Archive | March, 2016

NOLA Brewing Company

24 Mar

IMG_1157Last week I went to visit my grandparents in New Orleans. I had to make a point to stop by one of the local craft breweries, and there just so happened to be one very close to where we were shopping one day. The NOLA Brewing Company is two blocks away from Magazine Street off¬†Tchoupitoulas Street. (I’d like to hear you try to pronounce that if you’re not familiar with the area).

It had a two story taproom with rooftop access and a view of the Mississippi River. They had the most expensive flights i’ve come across at $10 for four IMG_1155pours. I went with a raspberry sour called Desire, a pineapple habanero IPA, the Irish Channel Stout, and a porter that I forget the name of. I’ve learned from the few sours i’ve tried that i’m not a fan, but this was the best i’ve tried. They kind of fall into the same category as cider for me. I’m just not able to drink more than one at at time and they just don’t taste like beer. The pineapple habanero wasn’t very pinapple-y or spicy. The Irish Channel Stout wasn’t my favorite stout ever but I decided to take a 4 pack of pint cans home so I could bring a piece of New Orleans with me, which I think was $10.

The taproom had a small menu, which I didn’t really pay attention to since we were full from Juan’s Flying Burrito. Now THAT is some good eats. The beer was mediocre and the bartender was meh. If I lived there i’m not gunna lie, i’d IMG_1191probably go back to try more since they had i’d guess close to 20 beers on tap, but it wouldn’t be my first choice. Worth popping your head in if you’re area, but definitely not the 12 hour drive from Tampa.

 

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Cigar City Brewpub

23 Mar

I forgot to blog about my trip to the Cigar City Brewpub in Tampa before I went on vacation last week. I’m getting pretty bad at this. I’ve had a few of Cigar City’s beers before and had even visited the taproom a few years back, but it had been awhile so I went with a flight to try more than one. ¬†I went IMG_0941with the hard cider, Maduro Brown Ale, Space Race and Barley Berry Jam. The only reason I know this, by the way, is not from superior memory, but from this awesome app on my phone called Untappd. It’s how I “check-in” or log my new beers. It’s like Facebook, but for you and your beer drinking friends. But that’s another post.

Anyways, I remember liking them all, the Space Race the most, which I think was a stout. But again not the biggest fan of the cider. Just too sweet for my taste. They had a ton of beers on tap so there is definitely something for everyone. No, I don’t remember how much the flight cost.

The dinner menu had a good variety and I went with the empanada of the day, which happened to be something with buffalo chicken when I went. It was pretty good; i’d eat it again. Nicole was a total copycat and got the same thing, but our other two friends went with the flank steak, which looked delicious, and the mac n cheese with ropa vieja, which I can attest was delicious. We had an appetizer of caprese salad, which was fresh and filling. Overall for the price it was a good deal. The decorations inside were cute too with use of beer barrels, bottles, cans, etc in all the furniture and walls. I don’t think i’d drive that far again just for the beer, but if you’re in the area it’s definitely worth stopping by.

Psagot Shiraz 2001 & More

2 Mar

IMG_8241I failed to realize how long it’s actually been since i’ve posted anything. Sadly I don’t have any tasting notes on these two wines, but I will tell you what I remember. The Psagot Shiraz 2001 vintage was the wine I brought back with me from my trip to Israel in May of last year. I don’t remember how much it cost but I think it may have come out to around $30 for the bottle.

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Psagot Winery tasting room in Israel, May 2015. Photograph taken by myself.

 

It was a super cute boutique winery that had a short movie about the land as well as a 30 minute movie someone filmed to tell the story about how the winery started. Afterwards in the shop they were sampling this Shiraz in tiny pill bottle caps. I recently opened it for my birthday in February but got a cold and didn’t really get to enjoy it. From what I remember, it wasn’t super dry and nothing really memorable. Not sure i’d buy this one again.

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The Ben Ami Chardonnay 2013 vintage, I can’t even remember when we opened this. Honestly, I don’t really like Chardonnay that much, but it definitely was one of the more tolerable Chardonnays i’ve tried. It looks like it’s about $15 at Total Wine, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Oh another wine I tried recently that I actually really liked was a Robertson Winery Pinot Noir 2013 vintage that my boss gave me for my birthday. I didn’t take notes on this one either, or even a good picture, because I was cooking when I opened it. From my research, it seems like you can find it for around $10. Now THAT is a good wine buy.