Posted by RubyLynn on November 21, 2007
We here at the Horn are a big fan of pale ones (please observe our boyfriends as Exhibits A and B), so when I made a trip to Minneapolis/St. Paul this past weekend to visit a good friend (and great host!), I had to try Summit Brewery’s Extra Pale Ale.
Extra pale? We’re in heaven.
A local favorite in the Twin Cities, it’s brewed in St. Paul and is available pretty much everywhere up there on tap or in bottles. The Summit EPA has a rich hoppy flavor and has a nice smooth finish with sweet and fruity undertones. If it’s available where you are, definitely pick some up. Summit’s also got the Winter Ale out, and I have it on good authority that it’s pretty good. I would have tried it myself, but I was awfully full on margaritas (Apparently my margarita-making skills were the only reason I was invited to Minnesota in the first place.) You can check out the specs on the extra pale ale and Summit’s other brews at Summit Brewing.
I give the Summit Extra Pale Ale a solid 4.1/5.0.
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Posted by TxHny on November 13, 2007
This week we toast Samuel Adams Winter Lager.
You might be confused by the fact that it is 85 degrees out in beautiful Austin, Texas but we are in fact in Winter. The “cooler” season brings championship games, super bowls and –my other love– delicious winter brews.
I’ve personally always been a fan of the Sam Adams regular brews. Tasty but not too filling. This winter ale follows suit, giving you the robust gingery, cinnamony flaver you want in a winter ale without the heavy, full feeling of a typical dark seasonal dark. First brewed in 1989, the folks at Sam Adams have got this one down – and at 200 calories per beer, this one certainly will let you in on the fun without the guilt. (Other seasonal darks are much higher in caloric intake.)
Is this the best winter/dark beer I’ve ever had? No it is not. Dark beers are a tough category to top out the charts. This is, however, a great beer that many people will enjoy and will go along perfect with your holiday fare.
You can pick up a 6 pack of longnecks at HEB for around $6.50 (nice price!) through January.
I give it 3.5 out of 5.
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Posted by TxHny on November 2, 2007
Texas Toast: Clear Sangria — Literally the best Sangria I’ve ever tasted.
We made this heavenly delight for our poker night and it was a smash hit. Mostly because everyone was smashed. Want to do a little toasting – but not up for a bar? We’ve got ya covered.
To make Heaven For Your Mouth you will need:
-2 Bottles dry white wine
-1 Cup Orange Liquor
-1/2 Cup White Sugar
-1 2-L bottle of Citrus Fresca
-40 Green Grapes
-1 lb Strawberries
-Gin (I used Bombay) to taste
– Orange Slices or Strawberries for garnish
In a large pot or pitcher add the first three room temperature ingredients. While those are hanging out, dissolving all the sugar, thinly slice the oranges, lemons and limes. I cut the orange slices in half, and left the others in small circles. Add to pot of yummy booze, making sure to get all the fruit juice. Next, cut grapes in half and strawberries in quarters and add to yummy booze pot. Swirl it around and then get yourself a little bit to taste. Depending on how much of a lush you are, add 1 splash to 1 cup of Gin. [I’m a big proponent of adding anything in the liquor cabinet at this point – the masked wino]
Chill overnight (or at least 4 hrs).
To serve, either strain yummy booze into a pitcher (or if it has a strainer at the spout throw it all in. It looks pretty.) For each serving, fill a tumbler or large wine glass with ice. (These rations can be adjusted according to your lush factor in conjunction with the distance you are from final destination.) Add an orange slice or a strawberry to the cup. Fill the glass a little more than half with the Sangria mixture. Add chilled Citrus Fresca to the top. Tada!
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Posted by TxHny on October 17, 2007
Texas Toast: The Grolsch Blonde
This will be yet another toast to our favorite folks over at Amsterdam Cafe.
Nate – our favorite bartender/baby sitter. Sorry, Nate.
We were at Amsterdam for our weekly happy hour, and realized we needed to toast to Texas. So, Nate suggested a Grolsch. A nice lager of the Dutch persuasion, this one a blonde beer.
We’d tell you more about it – but we were a little tipsy from all the shots we took. Just trust us. It was excellent.
The editors give it three, sorta tipsy, high fives.
Oh, and to the poor folks at Amsterdam, we’re really sorry for the drunky-drunks (that shall remain nameless) that were at your bar last week. Don’t people know how to behave in public places?
What can I say, blondes really do have more fun.
Come hang out with us and Chis and the Nates! 8th and Colorado.
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Posted by RubyLynn on September 28, 2007
Toast: Bourbon (Specifically, mint juleps)
September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and since Congress decided that bourbon is important enough to get a whole month, I think it’s at least important enough to get a spot on the Texas Toast.
After going the liquor store, Txhny and I decided it would be a great idea to make mint juleps. I’m generally a decent bartender, but I’ve never made them before. I know you’re supposed to use crushed ice, but we had cubes. And I know it’s better to make a simple syrup, but we’re lazy. So – this is what I made.
At least it looks pretty.
