#611 Full Sail’s Session Black Lager & #612 Amsterdam’s Big Wheel Deluxe Amber

There is a possibility that this post could very well be my last while on the island of Grand Cayman. Ryan and I will be finishing up our time here working at SNUBA & Sea Trek Grand Cayman in the next three weeks and then heading back to Savannah, GA for the holidays. We decided to chose last night (11/12/2015) as our final meal (and drinks of course) at the Craft Food & Beverage Company in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. On an island with growing craft beer aspirations but still only minimal selection, Craft F&B Co. has been my favorite place to try new beers for this blog.

As always I’ll start with the food, which has also been amazing this whole time. Ryan and I split an order of the fried oysters to start (crispy St James oysters, jerk mayo, diced tomato, and shredded lettuce). Then for my entrée I went with the whisky BBQ glazed bacon meatloaf with wilted kale, garlic confit mash, and gravy.

CraftF&B-1 (11/12/15)CraftF&B-2 (11/12/15)

Next are the beers! My first was Full Sail’s Session Black Lager, a 5.4% alcohol by volume (ABV) Premium Dark Lager from the Full Sail Brewing Company located in Hood River, Oregon, USA. Full Sail’s Session Black Lager came in a short, squat 11 fl oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 08/16/15. This is one thing Cayman really needs to work on!


I have also decided to add the style choices from the usual beer websites as well. BeerAdvocate.com has Full Sail’s Session Black Lager listed as a Schwarzbier, Ratebeer.com says Dunkel/Tmavý, and UNTAPPD just has it listed as a Lager – Black.


Coming in at 22 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) Full Sail’s Session Black Lager is available in 6-packs, 12-packs, and on draft. I have added a commercial description taken from Full Sail’s website below:

“Most beers this dark are so heavy-duty, you could eat them with a fork. Not Session Black. You’ve heard of tall, dark and handsome? Well, Session Black is short, dark and drinkable. With notes of roasty chocolate, it’s the perfect complement to original Session – a dark beer that doesn’t drink like a meal.” – Full Sail Brewing Company

Next up was Amsterdam’s Big Wheel Deluxe Amber, a 5% ABV Filtered Amber Ale from the Amsterdam Brewing Company out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer came in a green bottle, which you don’t see much in the craft brewing world today. According to Amsterdam Brewing Company’s website, this beer was brewed using UK Maris Otter, UK Optic, Caramunich, and Wheat malts; and Chinook, Styrian Goldings, UK Fuggle, and Amarillo hops.


Amsterdam’s Big Wheel Deluxe Amber is available year-round with a suggested serving temperature of 4 °C (39.2 °F). Below I have added the commercial description taken from their website as well:

“Our award winning amber was created out of a desire for the perfectly balanced beer combining all the qualities of a rich traditional pale ale with the drinkability of a modern lager. Take one for a ride and discover the pleasures of a perfectly balanced beer.” – Amsterdam Brewing Company

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