pictures my mom sends me to show her love~

pictures my mom sends me to show her love~

carrot ginger soup and the Cream Ale at the Portsmouth Brewery, a good send-off to Summer-y beers

YAY NOW IT’S IN GIF FORM

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hannibuddy:

Regarding Hannibal getting renewed for a second season.

/raises my hand for a pint

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Trying the sampler at the Portsmouth Brewery. The winner so far: Bluebeery

Trying the sampler at the Portsmouth Brewery. The winner so far: Bluebeery

Coinciding perfectly with those Breaking Bad pint glasses I posted yesterday, there is now going to be an official Breaking Bad beer to go into those glasses.  It’s called “Heisenberg’s Dark,” brewed by Marble Brewery, which is appropriately based in Albuquerque, NM. 
Sadly, it will only be available in Albuquerque, so those not within driving distance of the city will have to find another brew to drown their sorrows in while watching the final season.
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Coinciding perfectly with those Breaking Bad pint glasses I posted yesterday, there is now going to be an official Breaking Bad beer to go into those glasses.  It’s called “Heisenberg’s Dark,” brewed by Marble Brewery, which is appropriately based in Albuquerque, NM. 

Sadly, it will only be available in Albuquerque, so those not within driving distance of the city will have to find another brew to drown their sorrows in while watching the final season.

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Breaking Bad pint glasses, a birthday present from my co-blogger :D

These will be full 24/7 during the final season

Breaking Bad pint glasses, a birthday present from my co-blogger :D

These will be full 24/7 during the final season

Having a Saison Dupont Belgian farmhouse ale in Salem, MA. My dad in back is having a pilsner.

Having a Saison Dupont Belgian farmhouse ale in Salem, MA. My dad in back is having a pilsner.

As mentioned in my last beer review post, stouts are my favorite type of beer ever, but are unfortunately not really a summer beer.  I was thinking of ways to “summer-ize” stout, and discovered that STOUT ICE CREAM FLOATS are a thing.  My entire life had changed.  I needed to try this out right away.

At the same time, a co-worker who brews his own beer gave me a bottle of an oatmeal stout he had made.  It was the first time he had made an oatmeal stout, so he warned me it wasn’t the best, so I thought it may be a good candidate for the ice cream float experiment.  The beer has a strong toffee-malty smell, but sadly that toffee taste was not as pronounced.  There was also slightly bitter-burnt taste, and not much creaminess from the oatmeal. I had told my co-worker about my ice cream float plan, and he agreed that it would go a long way in improving his beer.

To the beer I added a scoop of Haagen-Dazs vanilla and a scoop of coffee ice cream.  The ice cream started to melt into the beer immediately, and I hardly needed to use the spoon.  The melted ice cream swirling into the dark brew added a creamy lactose-ness I enjoy in stouts, and the vanilla and coffee ice cream also contributed well to the faint coffee-chocolate-y flavors present in the beer, helping to bring them up a bit.  And while a regular root beer float would be way too sweet for me (I don’t like sweet things that much), the ice cream brought a light sugary-ness that mellowed out the heaviness of the beer.  

Overall, I thought it was a great combination, one that I will be trying out different with different kinds of stouts and ice cream combinations.  (I suspect that a milk stout with dulce de leche ice cream would be DELICIOUS.)