Le Freak gives off aromas of both citrusy hops and Belgian yeast, attesting to its mixed heritage. The flavor does, too, with grainy, grassy malt sweetness and Earthy yeast being offset by aggressive American hop bitterness.
Pouring a cherry red with a fluffy pink head, Rubaeus has a surprisingly creamy body and mouthfeel. Fruit aromas and flavors are bold and assertive, with big sweetness, raspberry tartness, and juicy, chewy fruit throughout.
The aroma is slightly tart, while the taste is a combination of sweet fruit and more tartness. Hints of grain are in the mix, too. The finish is crisp and dry.
This brew is a robust 8 percent ABV, but you’d never know; there is no alcohol burn and it’s soft on your palate. The Wasabi adds an herbal, almost vegetal quality, and adds only the faintest hint of heat to the back of each sip.
Octopus, borne upon a pedestal of congee, arrives cocooned in char from the grill after a leisurely poaching in a bath of olive, lemon, sambal and more.
I headed on over to The Bottle Shop and enlisted the help of Gena Montebello, its deeply knowledgeable, supremely helpful owner. The five brews we settled on represent an excellent, delicious range of late-summer-appropriate canned beers
When Jim Koch, founder of the Boston Beer Co.—producer of the Samuel Adams brand—dropped in on Philly Beer Week last Wednesday, it wasn’t as much a visit as it was a homecoming. See, the roots of Samuel Adams’ success are almost as interwoven with Southeastern Pennsylvania as they are with Boston.
Never tried craft beer? Here are some great ones recently spotted around town. Sometimes they’re on tap—sometimes they’re not. The hunt is part of the fun.