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Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 108

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push

  • Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
  • Beer: Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 11.5%
  • Location: Tampa, FL

Geographic Relation

In sunny, and really hot, Tampa, FL just outside of where the owners of The Wilky grew up.

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate PushBrewery History

Opened in 2007, been a hit in the world of craft beer ever since.

Historical / Style Relevance

  • Penultimate Push
    • This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Specifically, it is dedicated to the push by Zhukov’s 1st Belorussian Front of the Red Army through the German-occupied territory of East Prussia in early 1945, setting the stage for the Red Army’s final maneuver into Berlin to end the war. Fresh roasted coffee beans along with vanilla and cacao nibs have been added to this juggernaut of an imperial stout, the only style of beer bold and strong enough to share it’s name with The Marshal himself. (Brewery)
  • Standard
    • This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. (Brewery)

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate PushTasting Notes

Aromas of fresh-ground espresso beans, vanilla and alcohol spiciness dominate the nose in this imposing Imperial Stout. The palate finds strong flavors of fudge, coffee, penuche, and raisin pudding balanced by moderate carbonation and assertive German hop flavor and bitterness, while the sweetness of vanilla and cacao rounds out the beer’s long finish. (Brewery)
Coffee beans, cacao nibs, vanilla

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Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 107

Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

  • Brewery: Stillwater Artisanal / Dugges Bryggeri
  • Beer: Tropic Punch
  • Style: Sour Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Location: Baltimore, MD / Sweden

Geographic Relation

Far. Need a boat or a plane

Stillwater Dugges Tropic PunchBrewery History

Started in 2010, Stillwater Artisanal is the brainchild of Baltimore native Brian Strumke, whose past life as an internationally renowned electronica DJ and producer (Stillwater Website)
As one of the world’s first ‘gypsy’ brewers, neither Brian nor Stillwater owns it’s own facility, instead utilizing excess capacity at existing breweries where Brian travels to produce his works. (2015 saw 50 new Stillwater creations brewed in 12 different countries). Dugges opened in 2005

Tasting Notes

Sour ale brewed with mango, peaches, and passion fruit and fermented with lactobacillius

 

Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

 

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Stillwater Dugges Tropic Punch

Maine Another One

Maine Another One

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 106

Maine Another One

Maine Another One

  • Brewery: Maine Beer Company
  • Beer: Another One
  • Style: IPA
  • ABV: 7%
  • Location: Freeport, Maine

Geographic Relation

Roughly 300 miles away from The Wilky. Solid five and a half our road trip but I hear Maine is beautiful and I know the beer is worth it.

Maine Another OneHistorical / Style Relevance

Beer first brewed in June 2013

Maine Another OneTasting Notes

Sometimes when we’re brainstorming, another cold one helps the ideas flow. Like the time we said, “Hey, let’s take this awesome hop blend and switch up the malts.” That insight explains the goodness that is Another One, the lighter side of Weez (both beers use a nearly identical kettle and dry hopping schedule). An intensely hoppy American IPA with a clean malt palate, it leaves little but hoppy resins on the tongue; a dry, crisp finish; and a sense that anything’s possible. (Brewery Website) An intensely hoppy American IPA with a clean malt palate, it leaves little but hoppy resins on the tongue with a dry crisp finish. (Beer Menus)

Hops

CASCADE, CITRA, SIMCOE, WARRIOR

 

 

 

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Maine Another One

Sweetwater Grass Monkey

Sweetwater Grass Monkey Wheat Ale

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 105

Sweetwater Grass Monkey

Sweetwater Grass Monkey

 

  • Brewery: Sweetwater Brewing Company
  • Beer: Grass Monkey
  • Style: Wheat Ale
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Location: Atlanta, GA

Geographic Relation

Georgia

Sweetwater Grass MonkeySweetwater Grass MonkeyBrewery History

SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90’s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After visiting Atlanta during the 96 olympics they realized the town was in much need of a west coast style brewery and decided they would be the guys to do it. They opened in early 1997.

Historical / Style Relevance

Seasonal release that stylistically relates to the type of beers we want to be drinking during the warmer months of the year.

