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Tasting Room July 2013

Tasting Room July 2013

July 2013 VENUE: 2312 Garrett 

2312 Garrett is a great neighborhood bar located right in the heart of Drexel Hill. With an impressive selection of eleven rotating draft beers and about twenty well-chosen bottles, it’s easy to see why this bar has quickly become a neighborhood favorite. Not to mention, a quality food menu complements the beer list perfectly. 2312 has done an exceptional job filling a void for an area in need of a better beer bar.

Our Notable Guests

Glen Macnow. Any Philly sports fan knows who Glen Macnow is. He is most well-known as the voice of local sports radio station, WIP. Glen is also an accomplished writer, having won multiple awards for his sports writing, as well as putting out a series of sports-themed childrenís stories. A fan of craft beer, Glen organized a local beer competition, WIP Beer Brawl, back in 2011.

Vince McDaniel is the bar manager at 2312 Garrett. For the last three years, heís been the one behind the beer selections and various beer events. As a beer enthusiast for over twenty years now, he is constantly seeking out new beers and expanding his knowledge.

From the Scene Guests

Cory McDonald, a former Army Officer and current wellness executive, read Brewing Up a Revolution 5 years ago, ran out and bought his homebrewing equipment and lit the flame on his brewing odyssey! He and his team are driving hard on opening 5 OíClock Brew Co., Phillyís first and only gluten-free brewery.

Jonathan Clark may have just joined the Philly Beer Scene team a couple months back, but he has been around in some capacity since its inception. Jonís new role is that of Creative Director and he is the one responsible for producing the overall look and feel of the magazine.

Aspall English Organic Draft Cideraspall

3 out of 5 stars

This cider has an attractive golden color, a fruity aroma of traditional bittersweet cider apple, and floral and spicy overtones. The palate is rich, initially full and slightly sweet, with a good balancing acidity and a pronounced astringency, followed by a long, dry finish. ABV: 6.8%

Glen: 2- Poor-man’s champagne. Goes down well, but a bit of a sour aftertaste.

Vince: 2- Light and effervescent. Too sweet. Little bitter at the end.

Cory: 2.5- Little vinegar, nice carbonation which you sometimes miss in ciders, bit too sweet.

Jon: 2.5- Good cider. Tart & crisp but with a slight bitterness. Too sweet.

Mat: 2.5- A bit sweet but nice green apple sour finish

Full Sail Session Premium Lagersession

2 out of 5 stars

This original session is a classic all-malt pre-Prohibition style lager that reminds us of what American lagers used to taste like. It’s flavorful, refreshing, and has a touch of that import-style taste. ABV: 5.1%

Glen: 1 Very neutral. Not much depth. Tastes better than it smells.
Vince: 2.5 Could drink this mowing my lawn. More of a beer my dad would enjoy.

Cory: 2 No body and little taste. Do they call it a session because there’s no taste?

Jon: 2 Not my favorite. Not much going on at all really.

Mat: 2 Very mild flavor, fitting for the name. 5% ABV is steep for a session but undetectable. Bottle is better than the beer.

Weihenstephaner Pilsnerweihenstephanpils

4 out of 5 stars

Slightly bitter, mild, with a fragrance of hops. A beer with character. ABV: 5.1%

Glen: 4 I could drink this all night. Solid, clean beer.
Vince: 4 Good pilsner. Great flavor and refreshing.

Cory: 4.5 Classic style from a classic brewery. Can smell the crisp air from the Alps.

Jon: 4 Great German pils. Nose is spot-on and flavor profile follows through.

Mat: 4 Classic. Would love to taste this fresh in Germany…can only imagine how fantastic it is.

Le-Brewery Mysterieuse Ladylebrewery

2.5 out of 5 stars

A fresh new taste of Normandy with elderflowers and aromatic hops. A totally natural beer unfiltered, unpasteurized and free from chemicals. ABV: 4.0%

Glen: 3 Lightweight summer beer. Good beer to drink through a double header.

Vince: 2 Grapefruit-y floral nose. Little funkiness. Typical summer beer.

Cory: 2 Decent nose that I’d expect from a wheat. Something off that I can’t place.

Jon: 3 Mild bitterness with citrus notes. Subtle funk and lots of carbonation.

Mat: 2.5 Odd. Almost pilsner-like. Has a slight funk I can’t place. Could see it growing on me after a pint or two.

Natian Undun Blonde Alenatian

3.5 out of 5 stars

Smooth and easy to drink, this ale has a soft, floral aroma with a nice balanced malt finish. ABV: 5.3%

Glen: 3 Good mow the grass beer. Slight pale ale aftertaste.

Vince: 2 A little too bitter to be a blonde ale. Cross between a lager and a pilsner.

Cory: 3.5 Call it a pale ale and I’ll drink it all day. Great summer beer.

Jon: 3 Nice bitterness but could use more body.

Mat: 3.5 Shockingly hoppy blonde that drinks like a pale ale. Very earthy hops.

