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.
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.
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.