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Three Floyds Brew Review – Whatzup

My review of Three Floyds for Whatzup Magazine. 

 

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I was really, really excited to finally visit Three Floyds.

I still remember my first Three Floyds beer. When you try as many beers as I do and remember one that distinctly, you know you are onto something. My first Three Floyds beer was Gumball Head. Described as American wheat, what I recall very distinctly was the aroma of hops and grapefruit. This threw me, as most American wheats are pretty, well, bland. This was quite a number of years ago and hoppy beers were still not exactly high on my list, so I was nervous to try this very floral-smelling beer. One sip and I was hooked. It was amazing. 

Since then I’ve tried most of Three Floyds’ beers, and my palate has expanded to enjoy even the really hopped up ones like Zombie Dust. So visiting this northwest Indiana Mecca of exceptional beers was, for me, akin to a kid visiting a really awesome candy store.

Three Floyds is a smallish brewery in Munster, just under three hours northwest of Fort Wayne. I had read on their website and heard from friends that sometimes the brew pub fills up quickly, so it was recommended we get up there fairly early for dinner. 

I was really nervous when we rolled in about 7 p.m. and the parking lot was full. Located in an industrial park, the place was very unassuming, with a simple FFF sign above the door and nice landscaping. Inside the energy is palpable. People areexcited to be there. The bar is dark but inviting, with lots of fun things to look at and a cozy atmosphere. We chose to sit in the dining room which was a bit more open and gave us more opportunity to look around.

I started off with the Drunk Monk, a hefeweizen. I was really surprised to see a hefe on their menu frankly and super happy about it. Hefeweizen’s are German wheat beers characterized by their high wheat content as well as the yeast, which produces a banana/clove smell and taste. Drunk Monk was expertly done, served in the traditional hefe glass.  It poured a nice cloudy, dark yellow with all the signature tastes and smells. So good. 

My next beer was the Moloko. I am a big fan of milk stouts. I love all stouts, but milk stouts have that creamy, sweeter edge that, to my palate, imperials lack. The Moloko was a dream – perfectly balanced, creamy and smooth. If you like milk stouts, this has to be one you put at the top of your must-try list.

My drinking companion is a total hop head and focused his attention on FFF’s line of classic hoppy beers. Not a single beer was a disappointment.

Since we were at the brew pub, we decided to try several items off the menu. We started with the brisket tacos and crudité. The brisket tacos were good, if a little dry. Topped with jalapeno sour cream, pickled radish and queso fresco, they were quite interesting. 

The crudité consisted of seasonal veggies, nice and crisp with an edamame hummus, and pita. I could not get over the edamame hummus and would have liked about 3 times as much on the plate. It was that good.

We wrapped up the dining portion of our evening with the loco-mojo pizza which, according to the menu, is roasted tomato sauce, cumin sausage, queso fresco, roasted peppers and cilantro. All I know is we devoured it in no time. I’m not a foodie, but everything was very fresh. (I learned later that they have an organic garden on premises.)

After eating, we got in line for carryout and grabbed some bottles and six-packs to bring home. The line really never ends. There had been people lined up before we went in, and it never let up all night. I have seen online a lot of complaints about Three Floyds being out of certain beers – primarily Zombie Dust and Gumball Head – all too frequently, and its easy to see how hard it would be to keep up with demand. Regardless, we scored some Zombie Dust and a bottle of Miloko, neither of which lasted long after I got home.

Not everyone likes all aspects of the bar, the types of movies on the TVs or the volume of the music. I found all of it to fit right in with everything Three Floyds is about. Plus, everyone on its staff was helpful, friendly and accommodating. Three Floyds is a funky, fun brewpub with an eclectic style and eccentric personalities. Anyone who truly loves beer and is there for the beer will not be disappointed. heathersaysbeer14@hotmail.com

http://whatzup.com/index.php?f=Brew&page=Floyds_130926

Belgian Style Beers – Info.

