My initiation into the Beer of the Month Club all started with a mysterious cardboard box on my porch awaiting my return from work. I was pleasantly reminded that the package didn’t contain the book I recently ordered or a motley assembly of unwanted gifts from relatives, but a 12-pack of beer from two American microbreweries!
Sipping a beer after work is the perfect way to unwind and put the stressors of the day in perspective. There’s something about sipping a beer delivered to you from a brewery you’ve never tried before that takes that experience up a notch. Not only is it relaxing and gratifying, it’s exciting and thought-provoking. This month, Sea Dog Brewing supplied 6 of the beers in the selection.
The Sea Dog IPA is the kind of easygoing liquid company you’d want on a sunny, breezy afternoon following a day spent in the great outdoors. It’s a refreshing and mellow enough India Pale Ale that it could get along with nearly any palate. Besides a wheat beer, an IPA is usually the last brew I would choose. To my surprise, I enjoyed the Sea Dog so thoroughly that I drank another right afterward and found it to be the perfect complement to a handful of pretzel sticks and a game of cribbage.
This English Style Ale has a beautiful penny-esque hue and almost demands to be enjoyed alongside a plate of gourmet fish and chips – I’ll be seeking this beer out for that purpose in the near future.
Sea Dog Brewery’s other pick this month for the Beer of the Month Club delivery is its Hazelnut Porter. In the same way that the IPA is an easygoing beer, the Porter is also devoid of any alienating qualities, making it a great choice for a rookie beer connoisseur or picky palate. It has a well-rounded profile of robust Porter flavors, smoky coffee notes and nutty overtones – although I couldn’t detect anything uniquely hazelnut.
This Beer of the Month Club feature would be distinctly delicious with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream – a Hazelnut Porter float!
I drank both of these beers beside a dog that very much resembles the namesake for the Sea Dog Brewery, based in Portland, Maine. Each beer label features Barney, a beaming white Great Pyrenees, donning a yellow rain hat, presumably to keep the fur on his head dry out at sea.
You may have missed the opportunity to join Beer of the Month Club in time for St. Patrick’s Day – when most Americans will be enjoying tall Guinness draughts and car bombs! – you can still join Beer of the Month Club now and celebrate spring with the delivery of a unique 12-pack right to your door.