das bierfrau on schneider-weisse, hangovers, and random singing.

armed with dual degrees in philosophy and germanic language, and not only possessing, but willing to wear a dirndl, das beefrau is a triple threat well positioned to philosophize about beer and other related things (like pretzels, sausages, schnitzel, and the schism between descartes and kant that still rocks the world of philosophy to this day), and the correct use of umlauts.

Guten Tag and Wilkommen to the Bierfrau’s inaugural column! Here you will find descriptions, reviews and fun facts about the beer and beer kultur at Little Pub (or, die kleine Kneipe). Occasionally, the column will highlight other wunders to be found at the Pub too, because the Bierfrau cannot subsist on beer alone – although, she has tried! So raise your glass and Prost! to what promises to be both informative and irreverently irrelevant.

A natural place for the Bierfrau to begin is Germany. The featured beer of today is Schneider-Weisse’s Original Hefeweizen. A classic Bavarian German wheat beer (Hefe meaning “yeast” and weizen, “wheat”), this beer has not changed a drop since its original inception in 1872. Wheat beers are unfiltered, meaning that the yeast is left in the beer after the batch is brewed. The result is a clouder, more flavorful beer. Unfiltered beers also retain their vitamins, specifically vitamin B, a key compontent in decreasing the severity of a hangover. (If you plan to do a lot of unfiltered beer drinking, take a vitamin B with water before you go to bed and thank the Bierfrau later!) The yeast rests at the bottom of the bottle and the beer must be poured completely vertically into a specifically designed glass. This way, the yeast hits the bottom of the glass and breaks up upon impact. This Schneider-Weisse is perfectly potent at 5.4% abv and is enjoyed best with hearty food, essentially the only kind offered in southern Germany. This would pair best with our burgers, steak or even the reuben and rachel. Even if you’re not eating though, it is worth ordering just to see the bartender or server slave over the perfekt pour.

Our trivial trivia for the day is on the importance of song when making (or enjoying) beer. A phrase from the Middle Ages states, “when brewing, one must sing. Only then the beer gets done.” Often, singing was encouraged to ensure that the apprentices stayed awaked and vivacious in the brew house. The same holds true today, as you will frequently hear both Devin and Dave singing by the service station. In this way, they raise spirits among the crew as patrons simultaneously raise their spirits in pure enjoyment.

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it’s mister beer! widmer x-114 rotator

dave’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of beers and ales, so not only did we ask him to make a weekly pick for little pub, we are giving him his own mister beer column to discuss what he picked and why.

Up next on our glorious rotating tap of enchantment and mystery: Widmer X-114 IPA.  The name sounds like something out of a Terminator movie ( “Watch out John! It’s the X – 114!” ), but nevermind that.  The X- 114 is actually the first beer in a series of “experimental IPAs” by Widmer brewery in Oregon, and I’d say they did a pretty good job right off the bat.  The X -114 is a typical West Coast IPA, characterized by strong flavors of fruit and citrus resulting directly from the unique strands of hops found only in places like the Pacific Northwest.  In fact, X – 114 is the name of one of the major hops used to make this beer.  The beer pours a deep, clear golden color.  Breath in strong citrus aromas, with faint hints of tropical fruit.  As you sip the beer, you should be struck right away by bittersweet flavors.  You’ll taste grapefruit and lemon, hints of pine, with an underlying malty sweetness.  The beer is nicely carbonated, with a relatively light and very crisp mouth-feel.  Tangy bitterness will linger after you’ve finished your first gulp, a result of the large amount of hops used to make this beer.  Overall, Widmer did a pretty good job on this, despite the fact that it’s not a year-round offering.  It’s not too strong, only 6.2 % ABV, and it’s a great, refreshing beer to help stave off the impending heat and humidity of June.  If you’re not too familiar with IPAs, this is a great place to start.  Come get it while it lasts!

