Hubby and I have a standing date night every week. Most times we go to our favorite bar . . . Porky’s Café in Shelton, CT . . . because they have the best hot wings around, awesome pizza, and the staff is cute & friendly.
For all the years I’ve been going there . . . at least 10 years . . . they’ve had pretty much the same beer on tap. Mostly your run of the mill big commercial brewers: Guinness, Bass Ale, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Blue Moon, Miller, Sam Adams. But recently I’ve noticed a new trend towards seasonal beers and a rotating guest tap.
I’m really happy about this development because the guest tap is most often a little guy craft brew . . . my kind of beer!
Some of recent beers were new to me and I absolutely LOVE trying new beer!
A recent tap featured Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale. Dogfish Head is a favority brewery of mine so there was no way I was going to let this one slip by untasted. I liked it a lot. There was the hoppiness of an IPA that I love so much along with subtle caramel notes that add delicious complexity. The bitterness of the hops is balanced nicely with a light sweetness. I would definitely recommend this beer! Delish! (7.2% ABV)
A couple weeks ago they had a Founders Rye PA . . . mmmm. Hophead alert!! This one is for you! Very hoppy and grapefruity . . . my fav! The malts contribute a light sweetness that makes for an amazing beer. A lot of hops and a touch of caramel . . . oh my sweet heaven . . . YUM! (6.6% ABV)
And just this past week Lagunitas A Little Sumpin Wild Ale. A fairly strong beer (8.7% ABV) with big flavor. There’s plenty of hoppiness . . . so, I’m not complaining . . . with an interesting array flavors: spice, fruit and candy. No, I’m not insane. I’m not sure of everything I was tasting in this complex flavorful beer but I know I detected some banana and, dare I say, bubblegum. That’s right! I said it! Bubblegum. Just the barest hint and it wasn’t at all bad. As my favorite Vulcan would say . . . fascinating. Really quite good . . . scrumptious, in fact. Give it a whirl . . . you won’t be disappointed.