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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, October 30, 2012

10/30/12 Summit Brewing Company Horizon Red Ale

So I'm trying a slightly different format to this blog post so let me know if you like it better

Brewery: Summit Brewing Company
Beer: Horizon Red Ale
Cost: $2.50 from The Fridge Lancaster, PA
Glassware: Pint glass
Temperature: 43.7 degrees
Head Color: Off-white
Head Appearance: Rocky
Head Size: 1 7/8"
Head lacing: excellent
Head Length: Dissiappated Slowly around 1-2 minutes
Body Color: Amber
Body Clarity: Flat
Aroma: Citrus
Taste: grainy with caramel notes
Finish Length: long
Flavor: moderate
Mouth Feel: Dry
Tongue Hit: Middle
Body Lacing: excellent

After checking out Summit's website I decided to pair this beer with something spicy. So without the option of going and getting some groceries because the stores are pretty much wiped because of Hurricane Sandy. So I decided to create something with what I had in the fridge and cabinet. I took 10-15 Tyson boneless buffalo bites and cooked them up. Then I took a pack of Bird's Eye steam fresh wild rice, corn, peas and carrots and heated that up. Then I threw some olive oil in a heated pan and then knocked it back to medium low. I dropped in a can of Bush's black beans and then added the chicken and waited a minute and then added the rice mix. I heated it up for about 5 minutes and then put it on a wrap. I then took a taco cheese mix and put it on top and heated that in the microwave for 30 seconds. I took it out put on some romaine lettuce and some Ken's blue cheese dressing and dug in after sampling my Horizon Red Ale. I will say this beer went very well with this meal and stood tall on its own. If your wondering how I got such a big head on this beer I'll tell you. I was reading some information on some web site today about the perfect pour. So I figured I would try it. You pour the beer horizontally and then swirl the rest of the beer in the bottle and pour it in. When I took my first sniff the aroma was enormous. Overall I would rate this is a really great beer. It is basically an easy going IPA. It has a bitterness that is not over powering but helps to kill some of the heat from dishes. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.

Nutritional information from myfitnesspal.com

Summit Brewing Company - Horizon Red Ale

Calories171Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 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 Summit Brewing Company website

 Summit Horizon Red Ale 

 A richer shade of Red. 
An inspired hybrid that blurs the boundaries between IPA and Amber styles. The exceptional blend of American hops (including the harder-to-find Horizon variety) gives it an intense pine, citrus and earthy character in the nose and on the tongue.



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

10/24/12 Founders Breakfast Stout

It has been a while since the last time I have posted and its because I've been lazy. Its not that I'm drinking less. In fact I am drinking more its just been hard to get motivated to post. This is driving me nuts. I feel like I should be more motivated. But besides that I ended up successively brewing my second batch of beer. The Party Pig worked really well this time. I made sure the seals looked good and I kept it upright for 2 weeks before I put it in the fridge. The beer tasted pretty decent. I made Mr. Beer Cowboy Lager this time. So onto Founders Breakfast Stout. This stuff was amazing. I tried to drink it slowly so I could really enjoy. Then I made some Quaker Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal and had it with the second half of the beer. I had this beer out of my Guinness pint glass and it had a temperature of 46.8 degrees. The head size was average at about an inch. It poured nicely and had a rocky dark head the dissipated slowly with excellent lacing. The carbonation was little from what I could tell because this beer was a dark as a pitch black night. I mean you could not see anything through this beer. It had a taste and aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and oatmeal with the coffee taste being the strongest and the chocolate aroma being the strongest. The flavor was moderate with a long finish length and a dry mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the back and the body lacing was excellent. Overall this beer was an A and probably one of if not the best beer I have ever had. If you love dark beers and coffee you will absolutely love this beer. Thanks for ready and as always drink responsibly.

Information from Founders website

The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.
  • ABV: 8.3%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Availability: Sep - Feb
Nutritional Information from myfitnesspal.com

Founder's Brewing Co. - Breakfast Stout (8.3% Abv)

Calories249Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs0 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 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.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Last trip to Lancaster and new beer stuff

I'm been mulling over what I am doing with this blog anymore and I have been super lazy with posting so I am trying to find a way to motivate myself into writing more again. So now I am just going to mix it up and anytime I do anything that has to do with beer I am going to write about it. I recently got a Periodic Table of beer from Amazon that is really cool. I also made a trip to Lancaster to volunteer for the 200 mile Ragnar race and figured it was a good time to do a couple of beer related things. On the way down I happened upon Sam's Man Cave which sells a bunch of glassware, steins, neon signs and beer related items. The owner was super cool and great to talk to. I only got some coasters but ended up talking to him for about 15 minutes about beer and found out about this huge bottle shop in Willmington, De that I am itching to go to. On the way home I stopped off at Iron Hill to pick up two growlers. I got a Belgium Tripple and their Oktoberfest. I finished off most of the Tripple already and it is fantastic. The guy at the bar highly recommended it. I also came across these stainless steel growlers on twitter that I am really interested in trying out. I sent them an email so hopefully I'll find out some more information to write about them. I also recently found out that Weis in Pottsville has opened up their bottle shop and from what I hear has a decent selection and prices that aren't bad. You can make your own six pack for $12. Well that's all for now. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly.