Parallel 49 Seedspitter Watermelon Wit

What a great idea! Nothing beats the heat like a slice of watermelon! And as a matter of fact (change the voice in your head to sound like Cliff Claven) it’s a little known fact that watermelon juice is uuuuuuh, frequently enjoyed by many cultures, especially in hotter climates there, Norm!
Back to your normal voice now.
In fact while I was in Malaysia it is served in huge 2-liter glasses, and like this beer, it goes down really easy.

These are really nicely designed bottles and labels, and the beer is not terrible either.

I like the fruity character of this beer, but found it to be lacking in body.
Props for putting out something different, and despite my absolute hatred of flavoured beers, I think this is a good effort that will hopefully become more refined in the future.

If you are to try this, it is best served very cold.

Rating: 3.5/5. G2

Parallel 49 Seedspitter Watermelon Wit

Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue

A beautiful summer day winds down. It was hot. Two Jamaicans ran really fast in London, (and one pulled up lame). I pressure washed my deck. My son threw some hockey balls over the fence. It was a very full day.

Now I can head down to the beer fridge and reach way in the back for an Ephemere Pomme, while getting ready to watch Newsroom on HBO. Seriously that show is awesome!

I hate flavoured beers, usually, but this one really wins me over. The just-right intensity of the granny smith apple taste is sweet yet not obnoxiously so, and is only to complement what is obviously a great-quality effort from Unibroue.

The corked bottle, a little hard to open, provided a satisfying pop after a few minutes of wriggling, and the head was lively but short-lived.

The body is light, like the taste, and it is perfect for days like today, which in Vancouver, can be few and far between.


Ephemere Pomme, Unibroue

Abita Beer, Redhead Gastro Pub, New York

The day after my birthday I had planned on visiting Motorino Pizzeria, but some local friends of mine recommended the Redhead, a tiny restaurant in the East Village. Coincidentally, it was less than a block from Motorino.

This choice did not disappoint. The beer selection was Abita Brewing of New Orleans, chosen to complement their signature shrimp and grits.

I sank a pint (or three) of Abita Restoration Pale Ale with glee (5/5).  The guy at the bar (Rob, the owner, from the video) said it was the beer used to make the beer cheese.  I devoured some of that cheese accompanied by the Redhead’s homemade pretzels. Oh my ghaaaawd they were good!  Dope!  Just Dope!

My friend who doesn’t reeeeally like beer, opted for the Abita Purple Haze raspberry flavored beer. It had a delightfully subtle fruit taste to take the edge off (3.75/5).

After being seated we dug into the shrimp and grits and biscuits. The plates look small, and while I secretly considered a late night visit to Motorino, I realized after this meal, I was too full, and that would be impossible.

Afterward, my friends surprised me with a piece of “birthsterday” cake, and sang to me, while I sang to the stranger next to me… Thus making it appear as though it was HIS birthday, not mine, as I was a little embarrassed.

After getting home to Vancouver, my wife found an episode of diners and dives about the redhead. Noooo Waaaay!  Go to 12:45 to see the Redhead.

As a bonus for you Vancouverites, check out the rebirth of the neon pig, the Save-On-Meats show just before The Redhead (starting about 6:10).  It would be a great place to visit just before visiting Bitter Tasting Room across the street:).  Ah, I see a post in the future.

Abita Pale Ale


Shrimp n grits