I’ve had a lot of IPAs in my life. I love a good hoppy beer. And while many of them are distinctive enough to truly stand out, there are equally as many that are are fairly unremarkable. I am always on the lookout for an IPA with an interesting twist. So when I heard about Citradelic IPA from New Belgium Brewing, I was excited to try what I hoped would be a delicious new IPA.
Citradelic is a Tangerine IPA with orange peel and plenty of Citra hops. It is full of citrus flavor throughout, yet still lighter to medium bodied. The tangerine and orange flavors are big, but not overpowering. I’ve had different experiences with fruit beers; some are over-hopped, drowning out the fruit flavor, while others are so fruit-filled that they stifle the hops. I am pleased to report that–to me–Citradelic incorporates the perfect balance of hoppy and fruity. And, unlike some other fruit IPAs I have had, Citradelic is a beer that I can definitely drink 2 or 3 of in one sitting. I really enjoy it and highly recommend giving it a try.
I’m more than happy to be drinking this beer during the winter. But I can definitely see it being great for the summer as well. Crisp, refreshing, fruity but not sweet–this beer will be my warm weather companion in the months to come. I am already hooked on it and look forward to a lasting relationship with Citradelic. Thank you for this wonderful new creation, New Belgium! Cheers!
I love brunch. And I especially love brunch at a restaurant that has an extensive list of craft beers to pair with it. So I was very excited when I heard that Thirsty Lion added a new brunch menu! Thirsty Lion downtown Denver launched its weekend breakfast menu on Saturday, December 5th, and last weekend I stopped in to try it.
Thirsty Lion offers many traditional brunch drinks, such as mimosas, Bloody Marys and Irish coffee; they even have some unique twists on them, like the Sriracha or the Wasabi Bloody Mary. But on this particular occasion I was in the mood for a delicious craft beer. I was also craving a breakfast burrito and wondering what might go best with such a spicy dish. After careful consideration I decided on a Green Flash Imperial IPA. The hops accentuated the spiciness of the burrito (plenty of jalapeños in this one!) which was flavorful, hearty and filling.
For dessert my guest and I shared the Jameson Bing Cherry Bread Pudding. And I couldn’t resist the Salted Caramel Moroccan Coffee: 151 Rum, Kahlua, Irish cream, Buttershots, caramel, coffee and Kosher salt. This drink packs a punch and is the perfect warmer for a chilly day. I highly recommend pairing these two together, both of which are included in the new Winter Seasonal Menu.
Thirsty Lion has a huge menu with lots of variety, 52 beers on tap (many of them local), and a large dining room; each time I have dined here I have been able to get a table immediately, which can definitely be a challenge at many restaurants during weekend brunch. And I can only speak for myself, but when I’m hungry I don’t want to wait an hour or more to be seated! So Thirsty Lion is an excellent choice.
I will definitely be back to try more tasty dishes, like the Irish Whiskey French Toast or Spanish Chilaquiles. Breakfast is available every Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Take a peek at the menu, and I’m sure you’ll find something that catches your eye.
Looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve? How about something fun that involves great local beer? Take a look at these ideas when making plans to ring in the new year! (All events on this list are happening on 12/31. I will update it as I find out about additional events).
-$1 off pints from 6-10pm
-Food from Talarico’s Italian Taste
-Half price ping pong from 6-10pm
-Stay tuned for more!
RSVP here, invite the family and welcome 2016 with a smile!
As cold weather approaches, it’s time to be on the lookout for winter seasonals. At Gordon Biersch, WinterBock dark lager is back on tap–but only through January, so be sure to catch it while you can!
WinterBock has an interesting history, to say the least. This strong, dark beer was used by eleventh century Bavarian monks to help sustain themselves during winter fasts. These creamy bocks ensured that the monks would fast frequently. Gordon Biersch WinterBock is a classic dark double bock featuring 4 different types of malt: Munich malt, pilsner malt, dark roasted caramel malt, and black malt (information courtesy of Gordon Biersch website).
I stopped into Gordon Biersch in Broomfield recently in order to try WinterBock for myself. I normally lean toward hoppier beers, but as the season changes I like to break routine and seek out something malty with lots of body–and this beer definitely fits the bill. Though full-bodied and with a fairly high ABV (7.5%), I found it to be very easy-drinking with a slight sweetness and a hint of chocolate.
During my visit I was in need of some lunch, and upon browsing the menu I noticed a section called “Perfect Pairings,” a handy guide that helps guests create pairings that are sure to complement each other. This is a great tool for those who are looking to get the most out of the flavors of both the beer and food.
Because WinterBock is malty, it is very versatile and can be paired with many types of food. It goes especially well with pizzas and grilled and smoked foods. I chose the Mediterranean Pizza, as I do not eat meat but wanted something grilled. The grilled artichokes really brought out the flavor of the beer, and vice versa.
The Mediterranean pizza was delicious, especially with the beer. I would also suggest trying WinterBock with the Blackened Steak Flatbread, Smoked Chicken & Mushroom Pasta or the Kobe Black & Bleu Burger.
WinterBock is only available through January, so don’t wait to try this 2014 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winning beer!