It’s Monday as I’m writing this. I have mixed emotions about Mondays. I kind of dread Sunday because I know the next day I have to go to work. Monday is the first day back from the weekend where everyone feels free to be themselves and do their own thing. Monday is the day where reality sets in and you realize your dream of doing what you want with your life is just that: a dream. The idea is that each day gets gradually easier as you work your way back to the weekend. Here’s the deal: where I currently work in Illinois, every day seems like a Monday. So it seems like the weekend will never arrive until it’s all the sudden here. That’s not an indictment on where I work, but more so on where I am in life at the moment. Sounds like a Debbie downer, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. Currently, it’s Monday and I’m spending it with my beautiful wife in a city that is currently running a swampy 86-degrees. And I’m loving it.
She put a picture of me on Facebook the other night. I generally don’t like my picture being taken so I posted that I thought I looked weird. A buddy of mine back in Illinois posted that I looked happy. Huh…he’s right. I haven’t been very happy since my wife has been in Tampa and I’ve been back in the pit of Hell that is southern Illinois. But for this week, I’m in bliss. And on this night, I’m eating dinner with my fantastic partner at a local brewery.
Admittedly, I know very little about the Tampa Bay Brewing Company, and right now I’m too lazy to do any research on them (Google!). I do know they brewed a milkshake IPA in collaboration with Arkane Aleworks called Hop Silo 3, and it’s really damn good. But that’s all I know.
Well, this place is awesome. They are a brewpub, so they have a big facility. They have two actually. We went to Westchase instead of Ybor City because my wife was at a chiropractor appointment in the area (and kudos to Navigate Chiropractic for finally giving her some relief!) and TBBC is only a couple miles away. I’d heard a lot about this beer on Instagram lately, so we both were excited to get a chance to try this beer. So, over meatloaf and beer cheese soup, (none of which is Weight Watchers approved so be warned!), we dove in.
Gingy Imperial Porter pours a deep brown with a nice tan head. Beautiful lacing in the snifter as you drink this one down. Spicy ginger on the nose with a hint of cinnamon. At first I thought this was going to be a pumpkin porter, but I was oh so wrong.
Ginger ginger ginger! Damn, why do I reminisce Gilligan’s Island when I drink this? The ginger is strong with this one. TBBC describes this porter as “Notes of chocolate, caramel, and molasses make the foundation of this Imperial Porter designed to whimsically greet the season with joy and merriment. Loads of gingerbread aroma rise to the forefront and maintain from the first sip through exhale along with nutmeg, allspice and a dash of cinnamon to complete the Florida winter experience.” Damn if this is what Florida winter is like count me in! I don’t get any chocolate or molasses with this just straight up ginger, and it pleases me. Yeah I agree there’s some nutmeg in there as well, I guess, but mostly ginger. Wait…this is 9%? Wow…this is trouble. Also, if you get a chance to try Hop Silo 3, do your mouth a favor and put it in your face hole. 😛
- ABV: 9%
- IBU: 61
- Untappd Rating: 3.68
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