Dogfish Head – Red and White

Dogfish head has long been one of my favorite brewers.  Just last year I found out they have one of their restaurants here in the DC area.  So, despite quite a bit of snow, I made my wife take me there for my very special birthday dinner.  I always make my wife take me somewhere I can get a good beer selection for my birthday.  I have always enjoyed their IPA’s.  I once tried their 120 minute IPA.  For anyone who has only gone as far as their 90 minute IPA,  I can assure you it will flatten you the first time you try it out.  Well regardless, anytime I see something with the very special label on it, I have to give it a try.  So while plotting the first few beers to review on this site, I saw this bottle at Franklin’s in Hyattsville MD.

While the little fish on the label was the first thing to draw me to it, it was definitely the description on the bottle that kept me interested.  It states that it is an “Ale brewed with coriander and orange peel with pinot noir juice added with 11% aged in pinot noir barrels and 89% aged on oak barrel staves”.  To be honest, half of that is slightly over my head.  But, I know I like pinot noir, I know I like dogfish head, and I know I like something new.  So I gave it a try.

I really enjoyed this beer.  I had it while indulging in a little kielbasa and couscous, but don’t let that sway your opinion.  It pours nicely and has an aroma too it that is definitely a little sweet. It has an redish hue to it, which I consider to be a good thing.  I tend to stay away from beers I can clearly look at my watch through and tell you the time. I could mostly could taste the pinot noir in the initial sip; however, the coriander and orange peel come through in the finish and after taste.  Perhaps it was a bit full bodied to be drinking with the meal I was eating.  The sweetness made it sort of a meal in itself.  The dogfish website even recommends a snifter for this beer, which can’t help but make me think it’s meant as more of a dessert beer.  But it really wasn’t high on the hops for a dogfish head beer.  It definitely comes across as more malty than it does on the hoppy side. All in all, it had a taste I could enjoy.  The complexities left me entertained with every sip.

This may be a very biased opinion, but as I said in my introduction to this site, I’ll tell you what I like.  I really like this beer and would most definitely have it again.  I might change up the food choices that go along with it, but it definitely hit the right chord with me.  I haven’t really decided the scale I’m going to rate beers or music on yet, but being a teacher, I’d have to at least give this beer a B+.  The guys at dogfish are always doing things to mix it up, and I want to encourage them to keep it up.

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Welcome to Lyrics, Libations, and Life

I have always had dreams of being some sort of writer.  I can’t say I have ever been active enough to make that happen; however, I would like to think this is my first attempt to actually making that happen.  I wanted to write about something I knew, which really made this coming about even longer.  However, after a lot of thought and a bunch of prompting from my wife, I think I’m ready to make this site happen.

I can’t help but think the title of my site makes it clear what I’ll talk about here, but in case you were wondering, I want to talk about what I know.  Music has been a huge part of my life growing up.  I picked up a MxPx cd when I was much younger, and ever since then, I have been looking for the next thing.  Lately I’ve been really annoyed seeing a lot of bands I’ve been listening to for a long time make it big with absolutely no recognition.  Black Keys, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and POD (yes that terrible rap rock band from a few years back) could have given me at least some sort of shout out.  So I figure, if anyone wants to know what I think about some band they can check that out here. Heck I’ll even take recommendations.  Of course I’m not claiming to be the one who found these bands.  I’m not some amazing promoter or critic that found the next Beatles, but maybe someone will find some band because I said they are pretty cool.  I may not be the most authorized authority on what is good, but I know what I like.  Maybe my comments won’t be the most critically important, but I’ll tell you if I am into them or not.

The other aspect of my title has to be the libations.  I feel a little strange writing about beer.  I can’t help but think someone will claim I’m an alcoholic if write about beer too much, but I would like to think I have some knowledge about what is good.  Sure I drink your occasional can of PBR every once in a while, but I really appreciate a good (perhaps craft) brew that someone put a lot of thought into.   So I have already started to stockpile a few 750 ml bottles I can review. Once again, there is a good chance I won’t be able to speak critically about every small detail of the beer, but I’ll tell you if it’s good.  I like my beers dark, hoppy, and a lot of times Belgian or IPA.

Lastly, I can’t help but be honest that sometimes I feel like I just have to say something about everyday life.  I can’t even count the number of times I have had a thought about something and wanted to post about it.  I had a Xanga in college, and that used to give me some sort of outlet, but it has been a long time since I have really had any where I can outlet these thoughts.  So there will probably be a few posts in here that will solely feature my random thoughts about life.  I’m a teacher and I can’t help but think somethings just have to be said about our world today.

So I have no idea how you get readers.  Perhaps I’ll end up writing this and no one will read it.  But if you’re out there, and you think I have something interesting to say, feel free to let me know.  I’ll probably end up trying to put this on my facebook or something to get readers.  Who knows?  Maybe nothing will come of this, but it has actually felt good to just write this.  So welcome to the first post of Lyrics, Libations, and Life.  Read on!