Monday, November 19, 2007

Today's Two Beers

Mendocino Imperial IPA
The Mendocino Brewing Company began life in 1983 as a brewpub; as hard as it is to fathom now, they were the second one in the entire country. (Could it be any more appropriate they started life in a California town called Hopland?) I've had a number of their ales and can say these guys know what they're doing. Their Imperial IPA is a winter seasonal, and its 7.5% alcohol helped warm me up on a cold, rainy night watching football.

Rock Art Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB³
First things first: This decade-old, Morrisville, Vt., brewery has the worst Web site I've ever seen. But they make a pretty good beer. Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus is a strong (8% alcohol) ESB (extra special bitter) that comes in a 22-ounce bottle. It's relatively easy to drink for a medium-bodied beer, but the faint of heart might find it a bit overwhelming. Hopheads will dig it, though.

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