In this episode we welcome Mary from A Sip of Sports as our first ever full show phone guest. We find out what A Sip of Sports is all about, talk surviving St. Patrick’s Day, recap our visit to Lemons Mill Brewery, let you know what you should be watching on TV right now, talk the insane weekend that was the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament, try to find out what makes a Cinderella at this point and play a new round of Take It or Leave It.
Lauren and Carrie split a can of EvilTwin Brewing’s Imperial Doughnut Break this week. Doughnut Break is an Imperial Porter with coffee, vanilla, almonds and doughnuts added. This beer was fine for an imperial porter, it poured slightly thick and was rich and dark in color. Even after letting it warm up, however, neither Lauren or Carrie got much vanilla, almonds or doughnuts from it. It had a decent coffee flavor to it, but beyond that we didn’t get much from it. At 11.5%, however, it wasn’t super boozy, we just aren’t sure that the price point of over $9 a can it warrants picking it up.
Leigh was super excited about her beverage of choice this week, Angry Orchard’s Rose’ is a cider that she has been looking for and wanting to try for a while. She was in luck this week because the Liquor Barn in Hamburg here in Lexington Kentucky finally had some in stock. She was not disappointed in this one at all. It was very drinkable and slightly dry. Many times when you see a beverage with a pink color, you think it’s going to be on the sweet side. Leigh was definitely happy that this wasn’t the case, which is a good thing because they only came in 6 packs, so Carrie still has 5 more at her house.
We are all ready for spring to begin and Smarch to go away and Lauren definitely brought that sentiment to the table with her choice of Taft Brewing’s Nellie’s a Key Lime Caribbean style ale. Taft Brewing is right up the road from us in Cincinnati and we were happy to see that they are canning and distributing in our neck of the woods. Lauren stole this from Stacey’s beer fridge stash, but it was absolutely worth it. This is a very light, refreshing beer that isn’t overpowered with key lime flavor. It definitely avoids any kind of artificial or chemically flavor and at 4.8% is a beer you could have more than one of. This would be a great patio/lawnmower beer. We highly recommend looking for this one in your area when the weather finally lets us sit on the patio without the threat of snow.
Carrie is also done with winter and it showed with her pick of New Belgium’s Tartastic Raspberry Lime Ale. This is again is a nice refreshing fruit beer, that has a great balance of fruit and tart. The raspberry and lime aren’t overpowering or chemically tasting and the sour adds to the flavor rather than distracting from it. Add this to your list of porch sitting/lawnmower drinking beers when the winter finally takes a hike.