September 26, 2013

Evil Twin Brewing

I'm a relatively new convert to the beers of Evil Twin Brewing. The stuff is mostly brilliant; I have yet to not like one of their creations. Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø is the slightly twisted mind behind Evil Twin Brewing, which is technically based in Copenhagen. Why Evil Twin for a name? Well, Jeppe's brother, Mikkel Borg Bjergs makes beer under the Mikkeller label.

Evil Twin Brewing is part of a growing "gypsy brewer" movement. Gypsy brewers mostly forgo owning a permanent brewery set up; instead, they travel as Jeppe does, making beer at various brewery locations around the world. Picture above are a couple of the easier-to-find beers from Evil Twin that are brewed in Stratford, CT. The Molotov Cocktail is an intense, explosive (wink-wink), Imperial India Pale Ale that clocks in at 13% alcohol. Yes, 13%. It's not a beer to pound. The Low-Life is a refreshing pilsner, and a parody of the classic Miller Hi-Life. Also pictured, the Lil' B, an Imperial Porter that also clocks in at 11.5% alcohol.
The Bikini Beer is Evil Twin's light beer. It lacks a bit of intensity and flavor for me, but it's a decent summer IPA that only carries 2.5% alcohol. If you are looking for an interesting "light beer" this one is for you.
Also very cool, the Hipster Ale, brewed at Westbrook Brewing in SC. There are numerous other creative and interesting beers made by Evil Twin, and many have equally quirky names. Consider the Spicy Nachos Pale Ale with jalapeno, or the Even More Jesus Imperial Stout to name a few. No kidding, if you poke around the Evil Twin website and you'll find at least 50 unique brews in the past couple of years. Many are bottled and sold in larger 22 ounce formats, like the Yuzu Femme Fatale below:
The Evil Twin Yuzu Femme Fatale IPA is one of my favorite beers in recent memory. Hard to find, and not cheap, but worth the effort and cost involved. Bright, citrusy, with great acidity and body. Yum. If you've got an open mind and like trying unique craft beers, go get some Evil Twin.

September 16, 2013

Recent Eats and Drinks: Folly Beach Edition

I recently spent a few days on Folly Beach and did a good bit of eating, drinking, surfing, and just hanging out. Some pics on food and beverages...
Rita's Seaside Grill right off the water is a good spot for drinks and beach-style casual eats in the heart of Folly.
The Shrimp Po Boy. Not bad, tender fresh shrimp pulled from the water across the street from the restaurant are the key. The blackened shrimp quesadilla was a standout as well.
Had decent tacos at Taco Boy. I wouldn't go out of my way for these tacos, though I only sample four of the 20 or so on the menu. But, the margaritas were decent and the atmosphere is shanty-beach bar-drunken fun all the way, so there is that...
One of our best meals was the seafood boil we did at home with shrimp from Crosby's right over the bridge when you hit Folly.
Shrimp boats off the back deck at Crosby's.
We also made our way into Charleston a couple of times and had another lunch at Husk. The shrimp and grits above with house sausage and local shrimp from Crosby's. A decent rendition of shrimp and grits, but the whole dish was in need of seasoning, as were most dishes at this visit. 
More from Husk, the pimento cheese crostini with house pickles and Benton's bacon bits. Decent, but the pickles were pretty weak this time.
Stopped by the Charleston Beer Exchange and had my mind blown by the inventory in this little shop a block from the water on Exchange Street. Any fan of craft beers would go nuts in this place.  Worth making a special trip if you ever in the Charleston area.
Picked up a few big bottles from Westbrook Brewing Company, one of my new favorite American brewers that just happens to be from Mount Pleasant, just outside the city of Charleston . The Citrus Ninja Exchange, a collaboration bewtween Westbrook and the Charleston Beer Exchange, is perhaps the best beer I've had this summer. Great acidity and citrus flavors in a double IPA. Just great summer drinker. Also got some of the rare Evil Twin Femee Fatale Yuzu Pale Ale pictured below. Another killer beer. 
More on beer later. Now back to planning my next trip to Charletston, which has quickly become one my favorite places to visit. Cheers.