A Tin Man Update

It is no secret that this new Evansville brewery has won my heart. The people, their ideas, innovation, the products they are producing and the passion that lies behind Tin Man makes me feel more at home then ever before.

“TINstruction” is moving along very nicely. Tin Man is going to be located in an Evansville historic building that is about 120 years old. It is located (my opinion) on the best street and most deserving street in Evansville…Franklin. In just one week they have soda blasted all three tasting floors, demolished one building, have dug up floors, and a new garage door has been installed. It is amazing watching this project and dream of Nick Davidson’s come to life.

Nick and Any Davidson- Owner's of Tin Man Brewery Company

Tin Man has also decided on the five styles of beers they will be offering. I must say, each beer kicks major a**. I have been lucky enough to try them all and now lucky enough to brag about it😉 Tin Man has also decided on their can designs that are beautiful beyond words. Matt Wagner is responsible for this fantastic design job that should not go unnoticed.

Behind the scenes of “TINstruction” head brewer, Sean O’Rear, has taken me under his wing and has been mentoring me about brewing beer. I have vast knowledge about beer but actually brewing is something I have never had the pleasure of doing. Sean has taught me how to brew two beers thus far (stout and IPA) and I plan on bugging him until he teaches me how to brew MANY more. Being a brewer has slowly turned into a dream that I can’t wait to achieve one day.

The Tin Man team is more then just a team but more of a family. There are many reasons why I love craft beer (taste obviously), but the connection that craft beer lovers share is one that is rare but understood widely. We appreciate, support, encourage, listen, cheer each other on, use sarcasm often and  more then anything else we will always have an on going and lasting connection with each other no matter where we all may be. Tin Man is all of these plus some and I look forward to watching Evansville, the Tri-State area and everyone else that loves craft beer fall in love with them just as I have.

Care to know more? Make sure and follow and “Like” them on FB and Twitter! 

Finally! A brewery in Evansville, IN!!!

Finally, my hometown, Evansville, IN, is getting blessed with a brewery! This may mean that Evansville is finally catching up with the times? Okay, okay, let’s not get carried away but one thing is certain, come September of this year, Tin Man Brewery will be opening its doors and serving a beautiful amount of liquid sunshine. They will be starting out with four tasty brews (one in which I have already had the pleasure of sampling, lucky me!) that have been concocted and perfected by brewmaster Sean O’Rear himself. Really super great sarcastic guy who is going to bring a lot of amazing things to the craft beer world. The four styles he’s brewing…well, I will tell you about that later🙂

How do I know all of this? I’m helping run their social media and I’m also part of their tasting team! So make sure to keep up and follow both Tin Man’s Twitter account http://bit.ly/zQNQ2E and their FB page at http://on.fb.me/xnv1Nn. Guaranteed to be worth following. I mean, com’on. If I’m working for a brewery, you know they gotta be good! Cheers!

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Normally I don’t ever write bad reviews but YOU, my beer geek of a friend, deserve to know the truth. I blame this review on all the hype and clamor that has been flooding my news feeds for days. People have been raving about Hopslam and it has been driving me crazy because up until last night, Evansville, IN had not received their shipment. So needless to say, I cannot explain to you how excited I was about their release and finally getting to try this “awesome” beer. For goodness sakes, I even made plans to attend their release party and I DON’T EVER MAKE PLANS. In a way, I am let down and disappointed more then anything.

Before I begin my rant, I want to say that I typically really enjoy beers from Bell’s Brewery. They have an extremely talented team and their products are typically on point but Hopslam was/is far too overrated. I think People have been so engulfed by excitement, word of mouth, and Bell’s marketing strategy that no one is really tasting the beer; they’re tasting the awesome affects of media.

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Hopslam 2012

AROMA: Grapefruit does the dirty with meets honey and they roll around in the grass releasing their pheromones. 9/12

APPEARANCE: (In case you can’t see the giant picture ) Very good clarity and decent head retention.  Copper with an orange tint in color. 3/3.

FLAVOR: Honey and bitterness dominate. Hints of floral and citrus. Finishes with honey bitch slapping  overpowering hops and taking them for hostage. Left with nothing but a sticky mouth and a brick laying in your stomach. 11/20

MOUTHFEEL: A heater in my mouth. Bottom heavy. Extreme honey floral finish that isn’t appealing unless you’re a silly little bear that lives in the One-hundred acre wood. Sticky. Very sticky. 2/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I must admit that when I first saw the beer I had the type of smile that only happens on Christmas morning. I’ll give it to Bell’s, it is a pretty attractive beer. My first drink was really tasty and I even followed the gulp with a “WooooW.” I’ve come to conclusion that this only happened because I was beerstruck by this deemed superstar of a beer.  As I began to snap out of my trance, I finally began dissecting the beer and happy hour became not so happy from there.

I’m a hop-aholic and I enjoy a nice heavy Imperial IPA every once in awhile but I’d prefer it to be balanced. Hopslam has a “Honky Tonk of a Badonkadonk” finish without any question. I know you all have probably noticed that I’m on a kick about honey but I seriously felt that I had been raped by a colony of beehives by the time I finished my $6.50 mug. Glad it was 10% ABV because I deserved a buzz after being put through that.

Once again, I typically enjoy Bell’s but this beer just wasn’t right for me. To make up for the disappoint of Hopslammyfaceintothebar, I had their Porter which I really enjoyed!

Sun King Fit for a Queen

Friends, Beer Geeks, and people I don’t know, I have something very important I would like to tell you (and it is long overdue)…Sun King Brewery based out of Indianapolis, Indiana kicks major ass butt!!!

