Fisherman’s Beer is an American craft beer made on Boston’s North Shore. Grillaz, always trying to get to the source of all things that are good, took a trip to the Cape Ann Brewing Company’s brewery in Gloucester, MA, where they make Fisherman’s. This is a delightful brewery situated right on the water.
We sat at the bar and started off with the Fisherman’s IPA, which is on tap year round. This is an outstanding IPA with excellent balance. It is not too hoppy, and it would be a good choice as a “starter” IPA for those who wish to explore this type of beer. We would have preferred it to be a bit hoppier, but it was nonetheless an enjoyable beverage.
The bartender then steered us to the newly available Ironclad IPA, currently on tap. This beer is hoppier than the regular IPA, which is preferred by us, and slightly sweeter. But the striking feature is its citrus flavor. The combination of the hops and citrus resulted in an interesting taste that we enjoyed. But being a little more traditional, we would be more likely to reach for the regular IPA than the Ironclad.
Some Badass Burgers
Grillaz hosted a little Mother’s Day cook out, and the guests requested gourmet burgers featured in the BuzzFeed article “28 Badass Burgers to Grill this Weekend.” We chose the Chile-Stuffed Cheeseburger, the Lamb Burger with Goat Cheese and Avocado, and the Pork and Chorizo Chile Burger. They all had wonderful, distinct flavors – something for everyone. For desert, we had a Key Lime Pie cooked from scratch by Soph’s Kitchen.
It’s All About the Scotch
On Sunday (April 28, 2013), one of the Grillaz went to Tony’s Winter Scotch Tasting at the Peabody Kappy’s. The other one went to the emergency room to have a rusty nail extracted from his foot. Unsurprisingly, Kappy’s was more fun than the hospital.
Before Grillaz gives you an overview of the Scotches we tasted at the event, let’s have a look at what followed us home: Glenmorangie 18 Year Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This beverage has a rich, complex flavor and – in Grillaz style – is not too peaty. It is pricy, but it is worth it as a occasional treat.
How ’bout that Highland Scotch
The Mastah Grillaz enjoyed Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky just recently, and it immediately jumped into our favorites list. It has a clean, crisp, slightly sweet taste that finishes with light smoke and peat. While we, the Mastah Grillaz, dabble in some of the smokier scotches, we do not seek too much smoke, unlike many other Scotch lovers.
Mmm Pork Chops
Sometimes those thick, grilled pork chops can come out dry after grilling them. Marinating them for several hours or continually dowsing them with marinade while grilling can keep them moist, sure, but Grillaz wanted a short cut. So we bought our first marinade injector. We found a marinade recipe on the web that consisted of apple juice, sugar, and salt and injected our chops half an hour before grilling. They came out perfect – hatch marks on the outside, just done in the middle, and moist and tender.
Chicken Breast Stuffed with things: A Great Innovation
The only prepared meats that Grillaz usually grill are sausages, but while at McKinnon’s, a chicken breast stuffed with spinach and feta caught our attention. It grilled up great.
1. Place the stuffed chicken breast on the edge of a medium fire and put the lid on the grill.
2. Rotate the breast a half turn after about 10 minutes.
3. When the cheese melts and begins to flow (after about another 10 minutes), pull it off the grill – it is ready to enjoy.
Lowland Scotch- Mellow and Smooth
We tried McClelland’s Single Malt Lowland Scotch Whisky soon after we enjoyed discovering the Highland. The Lowland, like its brother the Highland, is a tasty, inexpensive Scotch. It is mellower and smoother than the Highland – a plus – but is still immature when compared to our favorite scotches. McClelland’s Lowland would make an ideal “starter” for newcomers to scotch tasting.
More Highland Scotch Please
We recently tried McClelland’s Single Malt Highland Scotch Whisky, which is a tasty and enjoyable scotch that is also inexpensive. It has an engaging complexity to its flavors but seems slightly immature when compared to our favorite scotches. McClelland’s Highland Scotch would make a good “starter” for newcomers to scotch tasting or a pleasant change of pace for those more experienced.