Who is Ted?

I'm the father of two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife. For fun, I enjoy the long hours of seemingly endless suffering that endurance sports (mostly running, cycling and triathlon)provide. During my "down time" I'm an avid beer snob and self-described gourmet chef (in other words I like to burn things on a stove or grill).

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beer of the Week: TommyKnocker's Imperial Nut Brown Ale

As far as beer goes, this one's probably more outside my "wheelhouse" than most.  I tend to favor hops over malts, but I was at the liquor store, having just bought a few dozen cookies, and I felt like the Nut Brown Ale from Tommyknocker's would pair better with the sweets than would an IPA.  Toffee, maybe a little butterscotch and a sweet tootsie roll finish is how I would describe the Nut Brown Ale.  Drink carefully as it packs a 9% ABV and it would be easy to down at least three of these without thinking twice.  Each bottle is also about 270 calories making it practically a meal! Oh and the cookies, Chocolate with White Chocolate Chunks, and Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk.  I guess I'll be working extra hard at Spin Class tomorrow!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Beer of the Week: dragonhosen

Time for another installment!  This week's guest is from the Boulder Beer Company.  It's their Imperial Oktoberfest beer dragonhosen (insert the two dots over the "o").  Boulder Beer is consistent in producing excellent beers (try their Slope Style IPA or Chocolate Porter!) so I was excited to see this one sitting in the cooler at the neighborhood liquor store.   dragonhosen has a copper color and and is fairly well balanced with a light to medium mouthfeel and maybe a touch of creaminess.  It has a very bright bite to it (it is 9% ABV) and is met with smooth caramel flavors.  Kind of interesting how the crispness of the beer sits on top of the richness, almost like two layers at once.  The finish hints that it might be bitter, but then it suddenly dissipates and there's a lingering, yet subtle sweetness.  This is a nice interpretation of the style.  You could drink two in a row, but not three.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Beer of the Week: Aprihop

It's been several weeks since my last posting about beer.  A little trip to Mexico and a small thing called an Ironman, kind of kept me busy last month.  Now that those are done, I'm going to try and get back to a weekly posting about beer.  This week it's Aprihop from Dogfish Head Brewery.  An established brewery with a penchant for creating unique beers, they always rank among my favorite.  One of the all time best is the 120 minute IPA which is what beer would be if it were booze!  Aprihop, at 7% ABV and 50 IBU's, doesn't pack quite the same punch, but it is a tasty rendering of an IPA.  Light bodied and crisp  the apricot flavor is neither too strong nor too weak.  The "apricot" flavor smooths out the hops a bit, killing most of the bitterness and leaving a pleasant aftertaste.  Cheers!