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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 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lake Placid Camp Collection Variety Pack

Wednesday before work I stopped by one of my favorite places (Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville) to by beer because my wife wanted something we could drink together. I decided to pick up a variety pack by Lake Placid. Then I got to thinking that my beer of the month club didn't pick the case we were going to try. So I told them I got this one and we decided to split it. This case works out perfect it has 3 different beer which divides up nicely between the four of us and still leaves me with two of each so both me and my wife can try a full beer each. I decided that I will do another little plaque for this brewery because I really like there logo and I think it would make a nice addition to my collection plus its not to hard to do. 

The first beer of this collection I decided to have was Ubu Ale. The head is very small with a light brown color and a fizzy appearance. The is dissipating quickly. The aroma is very malty and the initial temperature is 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit. The body color is dark and has a ruby tinge to the brown color with lively carbonation. The mouth feel is dry and there is a caramel taste with a nice bite. The finish is average and it had a nice pour. The flavor is moderate and there is virtually no head or body lacing.  This beer is classified as an English Ale and reminds me of a good stout. I enjoyed this beer and think this is a great beer for the fall and winter seasons.

Served in Pint Glass

My second beer from this variety pack is the Indian Pale Ale. One of my fellow beer of the month club members had this beer already. She said she enjoyed it but thought it had a lot of carbonation and it reminded her of a soda. When I had the beer it had a light brown to off white average sized head that is fizzy and held for a decent amount of time. The aroma was fruity but for me it had a light bitterness and a very subtle carbonation. The body color was amber and clear. The tongue hit is toward the middle and the mouth feel is dry. The finish is average to long in length. The pour was nice and the lacing was fair to good.  The taste was a slight citrus. Overall I thought it had less carbonation then Ubu and a lighter flavor. I thought it was a weaker IPA but I tend to favor that in my IPAs. The flavor was good and easy to drink and I would consider it a good go to beer year round and especially summer and spring.

Served in a Pint Glass

The last beer I am having out of the Camp Collection is Barkeater Amber. The head was small to average with a light brown fizzy appearance and it dissipated quickly. The initial temperature at first sip was 55.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The body was clear with a red color and little to no visible carbonation. The taste was and aroma had a sweetness to it that reminded me of a sweet bourbon but not with a boozy taste. The finish was short with a watery taste that has a tongue hit that moves from middle to back. There was no visible head or body lacing. Overall this would be my favorite out of the collection. It had nice flavor, no noticeable bitterness and a definite drink ability. As for the Camp Collection as a whole I thought it was a good case at a reasonable price. The beers were good and it was a good mix that really worked for me and gave me three different beers that allow you to experience three vastly different styles. If you haven't tried anything from Lake Placid you can't go wrong with this one. Thanks for ready and as always drink responsibly.

Served in a Pint Glass

Purchased from Brewer's Outlet in Pottsville for $36.03 after tax

Information from  Lake Placid Brewery

Lake Placid Craft Brewing

Lake Placid Pub and Brewery
As the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery grew in popularity, the demand for the beers we produced increased exponentially. In November of 2001, the LPP&B expanded to a second brewing facility in Plattsburgh NY. Located on Military Turnpike and known as The Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company the new facility quadrupled our brewing capacity and allowed us to bottle our beers for the first time. The 13,000 sq. ft. facility was located just 50 miles northeast of Lake Placid and had a 15-barrel brewery and bottling system as well as a tasting area and gift shop. Even after the brewery installed three new 60bl fermentation tanks in 2009, we were still unable to brew enough beer to satisfy demand. In January of 2010 we closed this brewery and are now brewing all bottled beer at FX Matt Brewing in Utica, NY. This partnership has allowed us to expand both our product line and the areas where our beer is available. 
Our beer is currently available in all of New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Check out the "Find our Beers"page to see where we are available in your area. If you don't see your favorite place on the list, drop us a note and we pass it along to our local sales representative. 
Please look for Ubu Ale, Lake Placid I.P.A., Wolf Jaw Wit, and our Camp Collection 12-pack in your grocery store, restaurant, or favortie pub.
Camp Collection 12 Pack
4 each of Ubu Ale, Lake Placid I.P.A., and Barkeater Amber Ale

7.0% ABV   38 IBU   43 SRM
Our famous English-style Strong Ale is deep garnet red in color, and features dark fruit and roasted malt flavors, with a slightly bitter finish.

6.8% ABV   67 IBU   21 SRM
A tribute to the original West Coast-style IPA’s, our IPA is aggressively hopped for a citrus and piney flavor and aroma, but maintains a subtle, bready malt backbone.

