Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot

One of the seasonal releases from Lagunitas Brewing, Wilco Tango Foxtrot Ale, (or WTF) is described as a “A Malty, Robust, Jobless Recovery Ale.” It certainly is that. Massively malty and robust with a huge hop flavor, it weighs in at 7.83% abv, not a beer for the weak hearted.

WTF pours a deep copper in color with a fairly good sized tan head. The aromas are rich with caramel malt and brown sugar, balanced out by the citrusy evergreen hops. On the tongue, the sweet flavors do not feature as prominently as you would expect, instead you get a lot of dark roast, a little bitter chocolate, and a huge shot of the aforementioned piney hop flavors. If I didn’t know any better, I would almost guess that I was drinking an IPA. While this is not the malt bomb that the label implies, it would appeal greatly to IPA fans, and while I typically do not favor such a hoppy beer, I would pick this one up again. Cheers!

Vintage Cocktails #57: Satan’s Whiskers

The diabolically named Satan’s Whiskers is one of those drinks that has a great name to go with a great drink. It even has two variations, ‘straight’ and ‘curled’, which reference the variety of orange liqueur you make it with. This is an astounding drink that is not too heavy, light on alcohol, and really just tastes great. The ‘straight’ version uses Grand Marnier as the orange liqueur, and the ‘curled’ uses orange curacao. I prefer the latter, but it is excellent either way. Cheers.

Satan’s Whiskers
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 tsp Orange Curacao
1 tsp Orange Bitters

Steel Reserve: The Beer Of Champions

Steel Reserve is a Union made, American lager owned and produced by Steel Brewing Company. Today we are going to take a look at the 8.1% abv High Gravity Lager, which is slow brewed for 28 days with extra barley and select hops.

Steel Reserve is most often found in 40oz bottles and 24oz silver cans, with a great eye catching design.
It pours a clear amber color with minimal lacing. Carbonation is on the high end of the lager spectrum. The aromas are light malt and sweet corn, with no hop aromas present. The taste is sweet corn, sugary adjuncts, some slight metallic flavors rounded out by some acidic hops and the warm glow of alcohol. Probably one of the best malt liquors out there.

“Steel Reserve is a great beer!!”
“I wish i could get my home brew to taste more like it!”
“This is the perfect alcoholic’s brew.”
“It tastes better than many macro brews or is more drinkable than an IPA or a stout.” 

So go ahead and give it a try. As you sip this nectar remember all of my friends who know and love this beer. Here’s looking at you, Tim & Emmett. Cheers!