Solid Gold Good Times, Magnify Brewing and a few extra treats...2nd Anniversary

l to r: Up, UP & Away, DDH Rock Me Dr. 'Said, Solid Gold Good Times, Fellow Travelers

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Magnify Brewing: Up, UP & Away (8.5% ABV), DDH Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic (8.0%ABV), Solid Gold Good Times (8.5% ABV), Fellow Travelers (8.0% ABV)

First beers up are made in collaboration with Sand City Brewing from the northern coast of central Long Island. In the late 19th century, there were a number of sand mines operating in Northport, New York. One of the most notable was Steers Sand & Gravel, who gave the industrial area the nickname “Sand City.” The brewery’s website notes that the sand from Sand City was used to construct the streets, bridges, and buildings in Manhattan. “They built greatness from something so infinitesimally small”.

As a footnote, I was surprised to see Steers had a connection here as my father and grandfather both worked for Steers. My father told many stories about Steers and their part in the construction of New York and New Jersey.

Up, Up and Away by Magnify Brewing and Sand City Brewing

Tasting: May 29, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,062
ABV: 8.5%

Not as opaque as some of their other offerings from Magnify. The can notes that it is double dry-hopped with Galaxy hops (the hop variety that produces the most oils). Surprisingly, I don’t get much in the way of aromatics. Slight whiff of basil. Taste is a different story. This ale is juicy for sure with fleshy pineapple and sweet strawberry. Bitterness comes from lime, and grapefruit flavors. Up, Up and Away has a puckering dry finish. I’ll note that it does not have throat burn like some of their other beer. Easy drinker and dangerous at 8.5%. 93 points.

Magnify Brewing Fellow Travelers

Tasting: June 2, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,063
ABV: 8.0%

Fellow Traveler definition: Not a member of the party, but sympathetic to their ideals…hmmm. Or simply, one that travels with another. That one probably works better as the two breweries both opened for business in 2015. Sand City celebrates their second anniversary later this year (October). Where the aromatics were lagging in Up, Up and Away, they are certainly present here. Very straightforward brew, 89 points.

The next two offerings were made as part of Magnify Brewing’s second anniversary…

Magnify Brewing DDH Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic

Tasting: June 5, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,064
ABV: 8.0%

Loved Dr. ‘Saic 93 points, Didn’t see much in the way of any discernable difference in Rock Me Dr. ‘Saic 91 Points Actually, I nitpicked on the bready malt base but it was still a good beer. Add Double Dry Hopping to anything, and you’ll have my attention. This incarnation returns to 93 point status. Excellent.

Magnify Brewing Solid Gold Good Times

Tasting: June 9, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,065
ABV: 8.0%

Nice subtle dank flavors out of the gate. Hops are really complex of passionfruit, kiwi, and guava. Malt backbone is subtly sweet. Some minor back palette burn. Entirely drinkable, Solid Gold Good Times, 92 points.

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Schmidt’s Silver Noggin Cone Top Can, 1946 American Can Company

Schmidt's cone top beer can

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Schmidt’s Silver Noggin Cone Top Can

It doesn’t take long to figure out why this cone top beer can is my favorite can from my collection. As you can see, the label is misprinted and appears upside down on this particular cone top can. I’m not sure how many ended up this way but considering the condition and the fact this can is more than 70 years old, it’s got a lot going for it.

I acquired this can via a friend that owned a baseball card store in the early 90’s. He knew I collected cans and one day, a “little old lady” walked into his store and pulled this can from a thick wrapping of toilet paper. She tells my friend that her husband drank the beer, put the cap back on and wrapped it up assuming it would be worth something someday. My friend assumed the husband died and the widow was selling off his belongings. In typical fashion, he asked what she wanted for it. I think the price was agreeable and I believe I paid him $20 for it.

What’s my beer can worth?

No references anywhere to be found. It seems that a “regular” Silver Noggin in similar condition sold on eBay a couple of years ago for $155. I’d have to say the misprint could easily double the value and I’d put it north of $300. When I’m gone, I’m hoping my wife reads this before she tosses all my collection in the recycling bin.

As I mentioned in my post on a Krueger Beer Can, cans were introduced in New Jersey by Krueger in 1935. Others followed suit and some even began producing beer cans like this one that mimicked bottles, cap and all. Frankly, I thought cone top style vanished by the mid-40’s but I’ve since read that they were still in existence into the 50’s.

The American Can Company did a great job using marks to indicate where a can was made and the year the can was printed. On my particular Schmidt’s Silver Noggin Cone Top Can, I found in the tiniest print “10 – A” and then a baseball diamond with two dots to the right of the diamond. The 10 indicates that it was made in Brooklyn. The baseball diamond marking means 1946. Who knew? I thought cone tops vanished by the early 40’s.

