Nov 30 2008 3:33 pm

pennsylvania drinking style

Everyone seems to think that beer goes better with turkey than wine does.  I have no idea.  But I do know that Troeg's Mad Elf went pretty damn well with my turkey.  Mad Elf is a highly sought after strong ale brewed in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and released once a year during the holidays.  It is 11% abv.  Nominally a strong Belgian dark ale I suppose, it's brewed with honey and cherries.  I'm not going to say it was dry, but it wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be.  Not cloying.  Fairly drinkable.  It shows a restrained spice up front with some caramel flavors and some expected but not distracting fermentation character following through the middle.  It finishes cleanly with subtle cherry flavor.  It quenched the turkey.  Mellowed the vinegar-bacon green beans.  Complimented the walnut sweet potatoes.  And put a warm buzz in my stomach to boot.


Sly Fox Dunkel Lager in cans was quite the find.  As some of you know, I love craft beer in cans.  It's also a late autumn/winter seasonal.  It's brewed in Royersford PA not too far from my folk's house in West Chester.  The beauty of this beer, and of any dunkel lager in my opinion, is the fine Munich malt character.  It's kind of hard to describe, but I think of it as plump and juicy yet so fresh and so clean.  Sly Fox's version hits you hard with a crisp, clean, munich malt blast that's carried on a perfect body.  The mouthfeel here is great.  The malt character tapers off slowly through the mid palate into a surprisingly brisk herbal hop bitterness.  I had many of these fine beers over the last few days.  Some of them straight out of the can.


Yesterday we engaged in some homemade Bobby construction at Ben and Leigh's house and had a nice campfire.  While it can be inconvenient at times, I know I'm home when everyone brings a case of beer to a party. 


Dear Pennsylvania, I love you. 


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