Thursday, April 16, 2009
I covered a beer tasting on the 15th (yesterday for those of you in real time) for foodbuzz put on by Shmaltz Brewery at Blind Tiger. Lets break this down piece by piece. Many of you know about foodbuzz as many of you are involved with it as well, well foodbuzz is growing very rapidly and I am glad to be a part of this expanding world community of all things comestible. Whenever foodbuzz has an event I always try and find time to go but this was an exclusive event attended by me and another blogger named Jessica. We somehow managed to not exchange cards even though we gave them to the Shmaltz guys. Hopefully she will find this and hopefully I will find her. Update: we found each other! Check out Hartley Confections
Now lets talk about the Blind Tiger. This is one of the premiere ale houses in New York City and it is a special deal to have your beers showcased for an evening of tasting, which brings me to the overwhelming aspect of the whole deal. The place was full of beer bloggers! Experts on hops and malts and barleys and yeasts and fermentation processes and hydrometers and whatever else that is way over my beer guzzling head. It was fascinating to watch these guys (98% male) jotting down and chatting about the subtle undertones and fruity finishes.
Good thing Matt and Shawn from Shmaltz Brewery took the time to tell me about all the nuances I would have otherwise missed.
I was offered 4 choice brews to sample. He'Brew Coney Island Sword Swallower - sweet without being cloying and then it moves into a grassy citrus hop bite. The He'Brew Rejewvenator - this is a seasonal beer which was a burnt reddish hued ale with a nose blending subtle fruits with an edge of roasted malt, I also tasted a soft cognac flavor probably due to the figs. Then we moved on to the He'Brew Coney Island Human Blockhead - this beer was rich with malts, dried fruits and even some Jack Daniels thrown in for fun not to mention it was aged in Oak Jack Daniel barrels. This beer is a limited editon and I was glad to get to taste it. If this wasnt enough we got to finish off the tasting with He'Brew Jewbelation 12 - twelfth in the line of Jewbelations to commemorate the 12 years this brewery has been in business. 12 malts, 12 hops and 12 additions - this beer was bold with its rich brown hue and its big blend of spices, licorice and warming malts that and at 12% alcohol it finished with a long boozy dryness.
These beers are available by the keg and by the bottle.
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 8:45 AM