Philly Beer Week is/was going on this week, and in honor of that beer week jawn, I am at home drinking a J.A.W.N. (Juicy Ale With Nugget), a delicious American Pale Ale by Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company. If you're not from Philadelphia or the surrounding jawns, you may be unfamiliar with the word 'jawn' and its infinite uses and applications. In other words, jawn (or as I prefer to say, “that jawn”) can be used in all types of jawns.
“Anybody see that re-jawn of that 80's jawn where them high school jawns are fighting off them communist jawns?”
“Do you mean Red Jawn?”
J.A.W.N., or Juicy Ale With Nugget, is exactly that – a juicy American Pale Ale brewed with Nugget (and Zythos) hops.
I'd never heard of Zythos hops prior to this beer. According to Wikipedia, Zythos hops are “a blend of Simcoe, Citra, Palisade and Amarillo, it has distinct tropical (pineapple) and citrus tones, with slight pine characteristics.” Sounds about right.
If we are talking about jawn, the Philadelphia slang term, not the beer, then jawn is basically a generic noun that is completely interchangeable for any person, place, or thing. It may or may not still be in the everyday vernacular of the common man, but ten years ago it was the Taylor Swift of regional vocabulary.
Urban Dictionary contributor Jay Sticky gives a nice summary: "a word used by Philly cats to describe anything and everything", and more than a few apt examples: "you see that car? that jawn was hot," or "you was at Keisha's jawn last night?" or "when them planes flew into that jawn, it exploded!!" or "you heard that new jawn by B.Seigs & Freeway?"
If we are talking about Philly Beer Week, it is impressive. I've heard some say that it is the Beer Week that started all other Beer Weeks but I have done zero research to back that claim up. From Hill Farmstead to Firestone Walker to any and all of the amazing local breweries in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, it is an eventful ten days. Check out Philly Beer Week's website or Philly Tap Finder's event page to get an idea if you don't already know.
The Quick Hits portion is now over (because Quick Hits, as the name implies, are over quickly).
In fact this entire post is over. My four-year-old won't go to bed and the almost three-week-old needs constant walking tours of the house just to keep it together.
“This is the living room.”
“This is the dining room.”
“Here we are in the living room again.”
“You see those shelves? Daddy built them jawns.”
J.A.W.N. (Juicy Ale With Nugget), Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co.
Appearance = 4.5/5
Golden with near perfect clarity and an almost ashy white head. You get two finger off the pour and a nice layer the rest of the way with lacing that's hard not to notice.
Smell = 4/5
Orange rind, some pine, some biscuit, some grass.
Taste = 4/5
Orange, apricot, orange rind, and pineapple hit you first. Then pine and dry grassiness in the finish. A nice crisp maltiness in between. The difference between the front and back end flavors keep you going back.
Feel = 4.5/5
Drinkable, almost a session feel but it sits on the tongue more than most things with a 5.2% ABV. Nice true ale style carbonation helps to keep things moving smoothly.
Overall = 4.25/5
Maybe my new local favorite that's not an IPA or DIPA. A really enjoyable pale ale with more than enough hop flavors and bitterness to keep you happy but light enough in the ABV that you can give your infant constant house tours.
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