Found myself at Flip’s on Western last night. It was my first time there, and it’s a nice little place. I had the Italian calzone, which was great. Actually, really great. The marinara sauce didn’t do much for me, though, but the calzone was top-shelf. Also had the chance to sample a trio of beers I hadn’t had before. I wasn’t taking notes, so I’m not going to throw down full-fledged reviews with beagle-head scores, but I will provide mini-recaps.
1. La Fin Du Monde. A Belgian-style ale brewed in Quebec, Canada. This is a triple-fermented beer in the mold of Chimay, but La Fin Du Monde (which translates in English to “the end of the world,” which is what early European explorers thought they had found when the reached North America) is a little sweeter than Chimay. The tastes are fairly similar, though. One warning: This beer is of the 9 percent a.b.v. variety, so it’s a strong one. Overall, I’d give this one a thumbs up. It was a nice beer.
2. Samuel Smith’s Organic Ale. A pale ale from England. Samuel Smith brewery also produces an organic lager. Both beers are certified as organically made by the British Soil Association, described as the U.K.’s leading organization for organic food and farming. Speaking specifically about the ale, it’s a golden brew that for me was a little too fruity. I’ll probably steer clear of this one for a while.
3. Point Classic Amber. An amber lager from Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin. This was the featured tap beer at Flip’s, and they’ve picked a good one. A smooth beer with a distinctive hoppy kick. Very high on the drinkability list. Plus I’ve been favoring lager’s lately, so this really fit the bill. I enjoyed this one a lot and would recommend it to anyone.