Happy July, ladies and gents!! First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the warm words and amazing response from my last post about my personal Wake-Up Call to change my lifestyle to a healthier, more active one. It’s great to hear about other people’s wake up calls, or what gave them the drive to change their lives. Inspiring, right?
Since we hit up a rather heady topic last night, let’s try something a little light-hearted, shall we? And honestly, what could be more light-hearted and appropriate before the holiday weekend than…. BEER?!
Last night, Lauren and I hosted yet another amazing glass night for the Tri-Beer Meetup group (only THE group to be in if you live in the NC Triangle and enjoy hops, ales, pilsners, and people!) The beer of the evening: Big Boss Brewing Company’s Monkey Bizz-ness. I’m no stranger to Big Boss Beers, and have toured the brewery before as well as attending a food-truck round-up once or twice. I’m a HUGE fan of their Angry Angel, and many friends are hopelessly devoted to Bad Penny. But that’s beside the point.
This beer poured a cloudy hazy gold color that was beautiful to look at on a sunshiney evening. Only available on draft in June, this beer is described by the brewer:
Monkey Bizz-Ness is spiced to complement the fruit, yeast and malt notes present in this complex, rustic Belgian-style ale. Monkey Bizz-ness is aged for months to blend the bold flavors into a seamless presentation. 9% ABV.
In my opinion, while the smell was divine, it was a little too powerful in flavors for my liking. It might’ve be the powerful alcohol percentage, but the fruity flavors had me feeling like I was inhaling a tropical mix of produce and flowers, and not in the best way. I feel like there was mix of citrus, maybe peach (though that could’ve been the peach I ate earlier tricking my mind), and floral tastes… it was just too much for me. That being said, my co-host loved it, and it has a very loyal group of followers (who followed us right to the bar!), so clearly my tastes are not similar to everyone. While I’m glad I tried this one, I think that I’ll stick to their Angry Angel Kolsch in the future as my go-to brew (though their Harvest Time Pumpkin Ale is something I look forward to all autumn!)
Loyal Tri-Beer member, Will, surprised me by getting my first beer of the night, and it even included a free (BEAUTIFULLY ETCHED) Big Boss Glass which you can buy at their Merchandise Store. The glass normally runs for $3.50, and the beer AND glass cost a mere $2 (or free, if you have a dapper gentleman treat you!), further going to show that Rockfish Seafood Grill at Southpoint truly has the best deal on craft beers in the Triangle (at least that I’ve seen, I challenge you to find me a better one!)
After finishing my Bizz-Ness, I switched over to a beer I honestly didn’t expect to love… but after one sip of Lauren’s, I knew I had to try it. Lonerider Brewing Company’s Deadeye Jack, a seasonal porter, infused with… COFFEE! Holy moly. If you’re someone who likes beer but thought to yourself, “This doesn’t have enough coffee in it!!” this is the brew for you. It’s deep and rich and full flavored, dark brown in color, aromatic as any mug o’ joe, and easy to drink I would suggest that Starbucks grab a hold of the Lonerider PR person, and work with them on some sort of Brew-Ha-Ha event combining this beer and tasty coffee, and… I don’t know… stand up comedians? I’m obviously not a PR whiz kid. alas.
Speaking of alas, the only image I got of this brew was in the side, during an impromptu photo shoot for the Women of Craft Beer NC Calendar:
After enjoying a delicious night of great talks, lots of laughs, and tasty appetizers (half off from 4-7), I went home to open up my package… More on this later, but I’ll give you a hint. This is what I looked like when I opened it.
Off to enjoy the tail end of the work-week before the long weekend!!