River Horse Summer Blonderiverhorse

3 out of 5 stars

An “uncomplicated” blonde. Relax and enjoy this all natural, light, golden beauty. ABV: 4.5%

Glen: 3 Nice amount of flavor for a low alcohol beer.

Vince: 3.5 Nice picnic or beach day beer. Very enjoyable.

Cory: 3.5 Good improvement from years prior. Nice straw on the nose. Smooth finish.

Jon: 2 Easy, drinkable, but something is missing. Kinda
straw-y.”

Mat: 3 Interesting earthiness in the middle which I can’t place. Overall, refreshing summer beer.

Edelweiss Weissbier Hefetrübedelweiss

3 out of 5 stars

Unfiltered, golden and very fruity with a slight banana nose. Refreshingly, this fine sparkling wheat beer offers spice-like flavors on the palate.
 ABV: 5.3%

Glen: 2 Bleh…generic beer. Nothing offensive, nothing exceptional. Lineup 100 beers and it will be #50.

Vince: 3.5 Nice, earthy, banana, clove smell. Good wheat beer.

Cory: 3.5 Exactly what a continental hefe should smell like. Body could be a bit more, but still a good beer.

Jon: 3 Banana and bubblegum. Great summer beer.

Mat: 4 Tons of banana with some bubblegum. Very smooth, easy drinking wheat.

König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkelkonigludwig

2 out of 5 stars

Weissbier, made with dark malt from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG. ABV: 5.5%

Glen: 1 Tastes like wheat bread soaked in seltzer.

Vince: 2 Very watery. Plain drinking. Almost like club soda.

Cory: 2 What can brown do for you? Nothing!

Jon: 1.5 Roasted water.

Mat: 2.5 Roasted club soda. Not a whole lot going on here, but does improve as it warms up.

961 Lebanese Pale Alepepenegro

3 out of 5 stars

Brewed with ingredients such as za’atar, sumac, mint, sage, anise, and chamomile. The use of such herbs and spices makes this distinctive craft brew truly Lebanese. ABV: 6.3%

Tony: 3- Clean and crisp with hints of thyme and mint.

Jenn: 3- Flavor explosion—is that basil? I may baste a chicken with this.

Brad: 2- The anise and mint are not for me, but should pair well with some foods.

Tim: 3- A little too light for me.

Mat: 3- Would be great with food but spice is a bit much to drink a pint on its own.

Bellerose Bière Blonde Extramonticello

2.5 out of 5 stars

A top fermented beer made with 3 hops from 3 different continents. A mix between French “bière de Garde” and IPA with distinctive aromas of citrus & litchi with a hoppy but refreshing aftertaste. ABV: 6.5%

Tony: 2- Heavy alcohol taste.

Jenn: 2.5- Crisp, with a slight sweetness.

Brad: 3- Herbal flavors. Crisp sweetness and long, sweet finish.

Tim: 2.5- Not bad.

Mat: 3- Crispness provides nice balance to high sweetness level. Solid beer for the style.

Two Brothers Sidekicksidekick

4.5 out of 5 stars

This golden-colored ale is loaded with juicy citrus and passion fruit hop aroma, yet balanced with malt and hop character. A true companion. ABV: 5.1%

Glen: 4.5 Really nice pale ale with a scent of melon and citrus. I just drank a fruit salad–and I liked it.

Vince: 4.5 Nice citrus nose. Good honeydew flavor. Good pale ale. Another one I could drink a lot of.

Cory: 4.5 Hey, that’s a nice can! That’s what she said?! Phenomenal melon nose and those hops keep rolling.

Jon: 4.5 Great floral/melon hoppiness. Fantastic beer!

Mat: 4.5 This is a great beer. Wow, I could drink this all day. Honey and melon hop flavors with a clean smooth finish…good stuff.

Shiners Wild Hare Pale Aleshiner

2 out of 5 stars

Wild Hare is a classic American Pale Ale–richly hopped, fruity and floral. Munich malt nicely balances the assertive character of the U.S. Golding and Bravo hop varieties that give this brew its signature bitterness and aroma. ABV: 5.5%

Glen: 2 Not enough taste. Very forgettable beer.
Vince: 1.5 Basic pale ale. A little sweet.

Cory: 2.5 Basic pale ale. Drink if all you have are the yellows.

Jon: 2 A little too sweet.

Mat: 2  Too sweet for what I want in a pale ale. Could work as a gateway beer though.

breckinridgeBeckenridge Vanilla Porter

3.5 out of 5 stars

An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure–real vanilla bean. ABV: 4.7%

Glen: 4 Gotta be in the mood–but if you are–good beer to end the night on. It’s a Papelbon beer–a closer!
Vince: 3 Great dessert beer. Nighttime finisher.

Cory: 4 Love this beer. Balanced flavors. Vanilla is there but doesn’t overpower.

Jon: 3 Nice roastiness, heavy vanilla, finishes well.

Mat: 3.5 A little thin, but if you like vanilla, this is a great beer.

