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

Eagle Bay Brewing Pale Ale


The recipe for success for Eagle Bay Brewery is to play hard to get. This is unlike other breweries who accept all clients through the door, crowding young ruffians and cashed up bogans into a sticky-floored room with music that shakes the windows.

The delightfully minimalist decor, single long bar, and concrete walls open fully on one side to a view of the country, complete with a fenced in hillside and playground, and large (oak? lets say oak..) tree for shade. I tried to come here last year, but unfortunately I was unable to secure a reservation. This year, about twenty of my extended family came, many of which were children. This is a perfect place to have a few drinks, a nice lunch and even kick the footy around with the little ones.

Of course, on a different day, there would be flies, but there were no flies, thank God. You see when you are down south you don’t talk about the weather because the weather is always good… you talk about the flies, and the flies were just fine.

The beer is just fine too. All their beer is made from natural ingredients and using rainwater, which (presumably) explains the large reservoir in their back yard (but maybe not).

Anyhoo this pale ale I snapped is an American Style pale ale, and it was quite nice, actually, and from their website is a 5.1% alcohol, meaning it is at least in the running for full marks. I would have docked a few points for the fact I couldn’t get in last year, but I like that they don’t sell their beer elsewhere, and I like that they have a beautiful setting that is family friendly, so that definitely helps the cause.

Overall, this is a great beer experience, and something you must do if you are in the Margaret River area.


I would also suggest trying their beer sampler, a tray of smaller portions of each of their beers.

For more information you should visit www.eaglebaybrewing.com.au.



Mt Begbie Brewing Powerhouse Pale Ale

Something about this beer just males me want to say “DAM!” Maybe its because there is a photo of what i assume is the Revelstoke Dam on the cover. Or maybe it is because this blue king brown is a nice amber coloured pale ale that despite its name, has a smooth flavour that is subtly spiced, and a relatively light 4.8 percent alcohol.

Oh, if you are still reading this, I checked the label, it is the Revelstoke Dam in 1912. I know, it was probably driving you nuts.

As I drink this, Roberto has let in 2/14 shots and we are down two nothing. In consolation, the Bruins showed their true colours by losing in a punch-up that only brings shame to the game of hockey.

I am glad our team isn’t full of no talent goons , I would hate to watch that every night. Go Canucks Go!!!

Ugh, it’s three nothing.

Oh well, at least the beer isn’t terrible!

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