This is the link to website I used to date my can

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Grimm Artisanal Ales, Grimm Magnetic Tape a world before cars drove themselves...

Grimm Magnetic Tape

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Tasting: May 24, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #:1,061
ABV: 6.4%

Grimm Magnetic Tape

As a child, I couldn’t fathom growing up in my parent’s generation. Life with no television? My kids probably think the same way. Life with no iPads? They’ll wonder how we survived without having instant gratification at our fingertips. Carrying the generational divide progression one step further, I think my grandchildren might someday wonder why we had to physically drive cars?

This progression doesn’t stop us from being nostalgic for what seems like simpler times. My parents longingly reminisced about their families gathered around the radio. In the same way, there are certain iconic things that serve as reminders of my own generational divide. Things that come to the top of my mind are spindle adapters. You know, those things you put in the holes of your 45 rpm records? This label makes me reminisce about music and the days when you could own your music in an individual physical form like a cassette tape. As a precursor to playlists, cassettes could be recorded and played in the car (wow, that was mind blowing 70’s moment).

A serendipitous beer blog moment, magnetic tape or the recordable medium in cassettes was invented in 1928 by German, Fritz Pfleumer.

Grimm Magnetic Tape details from the brewers:

Magnetic Tape is the cousin of the beloved Magnetic Compass. Both are oat single IPA’s pairing Mosaic with an interesting hop from New Zealand. Where Compass uses Rakau hops, Tape uses Motueka. This beer is all about big, fresh, radiant tropical fruit character from these two matchless hop varietals. There are no rough edges, just full and round aromas of melon, mango, and citrus. High drinkability quotient.

My thoughts

Grimm Magnetic tape is full and round. Remind a lot of that syrupy mouthfeel from fellow New York brewer, Other Half. I get massive orange zest bitterness at first but once my taste buds become accustomed, I pick up that melon sweetness. Really enjoyable, 93 points.

The Grimm details of Grimm Magnetic Tape

Grimm Artisanal Ales was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. The Grimm’s story mimics many others that have turned their passion for home brewing into the reality of commercially making beer for the masses (at least the nearby masses). Their story has a bit of a wrinkle in that they are nomadic brewers. Like notable nomadic brewer’s Evil Twin and Mikkeller, Grimm produces their beer by contracting with established facilities to bring their recipes to fruition. It’s an interesting model in that they certainly avoided the massive start-up costs and they don’t have to deal with rents, labor, and equipment. This particular beer was brewed at Beltway Brewing, Sterling Virginia

Visit Grimm Artisanal Ales website

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Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout A Pennsylvania Treat?

Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout by Spring House Brewing Company

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Tasting: May 21, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,059
ABV: 8.3%

Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout

I’m fresh off the discussion of what defines an adjunct in beer. As a quick refresher, there are some that in order for it to be called an adjunct, it needs to be fermentable (yeast food). Things like honey or corn syrup come to mind. Others say adjuncts are simply any additives to beer outside the primary ingredients. Think things like peanut butter. It doesn’t lend to fermentation, yet it is an ingredient. I didn’t pick a side last time, but if push came to shove, I’d call any additive outside the primary ingredients an adjunct.

This peanut butter stout comes from Pennsylvania brewer, Spring House. Originally from Conestoga, Pennsylvania, the brewery relocated to downtown Lancaster in July of 2015. The name of the brewery relates to a freshwater spring located in the basement of the brewer’s house.

Big Gruesome Label

Wish I had more information on the label art because I really dig the simplistic, retro, sci-fi comic book style. Seems like a recurring theme as even the interior of the brewery is painted to match. See painting story by Two Dudes. A company called Hand Carved Graphics seems to have some work with the brewery and a few labels. But no information on this particular label. Anyway, If I only had some time. And it’s beer time.

Tasting Big Gruesome

The brewery describes Big Gruesome Peanut Butter Stout as being intense with roasted flavors from chocolate malt and cacao nibs. Spring House Brewing then ages this American double stout on vanilla beans and more raw cacao nibs. Peanut butter is also added throughout the entire brewing process.

Expected some chalky phony peanut butter flavoring but Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout is really authentic and well-balanced. Smooth creamy milk chocolate and nutty. Slightly on the sweet side. I don’t get the advertised intense roasted flavors but frankly, I’m glad. In conclusion, I’ll put Big Gruesome at 91 points.

on Peanut Butter Stout and Spring House Brewing

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