- Elisa Davis
I'm in Vermont, staying near the Magic Hat brewery. So far, I've sampled Hocus Pocus, which is great --appears to be seasonal, or at least new--and Blind Faith, which is IPA-esque and I don't like quite as much.
I'm going to the brewery later this week, I hope! Anything special I should watch for, Jim?
re: Jim Dorsch
Jim Dorsch is one of the most respected beer writers in the country, so I should probably defer to him, but...
C'mon, Jim!! (slap, slap, slap) Their packaging is tres cool, yes, but Magic Hat's darned good (when FRESH, that is...this beer doesn't store or travel well at all). I mean, not GREAT...it ain't Hair of the Dog...but they're certainly one of the most interesting and creative, carefully made East Coast micros.
We all value Jackson's opinion, but he's been wrong before. He terribly underrated Aass Bock (one of the world's best, in my opinion), for example.
Have you tried Magic Hat? I think you'd like it...it's actually very much in the Bardo tradition (though you have to give them some slack in the comparison, since the stuff's bottled...hey, elisa, have you seen it on draft up there?) of slightly sweetish, complex strongish beer.
re: jim leff
Alpha Dog, Indeed I haven't had
Magic Hat, or maybe once I did
long ago. I keep hearing it's going
to be distributed here in NoVA, but
it hasn't happened yet. For some
reason, at the Brickskeller beer
tastings, they always use a Magic
Hat to draw the winners in the
drawing. I wonder if it's actually
the exact same box, and if so, why.
But I digress.