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Former editor in chief of an award winning publication, avid outdoorsman, love hiking, kayaking, fishing, biking, visiting state parks, published writer, avid drinker, certified bartender, beer rater and I ran a bar tending school, and blogger writing under title of the Man Can Critic 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

1/30/12 Magic Hat No. 9

This review is in conjunction with my Corona review both of which were done at Dorko's Cafe in Mount Carmel. I had originally wanted to do this beer and that is why I did two reviews this day, Corona Extra and now Magic Hat No. 9. The temperature of the beer was near icy at 33.4 degrees with a small half inch head. The appearance of the head was a fizzy white that dissipated quickly and had excellent lacing. It had a normal clarity with a gold color and almost no carbonation. It had a honey like smell and sweet taste that reminded me of cough syrup that the more you drank it the better it tasted. The flavor was very light with an average finish and a dry mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the back and overall I would say it was a very good beer that I would rate an A-. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.




Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com


Nutrition Facts

Magic Hat - #9 Beer

  1.   
Calories153Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs14 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein1 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Infofmation from Magic Hat


#9 — Not Quite Pale Ale
A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, not-quite pale ale. #9 is really impossible to describe because there's never been anything else quite like it.
  • TYPE: Not Quite Pale Ale
  • YEAST: English Ale
  • HOPS: Cascade, Apollo
  • MALTS: Pale, Crystal
AVAILABILITY: Year Round

1/30/12 Corona Extra

So last night while at another rousing night of trivia at Dorko's Cafe in Mount Carmel I decided to do a double review. This will be the first of the two reviews I did on the night because of my lack of an ability to hear almost anything. I went up to the bar and asked about Magic Hat and I thought I was told it wouldn't be here until Mardi Gras but the bartender and owner was actually saying something different which I found out later in the night so that will be my second review of the night. So because of my lack of an ability to hear I started out with a Corona Extra. The night of trivia was fantastic with a good sized crowd and a very close game. All night we trailed by narrow margins and ended up losing by two which still put us in last place. Some of the questions we second guessed ourselves on and ended up going with the wrong answer but still it was great fun and a great atmosphere. I also ate my usual black bean burger and french fries. I did have my Corona out of the bottle so some items typically found in my review will be lacking because I did not pour it. The temperature was a nice 41.7 degrees and it had a taste and aroma that was a mix of citrus and lime with a sparkling yellow color. The flavor was light and the finish length average. The mouth feel was dry and the tongue hit was towards the back. I've always liked Corona as a good beach beer or good with Mexican foods. But I can also appreciate it as a decent bar beer so overall I give it an A-. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.




Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com


Corona - Extra

  1.   
Calories148Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs13 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Information from Corona website


The unmistakable color.
The one-of-a-kind taste.
The unparalleled flavor of relaxation.

All in one of the most recognizable bottles in the world.

There's something about drinking a Corona Extra that's different from drinking any other beer. Nothing else seems to set the same mood. Nothing else lets the conversation flow so easily between friends. Nothing else brings such a natural energy to an occasion.

And it's been that way since we started brewing it in 1925. 
From the beginning, Corona has been about connections - people coming together, strangers becoming friends, and old friends becoming even closer. Because Corona is more than just a beer. It represents a philosophy of living in the moment that has been embraced around the world.

We try not to complicate things. That's why we made Corona so easy to drink. It's why we use a clear, see-through bottle. Because when you use only the finest ingredients, you've got nothing to hide.

In the end, there are beers, and then there's Corona.
Others may try to copy it, or look like it, but there is only one original.

