Archive for the ‘Two Brothers Brewing Company’ Category

On Saturday, the other half and I went to my parents’ house to check on the pool and hang out there. We stayed until Sunday afternoon and I managed to get one nasty sunburn. My shoulders are all red and showering is incredibly painful. Every time I move in my chair, it hurts like crazy. Next time, I’m covering myself in as much sunscreen as I can find.

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ABV: 5.1%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Buddy, pal, mate, brother (or sister) from another mother, compadre…Sidekick. All of these are ways to describe someone or something that is always at your side. Sidekick extra pale ale is one of those things. This golden colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hop aroma yet balanced with malty and hop character. A true companion.”

Random: I did manage to relax for almost an entire day, which as my other half can tell you, rarely ever happens.

This beer poured with a one finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, straw yellow color with only moderate carbonation. The nose was filled with citrus and lemon juice. Grass came through as well. The taste was very floral, almost like potpourri. It also had an off-putting, soapy taste. Citrus was present as well and manifested as lemon juice and pulp. It was on the thicker side of the style with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and incredibly floral, just like the taste. This was $2.39 for the can, which broke down to $.20 per ounce. That’s not a bad price, but I just wasn’t into this beer. There are so many better examples of the style out there.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a biere de garde. I was in the mood for something different, so I decided to crack this one open while watching television after work. After the last beer I reviewed, I definitely needed something a bit more satisfying and little less explode-y. Let’s see how this was.

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ABV: 5.9%

Style: Biere de Garde

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the brothers time living in France, this food-friendly ale is deep amber in color, with a toasty and sweet caramel start. It finishes with just enough hops to clean off the palate. Bon Appetit!”

Random: I really don’t like the Yankees radio announcers. They’re possibly more annoying than the ones for the Mets, and that’s saying a lot.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick ecru colored head that dissipated slowly. It left light lacing on the glass. The body had high carbonation visible in the slightly cloudy, mahogany colored body. The nose was really nutty with sweet caramel and yeast. The taste had a brandy-like sweetness to it. It was also nutty with toffee and caramel. Yeast came through after a few sips as well. Despite being relatively sweet, the body was only medium thickness and the high carbonation tickled the taste buds. It had a long and sweet finish with caramel and nuts. This beer was $2.29 per bottle, which broke down to $.19 per ounce. The beer was interesting and although it wasn’t the best of the style that I’ve had, it was definitely satisfying.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

This was another beer that we picked up from Half Time in New York. This is the fifth beer that I’ve had from the brewery in the last year. Since it’s not distributed in Jersey, I’ve picked all five up in New York. Let’s see how this beer was.

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ABV: 5.8%

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scratch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark
in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor.”

Random: It is really cold and blustery out. My time of weather!

This brew poured with a thick, one finger head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy dark brown color with light carbonation visible. The nose had toasted bread along with some brown sugar. I didn’t get much else. The taste had a lot of hoppiness to it. The hoppiness quickly went into bready and caramel malt. It had a bit of smokiness to it as well. The body was thick with high carbonation. It had a long finish with lots of smoke and bitter hops. There was no wheat to this beer, nor did it have any citrus, which was offputting. It was $2.49 a can, which wasn’t very expensive, but given that I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have this beer again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The other half grabbed this beer because she loved the bottle when we were at the Whole Foods in Gowanus. The bottle is now sitting on our bookshelf. Onto the brew…

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ABV: 6.1%

Style: American Black Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Two Brothers Brewing Company was founded by Jim and Jason Ebel in late 1996. The business was envisioned by the brothers based on their entry into entrepreneurship with The Brewer’s Coop, a retail store catering to home beer and wine making. In 1992 The Brewer’s Coop opened its doors in Naperville, IL selling retail ingredients and equipment for the homebrewing community. The more they were surrounded by brewing, the more passionate they became about opening their own microbrewery. In early 1996 they decided to take the plunge and started writing a business plan. Several months later their dream became reality. Two Brothers Brewing Company is still 100% family owned.”

Random: We’re now onto the New York City episode of “Best Bars.” I have other places to put on my list to go to next time we’re in the city.