St. Feuillien’s SaisonstFuliion

3.5 out of 5 stars

St. Feuillien’s Saison is what the Belgians call a beer of the terroir–a traditional farmhouse ale with all the rich savor of the fertile land of southern Belgium. An unmistakable flavor full of rich nuances and a slight tang. ABV: 6.5%

Glen: 2 Not my cup of tea–or beer.
Vince: 3.5 A little tart on the nose. Nice straw, earthy flavors.

Cory: 4 Nice farm nose you need. Straw, tart, and then a wonderful body. All day please!

Jon: 3.5 Sour on the nose. Finishes with straw and horse blanket.

Mat: 4 Another classic. Love that this now comes in a can, as there was a severe lack of canned saisons and you just can’t go wrong with this one.

Three Heads Blimeythreeheads

3 out of 5 stars

This ESA takes a classic style and gives it an American twist. Enjoy the complex malt profile and layers of sublime English hops. One taste will have you saying “Blimey!” ABV: 6.0%

Glen: 3 Tastes better than it smells. Would work better as a winter beer than summer.
Vince: 3 Sweet nose. Flavor is a little spicy and malty. Drinkable.

Cory: 3 Body didn’t match the nose. Body could be just a tad bigger. Great spicy hops!

Jon: 3 Roasty & hoppy. Nice balanced beer.

Mat: 3.5 Solid, English-style IPA. Mellow, spicy hops with nice malt profile.

Red Hook Audible Ale
redhook

2 out of 5 stars

Redhook teamed up with Dan Patrick to brew the ultimate craft beer for watching sports: plenty of flavor and aroma, and crushable enough to make you want another. ABV: 4.7%

Glen: 1.5 This session ale is bland and inoffensive–like its namesake.
Vince: 1 Tastes like Dan Patrick brewed it.

Cory: 1.5 Man, you could put a name on it, but that’s it. Blah.

Jon: 2 Listen to the Glen Macnow Show.

Mat: 2: Like it says: “crushable.” Not much going on and nothing to hold you back from throwing a few back quickly.

Founders All Day IPAfounders

4.5 out of 5 stars

Naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures. ABV: 4.7%

Glen: 5 We have a winner here. Clean, aromatic, delicious. Terrific!

Vince: 4 Great sessionable IPA and yet another great one from Founders.

Cory: 4.5 Paging Lew Bryson! Great use of hops to take it over! Yeah, drink it all day!

Jon: 4.5 If you haven’t had it yet….go get it!

Mat: 4.5 Probably should be a five. This is my new house beer and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it.

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPAchainbreaker

3 out of 5 stars

Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt, this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. ABV: 5.6%

Glen: 3 Wheat beer with some hops. Easy to drink but not inspiring.

Vince: 3 More wheat than hoppy. Could easily drink a few pints of this.

Cory: 3 Nice apricot flavor without the fruit.

Jon: 3 Flavor builds as you drink. Not as hoppy as expected.

Mat: 3.5 Not as hoppy as you would expect but very drinkable. Another one I see growing on you after a pint or two.

Full Sail IPA
fullsailIPA

3 out of 5 stars

This English-style IPA is a full-flavored, full-bodied brew that has a big, bold malt character and intense aromatics. It’s a well-balanced, golden-colored brew that has a crisp hop finish that doesn’t bite. ABV: 6.0%

Glen: 3.5 Had I had it prior to a few others, I would have probably enjoyed it even more.
Vince: 2 Average IPA. Nothing to it.

Cory: 2.5 Middle of the road. Not much outstanding here. Check the box.

Jon: 2.5 Hoppy & bitter.

Mat: 3.5 Not a hop-head IPA, but fitting for English-style. Could use a bit more aroma.

Long Trail Double Bag
longtrailIPA

3.5 out of 5 stars

This malty, full-bodied double alt is also known as “Stickebier”–German slang for “secret brew.” The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to have Double Bag named Malt Advocate’s (now Whisky Advocate) “Beer of the Year” in 2001. ABV: 7.2%

Glen: 3 Toasty and malty. Too sweet. Cough syrup sweet in the end.
Vince: 3 Nice malty brew.

Cory: 3.5 Good maltiness. Love the body.

Jon: 3.5 Drinkable malty beer with hop character.

Mat: 3.5 One of the better offerings from the non-Brewmaster Series from Long Trail. Very solid beer for those who prefer a maltier beer.

The Final Picks

Tony’s Final Pick: Uinta Bristlecone Brown. It embodies everything I’m looking for in a beer. I could drink this all day.

Jenn’s Final Pick: John Henry 3 Lick Spiker Ale. Unreal flavors that are a mix of dessert and appetizers. Creamy, but with a good bite in the butt.

Brad’s Final Pick: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary. Amazingly fresh, great carbonation, dangerously drinkable, and complex. Amazing take on a classic style.

Tim’s Final Pick: Shawnee Craft Bière de Garde Pumpkin Saison. Sour beers are very unique and I am addicted to the style. And, I love the fact that it’s local. Bonus!

Mat’s Final Pick: Brooklyn Silver Anniversary. Was way too impressed with this one not to choose it. Wow…such a well-executed beer.

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