NAP TIME LIQUID CREATION

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BLAUVELT, NEW YORK

An outgrowth of Andean Brewing’s quirkily cherished maca root-derived Kuka brand, NAP TIME LIQUID CREATION came to fruition late 2017. Directed by proficient Kuka brewmeister, Alex Coronado, Nap Time’s rangy elixirs sometimes stretch stylistic boundaries, but just often reach a comfort zone for Blue Collar pilsner-lager lovers as proven by the two fruitful offerings quaffed during my two-hour June ’19 excursion.

Nap Time’s cozy interior featured a few tables, couch, regal black-and-white paper cut wall art and slate-topped serving station with four draught handles. A few black metal patio tables near the entrance add extra seating.

 

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Sunshiny IPA-like citrus spicing and dank wood musk fronted dry-hopped The Dreamer Light Lager, leaving herbal snips upon its juicy grapefruit-orange tang, mild lemon spritz, latent Hallertau Blanc green grape tannins and teasing Hull Melon gooseberry tartness.

Similarly bright and lively moderation, Incantation Pilsner let lemon-peeled grapefruit zesting and delicate mandarin orange sweetness appease herbal barnyard-dried grassiness and white breaded pale malting.

Heavenly Lick The Mind Of God, a Mosaic-hopped Imperial IPA, brought tangy pineapple juiciness to sweet orange, red grapefruit, mango and peach tropicalia, contrasting its light resinous wood tones.

Dark-roast chocolate and bitter coffee coalesced for easygoing stout, Floating Into The Night, bringing molasses-draped cola, hazelnut and Brazil nut illusions and pureed black cherry daubs into the fray.

Ugandan vanilla beaning and roasted coffee tones guided clean-watered Swedish-inspired milk stout, Fika, a terrific dessert treat utilizing cardamom-spiced cinnamon toasting to caress its minty brown chocolate surge and vanilla-sweetened java finish.

JACKIE O’S DARK APPARITION STOUT AGED IN OAK BOURBON BARRELS

“Hauntingly good” oak-aged stout with abounding complexities. Aggressive bourbon sweetness gains immediate brown-sugared molasses sapping and caramelized chocolate-coffee conflux contrasted by sedate wood-seared hop char. Below the bustling mocha-bourbon mudcake surface, dried-fruited date, fig and plum illusions as well as distant hazelnut-coconut snips hide out. A decadent first-class slow sipper.

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THE BRUERY WHITE CHOCOLATE ALE AGED IN BOURBON WITH CACAO NIBS AND VANILLA BEANS

On tap at Ambulance, “sumptuous” wheatwine dessert decadence with heady 16% ABV coalesces confectionery cocoa-buttered milk sugaring with bittersweet cacao-nibbed vanilla bean adjunct and candied brown chocolate allotment. Subtle bourbon aging adds sweet warmth to fudgy chocolate-y vanilla creaminess, picking up toasted coconut, crème brulee, marzipan, honeyed hazelnut and toasted marshmallow illusions. Luxurious full-bodied treasure.

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DOGFISH HEAD SIRACUSA NERA IMPERIAL STOUT

On tap at Sogo, mildly creamed dark-roast coffee and lightly smoked chocolate malting pick up ancillary port-aged ‘plum, cherry and stewed fruit’ notions from Syrah grape must of hybridized wine-barreled stout that stays remarkably soft and fluffy on the tongue. Wood-burnt hop char and light walnut sear impact smoky coffee-cocoa finish, leaving oaken vanilla tannins in the distance.

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