And for some moments, only a Corona will do.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

1/28/12 Yuengling Bock Beer

So on Tuesday Yuengling released their Bock beer and on Friday I received a six pack from Uncle Cones in Minersville on Westwood St. If you haven't ever been to Cones you should go. For many years now its been the place I go when friends and family come to town. Its a nice small town bar that has pool and darts along with breakfast some mornings. If you need more information about this fantastic establishment just ask and I'll tell you everything I know. So last night and again tonight I sat down and had a Yuengling Bock beer along with some chips and salsa both night and some tahini pasta (the recipe and the links for both will be at the end). The temperature came in at a nice 37.3 degrees with an average head at 2 1/2" and  a frothy off-white head appearance. The head lacing was excellent and the head dissipated slowly. The carbonation was lively with normal clarity and an amber color. The aroma and taste were a mixture of citrus and barley with an average finish length and watery mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the front with excellent body lacing. Overall I would give this beer an A part because I love everything Yuengling makes and its from my home town. I also rate this so high because its like lager with a kick to it and yet nothing over powering. It just has a great taste. Yuengling Bock beer is a seasonal brew that should be available until around Easter of this year. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

My sesame tahini recipe
ingredients

6 tbsps sesame tahini
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp agave nectar
one box rotini pasta
1 roasted red pepper
1/2 red onion
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup baby spinach
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Cook pasta per box instructions and prep ingredients while cooking. All veggies are chopped. Also make the sauce while pasta cooking. For the sauce just mix tahini, vinegar, chili powder and agave nectar together and put off to the side. Next on medium heat drizzle oil over hot pan. Then add pepper onion and garlic and cook for 3-6 minutes. Then add spinach and cook for about 1 minute. Lastly add pasta and sauce and stir. Remove from heat and serve and enjoy.

If your looking for where to find Yuengling Bock beer or any Yuengling product follow this link http://www.yuengling.com/distributors2/

Here is the link for the salsa if you missed it in the article http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/fresh-tomato-and-black-bean-salsa-recipe/index.html.




Latest information I could find on Yuengling website about Bock Beer.


Information from ClassicLager.com

Yuengling Bock Beer is 5.26% alc./vol. and has 168 Calories. Below is a list of foods that may pair well with Bock:
•             Bock should be paired with bold, flavorful dishes- like Cajun style, or spicy, strong dishes.
•             Bock pairs well with poultry, beef, lamb, pork.   Also perfect with desserts.
•             Gruy√©re, Emmental and Swiss cheeses go well with Bock Beer.
•             Bock beers pair well with German foods, earthy cheeses like Camembert and Fontina and can be terrific with chocolate.


Additional information from Yuengling for people wondering if Yuengling Bock beer is gluten free and if Yuengling offers gluten free options.


At this time Yuengling does not produce any Gluten Free products. While we recognize that there is a market for such a product, at this time we are not in a position to add any new products to our lineup. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1/27/12 Peroni

So last night my sister had offered to watch my kids so we could head out to the Olive Garden. I wasn't anticipating reviewing any beers last night other than the Bock Beer by Yuengling that showed up at my door last night that I am super excited to try and will crack into tonight. So when we got there I was looking over the menu deciding what to drink and almost everything on it was something I've had before. Then I seen Peroni and I thought that I will probably not have the option of having that very often so I figured I'd give it a whirl. Now this is a somewhat abbreviated review because I did not have my forms on my so I couldn't do my thorough review that I normally do. If anyone who reads this knows of a beer reviewing app let me know on Facebook or in the comments section so this will not happen again. I am unsure of the temperature because of lack of any device to measure it with but if I had to guess I would say around 35.6 degrees. The head was small at about 1/2" with a fizzy white appearance. The carbonation was little to non existence and the head lacing was fair to nonexistent.  The head dissipated quickly and the color and clarity were sparkling and straw respectively. What I can remember of the taste and aroma were a sparkling taste kind of like champagne with a fizzy taste that I can't explain because of the lack of carbonation. It was almost like it danced on your tongue. The flavor was light and the finish was short. The tongue hit I can't recall to exact but I would probably say it was the middle. The mouth feel was watery and the lacing was fair to nonexistent.  Overall I would give this beer an A. It was my first Italian beer and it had a great flavor was something different and made me get a second beer something I usually never do if I am reviewing. I had it with the shrimp mezzaluna, salad and bread sticks and it paired excellently with all three. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.






Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Peroni - Beer

  1.   
Calories150Sodium4 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs11 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.