Archive | June, 2015

3 Daughters Brewing

29 Jun

IMG_7377Last week The Nicoles went to 3 Daughters Brewing for our final Travels, Tours & Tales column while working together at the Osprey Observer. We took home a six-pack of each of their three most popular brews: Beach Blonde Ale, Bimini Twist IPA &  Rod Bender Red Ale. They are all higher in ABV with 5%, 7% and 5.9% respectively.  I think my favorite was the Beach Blonde Ale that had this really pretty yellow color to it. Although they were all different styles, they were all fairly hoppy, more so than I expected. The prices are reasonable at about $8 a six-pack and they are available at most grocery and convenient stores.

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While we were at the brewery we also got a flight for $6.50 which included four 6 oz. pours from the tap line-up. I don’t remember exactly which four I picked, I think it included El Hefe, Saison Lafayette and Belgian Dark Strong, but I remember liking them all more than the three canned styles we IMG_7419took home. I believe they have over 64 different styles of beer, not all of which are in bottles.

It was a really cute place in the art district of St. Pete with homemade pieces around the bar including a mural from local artists the Vitale Brothers. I love that the couple named the business for their three young daughters since they will be using the proceeds to put them through college. It makes me feel like i’m supporting a noble cause when I purchase their beer. They have a ton of board games, ping pong, darts and more right in the storehouse where they brew and host live music on the weekends plus food trucks. I will definitely have to make my way over there on a Friday night sIMG_7392ometime soon.

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Israeli Beer: Goldstar, Maccabee & More

15 Jun

11414366_1072972539397218_1315347034_nI recently had the opportunity to go on a tour for 15 days in Israel. The tour was packed full of events but I still found a few moments to try two of the main beers they had at the hotels.

The first was called Goldstar, which is Israel’s best-selling beer. It was not bad, but not my favorite beer ever. It’s a red lager at 4.9% and straight off the tap from the bar at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem was nice after a long, hot day.

The second beer we had ordered up to the room on the last night in Jerusalem at the Leonardo Hotel was the 11324070_1072972549397217_1317242675_nMaccabee beer. This is a pale Israeli lager and is apparently dubbed as “Israeli’s official alternative beer,” whatever that means. It reminded me a lot of Heineken. It’s 7.9% abv and if I remember correctly it cost 12 or 20 shekels, which was about $5. I believe it was about the same for the Goldstar, maybe a little more because it was 24 ounces.

Then when we were at a spice shop one day I decided to buy three beers to take home and try. I think they came out to about $5 or $3 a beer. Check them out below:

Bazelet Amber Ale at 6.4% from the Golan Brewery.

Bazelet Amber Ale at 6.4% from the Golan Brewery. This really wasn’t anything special.

 

Bazelet Double Bock from the Golan Brewery. Very smooth and complex.

Bazelet Double Bock from the Golan Brewery. Very smooth and complex.

 

Bazelet OG Blonde Wheat. The sign at the store said it was seasonal. It had a great buttery smoothness, it was wonderful.

Bazelet OG Blonde Wheat. The sign at the store said it was seasonal. It had a great buttery smoothness, it was wonderful.