Stone Enjoy By 02.14.16 Black IPA

The last two times Stone released an Enjoy By Black IPA I wasn’t able to snag a bottle, but this time I made sure that was not the case when they released Enjoy By 02.14.16 Black IPA. The 9.4% ABV beer was bottled on 01/09/16 and was quite fresh and stellar. Stone lists the hops as Amarillo, Super Galena, Centennial, Cascade, Vic Secret, Ella, and Galaxy. They also divulge with this one they are darkening with Sinamar. I used Sinamar back in the homebrewing days to darken a Weizenbock which was too light for style, but had not heard anything about it in a very long time. It is basically a malt based colorant. I gotta admit I really enjoyed the Enjoy By Black IPA, mainly because it didn’t come off as an American Porter it was truly a Black IPA. I noticed it was still lurking on shelves last week so if you didn’t snag a bottle there may still be time, of course it goes out of date tomorrow. ;)


Fourth Anniversary!

Today’s post is number 1,462 for Bangers and Mash and is the fourth anniversary for the blog.

The blog began February 12, 2012 and last year it averaged almost 50 views a day and we have 124 subscribers. As regular readers will attest you never know what topic I might choose on a particular day and I strive to always keep it interesting. I appreciate those who take the time to read my posts and especially those who comment adding useful information.

The plan is to continue daily posts as long as possible. So far we’ve not missed a day. If you are on Facebook, please take a minute and like the blog there. That will give you each daily post in your feed.

Thanks for the support and help us celebrate by lifting a glass of something interesting to toast our milestone.


Lagunitas Bitter Oats

I had seen Lagunitas Bitter Oats in the bottle shop and had passed it by several times wondering how it might be when a customer came in an thanked the clerk for suggesting it his last time through and then I knew a bottle was coming home. I didn’t pay much attention to it before opening when I discovered it was a 10.5% ABV double IPA. I guess moving forward I should pay more attention to the alcohol levels before deciding what to open. The beer was quite tasty with a sweet malt character and enough hops to keep the malt in check. With this alcohol level I had to remind myself to sip it instead of drink and took my time to savor what Lagunitas had created. If you haven’t given this one a whirl yet, take it out for a spin, I think you will enjoy it!


Bloomberg Eyes The White House Should Gun Owners Be Concerned?

I read that Michael Bloomberg was contemplating a run for President and got to thinking about what that might mean for gun owners if he entered the race as an Independent candidate. I try not to get too political in my statements, but basically we have a two party system in the US and everyone else has always done poorly at the polls and has only removed votes from the party they most closely identify with. We all know one of his platforms would be gun control and that he would take many voters away from the Democratic party. So let’s make a poor assumption that 1/2 of the voters are Republican and 1/2 are Democrats and Bloomberg comes to the party. I would expect about half of the Democrats to jump ship and up to 1/4 of the Republicans who do not like whatever candidate makes it through to November to look at the Independent candidate. In rough numbers that leaves 3/8 of the voters remaining Republican, 1/4 of the voters Democrat, and 3/8 going with the Independent. The key to keeping Bloomberg at home will be for either less Democrats to move to his side or less Republicans.

When I first heard he was thinking of it I thought no big deal, but once you start to calculate you realize if either party loses voters to the Independent candidate it will throw the entire election in a tailspin. I’m certainly not going to vote for Bloomberg since he has done everything he could think of to turn public opinion against guns. So whatever we do we need to be sure Bloomberg does not get a chance to lead Washington!


Stone & Sierra Nevada NxS IPA

I happened upon NxS IPA from Stone & Sierra Nevada the other day and wasn’t sure what to expect from the 8.2% ABV IPA after reading the descriptions, but typically the collaborations are quite tasty.

Here is the description:
This special-edition beer conveys the true character of collaboration with touches of inventiveness and creativity. Two batches of an IPA were brewed and expertly blended to craft this multilayered beer. The first batch was split down the middle, with 50% being aged in gin-infused bourbon barrels and the remaining half aged in rye whiskey barrels. These beers were blended with the fresh second batch of IPA, which was generously dry-hopped to impart rich aromas to accompany the citrusy, piney, woody, herbaceous flavors achieved from this truly one-of-a-kind collaboration.

I really enjoyed the beer, I must admit I somehow overlooked the Bourbon and had no idea about the gin. The beer was filled with citrus, pine and tropical flavors, but I just didn’t notice the barrel-aging, perhaps next time I should read the description fully to be on the lookout for that characteristic. In this case I was looking for a great IPA and I found one. Give this one a try if you see it, it is a tasty brew!


Okay Public Schools – Not A Gun-Free Zone!

The sign below was posted by Okay Public Schools in Oklahoma. I’m confident we will never hear of a school shooting at their schools and if by some chance we did, it would be stopped quickly. When I was in High School we would bring guns in the gun rack of the truck and we never had a shooting at school or even any gun violence. The presence of guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens does not promote gun violence, it is the opposite, the absence of guns which allows those intent on doing harm to cause mayhem. I wish more schools would adopt this philosophy. Even if no firearms is present, just knowing there might be is enough to send most criminals packing because they really do not want a confrontation.


What’s Your Super Bowl Drink Of Choice?

I suspect if asked what their Super Bowl drink of choice was the majority would go with a beer. Since the average professional football game lasts 3 hours and 12 minutes that could turn out to be quite a bit of spirits so most fans would gravitate to something with a lower alcohol content they could enjoy over the course of the game. Some might sip wine and of course a few would mix a drink, but football is a beer sport for most. In reality it doesn’t matter what you consume, just enjoy the game. Go Panthers!!!


30% Price Increase -Why NCABC?

On February 1 the NCABC rolled out the new quarterly price list and one bottle was notable for the price increase. Macallan 25 Year wasn’t exactly a bargain at $999, but when it increased $300 to $1,299 on February 1 it certainly will not be flying off the shelves. Here’s the crazy part, the NCABC sets the pricing on all products and several stores had the thousand buck bottle of Scotch in their display cases. Those bottles were purchased previous to the price increase and did not cost any additional funds. With the change in the price list the price to the consumer increased 30%, but the ABC store didn’t pay their new cost, they paid the old price. In essence for each bottle they already had in the store they will make $300 more when it is sold. I seriously doubt people are going to line up to get something which wasn’t moving prior to the increase, but it doesn’t compute to change NC residents more for alcohol when it did not cost the NCABC system any additional funds. They already charge 80.8% so I guess gouging NC residents isn’t really anything the NCABC Commission and Staff loses any sleep over.


Trooper 666

In 2014 I had an Iron Maiden beer from Robinsons Brewery named Trooper. It was a 4.7% ABV bitter with a heavy banana ester. Imagine my surprise when I ran into a new variant named Trooper 666 with a 6.6% ABV alcohol content. This time what we have is an ESB and again it was quite bitter with a heavy banana ester. The bottle art is ridiculously cool as was the crown cap, but the beer was mediocre at best. Still if you are a fan of Iron Maiden and an Eddie lover you MUST purchase a bottle of this!



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