5.3% ABV
This is an American-style amber ale that has been around for many years, in fact it was one of our first brews ever. It is one of two amber ales that we regularly brew at the pub, this being the drier hoppier of the two. Barkeater Amber is brewed with a variety of crystal malts which gives its red color and slightly sweet malt flavor. It has four hop additions, with the last addition being a relatively large addition of Willamette hops.  This beer has a fairly dry finish and has been a local favorite since 1996.

Calories in Lake Placid Ubu Ale (Ratebeer)

Nutrition Facts

Lake Placid - Ubu Ale (Ratebeer)

Calories210Sodium0 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 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Starr Hill The Love 7/24/14

Currently I decided to work on  a couple of reviews at once but now I am trying to put more time into them. I try and do some research ahead of time and for some it will involve days of drinking and prep to develop a review I am happy with and tha has enough information but not too much to get disgusted with. I had a bottle of Starr Hill The Love in the fridge since Monday and it was calling my name so I figured it would be good to review tonight. The initial temperature upon drinking was 53.5 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no carbonation and no head lacing. The head was large, dissipated quickly, was fizzy and  white in color. The mouth feel was watery and the body was golden and hazy and produced no lacing. The aroma was perfume and it had hints of clove but not overpowering. I didn't taste a strong banana taste like I did in Yuengling's Summer Wheat. This has a much lighter flavor that I prefer. The finish is average and the tongue hit was towards the front. Out of all the hefeweizens I tried this was definitely one of the better ones. Wheat beers aren't for everyone but they are one of my favorite style. I feel they are more crisp and clean than IPAs but have better flavor and a touch of sweetness compared to lagers and pilsners. I would strongly recommend this beer as a good base line beer for this style of beer. As always thanks for reading and please drink responsibly.

Purchased in mix six pack for $10.99 from Weis markets Pottsville
Proper glassware: Weizen glass

Information from Starr Hill website

The Love

German Hefeweizen

The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.


Malted Barley:Two Row, Wheat, Munich
Kettle Hops:Hallertau
Yeast:Bavarian Wheat Beer Yeast


Flavor:Subtle sweetness & spice
Color:Straw Gold
Style:German Hefeweizen

Other Info

Availability:All Year
Draught:1/2 Barrel, 1/6 Barrel
Package:4/6 LNNR


2008 Silver Medal
Great American Beer Festival
Information from myfitnesspal.com

Nutrition Facts

Starr Hill - the Love Wheat Beer

Calories138Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs12 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 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beach Haus East Coast Beer Company 7/22/14

Monday I stopped by Weis in Pottsville and picked up a mixed six pack that included two beers from East Coast Beer Company out of New Jersey. I chose Beach Haus and Cruiser IPA. Me and my wife tried both of them but since I drank most of Beach Haus and just a little of the other one I reviewed. This beer had a large head that dissipated pretty quickly. It has a little bit of a bite to it. I had this beer in a pilsner glass. The lacing was beautiful and a pine aroma. The initial temperature was 60.4 which was a little warm for my taste but it still delivered an easy drink ability. The tongue hit was towards the back with a lively carbonation and a straw color. The head was white and fizzy with a clear body clarity. The flavor was light with an average finish length and a watery mouth feel. The body lacing was excellent and overall it was a decent beer just nothing especially fantastic about it. I would drink it again but at a colder temperature next time. I think it is a good summer beer and session beer. I really like the art work and names of the beers from East Coast and its nice to see a beer from New Jersey in the store. I think this was my first beer from New Jersey too.

Recommended Glassware: Pilsner

Information from Beer Advocate
5.3% ABV

I burned the companies logo into a piece of wood I had lying around I think it looks pretty cool.

Better Picture of logo and glazed my creation.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Looking for New Ideas

Over the last year I have been really bad at putting out new posts. After I well deserved vacation I am now ready and energized to start writing again. I am going to start out slow. Hopefully one review a week. If anyone has something they want me to try and review let me know otherwise I will pick something out of my fridge or at a local store and try and find out as much information I can to write an interesting article. If you need information found or you have information you want to get out let me know and I'll do my best to either find that information or get it out to the public. Hope to see you back reading and hoping to interact with more of you. Thanks for reading and as always drink responsibly. Oh by the way I have been writing up swim workouts for a friend of mine so I'll post them on here too.

My friend is on vacation this week so its going to be a small pool/ beach workout.

Pool workout

20 lap warm up

4 lap x 10 :15 rest 60-70% effort

10 laps counting strokes try and do less strokes each lap

4 lap x 10 :30 rest all out

10 laps counting strokes try and do less strokes each lap

20 lap cool down

Beach workout

Warm up swim with current down the beach counting in your head to 100

get out of water walk back down beach 

10 x swim with current :30 swim back :60

get out of water return to starting point

Cool down swim with current count to 100 in head