Sneak Attack Saison

Sneak Attack,  Farmhouse Saison brewed with organic cardamom pods.

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I happened upon this beer while grocery shopping today and decided to try it out and so I bought a six pack of it.

21st Amendment makes some pretty good beers so I knew it would be nice, especially since this was their Winter Seasonal brew.

Upon opening this beer I was pleasantly surprised at how really good it tasted. It was better then I was expecting. This is a very nice beer, its almost surprising that it is available in a six pack can format.

At 6.2% it’s a good tasting strong beer but yet tastes lightly floral with some nice spices and was very refreshing. Not what one usually expects for a winter beer which is what makes this beer great and sets it apart, its got a very unique good tasting flavor and aroma.

Then there’s the great artwork that accompanies this beer….

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Sneak Attack is by 21st Amendment out of San Francisco California.

Alcohol Content
6.2% by volume

Bitterness Units (IBUS)
38

The following statement from the website summarizes this beer perfectly

You might not expect a Saison in winter. But the enemy didn’t expect Washington to cross the icy Delaware, either. Expectations be damned, we say. We’re sneaking up on winter with a boatload of bravado and this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. Dry hopped with whole organic cardamom pods, our Saison has an assertive spiciness. In your face, winter.

Sneak Attack is our late winter seasonal beer available from January through March in six pack cans and on draft.

 

Shepard’s Pie

We’ve always enjoyed the good tasting homey feeling of a good Shepards pie. Often it can be found on pub menus where it pairs nicely with a tall pint of your favorite beer.

Today I decided I’d try and make it at home. Here’s my go at it in photos below. It turned out pretty good although next time I think I’ll add more herbs.

Cooking the potatoes to mash 
Everything prepped and ready

Cooking it all up 

All the ingredients 
Baked deliciousness 

Here’s a basic recipes for Shepards pie below. (I used fresh vegetables for mine.)

* 1 lb ground beef

* 2 cups mashed potatoes, hot

* 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed

* 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

* 2 garlic cloves, minced

* 4 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed

* 1 cup beef gravy

DIRECTIONS

Preheat over to 375°F

Brown meat in skillet and drain.
Mix potatoes, cream cheese, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese and the garlic until well blended.

Stir vegetables and gravy into meat.

Spoon into 9-inch square baking dish.

Cover with potato mixture. Don’t worry about it being perfectly even, the more rustic it looks, the better.

Sprinkle with remain 1/2 cup shredded cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.

 

 

Folsom Tap House

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There’s a new beer place in Folsom.

Brought to you by a local restaurant owner who we already know knows how to build and run a great place – Jeff Back of Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

Folsom Tap House is located in the old Sports Bar building is in the same business area as Back Wine Bar & Bistro. The site of the new Tap House had also housed several other restaurants before including an old French Bistro run by a couple from England.

Needless to say, Jeff has done it again.  It took a few weeks to iron out the new opening bugs but the place is running very well and we have enjoyed visiting, dining and enjoy some very good beers at Folsom Tap House.

To summarize, Folsom Tap House is a very nice place. The ambiance was good, the service outstanding and the food and beer were excellent.

As soon as we walked in, we were immediately greeted and seated. Waters arrived right away and beers were ordered and served quickly. It took us a while to pick what we wanted to eat (great selections) and every few minutes someone would stop by and ask if we needed help or were ready to order – I could not ask for better service then that.

We tried a couple of the beer samplers which happened to be 50% off that day – nice! The beers were great, we enjoyed them all and it was nice how all the styles and brands were explained in detail.

The draft beer list AND the bottled beer list are fantastic! This place has a lot of great beers available.

For food we ordered the salmon sliders and chicken wings and wow they were good!
I’m not even a fan of chicken wings but theirs were great and I already looking forward to going back and having them again.

Through out our evening we were checked in on often by staff which was great. The beers we ordered never sat empty and overall we had a very enjoyable time at Folsom Tap House. We plan to be frequent flyers at this place – it’s that good! and well worth it.

Folsom Tap House
http://folsomtaphouse.com/
25005 Blue Ravine Rd #140
Folsom, CA  95630