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The Mans Cave was a concept originated long before my time. The men in my family have always had their place of solitude where men could be men and there was no questioning. I now live the city life which means the man cave has been greatly reduced in size. That brought me to create an internet based man cave where all men can join in. Whether geek, gamer, jock, fitness, brewer, BBQ-er, or just looking for a place to read about manly news, you will find a home in the Man Cave

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Our Super Bowl Champion

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So you read about our Super Bowl of Beer here (Super Bowl of Beer), and I know you were anxiously waiting to see the results so here they are.  We ended up making a few substitutions but we got three great matchups between NE and NY.  Here are the matchups and their results:

Samuel Adams Boston Lager vs. Brooklyn Brewery Lager-

While our tasters enjoyed the crisp, clean taste of the Boston Lager, the additional hop flavor of the Brooklyn Pre-Prohibition style Lager beat out the subdued spiciness of the Sam Adams version.
Winner: New York

Harpoon Winter Warmer vs. Brooklyn Brown Ale-

This matchup was similar to the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the game last night... Not overly impressive or exciting.  The winter spices of the Harpoon offering were nice, but after a few tastes began to be overpowering.  The Brown ale seemed to be stuck between a display for the malts and a trendier hoppy brown ale.  Forced to pick a winner, the tasters leaned towards the Brooklyn Brown Ale.
Winner: New York by a safety

Shipyard XXXX IPA vs. Blue Point Rastafa Rye

Having had both of these beers before, I fully expected the Shipyard offering to come out on top in this one.  Coming in at 9.5% abv, the XXXX IPA carried a lot of flavor, but a big part coming through the alcohol and malt with the hops being relatively subdued.  In contrast, the Rastafa Rye was packed with hop flavor, confirmed by the bottle description of freshly harvested hops being used.  The rye added a nice spciy bite to the citrus hops and for being 7.5%, this was an easy drinker.
Winner: New York

While the Super Bowl may have been close, this matchup of beers was a landslide for New York.  Every beer that we tasted was solid at worst and exceptional at best! If you did something similar let us know what your results were.

Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

My Latest Experiment

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I felt like brewing yesterday, mostly because I was soaking the bottles I needed to bottle my Belgian Dubbel that has been fermenting for about a month now.  I started scrounging around the apartment and came up with 1 lb of light dry malt extract and 1 oz of Cascade pellet hops. I figured it couldn't hurt so I brewed a 1 gallon batch of a pale ale that I hopped with the 1 oz of Cascade hops and added a little lemon zest right at the end.  I also had saved some yeast from my Belgian Dubbel when I racked it over to secondary, and so I used that to pitch into this experiment. I'm hoping to end up with a nice citrusy, Belgian pale ale, but I'll have to keep you updated on how it turns out! Here's a picture after one day of fermenting, and hopefully pictures of the Belgian Dubbel will come soon!


Cheers and Happy Brewing!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Our Kind of Super Bowl

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I am a diehard Cowboys fan, so now that only the Giants and Patriots are left to thrown down for this year's title, I started looking for another Super Bowl that I could cheer for.  Here's what I came up with... There are several of my family members that I have guided into the craft beer world, and I plan on having a Super Bowl of sorts come Sunday (involving beer of course).  I have chosen 4 beers from 4 different categories, each from the respective areas of each team that will square off on Sunday, and my family members and myself will be voting for our favorite.  Perhaps the winner will align with the actual game, or we may end up with a completely different winner.  Leave a comment and tell us who you think will win!


Representing the State of New York:

Classic Football Session Beer-----

Brooklyn Brewery Lager- I wanted a classic football watching lager from each area.  From the Website: The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food. Dry-hopping is largely a British technique, which we’ve used in a Viennese-style beer to create an American original. 5.2% abv


Belgian Styled Ale-----


Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale- You already know that I love this brewery, but I've actually never tried this offering. From the Website: Taking inspiration from both sides of the Atlantic, we feel we've brewed up something completely unique. BPA is brewed with 5 specialty malts and generously- though not excessively -hopped with three hops. 6.2% abv


Hop Bomb-----

Southern Tier Unearthly Imperial IPA- This beer is like Eli to Cruz but with a hop bomb instead of a football. From the Website: Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer’s craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid. Delicately pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of the hops waft forward as your first sip divulges this beer’s fervent soul. To underestimate Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely.
9.5% abv


Unique Styled Beer-

Southern Tier Oat (I know I picked them twice...)- A heavy hitter from Southern Tier that I was able to grab a bottle of a few months ago and have held on to. From the Website: The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The first sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. 10.8% abv


Hailing from the land of New England:

Classic Football Session Beer-----

Samuel Adams Boston Lager- This will compete with the Brooklyn Lager as the football session beer from NE. From the Website: Samuel Adams Boston Lager uses only the finest ingredients including two-row malted barley and Bavarian Noble hops.  The sole use of two-row barley not only imparts a full, smooth body but also gives the beer a wide spectrum of malt flavor ranging from slightly sweet to roasted. 4.9% abv

Belgian Styled Ale-----

Harpoon UFO White- Modeled after the Belgian Wit style. From the Website: Light, crisp, refreshing UFO White follows in the tradition of spiced wheat beers that have been brewed in Belgium for well over 300 years. Brewed with orange peel and a unique blend of spices.  4.8% abv

Hop Bomb-----

Shipyard XXXX IPA- Though the Patriots have been limited in the big TD down the sidelines plays this year, this beer will hopefully deliver a kick.  From the Website: XXXX IPA is a non-traditional American IPA with a brilliant copper color and the classic citrus nose of Cascade hops.  9.25% abv

Unique Styled Beer-----

Magic Hat #9- Switching over to a fruit forward beer comes this offering. From the Website: A beer cloaked in secrecy. An ale whose mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue and ask more questions than it answers. A sort of dry, crisp, refreshing, and not-quite pale ale. 5.1% abv


So give us your vote for the Super Beer winner and I'll post on Monday with the winner from my family's voting!

Cheers and Happy Drinking!
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