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it’s mister beer! weyerbacher simcoe

dave’s got an encyclopedic knowledge of beers and ales, so not only did we ask him to make a weekly pick for little pub, we are giving him his own mister beer column* to discuss what he picked and why.

I’m sure the question looming in our loyal reader’s minds is, “Why did Dave go Weyerbacher Simcoe?”.  Let me drop some knowledge: because the Simcoe is an exemplary Double IPA.  Google search “best double IPAs” and click the first link to Beer Advocate if you feel like a fact check, I dare ya.  Double IPAs are, at a basic level, pale ales with a lot of extra hops.  Doubles are also inherently stronger, clocking in between 8 and 10 % ABV versus the usual pale ale’s 5 to 6.5 %.  The Simcoe doesn’t disappoint, clocking in at a solid 9 %.  Many IPAs are brewed with several varieties of hops, but in this case, Weyerbacher opted to use only one kind of hop.  Can you guess the name of the hop variety? (Hint, rhymes with “plimcoe”).  Alright, enough being bookish, let’s get down to business.  The beer pours a hazy, deep amber, with a frothy off-color head and strong aromas of fruit, pine, and citrus.  As you sip the beer, the fruit and citrus become readily apparent, and you may pick up on flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, pinneapple, and mango.  There is a hint of malt sweetness in the background as well, added to balance out the strong flavors of the hops.  This is a well carbonated and relatively light-bodied beer, especially given its high ABV, and it finishes dry and bitter, with lingering sweetness from those ubiquitous Simcoe hops.  If I had to sum up this beer with one word, it’d be “balance”.  Never overly sweet, never overly bitter, with a subtle complexity, the Weyerbacher Simcoe is one beer you don’t want to miss.

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the honorable kelly kaye’s beer skööl may 2011

so many beers, so many questions, so the honorable kelly kaye pulled this list together for all the staples in the cooler.  read all about it!

the honorable kelly kaye’s

beer  skööl may 2011

 

the basics.

 

domestic craft beer

 

Rogue Dead Guy

Style: German Maibock

Origin: Newport, OR

ABV: 6.5%

Description: Rich flavor and a malty aroma

 

Stone Arrogant Bastard

Style: American Strong Ale

Origin: Escondido, CA

ABV: 7.2%

Description: Initial impression of hops and citrus with an increasing bitter malt flavor.

 

Berkshire Steel Rail Pale Ale

Style: Extra Pale Ale

Origin: Deerfield MA

ABV: 5.3%

Description: Medium bodied with a strong hop aroma.

 

Berkshire Lost Sailor IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Origin: Deerfield, MA

ABV: 5.5%

Description: A blend of drop hops and malt.

 

Brooklyn Lager

Style: American Amber Lager

Origin: Brooklyn, NY

ABV: 5.2%

Description: Malty and bitter with hints of floral hoppiness. Expresses caramel malts in the finish.

Dale’s Pale Ale

Style: Pale Ale

Origin: Oscar Blues Brewery, Colorado

ABV: 6.5%

Description: Strong hop flavor from start to finish.

Dogfish 60 Minute IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Origin: Lewes, DE

ABV: 6.0%

Description: Citrusy and hoppy.

Dogfish 90 Minute IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Origin: Lewes, DE

ABV: 9.0%

Description: A strong malt undertone layered with hops.

Ommegang Dubble Abbey Ale

Style: Belgian Abbey Ale

Origin: Cooperstown, NY

ABV: 8.5%

Description: Flavors of honey, toffee, clove, licorice, chocolate, and dark dried fruit.

IMPORTS

 Hitachino Nest

Style: Witbier

Origin: Japan

ABV: 5.0%

Description: Orange and lemon citrus flavors, with a strong smell of wheat and a quick, carbonated finish.

 Leffe Blonde

Style: Belgian Abbey Ale

Origin: Belgium

ABV: 6.6%

Description: Dry, fruity, lightly spiced and slightly bitter.

