Review – Beer: Hennepin, Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, New York USA

Interesting froth leans inward and rises up rather than frothing out over the glass.  Misty/hazy through glass; dusty faded yellow-orange in color. Stinky, or “skunky” as some put it.  The smell reminds me of the beers my dad and his buddies used to drink during a hockey game.  But the taste of this one has…

Review – Beer: Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale, Comstock, Michigan USA

This glass was pulled out of the refrigerator, with chilled beer already in it, after the fizz had long since faded.  A better photo of the fresh beer may be added later. Succulent grains, if grains were ever succulent in the first place.  Very tasty and easily drinkable, especially compared to other very dark beers…

Review – Sake: Tozai Snow Maiden, Junmai Nigori, Kyoto, Japan

Left, front: A homemade strawberry daifuku.  Right, front:  The sake in a cappuccino-sized vessel. Fruity, like drinking berry-essence-infused water, with a pungent mildly acidic finish.  The lingering feeling (not so much taste as it is another type of sense) in around the mouth and throat is like morning breath after attempting to brush the teeth…

Review – Sake: Konteki Pearls of Simplicity, Junmai Daiginjo, Kyoto, Japan

Left, front: A homemade strawberry daifuku.  Right, front:  The sake in a square cedar vessel. Soft, smooth, delicate, with only the softest of alcohol lingering on the back of the tongue.  Drinks as innocently as spring-drawn water in a white earthen jar embraced by a silk-wrapped tea mistress, yet satisfies and inspires with the full…

Review – Red Wine: 2010 Five Rivers Pinot Noir, California USA

The right side of the wine label in this photo shows a beautiful plum-purple stain line caused by a drip of wine that ran down the bottle.  Interestingly, this very magenta-colored wine turns this darker plum-purple shade when dry, just as dried magenta hibiscus flowers do, after being steeped in hot water and staining a…

Review – White Wine: 2011 Oyster Bay Chardonnay, Marlborough, New Zealand

Looks, smells, and tastes like… a Chardonnay.  Fine for the price.  The swirl & sniff (deeply) test indicates hints of sweet jasmine-blossom infused Granny Smith apples in an ever-so-light corn syrup or watered-down-honey juice.  The taste and after-effect are less dramatic and more straightforward:  The Granny Smith apple reigns supreme as this wine’s tart-dry character…