Saturday, February 23, 2013

Good times at the Red Parka Pub

After a day of mead tasting at Sap House Meadery and beer sampling at Tuckerman Brewery we ended up at the Red Parka Pub for dinner and, yes, more beer.

It was early but the pub was already bustling.  Nevertheless, we were greeted with a friendly "hello" from Shelley.  

It took a little maneuvering  but I managed to squeeze my way onto a bar stool.  I had to ask some kindly folks to scoot over a seat so my hubby to sit down, too.  

Comfortably seated and all settled in, Shelley served us up some ice cold brews and some saucy, fall-off-the-bone ribs.  The Red Parka has a fantastic menu but their ribs are sooooo good and their steaks are to die for.

The Red Parka also has a great beer list and there is always something new to try on their rotating guest taps.

Vienna Amber Lager by Trapp Family Lodge Brewery (5% ABV).  Yes, this beer is brewed by the Sound of Music von Trapps who just happen to own a lodge in Vermont and brew their own beer.  This brew is a rich golden color with a very malty aroma.  The flavor is as rich as the color with toasty and caramel malts, it's slightly sweet and very tasty.  The maltiness is balanced out by a dry, crisp hoppy finish.  Overall, this is a very good beer.  

Lucky U IPA by Breckenridge Brewery (6.2% ABV) is a bright, clear amber color with a serious hoppy nose.  The flavor is a combination of citrus and piney hops.  The  hoppy bitterness, which is significant, is mellowed out by a rich maltiness.  The finish is a lingering bitterness that is quite pleasant.  Overall, tart and very drinkable.  A great beer for a hophead like me.

Chocolate Stout by Rogue Ales (6% ABV).  Aaah, this was dessert.  Rogue beer on tap, there was no way I wasn't having this.  The chocolate stout is black as black with a mocha colored head.  The predominant flavors are dark bitter chocolate and smoke.  There is a touch of dark roasted coffee and vanilla that adds character and depth.  This is a chocolate beer through and through.  Overall excellent!

There's always something going on at the Red Parka Pub!  Visit their website and "like" them on Facebook

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