Posts Tagged ‘Microbrewery’

3 Floyds Brewpub (Oh, by the way, which one’s pink)

Your ticket to beeradice.

The next time you’re in northwest Indiana for whatever reason, you need to do yourself a HUGE favor and head over to the 3 Floyds Brewpub, 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN 46321, 219.922.3565 . I wish I had learned about this place 15 years ago when they opened but, although I’ve been drinking their beer for years, my first experience with the actual pub wasn’t until November of 2011. Yeah, a few months ago. While putting our names on the 45-60 minute waiting list (which is typical, no matter when you get there) I peeked in and saw that they were showing a 1970’s Kung Fu movie on the back wall !! Well, that hooked me and whenever I get up to the area, I make it a point to stop in.

Although I was hungry when I got there, I decided to lean back with a choice adult beverage while watching a Gamera movie on the rear wall. My choice? An IPA of course, with the name Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker.  At 100 IBUs and 9% ABV (alcohol by volume), this is a high intensity little cutie. The flavor is difficult to describe and the menu description didn’t help. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t really warm up to it, as much as I wanted. It was plenty hoppy but the overall flavor put me off. Now, that’s not to say that I didn’t finish it, because I did. It just ain’t kosher to waste booze. Dig?

The fish is mild but the slight grill char added a nice “earthy” element and the citrus salad really gives this dish a superb brightness that was unexpected. (Mostly because I was watching Gamera and wasn’t paying attention to the food.) The sliced jalapenos were just “sauce for the goose, Mr. Savik”. It isn’t a gut-buster portion, not by any stretch, but as I’ve mentioned before, when excellent ingredients are used in tandem with good recipes and a staff that give a sh** about the results,  it’s worth the money. This ain’t the Taco Bell  value menu. Thang Gawd. To compliment this dish, I tried a much less robust beer, Pride and Joy. From their website: This beer is 3 Floyd’s American “Mild” Ale. With a more assertive hop profile than British Milds and a relatively low alcohol content this is a great session beer that still has Pale Ale characteristics. Pride and Joy is a golden color with a fruity nose and a light caramel sweetness to balance the crisp finish. A truly refreshing ale that drinks easily. In case you aren’t familiar with the term “session beer” I have included a brief definition from the Beeradvocate website: Session beer
n.
Any beer that contains no higher than 5 percent ABV, featuring a balance between malt and hop characters (ingredients) and, typically, a clean finish – a combination of which creates a beer with high drinkability. The purpose of a session beer is to allow a beer drinker to have multiple beers within a reasonable time period or session without overwhelming the senses or reaching inappropriate levels of intoxication. (Yes, you can drink and enjoy beer without getting drunk.) Here is a link to a website with a much more in-depth definition: http://beeradvocate.com/articles/653 So, in short, 3 Floyds is the basement man-cave I’ll never have but will ALWAYS want. The beer list is extensive, eclectic and another word that starts with an “e” that would work super well here but at the moment, escapes me. And just as cool is the menu. You’re bound to find just the right food to go with your beer. Please, the next time you’re there, drop me a line and tell me what movie is on! Thanks in advance.

Three Floyds Brew Pub – 9750 Indiana Parkway-Munster, IN -46321 – 219-922-3565

KUNG FOOD MASTER RANK: BLUE BELT WITH 2 STRIPES

Two Brothers Cane and Ebel Beer

In the last few years, with the assistance of co-workers, I have been introduced to local craft beer.  Admittedly, I’m a cheap a** and paying more for beer goes against my pocketbook.  However, the old adage “Ya get what ya pay for” really hits home when it comes to craft beers. When you’re young, broke, and in need of a quick buzz (and eventual blackout), the most fiscally responsible thing to do was to get the Strohs 30 pack (remember? I do, sorta). Now that I have  a few (and I mean, a few) more dollars to invest in renting alcohol, I prefer getting the most for my delicious booze dollar. And what better way than craft beer? What’s more, there are so many local beer producers to support, that it isn’t possible to not find a beer that fits you. Now remember, these brewers are our friends and neighbors, not some nameless corporation with a shi*-ton of cash to spend on advertising to tell us that their product offers superior taste or a particular level of refreshment (when it really doesn’t). Once you taste local brewery offerings, you’ll be kicking your own a**, wondering why you went without for so many years. Honestly, the folks who bring you these beers are MUCH more interested in how their product tastes to their customers than how much money they can make by offering the absolute bare minimum. Now, of course, they have to eat too and I’m sure that they enjoy the occasional vacation but the focus is the beer and how it’s enjoyed. So, let me present……………….Cane and Ebel as made by the good folks at Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, IL. While not severely local, it’s still in the Midwest, so it’s cool. From what the label tells me, this beer is a red rye ale, brewed with Thai palm sugar! The resulting taste is a little malty and a little sweet.

Now, I’m an avid hop-head but part of the reason is that I like my flavors right up front, where I can keep an eye on them. This beer isn’t n IPA (India Pale Ale) but as the flavors are what I would call dramatic, it makes the cut, with room to spare.

I liked it so much, I went ahead and grabbed a four-pack for home use.

If you are new to the world of craft beers, I wouldn’t start with this one. It’s just too “in your face” for newbies. If you’re a hop-head who is looking for something that is just as full-flavored but not hoppy, this may just be the thing.