Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday Night Suds - Blue Moon Mango Wheat Ale


This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon's Mango Wheat Ale.

The Mango Wheat Ale is Blue Moon's special limited edition in this summer's Brewer's Select mix box. It is not easy to find as I can't even begin to count the number of beer stores, convenience stores and supermarkets I looked for this in. I even asked the Ferro Bros of Beverage Barn of Garden City (my go to beer store of choice) to try to get me this summer's Brewer's Select mix box and they were incapable. I had given up hope of finding it when I stumbled across it in a Tops Supermarket in Norwich, NY.

Although the Blue Moon Mango Wheat Ale is not the only kosher mango infused beer (see review of  the Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2017/07/sunday-night-suds-rebel-juiced-ipa.html) it is a superior brew and for my money the best new offering from Blue Moon since the Cappuccino Oatmeal Stout introduced in 2015.

The Mango Wheat Ale has (obviously) mango overtones, but it is the right mix of sweet, reminiscent of their Honey Moon (see this oldie but goody review here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/05/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-honey-moon.html). There is decent carbonation, some hop bite, although not much in the way of pine. But the citrus melds with the mango to create a delicious summer refresher.

Blue Moon Mango Wheat Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, as is every other current variety of beer produced by Blue Moon. For the experts take on this beer, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/271820.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Pinchas

The following is a brief summary of some of the thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.

Rabbi Frand began the parsha vort by discussing how the introduction to Pinchas and his reward for taking up arms was that he received a "brisi Shalom" literally translated as a covenant of peace, but in reality was that he was given Kehunah.

Rashi points out that when Pinchas is introduced he is called the son of Elazar who was the son of Aharon. Why? Because the people were making fun of him, saying --look at who his grandfather was--it was Yisro who fattened calves to be used to worship idols. Therefore the pasuk connects him to another grandfather - Aharon.

But this really does not solve the problem. We know that he was the grandson of Aharon, but he was also the grandson of Yisro. This act does not come from him being from Aharon, these are the Yisro genes which caused him to act! So what good does the connection to Aharon do for him?

R' Frand answered by quoting the Ksav Sofer, who explains that the action that Pinchas took was an act of Aharon. Aharon was an Ohev Shalom and a Rodef Shalom, but not a Rodef Achar Shalom. There is an intrinsic difference between Rodef Shalom and Rodef Achar Shalom. The latter is one who runs after peace. But a Rodef Shalom means that sometimes he ran and pushed away the peace, because the times required that an act be taken. This was how Pinchas had emulated Aharon.

R' Frand also quoted R' Bukspan who derived from the Sfas Emes that the Ohev Shalom and Rodef Shalom is like a question --who is not for peace? Of course people want peace, but its not always easy to do an act which promotes peace. Everyone is for peace and want peace, but not everyone (when the situation demands it) will take an act which will promote the greater peace. And here, when people were crying on the outside of the Ohel Moed because of what they saw, they needed someone to act in order to restore the peace. And he got that from his grandfather who did whatever was necessary to promote peace.

The Sfas Emes says this is why he got the Kehuna. Because a Kohain actualizes the thoughts of teshuva and makes them reality. The person feels like he wants to repent, and the Kohain can take that thought and turn it into an action.

R' Frand also said a second vort which is based on the Gemara in Bava Basra which states that when it was announced the Yehoshua would succeed Moshe, it was because he put in the hours and time. He never left Moshe's side. He cleaned up the Beis Medrash and sweated and toiled. Yet when the transition occurred, people said that Moshe's face was like a sun and Yehoshua was like the moon and this is an embarrassment.

R' Frand asked --have you ever been to a funeral where they say --this man who died was great, what an embarrassment of who will replace him?

R' Frand quoted R' Bissele M'Volozhin who explained that Moshe was great from birth and was a different kind of person. He was a miraculous child who was once in humanity, not just once in a lifetime.

But Yehoshua was an average guy. I went to school with him and he was not top of the class. But something happened which changed him. Not because he was born with superhuman abilities, but because he put in his time and effort when everyone else was hanging out. Moshe was Moshe, but Yehoshua was just a reflection and anyone else could have been the reflection if they put in the time. What an embarrassment to us that we did not put in the effort and become him.

[This reminded me of the way that the Heienken Man describes a classmate of his in high school who became ... R' Nosson Tzvi Finkel].

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Night Suds - Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA


This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA.

Over the past week I have tried two mango influenced beers and I hope to review them iyh in successive Sunday Night Suds posts. The "older" mango infused beer (introduced in and around November 2016) is the Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA.

This is another offering in the wildly successful Samuel Adams "Rebel" series. To date, I have not had a bad experience with any of the beers in this series and they keep pumping out new varieties.

The Rebel Juiced IPA takes a hoppy IPA and adds mango to the underlying grapefruit and citrus from the hops. Although it is obvious that the sweet mango juice has been added to the brew process, it does not mask the underlying hops and actually compliments it quite nicely. 