Tasting Notes

Get sprung this spring with this funky monkey of a wheat ale. A big stash of Lemondrop hops were added to the kettle and the dry hop, delivering a big citrus blast. Lemongrass herbs were added for a refreshing twist and exotic aroma. The light malt bill lets the piney, grassy, lemony notes shine. Light in body with bright citrus notes, this is an extremely complex but very easy drinking brew.
Light in body with bright citrus notes, this is an extremely complex but very easy drinking brew. (Beer Menus)

Sweetwater Grass Monkey

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Sweetwater Grass Monkey

Hudson Valley King Wavy

Hudson Valley King Wavy

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 104

Hudson Valley King Wavy

  • Brewery: Hudson Valley Brewery
  • Beer: King Wavy
  • Style: Double IPA
  • ABV: 8%
  • Location: Beacon, NY (Hudson Valley Region)

Geographic Relation

About 1hr 45mins by car from The Wilky

Hudson Valley King Wavy
Brewery History

Just started distributing beer into NYC within the last six months

Historical / Style Relevance

Oats in IPAs is a brewing trend here in early 2017. This particular grain contributes a nice round mouthfeel to the beers which it is used in.

Tasting Notes

  • Double IPA w/ Oats, hopped w/ Citra & Simcoe.
  • Citra = Citrus, Tropical Fruit (Hopunion)
  • Simcor = Earthy, Citrus Pine (Hopunion)

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Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 103

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai

  • Brewery: Cigar City Brewing
  • Beer: White Oak Jai Alai
  • Style: Oak-Aged IPA
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Location: Tampa, FL

Geographic Relation

In sunny, and really hot, Tampa, FL just outside of where the owners of The Wilky grew up.
Brewery History: Opened in 2007, been a hit in the world of craft beer ever since.

Historical / Style Relevance

Aged with white oak spirals. Jai alai (/ˈhaɪ.əlaɪ/; Basque: [ˈxai aˈlai]) is a sport involving a ball bounced off a walled space by accelerating it to high speeds with a hand-held device (cesta)

Tasting Notes

  • A truly unique India Pale Ale, this iteration of our Jai Alai IPA boasts the addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai’s bold citrus and caramel character. The oak also serves to temper the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities. (Cigar City)
  • Vanilla, coconut, tangerine and a hint of dill all vie for attention on the nose of this unique oak-aged IPA. Jai Alai’s familiar caramel malt character and clementine-like hop flavors are both complimented by drying, oaky tannins and a pronounced vanillin quality with each sip.

Brewers Notes

Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai IPA · 7.5% ABV This is an American White Oak-aged version of Jai Alai India Pale Ale. The white oak adds smoothing notes of vanilla and slight hints of dill to the aroma and flavor profile. The finish is elegantly dry due to the light tannin notes from oak aging and though still loaded with hop flavor, hop bitterness is more restrained.

KCBC Full Contact

KCBC Full Contact

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 102

  • Brewery: Kings County Brewers Collective
  • Beer: Full Contact
  • Style: Barrel-Aged Sour
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • Location: Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

Geographic Relation

In Bushwick right off the Jefferson L Train, about 1.3 miles away from The Wilky.
Brewery History: Opened in Summer 2016 and been killing it ever since. Brewing all the styles (more or less)

KCBC Full Contact

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Finback Sand City Stop, Collaborate, Listen

 Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 101

  • Brewery: Finback / Sand City
  • Beer: Stop, Collaborate, & Listen
  • Style: Double IPA
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • Location: Ridgewood, NY / Northport, NY

Geographic Relation

Finback is about 20 mins by car from The Wilky. Little over an hour to Sand City from Brooklyn by car.
Brewery History: Finbacked opend in Queens in 2011. Sand City relatively new to the game, opening in 2015.

Tasting Notes

DIPA dry hopped with Denali and Amarillo. Juicy, melon, dank. Brewed in collaboration with Sand City Brewing. (beermenus)

Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen

 

Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen

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Finback Sand City Stop, Collaborate, & Listen – Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 101

What is up, guys?  Brian Fisher and this is Episode #101 of Just Tapped Tasting where we’re tasting beer here at The Wilky that we just tapped.