 

Schneider-Weisse Hefeweizen

Style: Wheat beer

Origin: Germany

ABV: 5.4%

Description: Fruity with hints of nutmeg, clove and apple with a light bitter and sour finish.

 

Hopfen-Weisse

Style: Weizen Bock

Origin: Germany

ABV: 8.2%

Description: A collaboration between Brooklyn Brewing and G. Schneider and Sohn. Naturally, a hoppy wheat beer.

 

St. Peter’s Organic English Ale

Style:  English Pale Ale

Origin: UK

ABV: 4.5%

Description: Hop aroma with sweet malty and citrus flavors.

 

 

Delirium Tremens

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Origin: Belgium

ABV: 8.5%

Description: Spicy and fruity with notes of pears, apples, cinnamon and nutmeg.

 

 

CIDERS

 

Magner’s

Style: Hard Cider

Origin: Ireland

ABV: 4.3%

Description: A sweet apple flavor, popularly served over ice.

 

Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider

Style: Hard Cider

Origin: UK

ABV: 5.0%

Description: The drier of the two ciders we offer. Less sweet, but still naturally apple-y flavored.

 GLUTEN FREE

 

Bards Tale

Style: Fruit/Veggie Beer

Origin: NY

ABV: 4.6%

Description: Brewed with malted sorghum, the world’s first gluten free beer (ie, no barley, wheat, rye or oats involved) has a strong molasses flavor with a bitter finish.

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friday specials at little pub

 

specials for friday may 20th
 
maryland crab cake sliders
two jumbo lump crab cakes served with lettuce, tomato, raw onions
and our house remoulade sauce. served with your choice of fries $ 
blackened chicken quesadilla
grilled blackened chicken breast with melted cheddar-jack cheese, caramelized onions and diced tomatoes in a grilled flour tortilla with a side of steakhouse mayo  
carnitas
fork-shredded pork, crisp cabbage, pico de gallo, queso fresco,
 guacamole, and cilantro-lime sour cream in soft flour tortillas  
~wine picks~
 
marques de luz, navarra spain 2006
a merlot and cabernet sauvignon blend aged 18 months in french oak barrels. cherry
in color with complex aromas of red fruit, caramel and new wood.  
clos de los siete, mendoza ar 2008
a ruby-red malbec blend with plum, dark raspberry, mocha, spice cake and tobacco
on the complex nose. substantial tannins and good length 
beast sphinx semillon, columbia valley 2009
a limited edition semillon blend from buty vineyards in walla walla washington
(buty and the beast!).  sphinx is rich in texture and boasts a clean fruit palate
and nose with real length which opens over a meal.  
~mystery tap~
sam adams east-west kolsch
the latest seasonal from sam adams. bright and fresh with a subtle lemon and grassy
hop note, it’s been aged on a bed of jasmine sambac, a fragrant night blooming
flower from southeast asia, to create a delicate floral aroma and flavor.  
~bottled beer picks~
 
hoppy daze
from san diego’s coronado brewing, hoppy daze is an unfiltered belgian ipa
that will leave you slightly dazed and confused with a hoppy grin on your face. 22oz  
little sumpin’ sumpin’ ipa
this sneaky smooth and silky ipa from lagunitas is made with hops, malt,
hops, hops, yeast, hops, water, and hops, and a little sumpin’ sumpin’
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shawn taylor visits little pub tonight at 8:00.

what’s he like? well if mad scientists took the musical skills of eddie vedder, the body of chicago bears linebacker brian urlacher, and the hat from ac/dc’s lead singer they would create shawn taylor. but don’t take out word for it, come see for yourself.