Although this beer is 6.2% abv by volume you would not know it. I would recommend this beer with sweet chicken dishes (Mrs KB and I had it with rotisserie from the kosher Price Chopper in Albany).

The Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA is under the Kosher Supervision of the Star-K and has a Star-K certification mark on the can. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link - beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/35/255872.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

Important Disclaimer - If you are reading this post more than six months after it was written, please note that it is possible that the product is no longer still certified kosher. To verify that the product is still certified kosher, please click on the kosher beers list link on the top left corner of the blog.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sunday Night Suds - Lake Placid Big Slide IPA



This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Lake Placid Big Slide IPA.

The Lake Placid brewery is an interesting story as they have a brew pub in the Olympic area where they offer draft beer and live events. None of the food sold in the brewpub is kosher and the beer they sell there is not under kosher supervision. But about seven years ago they decided to shift production of all of their bottled beer to the FX Matt Brewery in Utica, NY.

But enough about the brewery, lets talk about the beer. The Big Slide IPA was introduced in 2014, but I did not come across this until I saw it in a Price Chopper in Norwich, NY in the mix your own six section. After sufficient chilling, I opened this and enjoyed it with Mrs KB at the close of a rainy weekend in Camp M. The beer poured a rich orange/copper with about an inch of fragrant foam. The hops were present but not overpowering and there was some decent bite in every sip from the beginning through my last gulp. There is some pine as well. 

Lake Placid Big Slide IPA is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, not all Lake Placid is brewed in Utica, so check the bottle for the Va'ad of Detroit kosher symbol or the kosher beer list on my page.

To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the brew, please follow this link https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1888/130926/.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

Important Disclaimer - If you are reading this post more than six months after it was written, please note that it is possible that the product is no longer still certified kosher. To verify that the product is still certified kosher, please click on the kosher beers list link on the top left corner of the blog.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Chukas

The following is a brief summary of some of the thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Frand.

Rashi quotes the Medrash Tanchuma who compares the Parah Adumah with the following parable. A child, the son of the king's cleaning lady, had soiled the palace and the mother came and cleaned up after her child. Rashi explains that the Parah Adumah is coming to be m'chaper and atone for the Cheit HaEgel.

But the obvious questions is, other than the two being cows, what does the Parah Adumah have to do with the Egel?

R' Frand first quoted the Klei Yakar who explains that when the Jews received the Torah at Har Sinai they were on a high spiritual level and had been cleansed of their tumah. However, when they sinned with the Egel, the tumah returned.

R' Frand clarified that this was not to say that if the Jews had not sinned there would not have been any death. People still would have died, but their death would not have been at the hands of the Malach HaMaves, they would have died by Neshikah. But because they sinned with the Egel, tumah came back through the death at the hands of the Malach HaMaves. So the Parah Adumah functions to be m'chaper for the Egel, because it cleanses us from the tumah.

R' Frand quoted another answer from the Meorei Ohr. He first quoted Rashi who states that prior to the Egel the Jews were called Temimim. But as a result of the Egel, they had blemishes and needed to be purified. 

The Meorei Ohr explained that Rashi's use of the word Tamim means that a person should just accept what Hashem does. But when the Jews made the Egel they were trying to outsmart Hashem. They were desperate without Moshe, so they took things into their own hands and made the Egel so that Hashem could speak with them through the Egel.

But the Jews should have accepted what Hashem had set as the path and been Tamim in this regard. Instead they tried to figure a work around.

The Parah Adumah is the antithesis or perhaps the antidote for the Egel. The Parah Adumah is beyond our understanding as it is a Chok. By following the rules of Parah Adumah, we say to Hashem ,we don't get it and we are not going to try figure it out. Instead, we are putting our trust in You that this the path that we should follow. 

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Belated Sunday Night Suds - Saranac Cold Brew Coffee Lager


This week's (belated) Sunday Night Suds looks at Saranac Cold Brew Coffee Lager.

With things starting up for staff at Camp M, this week's Sunday Night Suds is a bit belated due to the move up schedule. So how else can I wake myself up after driving back and forth (and going to work) other than with a coffee lager.

The Cold Brew Coffee Lager is not a typical coffee infused brew as it does not attempt to mimic the earthiness of a stout, nor is it an ale with coffee undertones. Instead, this brew tastes like an iced coffee, sans sweetener. I did not detect hops or even any alcohol bite. Rather this beer is almost like an alcopop, albeit made for coffee drinkers.

Saranac Cold Brew Coffee Lager is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit as is every other beer produced at the Matt Brewery plant in Utica, NY. Keep in mind, Saranac brews some of its beers off site and these bottles do not have kosher certification from the Va'ad of Detroit.

To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about the brew, please follow this link www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/99/235896.

As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).

Important Disclaimer - If you are reading this post more than six months after it was written, please note that it is possible that the product is no longer still certified kosher. To verify that the product is still certified kosher, please click on the kosher beers list link on the top left corner of the blog.

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