Today we got a fun collaboration from a brewery that I just became familiar with about two weeks ago at a festival here in New York during the NYC Craft Beer week which is the Brewer’s Choice, which if you don’t know about it, you haven’t heard about it, check it out next year.  We’ll link the information for Brewer’s Choice.  It’s a lot of fun.  It’s a great event. You should check it.

This is a collaboration between Finback and Sand City.  I’ve tasted some Sand City beers at that event.  Ralph from BBD is out on Long Island. Sand City is out on Long Island. He had some other stuff and I tasted it.  Men, they’re making some really great beer.  So, when I saw that Finback was collaborating with these guys, we got really excited about it and we brought the beer into The Wilky here and that’s what we have today.

Collaboration

So, collaboration with Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen.  Double IPA, 7.7% alcohol and color-wise, slight haze but they’re definitely doing, I would think, maybe some kind of filtering or just letting this really hang out in the tanks and clean up. I’m not too sure on that.

Finback, they’ve been around since 2011.  They’re in Ridgewood Queens, New York about 20 minutes from the bar here where we’re sitting right now in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn.  Sand City is out in North Port, New York.  They’re in Long Island about halfway out the Island from Brooklyn here.  It’s about an hour by car.  They’re relatively new to the game opening in 2015 and just making good beer.  As far as I can tell, although there will be some really special events, they’re not sending any of their stuff to the city, where we’re at yet but I look forward and hope that they plan and growing that soon because they’re making really good stuff.  This collaboration is another testament to that.

But let’s take it in the nose.  I smelled this right before we started.  We hit record because that’s what happens here.  We say, “action” and we do all that fancy stuff and we got really fancy here. I smelled this and it was super dank and stinky.  But now, it’s still really stinky. It’s a stinky beer in a really fun way as double IPAs and these dank, hoppy beers can be.

I think Denali and Amarillo, I don’t remember this being – it’s just fucking stinky.  Excuse me, sorry.  There’s no children watching this show though because we’re drinking and children can’t do that but part of my language, this is just stinky beer.

I’m going to taste Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen.  I’m going to see – actually, no.  Other than stinky, other than it being dank and stinky in only way hops can contribute to the aroma, you get light, definitely leaning citrus on the aroma as opposed to – the opposite of that will be dank and resin pine and tree bark kind of stuff.  No, it is not this.  This is melon fruit kind of vibe.

Let’s take a taste of Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen.  On the palette, I feel the dankness goes away. It’s kind of an aromatic thing. You definitely get the fruity quality, melon, bitter and dry.  It scrapes your tongue with bitterness and dries you out, makes you want to keep drinking.

Really nice beer, though. I’m really enjoying it.  Refreshing, thirst quenching in a way. It’s making me salivate a little. I want more. I want to taste more, taste more of this one.  This drink, this one is for you.

I like Finback Sand City Stop Collaborate Listen.  I’m a fan. I’m a fan of Finback, Sand City coming together doing some fun things, making some Vanilla Ice references.  I like all of those things.  It’s a lot of fun.

Question of the Day

what is your favourite brewery if you’re local.  This is a local question of the day.  We’ve got a lot of local people watching the show.  Thank you so much.  If you’re not local, that’s okay but this question is for you local fans.  What is your favourite brewery in Queens?  Who’s doing it the best?  There’s a lot of great ones there.  There’s Transmitter, there’s LIC, there’s Rockaway, there’s Big Alice, there’s Single Cut, there’s Finback.  Let me know in the comments below while you’re commenting because that’s what you want to do, because you love it.  You’re going to hit subscribe, if you haven’t already.

Thank you so much for watching the show.  We look forward to having a beer here with you real soon at The Wilky, if not that’s okay.  Just drink good beer.  That’s all I care about.  I just want to make sure you’re drinking really tasty stuff.  Cheers!

