In Philadelphia, there is a little place called Hershel’s East Side Deli, located inside the world famous Reading Terminal Market. These guys craft together some of the most delicious sandwiches known to man, and the corned beef is to die for.
Left Hand Milk Stout is perhaps my favorite beer of all time. It has an excellent, creamy-coffee flavor, with a thick head and smooth body. It is easy to drink, sweet, and not too bitter. Drink this beer at a slightly warmer temperature (50-55 degrees) to really taste the milk-coffee flavors. Brewed in Longmont, Colorado.
The appearance of this beer is highlighted by its amazing head retention. I think it held up for the entire beer. The webbing and legs of the head are equally impressive. The body is black and the head is a warm caramel color.
Left Hand Milk Stout has a chalky/cocoa smell. The smell of malts and roasted coffee like scents are strong. There is also a hint of milk.
Left Hand’s Milk Stout is one of the best beers I have ever tasted. There is a perfect balance of coffee, cream, malts, and sweetness. The front end is very malty, the middle taste is sweet, and the back end tastes like roasted coffee with hints of milk. I did notice that the flavors became more pronounced as the beer warmed up a little (above 50 degrees).
Smooth and velvety, thick, and creamy. There is an absence of carbonation which is perfect for a sweet cream stout.
Because Left Hand Milk Stout is so flavorful and thick the beer stands well on its own. I would serve as an appetizer beverage with peanuts and cheese. The sweetness of the beer would go great with a sharp cheddar, goat cheese, and/or peanuts.
Edit: Many people have also mentioned that Left Hand Milk Stout goes great mixed with coffee. I have not tried it, but sounds like a great idea. (1/3 cold coffee, 2/3 beer)
In Northern Atlanta there is a little BBQ joint attached to liquor store that serves up some of the best food on the face of the planet. Its owned by two chefs that didn’t get the memo about choosing a location, but since you have to get there at 11am to find a parking spot and the line is out of the door 7 days a week I guess you could say they know a thing or two about slow cooking meat.
Wells and Young’s Banana Bread beer is brewed in Bedford, England. It has a delicious banana finish and would probably have mass appeal among beer drinkers. The beer is fairly light and very smooth with excellent drinkability.
Very little head which is white in color, nice red-gold-brown colored body.
Smells surprisingly like bananas. Not floral or hoppy like many beers. Very unique among beers.
Bitter and crisp front-end flavor. Has a banana taffy flavor especially toward the finish and after taste. Very smooth and crisp, slightly sweet, and unique.
Nice carbonation, crisp, light and easy to drink.
Because of the sweet banana flavor this beer would go great with breakfast or brunch or any salty dinner dish. As a dessert it would be delicious with fresh baked banana bread or peach cobbler. Could also be served with fried chicken and mac-n-cheese. Would be ideal for brunch with blueberry pancakes.
Buffalo Bill’s Brewery is located in Hayward, California.
Beautiful orange and amber color, nice head with decent webbing.
Smells kind of like lickerish to me (maybe just me?), very spicy, hint of nutmeg
Spicy flavor, front-end is heavily carbonated, traditional pumpkin spice middle, bigger yet enjoyable finish and lingering aftertaste, mildly metallic and earthy, hint of nutmeg.
Heavily carbonated, good texture, burns kind of like an enjoyable soda, very crisp
Would go best with a beef pot roast or stew with carrots and potatoes.
One of my favorite restaurants of all time is this little place in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville called Ramsi’s Cafe on the World, right off Bardstown Road. Everything I’ve ever ate at Ramsi’s was like getting hit in the mouth by the beautiful Greek Goddess of good eats, Aphrotummy…
I apologize that was actually one of the lamest jokes of all time. But I digress. You’ll not find a better variety of food, with every dish being more delicious than the last, than at Ramsi’s.
These are Ramsi’ fish tacos, but they aren’t your standard, run of the mill fish tacos. They’re covered in Napa coleslaw, and a spicy, cilantro rich salsa wrapped up in a freshly fried corn tortilla.
I ate these tacos with one of my best work chums, a tall, proud man hailing from Jamaica and fluent in Russian. What a combination. When the meal was sat down in front of me, he looked to me and in a thick Jamaican accent proclaimed,
“Holy shit mon, that there is the kind of meal a man eats before makin sweet love to a woman. Priyatnogo Appetita!”
Highland Brewing Company is brewed in Ashville, NC.
Fair head longevity, dark body, caramel head
Kind of smells like green olives (I’m not sure if this is just me?), pleasant odor
Smooth, not too bitter, full bodied, mild front end and fresh, the middle is more bitter, not much oatmeal flavor.
Lightly carbonated, smooth, not too thick
Could go with almost anything. Best with salmon with a light crust, side of mashed potatoes or mac-n-cheese.
Highland Brewing Company is brewed in Ashville, NC.
Caramel body, black/brown beer, medium head, head dissipates fairly quickly
Mild smell, not strong, mildly sweet
bitter, mildly coffee-like, hoppy middle and end, malty, has a very clean/fresh taste for a stout, not too heavy
Smooth and fresh, not as thick as other stouts, almost feels like an IPA, medium carbonation
Would eat with a thick salmon filet. Side of buttery spinach.
This afternoon I was mowing my lawn when a tall, lanky, older man approached me off the sidewalk. I live in a neighborhood that was undergoing a stint of gentrification around the time of the housing bubble burst back in 2007 and since then the area has largely fell back into being a poorer neighborhood with a few solidly middle class families like mine sprinkled about here and there, wildly out of place with our well-manicured lawns, flower beds and white picket fences.
Living in a poor part of town, I get a lot of foot traffic up and down my street, so having someone approach me to ask if they could do something for me, or get something from me isn’t uncommon. Today this man told me he was hungry and wanted 99 cent so he could buy a McDonald’s hamburger. I told him I didn’t have any money, and let him be on his way.
The sad truth is, I did have a dollar in the house. In fact, I have a wallet full of dollars, I also have some left over cheeseburgers of my own from a little Labor Day lunch I cooked for my family earlier today. Instead of offering any of these things up to this man, I instead just said I didn’t have any money on me and sent him away.
As he walked off, I stood there by my lawn mower, soaked in sweat, the sun burning on the back of my neck, feeling like I had just failed as a human being. The worse of it is, the reason I sent him away wasn’t because I didn’t want to part with any of my dollars, or even some left over cheese burgers; it was because I was afraid giving him anything would be tantamount to feeding a stray dog or giving a bowl of milk to a stray kitten.
Today I fell short. I should only be so lucky to be put in such a convenient position to help a fellow man with so little effort and at so little cost. Even if he rejected my food and only took my money to buy a bottle of beer, what does that matter to me? It still would not have changed the fact that I had generosity in my heart and I upheld my own personal belief that it is all our of our individual responsibilities to help the poor.
I won’t make the same mistake again. Next time, I will offer a helping hand.
A delicious and full flavored chocolate stout that I would go out of my way to purchase.
Nice head, caramel color foam, dark black body
Robust and sweet, not floral, you can smell the cocoa chocolate
Amazing and instant chocolate flavor. Sweet, smooth, and almost malty. Very strong front end with a more mild yet still strong finish, lightly metallic.
Lightly carbonated, thick, smooth, and malt-like
A thick steak cooked medium rare, baked potato with butter and lightly salted. Would also be a good dessert beer with a pastry.