The Alementary Sportsball

Val is not a sports fan. I’ve referenced before that Val refers to all sports (except hockey) as “sportsball.” Hockey, she refers to as “sportspuck.” I’ve tried over the years to get her more into sports, but it just hasn’t worked. She is really good about letting me watch sports, though. When I saw this beer, I knew that I had to try it. Sometimes, I’m really just a sucker for marketing.

ABV: 6.2%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: The brewery is located in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Random: I used to do hospital transports to Hackensack when I was an EMT. I haven’t been back to the area in well over 10 years.

The beer poured with a one and a half finger white head. It dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a dark yellow/light orange in color. Despite the haziness, I could still see a great deal of carbonation. The nose had a bit of hops to it, that mostly manifested as grass with a bit of grapefruit. The taste was much of the same. I could pick up a decent amount of lightly sweet malt that was quickly overtaken by the grapefruit and the grass. The body was light and no alcohol was noticeable. It had a lot of carbonation, which made the beer really refreshing. The finish was quick with citrus. I enjoyed this beer. It would be perfect for watching a day baseball game. I will definitely be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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The Alementary Show Your Work

In the past year, I’ve really started getting into pilsners. If a brewery can do a good job with a pils, typically they can knock the other styles out of the park. Let’s see how this relatively local pilsner was.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: German Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This month, we’ve partnered with Bergen County Protect & Rescue, a no-kill animal welfare facility in Cliffside Park. It’s no secret that we’re pet friendly. Our own brewery dog/manager Marjie is a rescue from BC – Protect & Rescue. We can’t imagine our taproom without her and wanted to give back where we could. That’s why for the month of July, a portion of all lager sales, package or draft will be donated to BC – Protect and Rescue to help them continue their mission. So next time you enjoy a Hackensack Lager in our taproom, you’re also helping out our furred friends! Marjie thanks you!”

Random: This beer is canned and on tap at the brewery.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but still left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a lot of mineral water along with river stones and milled grain. The taste was much of the same. It had a lot of mineral water and river stones. It was very crisp and went down easily, especially since the body was light with lots of carbonation. The finish was quick with mineral water. A can of this was $1.92, which came to $.16 per ounce. I thought this beer was quite good and could easily become a regular in my fridge.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0