Glendronach – Aged 12 years: A Winter Warmer

GlenDronach - Aged 12 yearsThe husband decided it was time to pull out his tasting glass from our trip to Edinburgh last night, but wanted to have something worth to pour in it. Thus, he decided to do a mini-splurge with the GlenDronach Original – Aged 12 years . He could have amped up his investment with an older version, but decided that wasn’t necessary.

This lovely scotch has a sherry note at the beginning, followed by a fruity, raisiny flavor. The mouth-feel was full and has a somewhat buttery with a nutty finish.

On a cold winter night, this scotch is a good buy and does a fabulous job of taking the chill out of your bones. Something we northerners could use about now.

Damn that Groundhog.

Malted Barley – A Fine Watering Hole

Malted Barley

Malted Barley

One of our favorite Beer Bars is Malted Barley in downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. The owners, Colin and Steph, are friendly and have created a welcoming spot for thirsty, beer lovin’ people. And the pretzels are pretty awesome too!

The entire bar staff is knowledgable about beer, so there is no need to feel lost in the sea of delicious options they provide. If you want to sample a beer before purchasing, that is not only allowed, but encouraged. They feel, the more you know about good beer, the happier you will be. I know my husband agrees with that philosophy.

Great beer!

Great beer!

Each Wednesday they unveil a new cask beer. This past week it was from La Rulles brewery. In fact, on Wednesday not only did they have a new cask,  they also had a Firestone tap takeover, which was extremely well received by locals -code for the bar was packed. Colin told me that the next tap takeover will be from Six Point brewery located in NYC. Having tasted several of their products, I can attest that they are quite tasty and I fully expect Malted Barley to be hoppin’ that night as well.

Another great option the Barley has is their mini kegs. If you would like to enjoy one

Lauren, pouring a mini keg.

Lauren, pouring a mini keg.style of beer with several friends, you can order this keg, and they will fill it with whatever you desire from the taps. Much more fun than a pitcher.

style of beer with several friends, you can order this keg, and they will fill it with whatever you desire from the taps. Much more fun than a pitcher.

Getting hungry? No worries there – Malted Barley has a small, yet tasty menu of pretzels, both plain and stuffed, and pretzel sandwiches. And yes, they even have gluten free pretzels as well. My favorite is the turkey with sprouts, while my daughter likes the roast beef with slaw.

Finally, I can’t forget to tell you about the music! Each weekend, there are bands playing to entertain you while you imbibe your malty deliciousness. Since they are constantly mixing up the offerings, I suggest you go to their website. You will be glad you did.

And if you decide to follow my advice and go to The Malted Barley, look for me. I will be sitting at the bar.

Beer Bars and Best Bites – The Ginger Man (NYC)

Allagash White with Beer and Food menu at The Ginger Man - NYC

Allagash White with Beer and Food menu at The Ginger Man – NYC

This past Thursday, my husband and I found ourselves on Metro-North Railway traveling to The City to see a game at Madison Square Garden. Now, we love to go to museums, theatre, and whatnot, but this was not that kind of trip. We were on a quest to get in as many pubs as possible. I am pleased to report that we were successful.

First stop on our trek was The Ginger Man. Conveniently located off of Madison Avenue on 36th Street, this bar has over 60 taps and a small, but beer friendly menu. The beer is of good quality, there are several cask beers on at all times, and the décor is tasteful, yet quirky. Dinner was a tasty roast beef sandwich with chips and a bratwurst plate with sauerkraut, black bread, and creamy potato salad. One nice element to the menu is that it includes suggested beer pairings. We like to make our own selections though, so the husband chose Bear Republic Black Racer and Brew Dog’s Libertine Black Ale, while I started with an Allagash White and for desert had one of the best Cosmos ever.

The white shirt in the mirror is the stalker.

The white shirt in the mirror is the stalker.

We got to the bar at 7:00pm and it was packed with suits and skirts. If you want to have a drink to ease your way into the evening after a long day at work or just want to watch everyone in action, this is the place to be. One guy in particular was especially entertaining to watch. He was trolling the room with hopes for hooking up with one of the many lovely ladies – poor soul – the girls next to us shot him down. No worries though, he just moved on to another group. Had to leave for the game, so didn’t get to see how it panned out. We have been to The Ginger Man at least ten times and each time we come away completely satisfied – therefore, we deem it a total “Do Again.”

Cheers!