The last time I wrote about Pizza Boy Brewing, Wife and I were attempting to expand our little family. Since then, I have successfully completed my portion of the agreement and we are expecting our second child sometime in 2015.
Between now and then, the focus of nearly my entire being is building shelves. Actually, I plan on building a series of built in book cases. I plan on building these using wood and the help of my carpentry-inclined friend using his tools and his truck. And I plan on putting these all over my house.
That wall in the living room? All shelves.
That landing, at the top of the stairs, outside the bathroom? Shelves.
Maybe I'll put a door on those shelves. And just like that - I have created a linen closet where before there was no linen closet. I have solved the problem of “where will we keep our linens when the new baby arrives and the closet in your office is now the baby's closet.”
If you have a problem, yo, I'll solve it. With shelves.
It's interesting to me that Wife's concern about my office becoming the next nursery centers mainly on the future location of towels and bedding. I'm curious what she thinks will become of the books, the CDs, the records, the cassettes, the stereo, the computer, the printer, the stacks of notebooks, the guitars, the amps, the box of secrets past, the still and heavy eyelids of my sanity, and that strange, ewok-looking, stuffed koala that literally appeared out of nowhere about six months ago.
Don't worry my love. I'm building shelves.
Another, perhaps more interesting, piece of information since my last visit to Al's of Hampden, home of Pizza Boy Brewing, is that they have started bottling and distributing to Central and Eastern PA (and possibly other select areas of the Mid-Atlantic region).
While I haven't been lucky enough to find any of there barrel aged releases, I was able to get my hands on their Simcoe SamuRYE, as well as Bean Dream (a Milk Porter) and, just the other day, Sunny Side Up Little Amps Double Coffee (a Stout).
The Simcoe SamuRYE, as the name suggests, is a Rye Beer drenched in Simcoe hops. It pours a reddish amber with a good layer of cream colored head that follows the beer to the bottom of the glass. The actual beer is easier to see through than some of the windows in my house and the lacing is superb.
The aroma is good – a mix of citrus and pine, with hints of pepper. It should be stated that I am getting over a pretty serious head cold so the aroma might not be coming across as well as it should. Really, I'm writing to tell you about my shelves as much as I am writing to tell you about this beer.
You may be wondering, “What do I care about his shelves?” Or more importantly, “Where will he find the time to build shelves?”
Both are good questions but I can only answer the latter: I will obviously need to cease all grooming activity. I have been training for this for some time. There will be no haircuts. There will be no shaving. No trimming. Not until I have built all the shelves!
After my first taste of Simcoe SamuRYE, I said “Hey now!” I'll admit I was a bit nervous about the possibilities of a rye beer, even one hopped with copious amounts of Simcoe. But that first sip told me I had nothing to be concerned about. It was more citrus and fruit than I expected. The pine hits you and then a nice earthy citrus and tropical fruit (mostly passion fruit?) juiciness as it goes. There were some hints of caramel, but the rye and the earthiness, maybe even pepper, of the Simcoe worked very well together and really rounded out the finish .
The after taste was surprisingly clean and overall the flavors was nicely balanced the whole way through, especially considering how much the Simcoe hop flavors shined through. In terms of feel, the beer was medium bodied with an easy finish. At times the whole thing just felt like an airy, Simcoe cloud in my mouth - whatever that means.
Simcoe SamuRYE, Pizza Boy Brewing (2.12 BAR, 120 Style+)
Appearance = 5/5
... reddish amber with a good layer of cream colored head... see through... the lacing is superb.
Smell = 3.5/5
... a mix of citrus and pine, with hints of pepper.
Taste = 4.25/5
... more citrus and fruit than I expected... pine hits you and then a nice earthy citrus and tropical fruit (mostly passion fruit?) juiciness as it goes... hints of caramel, but the rye and the earthiness, maybe even pepper, of the Simcoe worked very well together and really rounded out the finish.
Feel = 4.5/5
... medium bodied with an easy finish... an airy, Simcoe cloud in my mouth.
Overall = 4.25/5
... a very good beer... I look forward to more.
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