This beer column has gone corporate! Blatz Liquor in the new Blatz condo building on Broadway has graciously allowed me to discuss some of their great products. Since they have bestowed me with this honor, I first wanted to talk about them. Much like Open Pantry, Blatz has a very cold/refreshing beer cave. The major difference is that they remove the dozens of boxes of Keystone, Hamm’s and Busch and replace them with a refreshing selection of microbrews. The selection includes a number of variety packs from various breweries, which is always a great way to find new favorites. Now to the beer!
A delightful and easy to find beer is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. However, this is not what I am going to talk about. The beer that I was so excited to try is Sierra Nevada’s new nationwide offering, Torpedo. Torpedo is a very good middle of the road Indian Pale Ale (IPA). One thing that is so pleasant about this new twist on the IPA are the not so hard to taste citric undertones. This is an awesome addition because so many IPA’s will blow you away with an overwhelming hops taste. On the topic of why it’s called torpedo, the rumor is that when making an IPA, breweries use a torpedo-like device to submerge the extra hops into the beer. I can’t say if this is true or not, but who cares? That just sounds cool.
Along the same lines, I tried out Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. It’s from the Flying Dog Brewery and it’s really nice and subtle. I would liken it to Hoegaarden Light. Not nearly as complex or robust, but if you’re looking for something a little easier to drink than you might like it doggie style. Doggie style does finish with a somewhat spicy taste, which I think, gives it an original taste. This spicy characteristic is a bit surprising on the first sip but by the end of the beer it’s hard not to find it refreshing.
In closing, if you’re a fan of great beer like me you should definitely check out the new Blatz beer cave. Also, make sure to find a pale ale that you like because the hoppy taste can be very soothing and usually has a high alcohol content!
Popularity: 26% [?]