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cinco de mayo specials

piñata chicken wrap

crispy chicken tenders, cheddar-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, black olives and a chipotle infused ranch dressing all wrapped up in a soft flour tortilla.  

cinco de mayo burger

half pound of fresh ground hand-packed montana beef topped with cheddar jack cheese, spicy chili, crisp tortilla strips lettuce and pico de gallo  

“street cart” steak tacos

strips of adobo marinated flank steak in white corn tortilla with fresh cilantro,chopped red onion and a housemade fresh roasted tomato salsa.

cervezas

  modelo especial  

dos equis xx lager  

little pub margarita

jose cuervo, triple sec, sour mix, lime juice splash of orange juice served on the rocks 

pomegranate margarita

espolon silver, stirrings pomegranate liquor, sour mix and fresh lemon served on the rocks  

blood orange margarita

espolon silver, thatchers blood orange liquor, sour mix and fresh orange slice served on the rocks  

patron margarita

patron silver, triple sec, sour mix, fresh lime juice splash of orange juice served in martini glass  

tequilas

patron, patron café, espolon silver, espolon reposado, cabo wabo reposado, herradura reposado,  jose cuervo gold, jose cuervo traditional silver, don abraham silver, don julio anejo, antiga anejo

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we’re number 1!

the number 1 tee at ridgefield golf course that is. maybe we should do a promotion that if you send in your picture next to the #1 tee sign you get a free ice cream cone. sort of like that stew leonards “take a picture with a stew leonards bag in front of the taj mahal or stonehenge and get a free ice cream cone” only with a lot less travel. http://www.stewleonards.com/html/bags.cfm  well, maybe….

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almost here!

we’re less than 2 weeks away from mother’s day and that means we’re less than two weeks away from run like a mother 2011.  as a race sponsor, we’re passing along the info that registration is closing soon. remember that all runners get a gift from little pub, so if you like to run, and you like little pub, you really should hit the link and register now (you’ll get a bunch of other stuff too!). 

http://www.runlikeamotherrace.com/

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shocking new little pub beer list leaked online!

in a shocking* turn of events, the new beer little pub beer list has been leaked online and it’s a doozy!. you can view the redacted version below. original version is up on: http://littlepub.com/menus/Little_Pub_Beer_Tables_april2011.pdf  (*shocking because it was actually done somewhat on time and is up to date)

beers, ales, stouts, and ciders
little pub tap

guinness stout, ir $6

bass ale, uk $5.50

stella artois lager, be $5.50

palm speciale belge amber, be $5.50

rotating tap mystery beer- m.p.

(ask your server)

domestic bottles

budweiser $4

bud light $4

coors light $4

michelob ultra $4

rheingold, ny $4

sam adams boston lager $5

craft bottles & cans

abita purple haze raspberry wheat $5

bards tale gluten free beer $5

blue moon white ale $5

brooklyn lager $5

dogfish 60 minute ipa $5

dogfish 90 minute ipa $6

ommegang abbey ale $6

oskar blues dales pale ale $5

southern tier 2x ipa $5

stone pale ale $5

hard ciders and other stuff

magners cider $5

samuel smiths organic cider $9

becks non alcoholic, de $4

import bottles & cans

amstel light, nl $5

corona/ corona light, mx $5

duvel, be $7

heineken/ heineken light, nl $5

hitachino nest espresso stout, jp $7

hitachino nest white ale, jp $7

leffe blonde abbey ale, be $6

newcastle brown ale, uk $6

schneider-weisse edel weisse, de $9

schneider-weisse hefeweizen, de $8

schneider-weisse hopfenweiss, de $8

st. peters organic english ale, uk $8

young’s double chocolate (can), uk $8

22 oz bombers

berkshire steel rail pale ale, ma $8

berkshire lost sailor ipa, ma $8

rogue dead guy ale, or $10

stone arrogant bastard, ca $10

delirium tremens, be $12

houblon chouffe tripel ipa, be $15

64 oz growlers

(served in an ice bucket) berkshire steel rail pale ale, ma $15

berkshire lost sailor ipa, ma $15

rarities, oddities, and limited editions

allagash black $15

duvel tripel, be 750ml $25

dogfish my antonia pilsner 750ml $15

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