Ithaca Beer Company debuted several new Excelsior beers at Barcade on Thursday, June 7. I had the pleasure of meeting brewmaster Jeff O’Neill and seeing sales representative Eric VanZile again. I had the scrumptious Kaffinator, which was a very smooth, roasty, coffee-like beer. I tasted the Old Habit and the IPAbbey and am looking forward to having more soon. I highly recommend trying some for yourself. Be sure to check out Jeff’s blog for all the latest goings-on at Ithaca. My friend Allan had just returned from Montreal and brought a bottle of Bierre Nouvelle Sure Lie to share. I found it to be a crisp, spicy, fruity (pear, predominately), highly carbonated, dry beer. Very refreshing for a warm summer day. A nice evening.