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Two Blondes, a Matador, and a Duck

That sounds like the punchline of a bad bar joke, but here we have a brief session at The Dog & Cask in Rochelle Park, NJ, with the beer accompanying some tasty teriyaki wings.

Brix City Gloria Blonde Ale

BrixGloriaGolden in the glass with a brief white head that then laces the glass. It gives an estery yeasty nose of apricot spice. The very good Belgian flavor continues the nose but adds a malty quality and the spiciness resolves into hop bitterness. It has a soft malty finish. 5.6% ABV

Bolero Snort El Matador

I had just a taste, finding a nose and flavor of cilantro and what seemed to be pine. The actual ingredients include cilantro, lime, and jalapeño. The finish is quiet and hoppy. This is definitely worth trying, but I wasn’t in quite the right mood. Probably one glass rather than two. 4.2% ABV, 35 IBU

Kane Single Fin

Back to the Belgian Blonde style, with a pretty gold and a brief white head. It starts with a tangy nose of light esters and spice with a floral hint. The flavor is slightly bland, but fresh and clean. Malt develops on the finish with a fruit note and a light and drying hop edge. This is a nice session beer, if undemanding. This may have suffered by following El Matador. 5% ABV

Rushing Duck Brett Wheat

This starts with a lightly funky, fruity nose with crackery malt. The creamy texture features funk not sourness, filled out with fruit and malt. The finish is long but mild and the brett fades into the malt. Poured from a growler, this had been opened the day before, so I didn’t get it at its freshest.

All this was followed by sitting in at a meeting of the Bergen County Brew Crew, a homebrewing club, and some very interesting brews were poured . . . some of which may be commercially available later this year.

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