Sunday, February 16, 2014

Cold Brews at the Red Parka Pub

One my favorite places to go to eat, drink, and be merry in the Mount Washington Valley in New Hampshire is The Red Parka Pub.  They have great selection of beer, of course, but the food is fabulous and the staff is fun and courteous.  And they have bands and dancing every weekend.

I was in the area for three nights, two of those nights found me at the Red Parka. They have the bestest ribs and I always get them; sometimes even for dessert. Their hot wings are big and tasty so those are a must have, as well. If you want a steak there is no better place! THE best.

As great as the Red Parka is, that's not why you're reading my blog. So let's talk about the beer.

 Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) by Tuckerman Brewing Company is always a good call and is always on tap at the Red Parka. It is an American Pale Ale that is light and refreshing with citrus and bitter hops but not quite IPAish.  It's lightly carbonated and exceedingly drinkable!  So good!  Overall . . . nearly awesome!

Mint Chocolate Stout (9% ABV) by Shipyard Brewing Company. I so much wanted to like this. A mint chocolate stout sounds like it should work but it's the second one I've had. And this one is just as gawd-awful horrible as the one from Bootlegger. It tastes like someone squeezed toothpaste into a bottle of stout. I'm not a huge fan of the brewery and this brew did nothing whatsoever to endear me to them. Blech!

Single Chair (5% ABV) by Magic Hat Brewing Company. An appropriate beer to be on tap for this ski loving venue. Single Chair Ale is named after the famed chair lift at Mad River Glen. It is a very drinkable golden ale that is an easy drinking, refreshing brew that is malty sweet and gently hopped. Overall - good.

Monkey Fist IPA by Shipyard Brewing Company. Why do I torture myself, you ask. Because sometimes you hit paydirt. I'm a big-time fan of IPA's. While this one is not gawd-awful horrible, it's nothing fantabulous either. It's a drinkable IPA with a citrussy hop profile. The sweet malts balance out the bitterness. A refreshing brew. It doesn't suck. Overall: good

Vienna Amber Lager (5% ABV) by Trapp Family Lodge Brewery.  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.  Overall - very good.

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