Earlier in the week we realized we all haven’t played golf for a few years. We thought with the great summer weather we better get out while we can before the summer is over. Of course your can’t play golf without a few brews. On our way out to the course we stopped at the House of 1000 Beers in New Ken. This place is AWESOME! Personally I was blown away when I saw this………Mother F’n Deschutes Mirror Pond. I totally had a beer boner.
After spending a good 30-45 minutes browsing, we left with a wide selection: Victory Twelve, Deschutes Mirror Pond & Red Chair, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, Shiner Ruby Redbird, Czechvar, Iron City Mango for Tim (just kidding it was for Mark), Voodoo Eisbier, Strawberry Abita and 21st Admendment Brewing Hell or High Watermelon. (Ed. note: lies)
Our golf games were anything but consistent. Here and there we had a few decent shots, but those were far and few between, especially for me.
The first beer of the course was the Victory Twelve (V-12). The V-12 is a Belgian style speciality ale brewed by Victory out in Downingtown, PA. Victory describes the beer as heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste along with hints of pear and apricot. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness. For the most part I would agree with this assessment. It was incredibly easy to drink and packs a punch at 12% Alc by Vol. Great beer for the golf course, it will relax you and give you confidance to make any shot.
This picture of Tim may look like perfect form, but don’t let that fool you. The ball didn’t even pass the ladies tee. Not sure if it was his clubs or the Voodoo Eisbier. This was the first time I’ve seen a bottle of this brew. TDY is big fans of Voodoo Brewing so we had to try it. This beer has, from what we could tell, a deep amber color with a red tones depending on how the light hits it. The first sip was tough to pick out the cherry flavor, but as we continued to drink the cherry flavor became noticable towards the back of the tongue. This high alcohol brew didn’t drink like one. It went down smooth. In short it was an easy drinking bock style beer with some tart cherry finish at ~14+% alc by vol.
There were a few fruit beers in the rotation. It was a very hot summer afternoon and they were both a pleasant change of pace. The 21st Admendment Hell or High Watermelon was canned which sat in the golf cart cupholder nicely, even with the way we drove them. If you like a light ale with a touch of watermelon flavor you should try this beer. Very easy to drink on a hot day.
The other fruit beer was the Strawberry Abita. One of the best fruit beers on the market. Tim was wicked excited to find this one. Usually there is a mad scramble to buy this up when it is released. This was one of the first beers Tim went for on the course. Unfortanly Strawberry Abita does not give you super human golf powers. Very smooth, fresh strawberry tasting ale. It has a nice balance of fruit to beer flavor.
In the middle we enjoyed Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, Czechvar and Shiner Ruby Redbird. Blue Point Hoptical Illusion has been on tap around town. If you are a hop head you will enjoy this. There is a nice citrus hop bite to this brew. I would like it be more bitter and less malty, but non-the-less its a solid IPA. Towards the begining of the bottle we were picking up on some sort of fruit, maybe apricot. This could also be related to drinking Hoptical Illusion after a fruit beer.
Czechvar is an example of a classic pilsner, very similar to Pilsner Urquel.
Shiner Ruby Redbird is a fruit/vegitable beer with grapefruit and slight traces of ginger. It was crisp and refreshing, but needed a little more flavor.
To close out the course we cracked open the Deschutes Mirror Pond and Red Chair. Both are pale ales from Bend, Oregon. These beers were super flavorful and very easy to drink. They were both very hop driven with little to no malty sweetness. This does not mean they were as bitter as an IPA. The west coast pale ales and IPAs are more focused on hop flavor without the malty sweetness than their east coast conterparts. East coast pales and IPAs try to be overly balanced with hops and malt. Don’t get me started on the idea of ‘balanced’ pales and IPAs. It was refreshing to taste beers in this style category that were not malty, yet had a medium hop bitterness. Deschutes is not readily available in PA, yet! There are rumors of them entering the state in the near near future. If we hear of anything we will let you know.
Vote now for who you think finished in 1st place; Tim, Mark or Jake. Winner gets a random beer coaster from our collection.