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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Crazy Cat Lady Beer - Cold Winter's Night

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Cold Winter's Night Spiced Cider
Crazy Cat Lady Beer Co.
Gainesville, FL USA
Est. 2010

Brain Damage Quotient = 4.0 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Beautiful orange/golden translucent color.
Sweet fruit smell with tart peppery twang on the nose.
Slight carbonation.

Swirling sweet apples accompanied by tart tracer zing of cranberry.
Clove and all-spice flavors present.
Short lived near white head with minimal lace.

Light mouth feel; syrupy with out cloying. Very refreshing. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
It's about friends, and beer. And then, it's about good friends and good beer. The FLAbrew crew came, saw and conquered a tweetup at The Cock & Bull in Sarasota recently. In the house were some of the best cellered micro beers and ales, opened between friends.

After a while, we all realized there was a bit too much to be drunk, even by us seasoned beer aficionados. What to do with all this good stuff? Well, this is where my good twitter friend Amie put a couple of her home brews in my direction. Remember, I said good friends and good beer...

Enter this beer come spiced cider, from her home-brew stash. I was in touch recently with Amie, asking if I could feature her beers on my blog. It was an introduction of sorts for me to begin entering some local pico brews. I want to show similarities between what macros and micros brewers do, and how you and I can do the same in the comfort of our own kitchens.

The spiced cider is billed as four percent-ish ABV, but as I write this post, my head is pleasantly buzzing in the comfort of the crypt's writing library.  The mulled flavors of the apple and cranberry are terrific. Though these are the two main ingredients at play in the taste, it seems that there's quite a bit more in the background.  Amie listed the rest of her billet of ingredients, "...oranges, cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger." Hmmm...just got the perfect inspiration for a metaphor...Rush is playing in the background at the moment. Three guys and all that sound! Well, the apples, cranberries and oranges are there with the rest of the wall of flavor. I think Amie is on the right track when she states,
"I wanted it to taste like the hot cider my mom made during the winter when I was a kid. :) And it does." - Amie
It does, indeed. And, as it warms in the snifter in my bony Reaper's paw, the flavors become more intense. Add to that the playful color of the brew. It really shines in my Spiegelau glassware. The best wassail you can imagine, because it's a beer.

Amie is adventerous in her beer making. The other brew she gave me is carbonating up, here at the crypt. It is a >17% ABV. You and I will have to wait for some other day for that post, as nature does its thing to bubble it up in the bottle.

Curl up by the fire with a "Cold Winter's Night" if you are lucky to get one from Amie!


  1. Looking forward to cracking one of these this weekend from a bunch Amie put in my direction recently! :)

  2. Ah! You are one of the lucky ones, like me!