². It is close to Brussels; Beersel is approximately 12 km southwest of the center of the city. Beersel is perhaps most famous for the ‘Kasteel van Beersel’ or Beersel Castle, built between 1300 and 1310 by Jan II, the Duke of Brabant, as a defense for Brussels. Guillaume Dufay (1397–1474), the most famous European composer of the 15th century, was most likely born in Beersel.”

Random: Everyone laughs at me when they see me go to work. I sit under an AC vent so I’m always freezing at work!

This brew poured with a full finger of white head that dissipated very slowly. It left very little lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy dark orange color that had little carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of brett and some raspberry presence as well. The taste was brett up front with tart cherries and raspberries and this very odd taste that I couldn’t place. At first, I could get past it, but after a few sips it just grossed me out. It was almost phenolic. There was some booze warming as well. I finished about half a glass before this one went down the drain. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It had a long brett finish with the off taste that I mentioned before. I don’t know if I got an off bottle (I hope I did), but this beer just didn’t do it for me. I wouldn’t have this one again anytime soon.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Perennial Fantastic Voyage

After having my first beer from this brewery (which was outstanding), I was really interested to see how this one was. From my (limited) understanding of the brewery, they are pretty low production and are on the more difficult side to find. I got this one from Virginia, so you’re not going to find it in New Jersey. It looked interesting enough, so let’s see how it stacked up.

ABV: 8.8%

Style: Milk/Sweet Stout

Trivia: According to, “Fantastic Voyage is a 1966 science fiction film written by Harry Kleiner, based on a story by Otto Klement and Jerome Bixby. The original story took place in the 19th Century and was meant to be a Jules Verne inspired adventure tale with a sense of wonder. Kleiner abandoned all but the concept of miniaturization and added a Cold War element. It was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch, Edmond O’Brien, and Donald Pleasence.”

Random: It’s so cold in my office that I have to wear a fleece all year…not that I’m complaining, especially when it’s 90 degrees out.

This brew poured with a finger of tan head. It dissipated very slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had notes of lactose, roasted malts and milk chocolate. What I didn’t get on the nose that was advertised on the bottle was coconut, which was disappointing. The taste started with roasted malts, lots of lactose and then this weird, awkward sweetness. It wasn’t the sweetness that I was used to getting from sweet stouts, it was like if you dumped a couple of packets of Equal into the beer. On the taste, guess what wasn’t there? Coconut. The body was thick with moderate carbonation. It had a long, sweet finish similar to the taste. I know this beer gets rated very highly, but it was rough for me to finish a glass of this. Maybe if you’re a sweet stout aficionado this would do it for you, but I won’t be having it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0