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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Review

I was fortunate enough this past week to get a chance to sample four different brews from the Brooklyn Brewery.  This brewery is celebrating their 21st birthday this year and have established themselves as a producer of high quality craft beer.

Brooklyn Brown Ale-  When this beer was poured into my glass, I was told that they picked it for this event solely because it was made to pair well with BBQ.  I was disappointed.  The serious malty background definitely stood up to the BBQ well, but there was something about the taste that just didn't sit right.  It reminded me a lot of Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre, but the raisin flavor that makes the Dogfish Head beer unique tasted more like rotten raisins in this Brooklyn offering.  Rating- 4/10

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace- This beer is unique in that it relies solely on the flavor of one hop variety to give all the hoppiness in this beer.  Tradition has it that saison beers were brewed by farmers to take out to the fields with them so they could have something to drink at their lunch break that would refresh them and allow them to continue working.  This beer is a perfect example.  Light, crisp, refreshing, but full of flavor and aroma.  There is a lemony aroma and taste that is said to come from the hops, but then a nice spiciness that helps balance out that lemon.  Definitely a perfect beer to drink on a hot summer day when you are grilling out back. Rating- 9/10

Brooklyn Local 2- This is said to be the flagship brew of this company.  It is fermented in a unique way that monks used to brew their beer in Belgium.  The beer is actually refermented in the bottle which gives it another depth of flavor.  The carbonation level of this beer actually reminds me of champagne, but the actually flavor of the beer is like a dark Belgian quad.  The maltiness of the beer is backed by spice and fruity flavors.  In my opinion, the style of beer does not match the way this beer is fermented in the bottle to give that champagne feel to it.  With less carbonation this brew could be something very special. Rating 7/10

Brooklyn Local 1-  In all the beers I tasted at the event the other night, this one turned out to be my favorite.  Unlike the Local 2, this style matched the fermentation technique extremely well.  Described as a strong golden ale, this beer is less carbonated than Local 1, but the carbonation level is spot on.  Light sweet fruit flavor is balanced by subtle matliness and a crisp freshness to this beer.  This beer could easily surprise you at 9% abv. Rating 9.5/10


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