The Beer List: Mosaic Punch by Kane Brewing Company

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Finally, in a long succession of canned IPAs from Ocean, New Jersey’s craft powerhouse Kane Brewing Company, comes one of its kind that doesn’t taste like freshly-cracked black pepper to me. Something is very wrong with my taste buds, I’m told, but that’s for another time. Mosaic Punch, canned earlier this month by Kane, is a tasty little number brewed with peach, mango, lactose, and copious amounts of Mosaic, Galaxy and Citra hops. All the smells, all the flavors. Continue reading

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The Beer List: Yacht Juice by Icarus Brewing Company

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Lakewood, New Jersey’s Icarus Brewing Company is barreling through its first year of operation, pumping out a larger variety of beers than many of its local counterparts. Icarus builds its foundation upon diversity and balance, and much of its success so far is a direct result of its ability to brew something for beer lovers of all palates. The current state of the craft beer world dictates that breweries get into the IPA game, and my former hometown’s Icarus Brewing has acquitted itself nicely to that end.

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The Beer List: Orange Vanilla Bullsicle by Bolero Snort

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It has been long insisted that honesty is the best policy, and if I am to share in that sentiment, at least for the moment, then I have something to confess: I had to look up exactly what “milk sugar” is before writing this review. Turns out it’s the non-scientific name for lactose. Now that we have that out of the way, there’s a little brewery located in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey called Bolero Snort, and said brewery uses the stuff in at least some of its beers. Keeps with the cow and bull theme that Bolero Snort employs as far as naming is concerned, and is even worth a knowing chuckle. Continue reading

The Beer List: Schlafly Double Bean Blonde

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The interesting flavor combination offered by Schlafly’s Double Bean Blonde certainly lends some verity to the old saying that “blondes have more fun.” Normally, brewers that add the essences of coffee and chocolate to a beer do so with a porter or a stout, which are both dark, heavy, opaque styles. However, the St. Louis-based brewer Schlafly has pulled off something unique here with the double-bean attack of cocoa and everybody’s favorite morning pick-me-up in a blonde ale. Continue reading

The Beer List: Game of Thrones Iron Throne

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This week’s edition of The Beer List marks the return of The No Seatbelt Blog to its regularly-scheduled programming after a week-long hiatus, as the hustle and bustle of work, school and wedding planning consumed my free time and sanity. However, I’m back in action with another beer review, and this time Ommegang’s Iron Throne from its popular¬†Game of Thrones-themed series of limited-run brews.¬† Continue reading

The Beer List: Victory Golden Monkey

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Happy Sunday from the land of hops and suds known as The Beer List here at The No Seatbelt Blog! Here we go…

All the way from the magical land of Pennsylvania comes a Belgian tripel ale that will knock your socks and your taste buds off, and it goes by the mighty name of Golden Monkey. Victory Brewing, located in Downingtown, has been pumping out this strong but delicious triple ale for nearly two decades, and it’s no wonder why it has such staying power. Continue reading

The Beer List: River Horse Belgian Freeze

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I’ve been a fan or River Horse Brewing for a couple years now, and a few months back, I got to do a tour of the brewery out in Ewing, New Jersey with Jenn and a couple of our friends. The brewery tour was quite extensive and informative, with the guide having walked us through the entire process, from beginning to bottling. It seems that most tours are 5-10 minutes, and then you get right to the drinking (which is all well and good, but I like to get a good look at what goes on beyond the bottle). The first beer I ever had from River Horse was the Belgian Freeze, a 6-pack of which was given to me for Christmas by my brother, along with a hand-picked selection of other brews. I instantly liked it on first try, and luckily I had five more as part of my gift. Continue reading