Finback Sand City Stop, Collaborate & Listen

Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale

Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 100

  • Brewery: Revolution Brewing
  • Beer: A Little Crazy
  • Style: Belgian Pale Ale
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • Location: Chicago, IL

Geographic Relation

Midwest. What up. Chicago, IL

Revolution Little Crazy Belgian PaleBrewery History

Award winning and largest independently owned brewery in the state of Illinois. Founded in 2010

Historical / Style Relevance

Bronze – Great American Beer Festival (2012)

Tasting Notes

  • Pilsner malt base provides a nice toasty flavor with hints of caramel and enough fermentable sugar to make this a rather substantial beer.  Pilsner malt is the base with a little carapils and Belgian Caramunich. Hops in brewhouse are Magnum, Cascade and Citra with a dryhop blend of Citra and Cascade. This drives home the aromas of fresh citrus rind to make this a very drinkable and extremely aromatic Belgian American Pale Ale. (Revbrew.com)
  • A citrusy and refreshing Belgian-style pale ale hopped with Cascade, Citra, and whole Crystal hops for massive aromas and flavors! Fermented with our Belgian Wit yeast for an extra dose of complexity, this one is very drinkable and extremely aromatic. (beermenus)

 

Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale

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Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale – Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 100

What’s going on?  Welcome to Episode #100 of Just Tapped Tasting.  I’m Brian Fisher and this is a show where we taste beer are at The Wilky that we just tapped.

Today we’ve got a beer from Chicago. This is Chicago flag, really cool flag. I don’t want to get into it.  It’s so cool, we don’t have time for that but I’m going to put the flag back and we’re going to drink some beer because that’s what we’re here today.

Today we’ve got the reason for Chicago flag is we got a Chicago-based brewery, Revolution Brewery.  They were founded back in 2010, definitely been a big integral part of the craft brewery scene and culture and the growth and all of these things in Chicago which is a very competitive and wonderful beer market as far as the US is considered.

2010, they’ve got it going.  They do a bunch of stuff.  They’re award-winning.  They knocked down a bunch of medals at the Great American Beer Festival.  This one in particular took bronze back in 2012, I believe it is.  That’s pretty awesome.  This is “Little Crazy”.  I believe it’s named after the guy who came up with the recipe.  You’ll see him on the can or on the tap end or the branding of this.  I think he was just a little crazy.  He’s kind of a foam-loving dude as far as this picture is concerned.

Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale is a Belgian pale ale or a Belgo-style pale ale. What that means is they’re using American hops and Belgian yeast.  You get the American hop, bitter or American hop flavour profile as it is and you also get the sweetness, the flavour, the yeast esters of the Belgian yeast.  The juxtaposition of both of those things together is a pretty interesting thing.  This is a style that’s been explored by a lot of American brewers.  I think this is one of the more enjoyable ones in the marketplace as far as this style is concerned.

This is Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale. Color-wise, we got a gold with a hint of brown, I’m going to call it.  Gold with a hint of brown.  You know what, color is important.  I got to get better at that.

Let’s go on the nose because I like doing that.  This is hop with a whole bunch of different things, American-wise but predominantly maybe Citra and Cascade.  It’s hop during the brewering process but also dry hop again with Citra and Cascade.

A little bit about dry hopping, we talked about this here on the show.  Real quick, dry hop is a hopping process that happens after the brewering process which is where normal hop editions occur.  When I say after, they’re dry hopping, they’re adding hops during the fermentation process.  When you see dry hop, there’s other meanings but more or less it’s just a late addition of hops and it contributes to different level of flavour, more pronounced flavour because during the boil, what will happen when you add hops is some of the flavour compounds and the chemicals that are creating those flavors will get cooked off.  If you do it when there’s no cooking or heat involved as it is in the fermentation process, then you won’t lose some of those flavors.  That’s why dry hopping can be really special as it contributes to flavors in beer.

Let’s give this one a taste and see how crazy it really is. Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale is 6.8% alcohol.  It’s super approachable.  I think it’s a great gateway beer for someone who doesn’t like hop-driven stuff because of the Belgian quality, the Belgian yeast involvement.  It contributes to what I believe to someone with approachability for beer.  I think that makes this beer really exciting.  It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser and universally appealing to whether you’re just looking for something refreshing and crushable or if you are not so into the craziness of beer but you want something different, fun, new, exciting but that’s not going to like knock your pants off.  That will be weird.