Last night I had a customer ask me a question I could not answer. He wanted to know if all Belgian styles used Coriander.  My gut response was that Coriander is used pretty heavily in American Style Belgian Beers. But that authentic Belgian styles are less heavy handed with the spice. I think my gut check was right, and wrong. Attached is an article that I found to be extremely helpful in breaking down some facts and myths of Belgian Styles Beers. Since this IS my favorite style, I found it very helpful and enlightening. Enjoy!

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Menuism/belgian-beer_b_1166350.html  

Outer Banks Brewing Station

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Back in June my family and I traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for vacation. The OBX holds a special place in my heart and has been our go-to spot for a few decades now.

This year the kids and I joined my parentals and my sister and her kids and we all took up residence in one of the summer rentals on the beach. Of course what was one thing on my to-do list for vacation? Visit the local breweries of course!

Outer Banks Brewing Station was the third of three I was able to get to over the course of 6 days and it was by far the knock out winner on all counts.

When we first pulled into the parking lot, I knew we were going to be in for a solid wait. It was packed! It was high noon the first solid week of summer vacation and the tourist season was definitely in full swing. We put our name in with the friendly host and decided to wait out back for our table. The back of the brewery hosts a huge garden/outdoor entertainment area. There are plenty of picnic tables and what looks to be a place for bands to play outside. The kids stayed entertained on the wooden ship structure which I thought was ingenious. Probably my favorite part of the back area was the way they integrated the vegetable and herb gardens as part of the landscape. There were rosemary plants as big as large bushes and not only did it look really cool, it smelled fantastic.

Finally it was time for our party of 10 to be seated. The interior was charming! Big vaulted ceilings with a variety of oriental rugs hung from the ceiling, dampening the noise. There was a lot of hustle and bustle but it didn’t feel chaotic, it felt festive.
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The menu was pleasantly surprising. I’ve found that at a lot of breweries the food goes one of two ways. It’s either completely underwhelming, or very well done and super pricey. This was perfectly in the middle. Fresh menu options with really interesting choices and the pricing was very reasonable, especially located in such a high tourism area. Since I’m not a foodie and that’s not what this blog is about I’ll leave you with a link to the menu http://www.obbrewing.com/menus/ and tell you I had the Fried Green Tomato Caprese and it was awesome.

On to the beer. Since it was lunch time, I decided to go with a lower ABV beer and frankly, the one that sounded the most interesting. The Lemon grass Wit. Both my mother and my sister, who had tried other beers with me along the way, ordered it as well.

The LGW pours a beautiful cloudy lemon yellow with a pillowy white head. The smell of wheat and lemongrass were there, and not overwhelming. Perfectly balanced. And oh my gawd delicious. I couldn’t find fault with this beer. From the smell, body, look, taste and finish . . I really wanted another but we had more driving to do. It should be noted that my sister and mother both really enjoyed the beer as well!

I bought a t-shirt and made a note to come back. And I didn’t wait long. I talked my sister into going back that very evening. It was our last evening on the island and I really wanted to try the rest of their beers.
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The evening crowd seemed to be a larger mix of locals and tourists but the place was no less busy. We scored some seats at the bar and I ordered a flight. The flight prices at $7.50 were extremely reasonable for 4, 5 oz pours. Since at the time of vacation I hadn’t planned on starting a blog, I didn’t write down what I had, but I do know that the stout was amazing. I love a good stout and am super picky about them. Theirs was very flavorful and not watery, which is my bigget pet peeve with some stouts. The service was once again spot on, the servers all seemed very knowledgeable about what they were serving and were plenty attentive.

I did grab a growler of the LGW. It traveled 779 miles in the trunk over two days. And on the 3rd day it got re-chilled and opened. And it was still, fantastic. I don’t advocate beer abuse, but it held up well!
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Once I got home I read about the history of OBB, and the history of their wind turbine. The story behind the founders and how OBB got started in the first place is very interesting and very well written on their site. To be honest, I fell a little more in love with them than I already was just by visiting.
http://www.obbrewing.com/about-the-pub/restaurant-and-brewery-wind-powered/

I don’t get to the coast as often as I’d like, but knowing OBB is out there gives me one more reason to go visit and enjoy one of my very favorite places.