Posts tagged “Yards

Beer Madness! 59 (1)Yards IPA v. (10)Dirty Bastard

(1) Yards IPA
v.
(10) Founders Dirty Bastard

The Yards IPA has had, by far, the easiest run in the tournament.  Their only challenger so far has been the Goose Island Honkers.  The Dirty Bastard has been scratching and clawing its way through the competition.  I’m expecting this to be the last match for the Yards.


Beer Madness! 54 (12)Honkers v. (1)Yards IPA

(12) Goose Island Honkers Ale
v.
(1) Yards IPA

Yards comes into this game with a lot of advantages.  They are a high seed playing a low seed and Honkers comes into this game with a lot of distractions.  Their program is in turmoil after the surprise announcement that their coach will be stepping down after the president decided to join a power conference.  I can see this working one of two ways.  Either Goose Island comes together to send their beloved coach out a champion and they go on a run, or the pressure becomes too much and they quit on their coach like the Vols.


Beer Madness! 45 (1)Yards IPA v. (9)Red Stripe

(1) Yards IPA
v.
(9) Red Stripe

I don’t think I have ever tasted Yards IPA, but I am sure that it is a pretty good beer.  Red Stripe probably has a better advertising department than Yards.  A vote for Yards is a vote for beer.  A vote for Red Stripe is a vote for commercials that make fun of white people for dancing poorly.  WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?


Beer Madness! 25 (1)Yards IPA v. (16)Natural Light

(1) Yards IPA
v.
(16) Natural Light

Weighing in at a respectable 7% ABV, Yards is a clear favorite to advance easily from the first round.  Despite playing in the Southwest, far from it’s Pennsylvania home, Yards simply offers too much for the watery not-quite-beer taste of Natty Light.  If this were a frat party the results might be different, but fortunately for the viewing population, Natural Light is unlikely to hang around very long.


Brew Review-Yards Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale

This is another historical recreation brew from Yards.  This spruce ale is based on one of Ben Franklin’s recipes.  It pours a deep amber.  Quite frothy and creamy head.  Thin mouthfeel.  The nose smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and spruce.  So, holiday spices basically.  Fruit flavors hit the pallet first and the herbal earthiness is balanced out by a molasses backing.  The finish reminded me of an herbal cough drop’s medicinal flavor.  A good beer for cold weather.  I could not see drinking more than two in one sitting.  I doubt Ben Franklin did either.  He probably had a draft or two.  Then old Ben went off inventing stuff and entertaining ladies of a liberated disposition.  Let freedom ring!

Don Von Matterhorn

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Brew Review-Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale is a strong ale (8% alc by vol) based on Jefferson’s original recipe.  It’s like a more sessionable Belgian Triple.  The appearance is a cloudy copper orange with a healthy head.  The nose is spicy and has notes of fruit and caramel.  The aroma reminds me of barleywine.  Taste has a a lot of malty sweetness, mild citrus flavors (e.g. lemon), little spicy kick, and caramel.  Finish is rather toasty.  Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.  Quite an enjoyable brew with an interesting backstory.  Mr. Jefferson was indeed a man of many talents.

Cheers,

Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn
Vice-Chairman
Revelry and Recreational Sports Division
Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.

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Brew Review-Yards India Pale Ale

I didn’t choose this beer, but some guests were kind enough to leave some of their leftover beer at my place.  I’m used to folks leaving behind macro brew trough swill so this was a pleasant surprise.

It pours a nice gold and has a copper hue when the light hits it.  The head is full and I picked up some floral smell right off the bat along with the rest of its fantastic hop nose.  Good carbonation with a medium body.  The taste is crisp, sweet, and biting.  The citrus fruit flavors hit first.  Then there are some buttery British biscuit and hearty malt flavors.  There are some tea like tannin flavors that are a bit hidden.  The finish is long and bitter, which some people that are not fans of IPAs will not a like.  However, this is a part of what makes this brew a serious IPA that I can appreciate.

I must say that I was impressed with this beer and will be checking out Yards’ other 8 offerings.  Since they are based out of Philly, I expect they will be fairly easy to come by in the D.C. area.

Cheers,
Donald “Don” Von Matterhorn
Vice-Chairman
Revelry and Recreational Sports Division
Von Matterhorn Industries International Unlimited Global Inc.

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