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Friday, July 23, 2010

Couch Tomato Cafe and Manayunk Brewery (Manayunk) - Margherita Pizza...then beer

Appears a large, nearing 20" round pie with a spread of crimson toned red with scattered dollops of homemade Buffalo Mozzarella and basil leaves. -

The crust is on the thicker side of a pan pizza.  The underside yields a dark, golden brown that has a crispy, crackly texture that is baked a good 1/8" into the bottom before turning into an artisan bread like texture.  The description probably doesn't do the crust justice.  It was really my favorite part of the pie. - 4.5

The sauce is ok but a bit hard to find.  It's as-if they've made a regular cheese pizza, then they "upgraded" it to be a Margherita by simply cutting tomato slices, and adding some fresh mozzarella, and basil near the end of the bake.  I really felt the sauce took a back seat and finds itself lost in this pie.  Once you find it, the flavor is decent but I need more for a proper gauge and a good balance. - 2.5

The cheese...again, I'm not really sure what to do here.  There is the layer of the shredded mozzarella underneath the tomato slices that really just plays second fiddle to the point of interest of this Margherita pie, which is the homemade Buffalo Mozzarella.  The problem - there's just so little of it on there.  The pieces that you do find are nice.  They're mildly sweet and melt in your mouth. - 2.5

Overall, this was a good pie.  I wasn't blown away due to the bits of the pizza that were lacking but the crust was a clear winner among the attributes of this particular pie and in comparison to other pizzas.  I won't go running back based on this trip but if you're in the area, give them a try and let me know what you think. - 3

Total Score: 3.3/5

The Couch Tomato's website

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A walk a few blocks down Main Street and on to the beer...

Manayunk Brewery's California Dreamin' IPA -

look: 4.5
smell: 4
taste: 4.5
feel: 4
drink: 4

Appears a glowing orange amber with a thick 1 finger white head that stays for several minute. Tons of sticky ring lacing.
Smell is of citrusy grapefruit, oranges, and biscuits with some sweet malt.
Taste is of the same aromas that is nice and balanced.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, and different for an East coast IPA.
Drinkability is very nice. They claim they would put this up against any west coast IPA and I believe it!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hill Farmstead Beer comes to Philly!

Shown above are Hill Farmstead Brewery's sixtel rings of fresh Edward that will be sent into the Philadelphia market.  Extremely limited quantities in this initial debut, amounting to under 40 sixtels of beer, or less than 200 gallons.

Yours truly went calling on many of the finer beer establishments in the area to carry this limited first run into the market.  Some unfortunate establishments missed out by either 1.) Not being able to connect with me before the product was spoken for.  Or 2.) I simply missed the opportunity due to limited kegs.  Feel free to contact me to reserve any kegs in future shipments, or to set up an event.

So, where will you be able to find these "round 1" draft only creations from Shaun Hill's brewery?
Possibly receiving the last few kegs(better ask them before you count on it...if not, demand it!): P.O.P.E., Tria, & South Philly Tap Room.  Thanks to all for your support!!!

Shaun briefly talks about the Philly shipment here.
Hill Farmstead Brewery products are available through Bella Vista Beer Distributors
Stay tuned for details on future shipments, and the highly anticipated release of bottles.

Look for HFB events in the near future at Capone's and The Farmhouse.