Over the summer I wrote about the NOLA Hopitoulas IPA and how nice it would be to visit New Orleans to partake of the food and beverage opportunities that city provides. A couple of weeks ago some friends and I decided to do just that. While a concert at UNO Lakefront Arena was the main impetus for the trip, a special bonus awaited us: touring the New Orleans Lager & Ale Co.
I’m a fan of hockey. Recently, I was watching another chapter of the battle of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. While the Penguins steadily racked up the score against the Flyers (my apologies go out to Ice Flyers owner Tim Kerr… and Ryan at Sluggos’s) I found myself craving a beer from the Keystone State. In doing so, I believe I found my new favorite dopplebock.
Porter: richer than an ale, a touch lighter than a stout. It’s a beer all unto itself. Its origins are quietly historical and sometimes tragic even. One thing’s for sure… there aren’t too many people making a smoked version so when you happen to find one as good as this one from Stone Brewing, don’t let it out of your sight.
Now there’s an interesting name for a beer. It sounds like cockney with a head cold. There seems to be a bit of mystery, secrecy even, involving this particular ale. Are we supposed to decipher some hidden code? Is there a puzzle to solve? If so, what is the reward other than wisdom?