I have visited many breweries and I have tasted plenty of beers but Sun King has easily made its way to the top of my “Favorite Beers and Brewery List” and if that isn’t enough, all their employees are pretty amazing as well.

Through Twitter I was able to get in touch with Eric Fear (@SunKingEric) who’s part of Sun King’s sales and marketing team. Not only is he extremely charming but he was very welcoming and is certainly an asset to the Sun King team. His knowledge, work ethic, and confidence about the company and their products is something that should not be taken for granted.

As I sipped on a Osiris Pale Ale (one of my favorites), Eric took me on a tour of their beautiful brewery. I paid close attention to their beautiful spotless home, but I couldn’t help but notice and engage with their welcoming and VERY polite staff.

Sun King Brewery

As the journey continued we arrived at what came to be one of my favorite stops, the canning station. I was really intrigued to see beers being canned instead of bottled. I must admit, their logos and artwork are all pretty freaking awesome but I’ve learned that with excellent beer comes a badass can.

But enough about the tour, YOU need to know about their beer. I immediately fell in love with two of their brews and had a lovely affair with the rest. I first was drawn to their Wee Mac Scottish  Brown Ale. The ale had hints of toffee and lingering hazelnut characteristics. I knew immediately when I tried this beer that  remaining brews I had yet to taste were going to follow with the same heavenly similarities.

The second brew I tried was the Osiris Pale Ale. I’m a devoted hophead so I had to have my hop fix. This well balance West Coast style pale created quite the beergasm. The hops danced on my tongue as the sweet grassy aroma and flavor flooded my palate. (I was fortunate enough to take a growler of this home!) I am having withdrawals from this beer as we speak.

I was lucky enough to also try Sun King’s; Sunlight Cream Ale, Bitter Druid ESB, Maibock, Malus Pi (big fan), and a few other seasonals cellerman Mark had hidden in the back. They were all fantastic! If you’d like to read more about their descriptions, here ya go ;) http://sunkingbrewing.com/beers.php

I recommend these beers and this brewery to everyone. Their success over the past three years is not on accident. It is well deserved and well earned. I tip my hat to the fine people that make up the Sun King Team. Special thanks to Eric Fear (sales), Andy Fagg (owner), Dave Colt (owner), and Mark Poffenberger (cellarman) for a amazing experience and tour I’ll never forget.

Liquid Cheer- It Does Exist


I can’t believe that tomorrow is already December 1. Where did this year go?! Oh well, there are better things to worry about like…”What will my next tweet be?” “Wonder what I eat next?” “Why does that creepy guy keep looking at me?” but the most important worry that is typically on my mind is, “What seasonal ale do I feel like indulging in tonight?” Well beer geeks, I have the answer to your solution.

Shiner Holiday Cheer. It is true, the little brewery located in Shiner, TX has perfected a beer that lives  up to the name it has be given. Just holding the bottle makes me happy, because I know my taste buds are about to do a happy dance. Before you get too excited, I am going to let you know that this is not your typical winter seasonal. Many winter seasonals have flavors of smokey roasted malt, but Shiner has put a delightful spin on the tradition.

Holiday Cheer has subtle flavors of peaches and roasted pecans. Peaches and pecans…who would have thought the two were meant to be? Shiner, duh. The malted barley and wheat, give this dark wheat beer an obsession that is hard to handle…which I have no desire to try and maintain mine anytime soon.

So as Shiner says, “May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold.” and if anyone has any seasonal suggestions, please let me know! I love trying/trading new beer! Cheers!

Shiner Holiday Cheer

 

CRAFTY Recipe

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Just a few more days till a few more days off for the glorious Thanksgiving Break! Come on Tuesday, but while we wait I’d like to introduction you to a seafood dish! Enjoy!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Coconut Beer Shrimp

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup beer (Kona Longboard Island Lager is FANTASTIC for this!)
  • 3-1/2 tsp Creole seasoning (divided use)
  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 48 large raw shrimp, peeled, tails on, deveined
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups fresh or moist-packed shredded coconut
  • Oil for deep-frying

direction:

  1. Heat oil to 350* F (A deep fryer or wok will be efficient) NOTE: The oil should be 1-1.5 inches deep
  2. FOR THE SHRIMP: Combine eggs, beer, 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning, flour and baking powder. Blend well. Season shrimp with remaining seafood seasoning.
  3. Dip theshrimp in beer batter and roll in coconut.
  4. Drop shrimp in a few at a time and fry until golden brown.
  5. Remove and drain on paper towel.
  6. Serve with choice sauces.

CRAFTY Recipe

Beer and Bourbon for breakfast?! Sure, why not! It’s a dream most of us would like or have already lived out, but instead of popping a top or taking a shot, while not make Bourbon Stout Yam Waffles ? I know, sounds like a hot mess, but this mess is sure to please! I assure you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Bourbon Stout Yam Waffles

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Stout (Left Hand Milk Stout works perfectly)
  • 2 Tablespoons bourbon (Southern Comfort gives it a nice sweet flavor)
  • 1 cup mashed cooked yams, cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Pinch each nutmeg, cardamom, and ginger

Directions:

  1. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  2. Beat the egg yolks and mix them with the milk, Stoutbourbonyams, melted butter, and spices. 
  3. Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks and fold them into the batter. 
  4. Cook like ordinary waffles. Meaning, I use a waffle maker.
  5. Serve hot with your favorite syrup.