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A Little Bit About Steelhead Double IPA

Steelhead Double IPA comes to us from Mad River Brewing  in Humboldt County, California.   Malty, hoppy and robust, Double IPA is dry hopped with Amarillo hops for a fresh piney and citrus flavor and aroma. Aggressively hopped, but perfectly balanced.  This is one of those weird IPAs that I (a stout drinker) have great appreciation for.   At 8.6% ABV and 95 IBU, this brew is not for the faint of palate.   The balance is what makes it great, in my opinion.

I featured this beer as part of Craft Beer Week  last year at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge in Palm Coast.

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Today (Wednesday) only, I am running this beer on special for $2.50.  That’s PBR price, people.  A perfect opportunity to try something new!

 

 


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It all started with a stranger walking up to the bar and asking “Aren’t you that TikiTender guy from Myspace?”

 

 

 

 

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Why Do We Celebrate National Beer Day On April 7th?

April 7 is National Beer Day!   While I’m in favor of beer on any day, I’m always ready for a good tale from history.
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As we all know, the Volstead Act made the production of intoxicating beverages illegal in the United States.   Every year on December 5, I recognize Repeal Day as the day the 21st Amendment was ratified and prohibition was repealed.   bdg_nationalbeerday2016_lg

But, that was December 5th.  Why do we celebrate National Beer Day in April.   Well, in the early part of 1933 folks realized what an economic disaster prohibition had become and began trying to ease it back.   On March 22, 1933 President Franklin Roosevelt signed an amendment to the Volstead Act, making it legal to produce beer (albeit 3.2% or less) in the United States again.   Upon signing the Cullen-Harrison Act, Roosevelt declared “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

This new law went into effect a few weeks later, on April 7th.    Now let’s have a beer!

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Drinks for Island Time Radio

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks for  my Island Time Radio segment (and some bonus drinks)

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Black Velvet
Equal parts Guinness and champagne in a pint glass

Irish Wolfhound
1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
1 oz ruby red grapefruit juice
Ginger beer to balance
Pour whiskey and grapefruit juice over ice.  Top with ginger beer and stir gently.

Irish Buck
1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
Juice of half limest-patricks-cocktails-130314-emerald-isle-660x433
Ginger-ale to balance
Combine all ingredients over ice.


Emerald Isle

2 oz gin
1 oz green creme de menthe
dash of bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a martini glass.

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Anderson Valley Night At The Humidor

Seven Anderson Valley brews to choose from!

Leah & Felicia will be your hostesses for this event

We will be continuing our anniversary weekend with one of our favorite breweries. Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a small batch brewery out of California. We love their brews here at the lounge.

Saturday, August 1, is your night to try these brews as we feature SEVEN different beers from AVB!

*Live Music from Brad Griese 8-11pm

*Door Prizes

*Super Specials on the Anderson Valley beers below

*NO COVER | FREE EVENT

RSVP via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/489894354508365/

Brad Griese Live 8pm-10pm

Featured Beers For The Night

Boont Amber Ale – This amber ale boasts hints of sun toasted grain, toffee, and fruity esters. Beer Advocate Score: 86 ABV: 5.8% (12 oz can)

Summer Solstice Seasonal Ale – A slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish. Beer Advocate Score: 83 ABV: 5% (12 oz can)

The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose – The Gose style (pronounced “Go-zuh”) was traditionallybrewed using salted water and 50% malted wheat and was spiced with coriander and hops. Beer Advocate Score: 85 ABV: 4.2% (12 oz can)

Hop Ottin IPA – This American IPA is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade. This beer is a showcase of the bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. Beer Advcate Score: 90 ABV: 7% (12 oz can)

Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout – Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character. Beer Advocate Score: 85 ABV: 6.9% (22oz bomber)

Pinchy Jeek Barl – Aged for 6 months in Wild Turkey® barrels, this bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale is pleasantly creamy with a silky body and sweet caramel flavor. Beer Advocate Score: 82 ABV: 8.5% (22 oz bomber)

Huge Arker – True to its Boontling moniker, “Huge Arker” is a massive force of nature that detonates on your tongue. After primary fermentation, the beer is aged in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels until it fully matures. The deep mahogany color is evocative of the opulence to follow. Dark luscious aromas of burnished oak mingle with candy sugar, bourbon and hearth-baked bread. Beer Advocate Score: 90 ABV: 13.5%

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Dogfish Head Burton Baton

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May 17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.   On Saturday, we will be featuring Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Brewery.

Based in Delaware, Dogfish is known for their quirky brews and their trademark line of IPAs (60 minute, 90 minute, 120 minute).   The brewery runs a philanthropic venture called “Beer & Benevolence”, in which they endeavor to creatively collaborate with nonprofit organizations to foster community, nourish artistic advancement and cultivate environmental stewardship.

The Burton Baton, an oak-aged hybrid, has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.  I love enjoying it with some soft brie.  Be careful with this brew, it’s a 10% ABV monster.    Available for half-price on Saturday at the Humidor.

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Tomoka Hazy Sunrise

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May 17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.  For Friday, we are tapping a keg of Hazy Sunrise, a wheat ale from Tomoka Brewing Company.  What’s that glorious golden glow, streaming out from the hazy morning heavens? It’s a light & refreshing Hefeweizen, with a kiss of Florida citrus! Brewed with wheat & pilsner base malts, this easy-drinking beer is great any time of day!

Tomoka Brewing Company is located just down the road from us in Port Orange, Florida.   w are proud to celebrate local brews!

