By Brian Freedman
I am a sriracha classicist, as obsessive about the green-topped squeeze bottle as anyone. So it was with mild trepidation that I received a sample pack of the chili-sauce collaboration between Ravenswood Winery and JoJo’s Sriracha.
The aroma is filled with it, suggesting espresso and coffee grounds, and so is the taste. Plenty of coffee roast merges nicely with the nutty caramel malts of the brown ale underneath.
Nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon are all in the mix, though not so much they wash away the sweet notes of molasses and syrup.
Black cherries, raisins and Earthy brown sugar are spiked with touches of black pepper, musky yeast and warming alcohol to create a beer that will pair well with almost anything on your holiday table.
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.