Thorn St. Brewery, must stop and enjoyable place

I decided to try some beers at the Thorn St. Brewery. First was Bohemian pilsner. It was quite drinkable but bland. Second was Pale ale. It was subtly bitter. Stout was tasty. Third was Red iPad, it tasted more butter, subtly. Then I also tried Session IPA. It was very good. Also, Agave amber was a great in chocolate flavor. I tried Coconut porter, it was just okay. Lastly was American strong, it was good but hard to call it a beer.

The location at 3176 Thorn Street was up until early 2012 a local outlet called Home Brews and Gardens. The shop was loved by local patrons but owner Dennis O’Connor realized that he liked making beer a lot more than he did selling supplies to do so. He teamed up with avid home brewers and fellow San Diego natives Dan Carrico and Eric O’Connor to start the project that would transform the former local home brew shop into Thorn Street Brewery. The renovated space has been transformed into a beautiful tasting room with a 7 barrel brew house in a large open naturally lit back room. Local designer Pat Wilkening (Red Craft Custom Design) has been instrumental in the creative development of the property and has created something truly unique in the neighborhood. (Source: http://thornstreetbrew.com/about-us/)

Beers like—stout, coffee stout and strong ale—offered more diversity, but were universally dull, flavor-wise. The strong ale tasted a bit boozy and sweet and the stout was roasty but a bit thin while the coffee-infused version of that variety packed more flavor but tasted more like chocolate milk than java. Overall the beer isn’t bad. It’s just unremarkable. (Source: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/feast/2013/feb/15/beer-touring-thorn-street-brewery/)

Thorn Street’s back room had a spacious area that houses the brewing equipment as well as its own separate bar, plus plenty of seating, tables, and upturned barrels. Toys and board games give the young-at-heart something to do while they catch up with friends or unwind from a hard day. It’s one of the nicest tasting spaces of any comparably sized brewing company in the county. It is a warm, fun social hub with a lot to offer. Add exceptional beer and there’s little more a craft beer fan could desire. It is their sincere hope that their hard work will result in a place that people can truly feel cozy and welcome in.

Royal Stag – Pernod Ricard, a generic whiskey

The other day, Joey and Ravi tried Royal Stag Whiskey from India. Joey felt that it was drinkable and mixable. Ravi thought it was a solid whiskey that is drinkable but wasn’t anything special.  In short, it was the essence of a generic whiskey.

Royal Stag was created in 1995 from a blend of Indian spirits and imported Scottish malt. The first brand in India without artificial flavoring, it has become a key whisky and a benchmark among the country’s power brands. In 2011, Royal Stag sold 12.4 million cases and continues to grow. It is usually served on ice or with water. It is available in 1L, 75cl, 37.5cl, 18cl, 9cl and 6cl formats. The launch of super-premium Royal Stag Barrel Select in December 2011 added to the brand range. (Source: http://pernod-ricard.com/549/brands/see-all-brands/local-brands/royal-stag)

Royal Stag have an exceptional smoothness, taste and malty-flavor. This is one of the very few blended Indian whiskey in this category that can be taken on the rocks. Its consistent smoothness and flavor uplifted its status in the market.

Seagram is now part of Pernod Ricard due to worldwide takeover. Pernod Ricard produces and distributes many prestigious brands in many categories of alcoholic beverage. Some of world famous brands of this group are: Ricard, Seagram’s Gin, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute, Larios, Clan Campbell, Havana Club, Jameson, Martell, Ramazzotti, Wyborowa, Wild Turkey, Jacob’s Creek and Wyndham Estate. These brands are either global leader or one of the top selling brands of a select market. Pernod Ricard group is marketing more than 100 famous brands around the globe. Royal Stag is one such brand being marketed in India and Nepal as per requirement of these markets. (Source: www.awa.dk/index.php/whisky-catalog/india-indien/royal-stag)



 

Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel Aged Strong Ale) – Allagash Brewing Company, good with food

Anne, Matt, Ravi and Jane tried Allagash Curieux. Anne tasted it as fruity crisp but for her iPas were better. Matt thought that bubbles can take the fat off the food. In short, it was good with food. Ravi didn’t like the first sip but it grew on him. It was sour but he subtlety like it. Jane felt that it was drinkable.

Allagash Curieux was the first foray into barrel aging. Curieux is made by aging tripel ale in Jim beam bourbon barrels for eight weeks in cold cellars. The aged beer is then blended back with a portion of fresh tripel. The resulting beer is soft with coconut and vanilla notes, with hints of bourbon. (Source: www.allagash.com/beer/year-round/curieux)

At first you get a dark and heavy taste of a true dark ale with hints of honey and wheat, but then you kind of get punched with a taste of the bourbon. This is a brew that would be best enjoyed by itself. Beer is moderately carbonated, full bodied. Alcohol heat is fairly strong. Generally a pretty soft, smooth beer. A very enjoyable beer. Really pretty hard to compare it to standard tripels, as the barrel-aging adds in whole new features.

Allagash Curieux is manufactured by Allagash Brewing Company which started in 1995, as a one-man operation in a small space on the outskirts of Portland, Maine. Founder Rob Tod had worked in a brewery setting before and recognized a void within the craft brewing movement. While both German and British styles had become prevalent throughout the U.S., the ever-creative Belgian-styles were very difficult to find. Through his travels, Tod had sampled many of these unique beers and felt that the flavors and traditions of Belgium needed to be shared with the American drinking public. He designed a small 15-barrel brew house, gathered the finest array of authentic raw materials and began his quest towards the production of traditional Belgian style ales. Rob sold his first batch of beer in the summer of 1995. (Source: www.allagash.com/about/)

Today, Allagash has six year round beers in its portfolio, seven yearly releases and numerous one-offs and keg only releases. They continue to be successful by pushing the limits of beer and themselves. They have always strive to produce the finest Belgian inspired and experimental ales this side of the Atlantic. Allagash began as New England’s original Belgian-Style brewery and have grown into one of the industry’s most distinguished and well-respected brands.

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