Shmaltz He’Brew Rejewvenator & Shmaltz He’Brew Funky Jewbelation

He'Brew Rejewvenator

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend. Here in Massachsuetts we had a little snow storm on Saturday, resulting in maximum laziness here in our house. Besides going to church, doing a little laundry and working out, the weekend has been nice and quiet. The downtime is much needed given how busy work has been. The snow we saw this weekend is NOTHING compared to what is coming Monday night into Tuesday. All indications are that we’re in for about 1-2 FEET of snow. As much as I hate winter, I suppose if it’s going to snow, it might as well snow.

This afternoon I’m writing up reviews of both Shmaltz He’Brew Rejewvenator & Shmaltz He’Brew Funky Jewbelation. I drank these sometime in the last two weeks, jotting down the notes and tossing them in a pile with a load of other delinquent reviews.

He'Brew Rejewvenator

First up, the Rejewvenator. I first tried this beer probably 4-5 years ago when I attended the American Craft Beer Festival for the first time. I have not had the beer since then, but I recalled enjoying it and was excited to give it another go. The beer is brewed with concord grapes and Belgian spices. The spices come to the palette first, quickly followed by grape flavors. It reminds me of a mild red wine almost. Initially I was disappointed; I recalled enjoying the beer a lot more than I was currently. After I got half way through the bottle I warmed up to the brew and by the end of the bottle I was loving it.

He'Brew Funky Jewbelation

Next up is the Funky Jjewbelation. Shmaltz Brewing is known for some very big beers, and this one fits well into their line-up . The brew is a dubbel style, which is a mixture of seven different ales, which is then aged in 35% bourbon barrels and 65% rye whiskey barrels. I have to say, it’s a strange creation. It has a 9.4% ABV, but the body came across lighter than I would imagine for a beer of this gravity. It has a sharp sweetness, leaving me with sugary lips. It finishes with a strong grape flavor. Crazy unique and worth trying…although I don’t expect to drink it again.

-Lost

Moat Mountain Iron Mike

Moat Mountain Iron Mike

I have to tell you, the last couple of weeks after getting back from Mexico have been a whirlwind. Work has been insane, and evenings and weekends have been packed with plans. The few free hours I’ve had here and there have been spent relaxing in front of the TV, lamenting how I should get off my ass and write a beer review. Well, I’m back in the game!

I’d like to say a lot has happened in my life since I last blogged, but that would be a lie. I worked and slept. I signed up for my first half marathon, scheduled for June. I held an AFC Championship Game party, and the Patriots are going to the Superbowl. I went to a birthday party for my 4-year-old nephew at a bowling alley that could only be described as a run-down crack house. I was struck by no fewer than two skee-balls during this adventure.

Tonight, for the first time this week, I find myself without plans! Melissa and I just got back from a run and now we’re mowing down some pizza while watching the boob tube. I’m pairing the pizza with Moat Mountain Iron Mike. My buddy Norm left this at my place, and I’m going to profusely thank him; it’s amazingly good.

The Iron Mike brings a punch (get it?) of floral, grassy and earthy hops, which are fantastically balanced out by a just the right amount of malt. A solid pale ale, although I will warn that it’s on the hoppier side, as far as pale ales go.

This beer gets bonus points for it’s label, which reads “Everyone loves big cans”. Amen, Mr. Label, amen.

-Lost

Never take beer (or life) too seriously