The Magic of Mardi Gras

Posted: February 25, 2009 by kmahern in Uncategorized
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Magic Hat Presents Mardi Gras in Syracuse

Magic Hat Presents Mardi Gras in Syracuse

Armory Square hosted the world’s smallest Mardi Gras parade this weekend…so I’m told. Due to poor organization skills on our part (i.e. finding a sober and willing driver), my friends and I unceremoniously arrived downtown at 3:25 p.m. to find that the “parade” had started, paraded itself through town with beads and merriment galore, and ended in (apparently) less than 25 minutes.

Unperturbed, we marched to the source of our excursion: the bars offering Magic Hat drink specials in honor of the last weekend to indulge (theoretically) before Lent. Since I plan to give up chocolate for the sixth year in a row and continue my debaucherous ways, I took the event as an excuse to hold a marathon taste testing of the Vermont brewery’s offerings.

Below are my four favorites from the afternoon – or, if we’re being honest, the first four I tasted and have halfway legible notes for.

Circus Boy: The Hefeweizen

A crisp, unfiltered wheat beer with citrus undertones. It’s usually served with a lemon, which enhances the slightly sour, fresh flavor you’ll taste from start to finish. Think Blue Moon’s lighter, fruitier sister.

Number 9: The Standard

Darker in color than Circus Boy, Magic Hat’s signature brew is more substantial but still slightly fruity. You won’t think fruit beer, but there’s definitely an apricot undertone that’s most noticeable in the aftertaste.

Lucky Kat: Smutty I.P.A.

Don’t let its subtle golden-brown color fool you: this kat packs a punch. Taste the hops, love the hops. It has the bitterness of an I.P.A., but it doesn’t overwhelm you. The sour aftertaste makes me think of fresh cut grass…but maybe that’s just wishful thinking.

Even the kids can enjoy!

Even the kids can enjoy!

hI.P.A.: The Name Says It All

“It’s got that stank,” is probably the most accurate description I heard from my companions. But seriously, smell this one and you’ll swear its main ingredient is another, more familiar green substance. Let’s just say it’s obviously a beer that hails from Vermont. It’s an intensely hop-filled experience, so just make sure you’re ready for the trip.

–Kaitlin Ahern

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  1. Jen says:

    Cute review. I think we found a winner of a writer.

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