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Steelhead Double IPA

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May 17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.  On Thursday, we are featuring Steelhead Double IPA from Mad River Brewing Company.

Since 1989, Mad River Brewing Company has been brewing award winning beers.  In the late seventies Brew Master Bob Smith, founder of the HOMEBREWERS Guild, dreamed of opening a small brewery specializing in craft beers. Excursions to buy brewing supplies led Bob to Ken Grossman’s Homebrew Shop in Chico, California.

After Ken shared his plans to build Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, Bob became determined to build a craft brewery in Humboldt County. In 1989 construction began on what is now known as Mad River Brewing Co.

I have great appreciation for Dylan’s brews and his beard.

Nestled in Humboldt County adjacent to the Mad River in Blue Lake CA, Mad River is now under the command of Brewmaster Dylan Schatz.

Malty, hoppy and robust, Double IPA (8.7% ABV) is dry hopped with Amarillo hops for a fresh piney and citrus flavor and aroma. Aggressively hopped, but perfectly balanced.

We have been serving the Steelhead Double IPA for some time at the Humidor and I am a big fan!  Come enjoy this brew today for half price!

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.

For Wednesday, we are celebrating Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville, CA) by featuring Summer Solstice seasonal ale.  Summer Solstice is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish.  With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior “drinkability” make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.

We are great fans of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, currently offering several brews from them.   Bourbon Barrel Stout and Pinchy Jeek Barl (both bombers), Hop Ottin’ IPA, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, and the seasonal Summer Solstice.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a true “small brewery” both in size and in community participation.

Like many craft breweries, Anderson Valley maintains a strong ecological commitment.    In 2006 the brewery installed a large photo-voltaic array (otherwise known as solar panels), providing 40% of the breweries electrical needs. Anderson Valley Brewing has been a five time WRAP Award Winner in 2005, 2004, 2003, 2001, and 2000. Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) recognizes California businesses for their outstanding waste reduction efforts.

The brewery’s 100-barrel copper brew house was recycled from two closed breweries in Germany, Ambrose Brutting Braü (Stoffelstein) and Magnus Braü (Kassendorf). Recently the brewery began packaging beers in aluminum cans, a lighter and more compact packaging that requires far less energy transport and less energy to recycle other than glass.

Land management is assisted with the help of some furry friends. Of Anderson Valley’s approximately 28 acres of grass, about 10% is “mowed” using a team of goats. A non-toxic pest control system (a cat named Figaro) guards the brew house and keeps rodents out.

Perhaps the most interesting chapter of Anderson Valley lore is its native language, Boontling. Still spoken by a handful of residents, Boontling is considered by modern linguists to be one of the world’s most extraordinary examples of a homemade language. At its peak Boontling was even taught in the valley’s schools and it was not uncommon for bright lighters (outsiders) to be completely dumbfounded by local conversation.  Anderson Valley Brewing embraces this local history by using Boontling in their marketing.

  • Bahl Hornin’: good drinking
  • Barney Flats: Hendy Woods National Forest. A spectacular forest of virgin redwoods, located in Anderson Valley.
  • Boont: Boonville. The largest community and focal center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of Boontling originated. Now famous for its local brewery
  • Heelch: A large quantity.
  • Horn: A drink; to drink.
  • Kimmie: A man or father
  • Tidrik: A party; a social gathering. (Probably from “tea drink,” a dialectal expression meaning the same thing.)
  • Yink: boy or son

We hope you will enjoy some Bahl Hornin’ with us today, as we feature Summer Soltice for half price!    

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Anchor Steam

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.

For Tuesday, we are celebrating Anchor Brewing Company (San Francisco) by featuring Anchor Steam. Anchor Steam owes its deep amber color, thick, creamy head, and rich, distinctive flavor to a historic brewing process like none other.

Anchor Steam will be half price in the lounge today.  We also offer Anchor Porter and Anchor Liberty Ale.   Come celebrate small breweries!

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Celebrate Craft Beer Week: Sierra Nevada Torpedo

We are celebrating Craft Beer Week (May 11-May17) at The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge!  Join us as we showcase a different craft beer every day.

For our first beer, we commemorate one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. Sierra Nevada was founded in 1979 by home brewers Ken Grossman & Paul Camusi. Based in Chico CA, they produced 950 barrels of the now recognizable “green label” Pale Ale.  (In comparison, 17 million barrels of Coors Light were produced in 2013.)   Many craft brewers consider this to be the beginning of the current craft beer movement.   While many small breweries didn’t make it out of the 1980s, Sierra Nevada continues to thrive. It currently produces about 800,000 barrels per year (second only to Sam Adams in independent brewery production) with about 450 employees.

I have chosen Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo IPA to kickoff Craft Beer Week because it is a favorite of my business partner, Ky Ekinci.

I chose Sierra Nevada as the first brewery because it was a pioneer in the movement, but also because it still operates in an innovative and environmentally sound fashion.  The company was awarded the “Green Business Of The Year” by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010.  The brewery operates on solar energy, with 10,000 solar cells covering its rooftops and parking lots. The company processes used cooking oil from its restaurant for biodiesel use in its delivery trucks. In 2009, it reached an agreement with a local ethanol company to produce high-grade ethanol fuel from its discarded yeast. Spent grain is sold to local cattle ranchers for livestock feed; spent water is sent to the brewery’s own water treatment plant, where it is reused, mainly as drip irrigation for its fields. Over 99.5% of the brewery plant’s solid waste is diverted from landfill.  Cheers to sustainability!

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