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I desperately need a new phone. My current personal phone (I have a separate one for work) won’t hold a charge for more than an hour. I just hate that phones only last a year or two without starting to have issues. Maybe a beer will make me feel less frustrated.

ABV: 4.8%

Style: American Blonde Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A crisp, refreshing golden Kolsch ale. We call this Kolsch, our Golden Easy Ale because it says what it means and it means what is says. Inspired by a borough with a fierce work ethic, this Kolsch is the perfect brew for those who embrace the grind. Wheat and pilsner malts are balanced by German hops, giving this easy-drinker, a slight lemongrass bitterness. This is our beer for those who make stuff happen.”

Random: This beer comes in at 24 IBUs and is a year-round offering from the brewery.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, pure white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. It was slightly cloudy and light yellow in color. The nose had some crackery malt with a touch of lemon. Some yeast came through as well. The taste was pretty bland. It had the same crackery malt with a touch of grass and a very mild floral note. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick and unremarkable finish. Val brought this home for me in a mixed-pack from Trader Joe’s, so I have no clue how much it was. Either way, this beer was boring and there are many other beers of the style I would grab first, but it was refreshing.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Bronx Das Bronx

Tonight’s selection is a beer from Bronx Brewery. It’s been awhile since I had a beer from them and Val picked this one out for me.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A refreshingly sour and cloudy ale brewed with cucumber & basil giving this traditional beer a cool & peppery finish. Our head brewer, Damian, spent a few years living in Germany because his dad was piloting F-15’s for the Air Force (call sign: Hash Brown). So it was only fitting that we brew one of Germany’s traditional styles with a Bronx take. This Berliner Weisse beer is brewed with Pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts and balanced with Caliente hops to add a refreshing fruity backdrop. Cucumbers and basil are then added in the late stages of the brewing process to give it a cool, minty and peppery finish. We hope you enjoy our Bronx spin on what the Germans like to call the champagne of the north.”

Random: This uses Caliente hops.

The beer poured with a half a finger of pure white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and straw-yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose started with lemon juice and some lemon zest. I didn’t pick up a lot of cucumber or basil on the nose. The taste had more of a presence of cucumber, but manifested like pickle brine since the lemon juice note was so prevalent. The basil kicked in at the end of the sip. The body was light with generous carbonation. It had a quick finish with lemon juice. A can of this was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. The price wasn’t bad, I just wish it had some more basil.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bronx Pale Ale

If you’re from the tri-state area, you’ve heard of this brewery, but not for the normal reasons. I hear about this brewery almost daily on my ride to work. That happens to be because there is a radio ad about Chase loans that I’m assuming the brewery used that gets played constantly. It’s insanely annoying. After hearing this ad at least fifty times, I decided that I should try their beer and see if the loan was worth it. Let’s see how it went.

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ABV: 6.3%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our flagship beer. This deep amber, American pale ale is brewed with five different barley malts, generous additions of Cascade and Centennial hops, and a unique strain of yeast. The British, German and American malts used provide a blend of caramel, biscuit, and nutty malt flavors. The kettle and whole leaf dry hops provide a gentle, pleasant bitterness with an intense floral and citrus aroma.”

Random: And my Lewis Black special is over. Hopefully I should get a new Netflix before the end of the week.

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that was very thick and dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was filled with grassy notes and fresh grapefruit. It also had a touch of caramel malt at the end. The taste was a lot of grapefruit, and then a little bit of bready malt. The dominant flavor was definitely grapefruit, more like a true IPA. It was very crisp and was medium thickness with high carbonation. It had a long finish with grapefruit. All-in-all, it was very flavorful and very enjoyable. I would have it again, even having to listen to that radio ad all the time.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0