Game Day Slider Mania: Beer Review, Part II

Today we are discussing the other two beers I decided to pair up with the other two sliders. As I mentioned yesterday, sliders are a delicious finger food to eat during game time. They can be laid out with all the toppings needed on the coffee table in front of the TV so the crew can build their own sliders to their satisfaction and at their own pace. For optimal enjoyment, you have to have the right beer to go with them! You’ve come to the right place for good beer tips. 

Here are the two beers that I am pairing up for today:

“KBC” Kennebunkport Brewing Co. Porter

This brew kicks in at a solid 5.6% abv, strong enough to keep you happy but not so much to make you get sloppy drunk and lose track of the game.

Aroma: Smoky and malty with a very light hint of hoppy bitterness.

Appearance: Dark, chocolate brown with a heavy carbonation. It has a dark tan head with big bubbles dissipates quickly.

Flavor: Heavy smokey malty flavor. It has strong hints of coffee. It also hides a nice oaky flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: A little light for a porter but it still feels nice. Lots of carbonation cuts the heavy flavors and makes the brew more refreshing than it might have been.

Overall Impression: I really like this beer. It has a low enough alcohol and a fine enough flavor to be good for a long afternoon of football with the crew.

Pairing: This brew is paired with the smoky beef slider topped with smoked Gouda, farm-cured bacon, sautéed onions, and Budweiser BBQ sauce. The beef slider is mixed with powdered hickory smoke and liquid smoke seasoning.

Final Impressions:

Hops:                    mug rating 2

Malts:                    mug rating 4

Flavor:                  mug rating 3.5

Overall:                 mug rating 3.5

Label:                   mug rating 2.5

Mission St. Hefeweizen

This brew is fairly light in alcohol, topping off at 4.7% abv., and has a light and bright flavor.

Aroma: Malty and wheaty on the nose, light hints of citrus, banana, and clove. Some tart fruitiness comes through.

Appearance: Golden Yellow with a nice yeasty haze. The head is pale with big bubbles that leave a strong rocky head.

Flavor: The malts come forward on this one, with strong fruit flavors hanging around.

Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation and light happiness allow this brew to sit lightly on the palate.

Overall Impression: As one of Jess’ favorite styles of beer, she feels this is a good example of the style, even if it isn’t her favorite (see the Chophouse entry).  I enjoy it, as I do any good beer. Overall, it’s good but not exceptional.

Pairing: We paired this Hefeweizen with the Greek Slider, made with ground turkey mixed with dill, thyme, and oregano, topped with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, arugula and red onion.

Final Impressions:

Hops:                   mug rating 2

Malts:                   mug rating 4

Flavor:                  mug rating 3

Overall:                 mug rating 3

Label:                   mug rating 3

Keep tuned for the big Sliders post.  This will be in the next couple days, so you have time to go shopping before football starts.

Are you looking forward to football? We want to know what you are doing to prepare for Opening Day!

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