Revolution, I like Chicago a lot.  I don’t know if you know that but this is our first beer from Revolution and that’s exciting.  Not my first beer from Revolution but here at The Wilky, it’s our first one and we’re super excited to have them on Tapped and even more excited for you to come in here and drink with us and this beer.

Question of the Day is, what is your dream car?  I really like cars.  Drink responsively.  Don’t drink and drive.  A little PSA but what is your favourite car?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Revolution Little Crazy Belgian Pale

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage

Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 99

  • Brewery: Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
  • Beer: Colorado Wild Sage
  • Style: Brett Saison / Sour
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • Location: Denver / Ft Collins, CO

Geographic Relation

Out west.

Brewery History

Crooked Stave Artisans is a brewery focused on Belgian sour beers with a cult-like following in Denver and beyond. Launched in 2011 in Fort Collins, the company’s wine-forward, barrel-aged beers were first brewed onsite at Funkwerks. A year later, Crooked Stave relocated to its barrel-house in Denver and brewed at nearby Prost Brewing. Finally, Crooked Stave will have a real home to brew at The Source in a 20-barrel brewhouse. (thesourcedenver.com)

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild SageTasting Notes

Vielle (old) Barrel-Aged Saison with Fresh Cuttings of Colorado Wild Sage (Beermenus)

 

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Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage – Just Tapped Tasting – Episode 99

What’s up?  Brian Fisher and welcome to Episode #99 of Just Tap Tasting, the show here at The Wilky where we’re tasting beers that we just tapped.

Today we got one from out west.  It’s from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.  I think that’s the rest of that one.  We’ve talked about this on the show.  It’s hard to keep track of it all, so many breweries and they all want to be fancy to be with their name. I get it, I get it.  It’s fun to be fancy.  But yeah, I think the Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project.

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage nonetheless, as far as I know, a sour-focused barrel-aged, barrel aging, barrel works kind of brewery.  They started back in 2011.  They opened their brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado which is home to the big and burley New Belgium Brewery, I believe.  They started and I think a year after they opened, they moved to a facility in Denver, Colorado where they reside, maybe in both places.

If you do know, if you’ve been to either, jump in the comments below and let me know.  I want to know if Crooked Stave is in both Fort Collins and Denver or just Denver.  But Denver, for sure as far as I can tell.

This beer is the Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage.  It’s a  Brett Saison, so a wild yeast fermented Saison, Belgian style if you will, that is then dozed with a whole bunch of fresh cut Colorado wild sage.  So, lots of herbal expected here.

Color-wise, yellow.  We’ll just going to keep it simple. This beer is yellow.  I mean, look at that.

Let’s go to the nose. This is more exciting than yellow.  A lot of lemony herb, like Meyer lemon, that fancy lemon.  We’re talking about fancy stuff in the show here, fancy names, fancy smells.  It’s getting fancy, real fancy.  But lemony herb, lemony grass.  There might be lemon grass in this beer, that’s what that is.  A lemony herb, lemon grass kind of fits the bill for that.  Definitely grassy herbal nose with the hint of citrus, maybe because there’s lemon grass in here.  I don’t know.  Do you know?  How about you?  Do you know?

Let’s give it a taste.  6.8% which is creeping up a little bit, I think, for a Saison, just a little bit.  The idea of lemon grass kind of changes the game so much.  You get a little tart, acidity from the yeast but – not tart acidy but I’m saying you get a little funky weirdness from the yeast but it is just dominated by this herbal quality.

I’ve had sage.  My experience with sage when you have it rubbed over rotisserie chicken, that’s my depth of understanding of sage.  This sage here is totally different.  I guess when it’s fresh cut, when it’s wild and when it’s common in Colorado, it’s different.  It’s pungent and pronounced.  There’s a lot of herbal notes on this beer.  It’s just very intriguing.  It’s one of those beers that you want to keep drinking just to understand it, like understand, “What is going on there?”

Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage is very interesting, every interesting beer. I think you just come in and have one.

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Crooked Stave Colorado Wild Sage