Critz Farms Never Get out of this Haze

Critz Farms (Cazenovia, NY) Never Get out of this Haze is a 7 ABV IPA and uses pale, pils, white wheat & flaked oat malts and Cascade & Mosaic hops.  Appearance is golden orange.  Critz puts this out as a NE IPA and that is certainly present, however, it lacks that juiciness and has a somewhat herbaceous, floral character.  That’s not to say it isn’t good, it’s actually quite good, with a very complex palate given all those malts.  Glad to have this local brew.

Springdale Good N’ You?

Springdale (MA) Good N’ You? is a 6.5 ABV AIPA and uses Citra and Galaxy hops.  Appearance is juicy orange and the nose all tropical hop.  The flavor follows, sweet malt with tropical, juicy hop in the New England farmhouse style.  Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy.  It’s definitely an embarrassment of riches when I can say this just another great NE Farmhouse IPA.  Thanks, Larry.

New Belgium 2017 La Folie

New Belgium 2017 La Folie is a 7 ABV Flanders Oud Bruin.  Appearance is dark red with a sour cherry, malt nose.  The palate is pleasantly, vinegary sour fruit with some lactic, lacto notes.  Mouthfeel is just crisp and lively enough.  This one is pretty outstanding and a good reminder that New Belgium can do more than Fat Tire and some decent IPA’s.  Also probably benefited from the 1 year + aging.


Omnipollo Lustro

Omnipollo (a traveling Swedish brewery) Lustro is an 8 ABV ADIIPA brewed by Dorchester Brewing.  Appearance is light orange and the nose all citrus hop.  The flavor follows, a great balance of sweet malt and tropical, citrus and herbaceous hop.  Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy.  Omnipollo has been a great find, definitely recommended.

2011 Borsao Berola Red

2011 Borsao Berola is a blend of 70% Garnacha, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Campo de Borja, Northern Spain.  It’s sweet and jammy with a bit of spice, coffee and tannin, finishing with an almost medicinal bitter quality that stays in the mouth for awhile.  Overall it’s a bit thin but pleasant enough.  Not bad for sub $20 bottle of wine but nothing exceptional.

Peekskill Brewery Super Stario

Peekskill Brewery Super Stario is an 8 ABV ADIIPA and pours hazy orange.  The nose and palate are all juicy tropical NE farmhouse on a solid backbone of sweet malt.  Mouthfeel, carbonation and texture are all moderate and creamy.  Perhaps nothing has become a Julius killer yet in the farmhouse style but as the style surges in popularity and availability it’s great for the fans.  Great beer definitely worth finding.

Upper Pass First Drop

Upper Pass First Drop is a 5.7 ABV 75 IBU (est.  that seems high) APA.  Appearance is murky orange and the nose citrus hop.  The flavor is a great balance of sweet malt and juicy, tropical hop and nails the New England style.  Carbonation, mouthfeel and texture are all moderate and juicy.  It’s short of exceptional and isn’t quite in league with elite farmhouse breweries but it’s stunningly good, absolutely recommended.


Death’s Door Gin

Death’s Door Gin is 47% sourced and distilled in Wisconsin, botanicals include Coriander, Fennel & Juniper.  The palate is creamy and rich and spicy with a lot of vanilla, the fennel and juniper really come across towards the back end.  It’s strong enough to hold up in cocktails or on the rocks, but tastes just fine neat.  Not a bad value around $35.