I’ve just found a Special Lady Friend, and I haven’t been this excited in a long time. I suppose I may get jaded after a while. That usually happens, but
I really think this one could last. I speak, of course, of Special Lady Friend IPA by Jailbreak Brewing Brewing Company.
Of course, my actual and only very, very special lady friend is my wife, Nancy, the love of my life. We’re working on 46 years of marriage, and I’m set to sign up for 46 more.
Ah, but Special Lady Friend IPA. Jailbreak Brewing is over in Laurel, Maryland, not too awful far from me. I really like it. It’s a hazy IPA — that is, if you pour a glass it isn’t clear like, say, a Budweiser; rather, it’s cloudy, as it’s supposed to be. Special Lady Friend has a nice odor of stone and citrus fruit — I guess I should say “bouquet”, but after all, this is beer, not wine. The flavor of Special Lady Friend is complex, mainly with what people call citrus — sharp citrus, like grapefruit — and pine.
I mainly grew up in and often raise a toast to “the land of the longleaf pine”, but I’ve never regarded pine in culinary terms. Other people do. I’ve seen recipes in Garden and Gun for a longleaf pine margarita, pine roasted potatoes, and pine bark stew that include longleaf pine needles. I may try the potatoes and the stew some day, when I’m cooking down in the land of the longleaf pine. The only recipe for shortleaf pines of which I’m aware is for pine needle shortbread cookies, which doesn’t really appeal to me. To be honest, I have no idea if the variety of pine matters.
I see that Special Lady Friend is brewed with Mosaic hops which, according to my extremely superficial research, create a lot of complexity in the aroma and flavor, so I’m not just making this up. But see for yourself. If you like IPAs, you’ll love this one. If you can find it, buy it.
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