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Happy Hour: Blue Point Toasted Lager + Perdomo Craft Series Cigar Pairing
This Happy Hour goes out to the barbecue chef in all of us. Cigar and ‘cue go together like peanut butter and jelly; and when you throw a crisp, cool beer into the mix – boy, you’re bordering nirvana. This week’s pairing is versatile; with a beer hailing from the beaches of Long Island and a cigar designed for beer, this dynamic duo will be the hit of your next pig roast. My advice: be a good guest, and bring this beer and cigar pairing to wherever you’re going.
THE CIGAR: PERDOMO SPECIAL CRAFT SERIES AMBER GORDO
Coming from Perdomo’s Craft Series, the Amber is a sun-kissed Nicaraguan puro blended with beer in mind. Amber boasts notes of honey, chocolate, nuts and a lightly hoppy and malty profile, thanks in part to a robust, sun grown wrapper. You can throw your favorite IPA, pale ale, or lager at this cigar with ease.
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua
Body: Medium Customer Rating: 100
Beer: Blue Point Toasted Lager
Toasted Lager, the flagship beer for Blue Point and two-time Gold Medalist at the World Beer Cup (yes, it’s a thing), takes the cake for this pairing. Made with six different grains, this Long Island brew was named for its “toasted characteristic of our original direct-fire brick kettle”. Perfectly balanced flavor of malt and hops, and a special proprietary lager yeast to give an exceptional, long lasting smooth finish.
Toasted Lager’s balanced flavor shows a handful of malts, caramel and toasted grain, giving this pairing an uncanny marriage of flavors. Throw down with this cigar and beer pairing after a few lobsters on the grill if you want to class it up or dress it down at your next clam bake.
Beer Rating: 3.5/5 (Beer Advocate)
That’s it for this week’s edition of Happy Hour – try this cigar pairing combo, and post your results below. Stay tuned for next week and stay thirsty!