Saturday, January 29, 2011

Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish...

...and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day. Well, we’re not looking to encourage any extreme behavior, but there is something to be said for fishing and enjoying a nice cold beer... and on a charter boat the captain is your designated driver.

We’re conducting a beer tasting with beers that have a saltwater fishing theme, selecting beer singles from Total Wine & More in North Miami Beach to make up a mix and match six-pack. For this first installment we tried Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (India Pale Ale) even though we weren’t looking to catch a dogfish, and Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet 2010 Below Decks, even though the seas weren’t heavy and no one was looking to mutiny. We will be rating the beer and also giving style points for bottle caps and labels, with five fish being the best.

Disclaimer: We are not connoisseurs of beer. We do not have a discriminating palate. We do not have proper glassware. Our favorite beer is free beer. Your results may vary.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
12 fl.oz./$1.99/6% ABV

Bottle Cap:
Dogfish Shark Logo

Nice enough artwork but no description of product. A brief description would really help the uninitiated.

First sip tasted of apple cider, clean, smooth, not bitter, very agreeable, would drink this again.

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet 2010 Below Decks
22 fl. oz/$5.99/10% ABV

Bottle Cap:
Outstanding Pirate Logo

Big bomber bottle has plenty of real estate for great artwork and description of product on side and back.

This was our first experience with barleywine. We found this to be sweet, malty, heavy, earthy, put us in good spirits, no headache, seems like it might be interesting to cook with.

Check back for the next installment. We’re looking to catch some mackerel so we can try Holy Mackerel Panic Attack and Holy Mackerel Special Golden Ale.