so, what am i drinking now?

i’m sure this question has been nagging my faithful readers, since i’ve been very lax in my updating.

sorry guys.

first, a teaser from my trip to NOLA during this year’s Carnival:

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part of a 64-ounce draft of Abita Amber. ’cause that’s how they roll in NOLA. i like Abita’s brews a lot (usually drinking Turbodog, though). the Amber is worth a try if it’s available in your area, particularly if you like the more flavourful lagers. this definitely ain’t no Budweiser.

and now, on to our regular beerage:

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Rogue Mocha Porter. insanely good stuff, as are all the beers from the fine fellows at Rogue. if you can’t find a beer you like from them, you shouldn’t be drinking.

the Mocha Porter is a beautiful porter, with coffee and chocolate tones. it’s not sweet, however. so don’t go expecting some fruity, dessert beer! this is a great beer for pairing with food, given its complex flavours and healthy (54 IBU) helping of hops.

so, what’s next?

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brewed in Manchester for over 200 years, Boddington’s Pub Ale is next. a very nice, easy drinking, light bodied ale with a fairly low (4.1%) alcohol content, it’s a great beer for hot summer days. some apple, pear and honey flavours, but still with enough hops to keep your taste buds busy. excellent, approachable session beer.

last, but certainly not least (in my not-so-humble opinion):

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another of my homebrews – a west-coast style porter.  brewed with a pound and a half of honey, a pound of molasses, crystal 120 and chocolate malts, this is a real kick-butt beer. with a 7.5-8% alcohol content, it’s definitely not a session beer, either. bittering comes from Bullion and Cascade hops, and aroma from Fuggles. another that i’d definitely recommend, but it’s mine, all mine!

happy drinking!

quote of the day:

“It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can’t remember if it’s the thirteenth or the fourteenth.” – George Burns

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3 Responses to “so, what am i drinking now?”

  1. Chuck Boyd Says:

    If you’ve ever looked at my blog, you know I REALLY like Boddingtons so should I assume it will be readily available in New Orleans? Was that beverage part of your trip there?

    I’m heading to the Big Easy in a week or so for my first visit since the 1980s. The news right now is stressing how drugs and violence has taken over the city! Did that mar your trip in any way?

    I don’t plan to venture out of the French Quarter..think I’ll have a problem?

  2. jhota Says:

    no, Boddington’s is something i buy here at home. the only beer i drank in NOLA was the Abita. the rest of the trip i stuck with single-malt scotch.

    and we didn’t have any problems on the trip. didn’t really get out of the Quarter much either – stayed at Lowes, which is on the corner of Poydras and Tchoupitoulas, barely one block from Canal Street.

    this is getting a bit ahead of myself (NOLA report on Sunday), but i’ve always found New Orleans to be a very hospitable city – this trip being no different.

    keep your brain engaged, don’t do anything stupid and you should be peachy.

  3. Stewart Says:

    Ah, Mocha Porter. My mainstay, Boston Lager excepted.

    Good point about Rogue. You shoulda been there when I introduced the iBlogger to their fine range of products.

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