Archive | April, 2012

Shipyard Emporium

25 Apr

Since I have to move out of my dorm by May 1 I decided there were a few things in Orlando that I wanted to do before I leave this city. On my list was “check out the Shipyard Emporium”, so I went there for dinner two nights ago. They have so many beers I wanted to try so I had to get a flight of four 4oz pours for $7. 

I tried the Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale, Shipyard Fuggles IPA, Black n’ Blue and Breckenridge Vanilla Porter. The Black n’ Blue was by far my favorite. It’s a blend of their Blue Fin Stout and Sea Dog Blueberry that comes out to 5% alcohol by volume. It tasted just like chocolate covered blueberries in the best way possible; it was a perfect balance. The Vanilla Porter was 4.7% alcohol and tasted pretty delicious as well; it kind of had a cream soda after taste. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Shipyard Fuggles IPA. It was 5.8% alcohol and not really my style, but for consumers who enjoy a lightly hopped IPA then this is for you. The Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale tasted tropical and fruity. At 6.2% alcohol it was very light and smooth on the pallet. 

I also got a pint of Coronado Orange Ave Wit to go with my dinner. It is brewed with California orange peel and orange blossom honey butter. At 5.2% alcohol I would choose this over Blue Moon any day. It is less sweet and more orange flavored. 

Whether you are looking for some good eats or just some delicious beers and are in the Winter Park area, be sure to check out the Shipyard Emporium. They have something for everyone. 

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Shipyard Emporium flight sampler

Tampa Bay Brewing Company

21 Apr

I had the best lunch yesterday. If you are ever in Ybor you have to eat at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company. It’s a restaurant/brewery that has been around since 1996 and i’ve never had anything there that I didn’t think was absolutely delicious. It’s also super neat because they make all of their beers in house. You can even join their mug club for $55 (it has it’s perks if you dine there often enough) or buy your own beer making kit to create a pack of your favorite brew.

Even though I have a few favorite beers I always like to get the sampler tray so I can taste the seasonal brews. The price of a sampler tray ranges depending on how many seasonal brews there are. This time it was $15 dollars for the tray and it had 3 seasonal brews plus their 8 regular brews and awesome root beer. It comes on a tray with descriptions of each 3oz pour. Although $15 may seem expensive for what comes out to about 3 pints of beer, the buzz you get from mixing the different types of beer is comparable. 

One of the seasonal brews was called the Smoked Scotsman ale. It was 8.5% alcohol and tasted very smokey, almost like you were eating something that had been smoked. I enjoyed it, but some wouldn’t.

The Wild Warthog Weizen is 5.2% alcohol and tastes like bananas. Not overpowering, sweet bananas, but more like a subtle flavor that most females would probably enjoy. If I had to choose, this would probably be my favorite.

As i’ve said before, i’ve been gravitating toward porters and stouts lately, so it’s no surprise i’d enjoy the Iron Rat Stout. It tastes so chocolaty and smooth that you wouldn’t even realize it’s 8% alcohol by volume. 

This place is worth every penny.

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Tampa Bay Brewing Company beer sampler tray

Beer is good for your hair!

19 Apr

Stumbling online before class I found an interesting article on Woman’s Day’s website about homemade beauty treatments for your hair. Not by drinking it though. Apparently flat beer adds volume to your hair because of the massive amounts of yeast. 

Here’s what the website says to do to make the hair magic happen: 

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. “When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair,” says Belkin. Treatments can be applied every other week.

Sam’l Smith Organic Raspberry Fruit Ale

18 Apr

This past weekend I found an awesome beer at Total Wine. It was only $5.99 for about a pint of Sam’l Smith Organic Raspberry Fruit Ale. This is probably one of the most delicious fruit ales i’ve tried. It’s similar to a lambic but not quite as sweet making it easier to drink more of it. It’s also stronger than a lambic in alcohol content. Lambics range in alcohol content, but the ones i’ve had are around 2%. This fruit ale is around 5% alcohol making it comparable to drinking a regular ale. It tastes like raspberries and everything good in life. If you don’t like the taste of beer you might enjoy this fruit ale because it basically tastes like fruit juice, probably because it is brewed with raspberry juice. On the bottle it says the brew is USDA certified organic so that always makes me feel better about my beer choice.

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Sam’l Smith Organic Raspberry Handcrafted Fruit Ale