Beer Review: Stone and BlueJacket Suede

Tonight we tried Stone Brewery and BlueJacket Brewery’s Suede. This beer was a collaboration between the two breweries.

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Appearance: Dark in color

Smell: Caramelized sugar, raisins

Taste: Molasses, Honey, Dark chocolate, Coffee, Jasmine, Raisin

Body: Medium to heavy, Velvety

Overall: 82 of 100

Alcohol By Volume: 9.6%

I love Stone Brewery’s beers.  They always live up to my expectations.  This beer is an imperial porter brewed with calendula flowers, jasmine, and honey.

Beer Review: Left Hand Brewing Co’s Milk Stout

We just picked up a six pack of Left Hand Brewing Co’s Milk Stout.

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Appearance: Dark in color

Smell: Coffee

Taste: Roasted Barley, Coffee, and Chocolate

Mouth Feel: Creamy and Velvety, Slightly viscous but not too thick

Overall: 87 of 100

Alcohol By Vol: 6.0%

This beer is creamy, dark, and velvety, but yet still has a surprisingly light feel.  Despite our review of 87 out of 100 (which is still great), I like this beer a lot, it may become my go-to stout if I’m not feeling like trying something new (though that’s rare).

Kicking The Flu With Delicious Food!

I posted “‘Curing’ the Common Cold” about a week ago when I thought I had a slight cold….well, turns out I had the flu.  Yesterday was my first day without a fever and I actually felt a lot better, but I decided to take today off of work because whenever I get sick I tend to do too much right away and get sick again so I decided to learn from my mistakes.

Anyhow, I felt much better and I believe what Andrew and I ate for dinner helped.  They say chicken noodle soup really does help get rid of the common cold. This article from the NY Times points out one of the reasons why it might:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/10/12/the-science-of-chicken-soup/?_r=0

just to name one.

I did not have Chicken Noodle Soup for dinner by the way.  I actually made chicken in the crock pot (with Andrew’s help because I felt like I could hardly move).  I’m not one for measuring so I can’t give you exact measurements but here’s what we did…

Into the crock pot went:

2 lbs Chicken (about)
Orange Juice
1 Chopped Onion
2 Fresh Garlic Cloves
1/2 of a Serrano Pepper
Rosemary and Thyme Spices

Directions:

Put the chicken into the crock pot, pour orange juice over it until the orange juice covers about 2/3 of the chicken, then sprinkle rosemary and thyme into the crock pot.  I put the crock pot on high for 4 hours (because I didn’t start until mid-day).  When Andrew got home, he cut up the onion, garlic, and serrano pepper and threw it in with about an two hours to go.

Conclusion

The chicken was fantastic! But the best part was the broth.  The broth is what made me feel amazing.  I didn’t want to drink it at first, but Andrew insisted it would make me feel better, and boy was he right! It felt great going down and I felt even better in the morning.  I have to make homemade broth more often!

I had tried everything, tea all day, orange juice, soup, including chicken noodle…nothing helped until we made this. But I think for now on, I’m going to remember to be good to my body again so I don’t get sick in the first place!

Time for a Beer Review!

We’ve just finished off a bottle of Hardywood – Reserve Series – Gingerbread Stout.

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Appearance: Dark in color

Smell: Ginger, Molasses, Raisins, and Cloves

Taste: Ginger, Vanilla, and a Milk Chocolate finish

Mouth Feel: Velvety, Medium-body

Overall: 96 out of 100 (Beer advocate gave it 100 out of 100)

Alcohol By Vol: 9.2%

Delicious! Definitely would recommend! Perfect beverage for a cold winter night.

Everyone Loves Surprises! Especially in the Form of Many Bottles!

Surprise!

Andrew came home baring gifts tonight! An assortment of ciders, meads, and wines compliments of his boss, Brian.  On top of that, he bought me some ingredients to make a new beer to put on tap!

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Right now we have a Nut Brown Ale… Next on tap – Belgian Saison and a West Coast Style IPA!

…Possible because Andrew brought yet ANOTHER keg today and now we have 3!

(My apologies for the bad picture, it was quickly taken with my phone in a whirlwind of excitement!)

Can you spot our photo bombing puppy…