Beer Brawl 18 – Unique & Interesting Beer

After Beer Brawl 17, I was looking at the Simply Beer Cellar trying to decide what Beer Brawl 18 would be.  I saw the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and I wanted to include it in the next Beer Brawl.  I didn’t want to do wheat beer or fruited beer again, so I decided that it would be unique and interesting beer.  Watermelon in beer and this craft beer in a can, it works for me.  So this Beer Brawl is all about beers that are Unique and Interesting; unique ingredients, packaging, and/or interesting stories behind the beer. beerbrawl_18

With me on this podcast was Mark Jackson and Teri Gatto from New Jersey News Room.  The only prerequisite I have for these Beer Brawls is a love of beer.  You don’t need to know anything about the beers we are drinking only a willingness to try them and voice an opinion.

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On Tap:

  • 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
  • Dogfish Head Sah’Tea
  • Old Danish Braggot
  • Avery Collaboration not Litigation
  • Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale
Mark(left) & Peter (Right) finishing off the beers after the recording was done

Mark(left) & Peter (Right) finishing off the beers after the recording was done

Under the umbrella of Unique and Unusual, the Hell or High Watermelon is the first beer I’ve seen that uses watermelon.  While watermelon isn’t a strong flavor, 21st Amendment uses enough to give the beer a bit of flavor, while still retaining some of the Wheat characteristics.  I did enjoy this beer, it wasn’t as well received by Mark or Teri.

The Dogfish Head Sah’tea is unusual in two ways, no hops and the method used to boil the wort (see video).  Using white-hot river rocks they boil the wort with the rocks not a flame. There’s a ‘ton’ of spices used in this beer instead of hops, like cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, and black tea.  Overall we all loved the flavor of this beer and the craftsmanship that went into it.

Mark Discussing his views on the Ommegedon

Mark Discussing his views on the Ommegedon

A braggot is not a common drink in the US; it is a blend of mead (honey Wine) and beer.  This produces a very fragrant and strong drink.  The Old Danish braggot was an interesting diversion from our typical Beer Brawl path.

The Avery Collaboration not Litigation has a great story behind it, creating a great Belgian Dark Strong Ale by the brewers at Russian River and Avery.

The final Beer, the Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse ale, a farmhouse style ale with Brettanomyces Yeast added to it to give it a funky and interesting flavor.  A definite must try beer.

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon 86 - 79
Dogfish Head Sah’Tea 96 96 98
Old Danish Braggot 88 91 97
Avery Collaboration not Litigation 91 90 98
Ommegang Ommegeddon Funkhouse Ale 93 91 99

Download the podcast and listen to all the details about these craft brews stacked up against each other.

Next Podcast will be recorded from Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogata NJ, where we’ll be sampling what ever he has on tap.


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7 Responses to “Beer Brawl 18 – Unique & Interesting Beer”

  1. Peter Culos Says:

    So, the Dogfish Head was the favorite? I haven’t seen that one yet, but it sounds interesting and would be a great addition to my fledgling “cellar”!

  2. nate Says:

    I’m a sucker for off the wall beers…of all the beers above, I have only tried Collaboration not Litigation and loved it, especially for the price. DFH’s Sahtea has been on my list to try…just been on a TIGHT budget.

    I would be hardpressed to try Hell or High Watermelon…not my style, but I never let that stop me.

  3. Simply Beer Says:

    I really liked this segment. I’m going to have to collect some more unusual stuff

  4. Zach Says:

    What a selection of unusual beers . . . I have been to Ommegang in NY and think that it is one of the best breweries in the north east. Haven’t had a chance to try their new one though. I am glad to see that Dogfish head’s entry was the winner . . . I don’t think I have had anything from them that I did not like. In fact, I took two bottles of 120 Minute IPA on a 6 day backpacking adventure recently! Keep up the good work!

  5. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks Zach! I will get up to Ommegang eventually, It’s on my list of about 50 breweries to go to in the north east. I just got a 6-120′s that I plan on cellaring for the next 3-9 years (it will be hard)

  6. Zach Says:

    Good luck with cellaring them! I haven’t been able to keep one for more than a week :-) . I have better luck cellaring things that I have never tasted, e.g., Deschutes’ Mirror Mirror, Trader Joes’ Vintage Ale, etc. Enjoy.

  7. Simply Beer Says:

    That is why they go into a box, out of sight out of mind! Beside I have a boat load of beer to drink and review (see my beer cellar) it makes it a bit easier.

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