If you’ve never had a mint julep, even a properly made one, it’s mostly whiskey. So, if you like whiskey, super. I however feel about whiskey this week like Txhny felt about Fireman’s 4 last week. I keep trying it, and I still can’t get into it. I know it’s near blasphemy to be a southern girl and hate whiskey, but I just can’t help it. Besides, I make up for my lack of whiskey intake with lots and lots of tequila (and rum and wine). So – after trying my mint julep (and passing it off on our third and fourth roommates), I decided to make a mojito instead.
Screw Congress. This just tastes better.
Txhny gives my mint julep a 4 out of 5, even though I don’t think it deserves it.
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Posted by TxHny on September 25, 2007
Toast: Live Oak Pilz, Hickory Street Bar & Grill (and Drinkery!)
Your writers were feeling the pressures of every day life, and skipped over to Hickory Street Bar & Grill for a little happy hour wind down. Unable to pick when faced with the delight of $2 pints and too many choices, we sampled Fireman’s 4 and the Live Oak Pilz.
I always try Fireman’s 4, and just like with Tony Romo, I can’t get on board. I don’t like Fireman’s 4. I need to stop trying to like it. I’ve made my peace with disliking my favorite NFL team’s QB, I need to give up on my favorite brewing company’s (Real Ale Brewing, Blanco, Texas) blonde ale.
After almost no deliberation we decided on the Live Oak Pilz. A little bit “meatier” than the previous weeks’ toasts, this beer has a lot of flavor. This pilsner is has a strong hoppy taste without being too heavy. Unlike some of our other toasts, this crisp beer is available year round. Not the best pilsner any of us ever had, but certainly not the worst. We still love Live Oak’s other beers, check out the rest here.
Hickory Street on the other hand was fantastic. They have lots of patio and indoor seating. They have great happy hour specials, particularly the $2 drafts all day, every day. (And have the Mango Margarita. Trust us.) We enjoyed the Three Amigos (queso, salsa and chips) with our drinks and later, a delicious burger and fries. The far part of the patio has pleasant misters to help with the heat until fall weather (finally) arrives. Depending on the evening, they have live music and karaoke. On the weekend they have an all-you-can-eat Brunch that would make your momma proud.
Oh, and the wait staff is great. If the owner
and his dog are there, give them a hello.
Stop on by: 800 Congress, Austin, Texas. 512.477.8968
All in all, we give this beer a three out of five.
Three out of five, not too shabby. Cheers!
I’ll tack on another half because of that rich golden color. Doesn’t it look yummy? Another Texas Toast coming up soon!!!
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Posted by RubyLynn on September 13, 2007
This week’s Texas Toast is to Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. It’s a seasonal brew that’s actually beer brewed with lemonade and honey. It’s got all the delicious taste of something you’d buy from a 10-year-old on a hot summer’s day, but with 4.2% alcohol by volume.
“Hey, what happened to that guy you were dating?”
“Oh, nothing. He was just a summer shandy.”
It goes down easily, so make sure to count your bottle caps. For being a refreshing summer treat, we give the Summer Shandy a 4.5/5.
You can learn more about the Summer Shandy and Leinenkugel’s other fine brews here.
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Posted by TxHny on September 7, 2007
Toast: Frozen Sangria from El Chilito Tacos Y Cafe
This week we deviate slightly from the norm and we feature something that isn’t a beer. I know, shocking. Last year, we considered ourselves strickly beer drinkin’ Texas gals, but under the influence of TheMaskedWino we’re branching out. Before we dive head first into the many luscious Oktoberfest and fall brews available, enjoy a nice chilly Sangria while it is still 90 degrees out.
If you need a little chilly with your chilies, hit up El Chilito.
A longtime favorite of your bloggers, El Chilito offers a frozen Sangria that is simply amazing. The large is $3.95 (don’t wimp out and get the small. This is Texas bucko. In fact, order two because you’re such a lush.)
Do we know what is in it? Nope. Do we know how many calories? Nope. And we don’t care, thankyouverymuch. Great atmosphere, great prices, and great grub.
El Chilito is located at 2209 Manor Drive, Austin, Tejas 78722. If you’ve never been before, it is an outdoor cafe and takeout joint. Our executive recommendation to pair with your frozen Sangrias? Try the Carne Asada taco or burrito. Delicious.
Check out the whole menu here.
Rating: 5 out of 5. Oh, and did we mention you can get them To Go? It’s totally a closed container until you put a straw in it.
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Posted by TxHny on August 28, 2007
TOAST: New Belgium Brewery’s Skinny Dip.
Beer is an important part of tailgating (and for many an integral part of the Sunday hangover) that means its football season once again. If the thought of a new football season has you feelin’ frisky, this week’s Texas Toast is for you.
It is so hot outside, I could go for a Skinny Dip.
Whether you’re naked or not, this beer is citrusy, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day, (say Noon on Saturday?) With only a 110 calories, 7 grams of carbs and 4.2% of the good stuff this brew won’t ruin your buff bod. We got a six-pack at HEB for about $6.50. Make it quick if you want to try it, this is a seasonal beer and if you miss it you’ll have to wait until next summer!
Show off your six pack and go for a Skinny Dip. Or get naked and swim. Whatever strikes your fancy.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Check out the rest of New Belgium’s fine brews here!
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