Ommegang Witte - abv 5.1%
Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown N.Y. is, in my humble opinion, the finest craft brewery in the U.S. I have not had a single beer from there that I have not absolutley adored.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I must admit that my favorite summer brew list is topped by the weisse beers. Filtered, unfiltered, hefe, weiss, wit, wheat, white, German, Belgian, American....any kind, I don't care. Their malted barley and lightly carbonnated deliciousness can easily be my main course for a meal on a hot summer day. My favorite of them all is Schneider Weiss from the G. Schneider and Sons brewery in Munich. So one day, while munching brats at my favorite german restaurant, I spied a Schneider that I have not seen before....the yellow and blue label standing out among my old standards. Gotta have it, gimme.
This bastard son of a bizarre collaboration between Schneider and the Brooklyn Brewery has produced a superb hybrid of Weiss and Bock beers. The unfiltered yeast bits floating around in the lightly carbonnated brew add to its meatyness, making it a meal in a bottle.It is very rich, very complex and will keep your taste buds interested from beginning to end and covers the high alcohol content so well that I was surprised at my buzz. The only downside is that it is a bit sweet and leads to a quick case of 'beer mouth'. Enjoy it while you can.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The Bar is quite linear with a few tables along one wall and a decent sized bar along the other. The tap selection is quite limited with only 8 selections, but fine selections they are. (Except for Stella, but at least they didn't have Bud right next to the Stella, which would have been redundant, right?) Maredsous 8, Old Chub, Brother Thelonious....amazing. Their bottle selection is also quite impressive with an outstanding selection of Belgians. By the middle of the second half I was already wondering how I was going to get home, so I decided to order something to eat to try to soak up some of my sinning. Hallelujah and amen I am so happy I did! I am not typically a fan up pub grub, which is usually fried stuff that the cooks prepare from giant bags of frozen crap from Sam's. The sandwiches (good for soaking up quantities of beer) were superb. Pulled pork with cole slaw served on a panini and a side of golden brown onion rings were just what the doctor ordered. The barbeque sauce, served on the side, was best left in the container it was brought in however. The sliced beef sandwich with sliced hanger steak, melted Gruyere and caramelized onions, au jus and horseradish mayo was served with thin, hot, crispy fries, yummmm. Grilled Cheese with cheddar, american and muenster on farm house style bread, oh my! Chicken pot pie with a biscuit crust that was so hot that it scorched the tongue. I was like a hummingbird flitting from plate to plate, wielding my fork like Jack the Ripper on a Saturday night on Harry Hines, my friends shooing me away...begone pest...but I could not stop until I had sobered enough to notice that the match was long over...and Germany had won.
Damn, missed the ending, but I didn't care.
The Libertine Bar
2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206