Saturday evening we took a trip to Northampton to visit Paradise City Tavern; this would be our second time there. With the good amount of taps that they had, there wasn’t much that really enticed me other than the Brooklyn Mary’s stout. But the food was great and the Mary’s Stout was great with nice Maple taste. Our next stop on the way home was to fill some growlers at the Opa Opa Steakhouse Southampton brewery. We could have met the owners I do believe they were setting next to us that late at night look like something had gone on and we asked the bartender and she said yes they were. Well we didn’t bother them this time but next time I definitely be asking them some questions and getting to know them! I enjoyed something new there, it’s Belgian IPA and we filled the growlers with our favorites Buckwheat IPA and Raspberry wheat. Sunday I set out to return some empties and find some good brews to take down to visit with my sister and brother-in-law out in New York. Seeing it’s getting about that time to pay them a visit and my brotheren the Indians for some cigarettes. After my visit at table and Vine for some fine brews we headed to Collins Tavern for some launch. We found almost a packed house on this Dreary early afternoon but the Ruben burger and Harpoon Munich dark and IPA made up for it and meeting Dan and Alisha made for a great afternoon. It is really great when you meet new folks and have a nice conversation.
Maple porter (Brewmaster’s Reserve) pours black with nice head and lacing that slides down glass. Nose is of sweet porter character with a hint of maple sugar. Taste is somewhat on the standard side except for its smooth mouth and caramel/maple/chocolate notes. 7.2% pint glass Paradise City Tavern 3/31/12.
Belgian IPA pours bark Brown with good head and loads of lacing. Nose is all Belgian with citrus notes from the hops. Taste is very dry but wet, with a Belgian aspect and hoppy bite along with pungent mouth very good! 3/31/12.
Munich Dark Pours a dark ruby red with little head and falling lacing. Nose is clean malt with maybe a sweet molasses or chocolate hint? Taste is almost that of a porter but its malty wet if that makes sense with a hint of chocolate. Very good. Tap at Collins Tavern 4/1/12
IPA Pours amber with nice head and lots of lacing. Nose of perfume with some pine and earthy notes. Taste is of malt with some hop tones to it but on the mild side. Tap at Collins Tavern 4/1/12