Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA

Hype is a dangerous thing. Often it leads to the disappointment of being underwhelmed. It forces you to expect, even demand, the exceptional and extraordinary. Living in Pittsburgh and being a regular Fat Head’s customer, the hype surrounding their award winning Head Hunter IPA has simply gone off the charts.

Banners of awards won by the beer hang in the popular South Side restaurant (1st Place National IPA Championships 2010, Gold Medal Winner – West Coast IPA Fest 2009, Silver Medal Winner American-Style IPA 2010 Great American Beer Fest, Top 25 Beers in the World 2009 – Draft Magazine). Twitter explodes with announcements when four-packs are available, with the warning that they will not last long. Giant chalk boards are dedicated to the beer in the bar in Pittsburgh, boasting the beer’s tagline: “Uncivilized and Aggressive”.

All this hype could set an IPA-loving beer wench up for a catastrophic letdown. To say the least, Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA did not fail to impress.

The IPA pours beautifully clear, golden with a lacey, small head. I was treated immediately with an onslaught of sweet citrusy hops, enough to make your mouth water. The hop aroma is strong, with notes of tropical fruit, but also rich, with a depth that is really wonderful.

The taste of Head Hunter is in one word “crisp”. A level of hoppiness that I haven’t had the pleasure to encounter in many beers (locals: East End Big Hop is the only comparable beer that comes to mind). One might even say….”aggressive” hops, just like the bottle says. The hops hit you right up front, extremely bitter and reminiscent of grapefruit, orange zest, and lemon. The hops carry throughout the drink, leaving you with a delightful aftertaste, not too sweet, but very crisp and clean.

While the hop flavor in this beer is off the charts, I’m hesitant to agree with the “Uncivilized and Aggressive” tagline because it’s so darn drinkable. With similar beers I found even myself, a hop-lover of extreme proportions, understanding how folks could have a hard time warming up to the bitter beauties. Head Hunter IPA is different. As I enjoyed this brew I remarked to Mr. Baconpants, “I taste this and I think, really, if you don’t fall in love with beers like this, well, I think you’ve got to be crazy.”

That honestly sums it up. The hype is well deserved and I gladly add to it. Beer lovers as well as the casual drinker should try this, because, well, you are really doing yourself a disservice if you miss it. So with that, please do what you have to do (hopefully that means a visit to Pittsburgh, or, gulp…..Cleveland (shudder)) to try Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA. I couldn’t be prouder to be from an area of the country putting this stuff out.


Originally posted 2011-01-25 19:05:09. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Better with Bacon – Cheese and Bacon Snacks…

Look at our sweet ol’ grandma! Her name is Norma Pemberton and from what they report in Australia’s “Central Coast Express Advocate” she’s got quite a knack for cookin’ up cheese and bacon snacks.

Being the wonderful lady that she is, she’s shared the recipe with the paper and now, through the, I share it with you.

Recipe after the jump…

Cheese and Bacon Snacks

Ingredients

2 cups grated tasty cheese
1 cup self raising flour
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 bacon rashers finely chopped
1 tsp french mustard
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Directions

Preheat oven to 190 degrees
Beat milk and egg lightly in a bowl.
Add remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.
Put 2 spoonfuls at a time on to a tray lined with baking paper
Place tray in oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until brown.

God Bless you Norma Pemberton!

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Originally posted 2011-08-03 20:31:14.

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Originally posted 2014-04-18 15:19:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Thing of The Day: My First Bacon Talking Plush!

From Think Geek Dot Com:

My First Bacon(tm) is a ThinkGeek exclusive plush toy that will delight your little ones. Even if they’re not on solid foods yet, your progeny shouldn’t be deprived of the joys of bacon. Soft and snuggly with big giant eyes, My First Bacon(tm) is both friendly and reliable, just like actual bacon.

Squeeze him and no matter what the situation, he says, “I’m Bacon!” This reminds children that no matter what happens in life, they should be true to themselves and always be proud of who they are. Which of course, means bacon lovers. What child on this planet wouldn’t want to befriend a piece of mostly meat held together with fat and love? And don’t just think about the kids, adults enjoy My First Bacon just as much as the kids do. Availble now, in time for holiday gift giving, at the link above!

Product Specifications

• Huggable plush bacon for kids and kids at heart 3 and older

• Says “I’m bacon!” when you squeeze him

• Mechanical animated mouth

• Velveteen pork flesh and super soft fleece fat

• Teach your kids to love bacon, not pigs

• Please do not eat My First Bacon(tm).

• Requires 3 x AA Batteries (Included!)

• Dimensions: 19″ tall by 7″ wide

• Price: $19.99

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Originally posted 2010-11-10 19:00:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Better with Bacon – Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes…

KA-POW!

Seriously, what more needs to be said when you see a photo like this.

Who’s hungry?

Bacon and Corn Griddle Cakes

Ingredients:

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2/3 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
1 cup frozen, canned or fresh corn
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
warm maple syrup, for serving

Directions:

You’ve got to click on over to Recipe Girl for that ;-)  That’s where we found this stack of incredibleness.

Originally posted 2012-02-20 21:43:18.

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Originally posted 2013-08-09 10:35:04. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Babes: Katy Perry…

From an interview with “Q” magazine:

“For my next album I’d like it to be about meat and I want to be on the cover wearing a bacon bikini. Also I want my records to smell of sausage or pork. CDs are over, but not if they smell original,” Perry joked.

I think she just might be on to something, although we all know the bacon bikini is nothing new.

Hope everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend.

Originally posted 2010-09-05 10:41:31.

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Originally posted 2014-05-10 17:45:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter