Super Seducer and Genesee Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale

In our most romantic (maybe) episode to date, Casey and Jackie review RLR Training Inc’s Super Seducer an educational game that hopes to show prospective ladies men how to meet girls and not get arrested.

We pair that with Genesee’s Dark Chocolate Scotch Ale, which hit shelves back in November, just in time for the holidays.

Will the couple make it to a second date, or will it crash and burn before love gets a chance? Listen and find out.

 

 

Five Beers and Ciders to Have This St. Patrick’s Day That Aren’t Guinness, or Green

(Picture Credit: Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash)

 

St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means that you’re probably planning to start early. Very early.

 

Don’t fall for the green beer trap yet again – we all know that anything that can be turned into a shamrock-colored hue isn’t good, or Irish. You won’t be judged by us if you ignore this advice, but we can’t speak for everyone. There’s nothing that says you are an amateur at St. Patrick’s Day like a green mouth.

 

We have a couple of recommendations to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day like a true craft beer connoisseur while also not dishonoring any Irish heritage you may claim:

 

1) Southern Tier Thick Mint Imperial Stout – 10% ABV, Stout, Seasonal – It combines dark beer with mint (more like a Thin Mint cookie than a Shamrock Shake, both of which are also perfectly acceptable to consume on St. Patrick’s Day.) Admittedly, yes, it’s 10%, so you can’t have a lot of it, but having one or splitting a big bottle with friends is sure to enhance your relationships.

 

2) Blue Toad Paddy Green Hard Cider – 5.5% ABV, Hard Cider, Seasonal – This dry yet refreshing cider is available in two places – Rochester, NY and Virginia. No, it isn’t green but it is available this time of year. While you could probably toss in a little green color for festiveness, I’d encourage you not to. It’s got a bit of sourness to it, which I quite enjoy. It may also be a great option for anyone in your life who “hates” beer but you are required to invite to your party despite their poor taste.

 

3) Harpoon The Craic – 6.9% ABV, Irish Red IPA, Seasonal – If yours will be a Hoppy St. Patrick’s Day – give this new seasonal from Harpoon a shot. This is the only one on the list I haven’t personally tasted, but think you might enjoy since I haven’t had a Harpoon beer I didn’t like. It promises hops with a delightful maltiness and falls on the hoppier side of the scale than, say, CB Craft Brewing’s Big Irish Rover Red Irish Ale (which is delicious but harder to find).

(And hey, as it turns out, we did a podcast about Big Irish Rover too, check it out here. )

4) Great Lakes Brewing Company Conway’s Irish Ale – 6.3% ABV, Irish Style Ale, Seasonal – While it’s been on the shelves for a little while now, this is a sure-fire sign that Spring is on the way. It’s not too heavy, not too hoppy, and definitely deserves a place on the beers you should drink for the holiday. And if you’re out in Cleveland – the brewery is worth stopping into all year round.

 

5) Genny Bock Beer – 5.2% ABV, Bock Beer, Seasonal – This beer arrives on shelves and taps with much fanfare every year (at least in Rochester). And, as it’s canned, you stand a better chance of finding it well outside the area. And the can is green, so it’s festive. And yes, it’s a Bock, which isn’t an Irish style beer at all, but for only 5.2% ABV, it’s the lowest alcohol on the list and the goat is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

 

Honorable Mention (AKA Only Available at the Brewery and Not Available Elsewhere) 

 

Harpoon Boston Irish Stout – 4.3% ABV, Stout, Year-Round – Only available at the Boston and Windsor, VT breweries of Harpoon, this stout does great honor to Boston’s Irish Heritage and also is right up there with Guinness in terms of great stouts (it actually tastes very similar to, and I’d argue better than, Guinness. Prove me wrong). Fret not – if you don’t catch it for St. Patrick’s Day, it’s available year-round. If you’re at the brewery, you may as well try the Harpoon Dark too, which is also only available at the Brewery and a handful of places outside of it.

 

Genesee Brew House Michael Shea’s Irish Amber – 4.8% ABV, Irish Amber, Seasonal – Using the original recipe (with one slight deviation, made with 100% malted barley) this one was released for the first time in forever by Genessee Brewery in time for St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be at the Rochester Parade, make the pit stop to pick up a pint, a crowler, or growler and let us know what you think.

 

Resurgence Brewing Company Irish Breakfast Ale – 5.2% ABV, Irish Red Ale, Seasonal – The creators say that it tastes like a McGriddle with notes of maple syrup, smoked bacon and coffee. It’s canned this year as well, so if you have a good friend in the Buffalo area, you may be able to snag some yet.

 

Brewelist Advent Calendar 2016 – Dark Beer for Dark Nights – Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout and Genesee Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter

Ok, I know I lost some of you with the title. Blue Moon? Is that even a craft beer? Well, not really, but it’s really delicious and worth your consideration if you like coffee-ish stouts and it’s hella available.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s chat a bit about these, shall we?

Blue Moon Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout – 5.9% ABV – Stout – This Limited Release from the company who brought you that obnoxiously common wheat beer that requires an orange garnish has actually done a great job on this one, in my opinion. The beer is simultaneously light yet creamy in taste but dark like night. Added bonus? Under 9 bucks a six pack. It may also appeal to your pickier guests who claim they don’t like beer.

Genesee Salted Caramel Chocolate Porter – 6.5% ABV – Porter – As much as Casey and I have talked about this beer, I’m not certain we’ve ever actually reviewed it. It’s a dark beer and packs a little bit of a punch in terms of alcohol, but not enough for you to be concerned. Unless you’re a lightweight, in which case, do the responsible thing and make someone else drive you. It combines salted caramel and artisan chocolate. It’s like drinking a delicious truffle out of a fine glass. Or a bottle. Whatever floats your boat. This one is a bit more expensive and less available, running around $11 for a four pack. If you’re local-ish to Rochester, NY you may also get to take advantage of places that do growler fills or make a quick trip to the brewery itself. From what I know, if you have access to a Wegmans, you stand a good chance of having access to this beer. Also if you’ve been “aging” some of it, I found last year’s batch kind of tasted a bit like maple syrup.

I’d also like to add that if you’re a person who does baking or makes sweets of any kind, either of these beers might be great flavoring for those creations. I’m not certain how you’d make them, but if you figure it out, let me know because I’m curious.

If you happen to live in an unfortunate place that does not have either of these brews, I’m finding that coffee stouts are quite common this year. If you’re super super local, Triphammer Bierworks in Fairport, NY has (maybe had at this point) a very tasty variant that brought me great joy.

What dark beers would you add to the list? Have a different opinion? Let us know in the comments or ping us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

ROCtoberfest – A Review

On the final Saturday of September, Rochester brought a little piece of Germany to High Falls. Specifically the Genesee Brewery.

Ok, if you’re local to Rochester, you might have just gotten confused there. A brewery, known more for its Cream Ale and Genny Light than German heritage and strong beer doesn’t seem like the venue for an Oktoberfest celebration. Fortunately this was called ROCtoberfest.

My faithful companion and fellow beer enthusiast arrived at the Genesee Brewery earlier than the 3 o’clock start time. We decided to hit up the brewery itself, which offers tastings and growler fills on the bottom floor (it’s just past the gift shop). For a mere $2 you can sample four beers from their current selections. Added bonus? Most of the proceeds go to local charities.
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And, in case you were wondering, I was able to find four delicious beers that weren’t Genny Light.

After enjoying our flights, we walked to the festival, located across the street in a parking lot. It was a nice sunny, warm day, the perfect setting for an outdoor event.

After seeing online that the event was tentatively going to have a $5 cover charge, we approached the entrance with our IDs and cash in hand. To our delight, admission was free and I got to apply that cash towards a stein.

 

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It was bigger than my head and probably held a full six pack and cost me $17.

The band that began the day is Die Lustigen Almdudler, who played many traditional German songs and led the crowd in dancing, cheering and revelry.

It was a great excuse to get out of the house, enjoy the company of good people and honor my German heritage as well as some cold beer. Not to mention the venue has stellar views of the Genesee River and the Rochester skyline, for those of you into that kind of thing.