Thursday, January 25, 2007
ROLLING THE DICE & COMING UP MIDDLIN’
As mentioned previously, I ventured to New York City last week and was able to get a couple beers down the pipes. My favorite beer bar out there – favorite in the sense that I only have been to 2 or 3 in town – is the GINGER MAN, out in Midtown Manhattan somewhere. This was my 3rd or 4th time there, and every time it’s a crazy-quilt grab bag of wild-ass east coast beers, Belgians, Germans, and some of my faves from back home on the west coast. This time I decided to go local, and since I was feeling in a lower-alcohol frame of mind (tough night the night before, an evening that included ingestion of 3 different high-alcohol, “dark strong ales”. More on those later), I chose the SOUTHAMPTON DOUBLE WHITE beer. This one’s from Long Island, out in the fabled Hamptons, and I know these guys are heavy hitters on the east coast beer scene. This particular one was serviceable – a light-bodied, herbal hop, not very crisp, and generally just interesting enough to be interesting. I do enjoy the Belgian white style quite a bit, yet this one was a little more sour than I guess I’d counted on. At the end of the day it was inconclusive. The score I usually reserve for those is 6/10, so that’s what it is!
Posted by Jay H. at 4:50 PM