This brew poured with a two finger, thin, white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left a hint of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The body was much lighter than I expected for the style. The nose was smoky with tea and a touch of roasted malt. The taste had a lot of tea, light citrus hops and smoke. There was also some pine as well. The body was much lighter than I expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick with tea and smoke. Although this isn’t like the typical black IPA that I’ve had, it was really interesting and brought some unique flavors to the table. It’s definitely worth a try, especially if you like tea.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yesterday, as I mentioned in a previous post, I had to be in work really, really early. So, as I left the house at 3 AM, I told my other half, “happy anniversary” and started to walk out. She came out of a deep sleep and wished me a happy birthday. I thought it was the funniest thing, probably also had something to do with the fact I was only running on five hours of sleep. Anyways, here’s a beer that I think I picked up in Brooklyn awhile back.

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ABV: 4.9%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “With nice malty sweetness and a soft aroma of clove, vanilla, and banana, this German style hefe weizen is unfiltered for a glowing orange haze.”

Random: I’ve only had a few hefeweizens this summer. I usually have more than a few.

This brew poured with a two finger, thin white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was strong with banana, clove and bubble gum. The taste was really nice. Not only did it have the same banana and bubble gum that was apparent in the nose, but it also had a lot of vanilla, which is something that I’ve never had in the style. Wheat was there as well as some clove. It had a medium thick body with high carbonation. The finish was long with vanilla and banana. I really enjoyed the vanilla in this beer, and because of that, I would definitely have it again if I could get it in New Jersey. If you want a fresh take on the style, give this one a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The other half and I grabbed some dinner in the city. We decided to try a new place that had what we thought was a good menu. It wasn’t. Dinner was expensive and awful. We ordered a duck pizza, which I knew would be incredibly rich, but falsely assumed would have something to cut all of that richness. I haven’t ever been to a place that I’ve had to ask for balsamic vinegar and lemons to add acid to a dish. This was one of the only brews at the restaurant that I hadn’t reviewed. It’s yet another brewery that doesn’t distribute to New Jersey. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 7%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dry, but with a creamy touch of Thai Palm Sugar and the spicy tang of Rye, all balanced by loads of the wackiest new Hops we could lay our hands on. Yep, it’s an Original. And that’s no Sin.”

Random: I definitely haven’t had enough rye beers, especially given how much I enjoy them.

This beer poured with a two finger, tan, exceptionally thick head. It dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark chestnut color with moderate carbonation visible. The nose was seriously hoppy. There was some rye but really grassy hop notes. On the sip, I got a lot of rye but it was still really, really hoppy. There was some grass as well. It had a thick body with very high carbonation, almost too much. The finish was quick with spicy rye. This beer was pretty good. I really liked how rye forward this brew was and how hoppy at the same time. I would have this brew again, hopefully with some food that was better than the overpriced meal that this paired with.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

When we went to NYC a couple of weeks ago, we stopped at a few places to hang out and ended up going to some really good places to eat. I’m normally a Philly girl and I hate NYC, but with a tour guide who actually knows where they’re going, it’s not so bad. I still think Philly has a much better beer scene, but I can get some things in NYC that I can’t get in Philly. This was a beer I had in NYC because I was craving some hops.
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ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This artisan beer is in celebration of the end of the hop harvest. Tons of fresh, wet hops from Washington State power through this stepped up version of our seasonal ipa.”

Random: My Eagles had a good first half. Let’s hope they can keep this up.

This beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It was slow to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose presented with tropical fruit, specifically passion fruit with pineapple and some grapefruit hops and lots of citrus zest as well. The nose was really fresh and nice. The taste luckily mirrored the nose with a bit of tropical fruit sweetness couple with lots of grapefruit hops and a pronounced lack of malt which really appealed to the hop head in me. The booze was well hidden and didn’t add a whole lot of heat to it. The body was thick with heavy carbonation prickling the tongue. The finish was long and hoppy. For a beer that I hadn’t heard a lot about, this was a really enjoyable DIPA, especially for the hop lover. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0