Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dogfish Head Brewing not Recommended

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In what seems obvious to me, is quite a surprise for others. Dogfish Head is known for 'breaking rules'. Founder Sam Calagione has a personal vendetta against the German Purity Law known as Reinheitsgebot. Whenever he is promoting yet another non-traditional beer brewed by his brewery, he proceeds to swear at the 500-year old 'law'. Amongst the many weird beers produced at his Milton, Delaware brewery, he has in the past produced an Oyster Stout. That alone is enough to consider all his vessels as treif (non-kosher). Nowadays, however Oyster Stout is too mainstream, so he stepped it up a notch. There are curently two beers produced by Dogfish that are treif, the 1st is called Chocolate Lobster in which among other ingredients there is chocolate and lobsters thrown into the mash. Now if that doesn't scare you off, the 2nd beer produced is the seemingly  innocuous sounding Beer for Breakfast. This beer is advertised as breakfast in a bottle. Besides for having roasted malt in the mash, there is coffee as well, that's where it the normalness stops however. The next ingredient is called scrapple, which is a pork products similar to meatloaf. Dogfish says 25lb were added to the mash. Now if that isn't enough to scare someone away, then probably nothing will.
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In short, all the Keilim (vessels) become suspected to be treif (non-kosher), and without a koshering process that status remains forever.

If you listen here, you might find some reasons to be Meikal (lenient), however that would only be in a bedieved (post ipso facto) situation.

Please find a YouTube Video here that shows actually scrapple being thrown into the mash tun.

In conclusion, being that there is a plethora of amazing craft beer out there one would be wise to stay away from Dogfish Head and other craft breweries that brew with non-Kosher ingredients.

The CRC who are the foremost Kashrus Agency when it comes to alcohol, have said to stay away as well.

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Beer Review: Boulevard Scotch-on-Scotch

The next beer Iwill be reviewing is Boulevard Scotch-on-Scotch. It is a scotch style ale which is aged on oak chips, that were used to age Scotch whiskey. Scotch ales are usually sweet with toffee ,caramel and higher and alcohol. This beer has those characteristics with the added complexities of the Scotch chips.
The beer pours  a ruby red and appears brown in the glass, with no head. The aroma is rich slightly roasted sweet caramel mal. It tastes like too-sweet malt, has a nice mellowness too it, with a smoky peaty finish. The feel is medium-bodied, has average carbonation, and a slight syrupy feel. Overall this beer had potential, however it was a tad bit too sweet, I personally really enjoyed the smokiness though.

*Boulevard Scotch-on-Scotch  is under the supervision of the Vaad of KC*

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sholom Zachar Experiences

Sholom Zachars are always interesting. Usually, the beer served there is a hodgepodge of American Adjunct lagers, and a variety and their light brothers. Therefore, I figured that whenever I have an interesting experience at a Sholom Zachar, I will blog about it. This week after braving the Sub-Zero temperatures to get to the shalom zachar, I walked in and I noticed a sea of green bottles. For those of you who don't know the difference, there aren't any craft breweries that use green bottles, as green bottles let in light. Light is what causes the famous skunky flavor in some of the European adjunct lagers. As I was resigning to the fact that this was going to be a dry night for me, I noticed a lone brown bottle on one of the tables. I walked over extremely interested in what the bottle was going to be. I turned it around, and sure enough while it wasn't craft, it was something quite interesting. It was Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy! While this isn't a beer I would have personally picked out, in the circumstance it was quite tasty.
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*Harvest Patch Shandy is under the supervision of the OU*

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