Shebeen Baby Seal Dance Party

Tonight’s beer hails from Connecticut. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “For the brewers at Shebeen, and many other brewers across the country, giving back takes the form of contract brewing. Currently, Shebeen Brewing Company produces beers for Fat Orange Cat, Shakesbeer, and Boondoggle. As defined by The Brewers Association, contract brewing is essentially one business (contracting brewer) who hires another brewery (host brewery) to produce its beer. The contracting brewer owns the beer and the recipe, but the host brewery and its brewmaster will lend their expertise throughout the brewing process. For Shebeen that means they provide their assistance in a variety of ways to the contract brewer: Shebeen brews all the beer from brewing to fermentation to cellaring to filtration/carbonation and canning/kegging, keeps the equipment up and functional and advises the contract brewer through the process of up-sizing their recipe to a big batch. Often this involves bouncing ideas on dry hop techniques, knock out temperatures, whirlpool hop additions, yeast selection, etc. Sometimes the contract brewer will drop off a recipe and let the host brewer run the show. Sometimes, they are very involved in the process. I’ve heard contract brewing be described as a symbiotic relationship between the contracting brewer and the host brewery, but really, a more accurate definition is mutualism. Mutualism is when two species benefit from a symbiotic interaction. (Thanks science!).”

Random: I definitely bought this for the label.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a murky yellow color with no visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of tropical fruit. Specifically, I picked up mango and pineapple along with some tangerine. The taste also had a lot of tropical fruit. Mango and pineapple were first along with tangelo and tangerine. Lime came through as well. The body was heavy with low carbonation, making this a bit difficult to drink. The finish was lengthy as well with lime zest. A pounder can was $3.25, which came to $.20 per ounce. This beer was alright, but nothing amazing. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Shebeen Hadouken

As a child, I loved playing Street Fighter II. I always played as Ryu.

ABV: 6%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The idea to open a brewery started all the way back in 1988 while Rich our Master Brewer was home brewing and attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs. 20+ plus years later after getting an MBA on opening and running a brewery and a mid-life crisis, the brewery was born in 2013 with lots of help from friends and family. Over the past 4 years the brewery has built a reputation as a ‘go-to’ contract brewery for popular breweries like Fat Orange Cat, Greater Good, Pies and Pints, Pioneer, Shakesbeer and Boondoggle. We know how to take a brewer’s idea and specifications and turn into great beer. Shebeen is on the cutting edge of experimenting and creating all sorts of fun concoctions from a Cucumber Wasabi to New England IPA’s. We’ve also brewed some amazing traditional style beers like a Polish Pilsner for 2 professional soccer teams. We have some amazing and loyal patrons including our ‘brat pack’ of volunteers, staff and employees that make the brewery run on a daily basis. We package and sell beer to go in our 13 tap Bar along with Crazy Cock Cider and select wines and spirits. Hungry? No problem. We also sell assorted cheeses, nuts, jerky, sandwiches, pretzels while you enjoy a flight or one of your favorite pints. Also ask about our Mug Club annual membership and how to rent the brewery for your next event. We are pet friendly and fully handicap accessible.”

Random: One of my favorite places is Barcade in Philly.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and was cloudy with a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with mango, pineapple and grapefruit. The taste was much of the same and a total citrus bomb. It started with grapefruit and orange and then quickly went into mango. Tangerine and alcohol came through next. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was instant with a lot of citrus. A can of this was $2.50, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was okay and would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Shebeen Alpaca Blanca

Tonight’s beer is one I only bought because I thought the label was adorable.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to, “The Alpaca (Vicugna pacos) is a species of South American camelid, similar to, and often confused with the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas. The two animals are closely related, and can successfully cross-breed. Alpacas and llamas are also closely related to the Vicuña, which is believed to be the alpaca’s wild ancestor, and to the Guanaco. There are two breeds of Alpaca: the Suri alpaca (es) and the Huacaya alpaca. Alpacas are kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Ecuador, and Northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the year. Alpacas are considerably smaller than llamas, and unlike llamas, they were not bred to be working animal, but are bred specifically for their fiber. Alpaca fiber is used for making knitted and woven items, similar to wool. These items include blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves, a wide variety of textiles and ponchos in South America, and sweaters, socks, coats and bedding in other parts of the world. The fiber comes in more than 52 natural colors as classified in Peru, 12 as classified in Australia and 16 as classified in the United States. Alpacas communicate through body language. The most common is spitting when they are in distress, fearful, or mean to show dominance. Male alpacas are more aggressive than females, and tend to establish dominance of their herd group. In some cases, alpha males will immobilize the head and neck of a weaker or challenging male in order to show their strength and dominance.”

Random: There’s a llama farm by our house and Val keeps asking me to get one.

The beer poured with a four finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a very hazy, bright yellow color. I couldn’t see much carbonation due to the haziness. The nose was filled with citrus. I picked up a lot of grapefruit along with citrus juice. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of grapefruit juice along with grapefruit zest and booze. The body was on the medium side with high carbonation. A pounder can was $2.50, which broke down to $.16 per ounce. This was a simplistic IPA and I wouldn’t rush back to have it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0