I kind of figured that when we swept the A's, we were due for a let down. I didn't count on dropping three of four to the Rays at home. That was just ugly.
However, when you take out your anger after giving up five runs in the first inning by scoring 14 runs against one of the best teams in the National League, you tend to get a rosier look at things. It's always nice to be able to go into the All Star Break with a few good wins over good teams to bounce back from some bad losses.
Dragonmead Microbrewery is a unique place making some fantastic, award winning beers of the higher gravity variety. This series will profile the Sir William's Extra Special Bitter.
And Extra Special Bitter (ESB for short) is unique in that it's a darker beer with a bit more hoppiness, but nothing remotely close to a Pale Ale or an IPA. Imagine a nut brown or scotch ale that's hoppier and less alcoholic. The ESB prides itself on balance and clean, dry mouthfeel. It is a style frequently found in England, bridging the gap for those that don't quite like the extreme bitterness of an IPA but want something more than what's found in a brown ale. The nose is toasty, but not overly pungent, and the flavor is crisp and bright. At only 4.8% ABV and 34 IBUs, it is extremely drinkable and pairs well with almost anything.
Dragonmead Brewery is located in Warren, MI.