Madness with some turds.

Finally got around to opening the Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization set with some friends the other day. It started out really well…ended less well.

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Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 1: Probably my second favorite Hill Farmstead stout after Beyond Good and Evil. Not too boozy, with super creamy mouthfeel, nice bourbon character, and a coffee and cocoa nib finish. A+

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Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 2: This one was a bitch to get my hands on, but did it live up to the hype?! Maybe? I’m torn between saying whether or not this beer is better than MC1 or not. Much less carbonation, but the beer itself is lighter, so it doesn’t need a whole lot of bubbles. It’s super good too, with an even drier finish than MC1. I should have just blended the two beers and called it a day. A+

Things get ugly from here on out.

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Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization 3: This beer is infected, and terrible. One of my friends was checking Ratebeer for reviews and this one stuck out in particular, “hint of maple syrup, resinous and peppery, oaky and almost a vinous character with red wine tannins, some earthy angles. light carbonation, medium body – oily, piney and almost overwhelming boozy finish. a tad hot but overall a nice blending integration. tasty and good.”

Okay, let’s get this straight, you say you tasted red wine tannins? I wonder where those tannins came from, considering that this beer was aged in A GOD DAMN BOURBON BARREL YOU IDIOT. Apparently beer infection tastes like red wine tannins, and that it’s tasty and good. Well sir, if you want to come over and drink the rest of my Midnight Sun Barrel Aged TREAT, then be my guest.

/rantover.

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Hill Farmstead Madness and Civilization #4: I’m sorry, but putting chili peppers in your beer is not going to do you any favors unless your name is Westbrook or Cigar City. B

I’m going to go home and read shitty reviews on BeerAdvocate now.

Emo Pumking.

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Pretty tasty actually.

Weddings and such

The owners of De Garde brewing got married over the weekend, and I was lucky enough to receive an invite. It was a great time, and I couldn’t be happier for Linsey and Trevor. I hope they don’t go back to the brewery until they leave for their honeymoon in Portugal and Spain!

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A couple beers before heading to the reception.

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Gotta start things off right with De Garde’s Black Raz Bu!

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Hose up next!

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With a bit of super fruity Apricot Bu…Mmm

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Belle Ensemble: This was the wedding toast beer. It’s a blend of two of the oldest barrels from De Garde, both of them lambic-esque. Very tasty, and I’m curious to see how this one takes off with time.

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Back at the house, had to celebrate the occasion with some Grey Monday. Not my smartest move.

If I’m at the beach already, just keep drinking!

First of all, my morning was not the greatest.

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This made it better. Spicy bloody mary’s solve many problems.

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Forgot to open this one the other night. Oh well. It’s alright.

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I shucked some of these myself and didn’t die!!! Also, Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage 2007 pairs very nicely with these Kumamotos.

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Whalez bro. This is also the most carbonated Uli beer I’ve ever had. Uli should do more blends that are carbonated.

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I had to blend the two, FOR SCIENCE! It was actually better than the components.

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Very pretty sunset, I took a moment to take this photo before getting back to drinking.

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Oh so many glasses everywhere. I hate drinking complete sets of beer. Makes things hard.

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Hill Farmstead Art Batch 1: Way better than Arthur, and the first really old Hill Farmstead bottle I’ve had and enjoyed more than the fresh version. Nuts right?

There was more drinking, but it was down at the beach. So instead of photos of beer, here’s our bonfire:

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Dude, I didn’t know they made cans that big.

Not even talking about boobs.

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Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy: Wtf. It’s delicious, but wtf.

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Firestone Walker Bretta Weisse: The weakest offering from FW’s sour program, but that being said, their sours are just as tasty as their stouts, and you should find some, and drink them. B+

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New Glarus Very Sour Peach: This poured way darker than I was expecting a peach beer to. Smells fantastic, but it had more of a canned peaches taste than the fresh peaches that you get out of beers like Fantasia and Persica. Very tasty, but this suffers from a case of Mid-West overhyped syndrome. B+

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De Garde 3S: Aging gracefully, with even more botanicals than before. As a plus, some of the off flavors have cleaned up, my last bottle had a bit of a chlorine aftertaste, but didn’t get that at all in this bottle. Yay! A

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Upland Viola: It’s an Upland beer. Therefore….FUCKING SOUR.

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Russian River Beatification Batch 2: This beer has seen better days. B-

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Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged Everett: Regular Everett is my favorite porter around, so I had really high expectations for this beer, but they were not met. This beer is pretty boozy from the start, and has picked up some metallic flavor while it was being barrel aged. It’s really good, but I think I’d be happier with regular Everett. A

Getting back in the game

Haven’t been drinking much lately, which meant that I was accumulating beer way to quickly. Time to thin out the herd a bit.

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De Garde Apricot Bu: Very tasty with lots of tart apricots. Very different from Imperial Apricot Bu though. Imperial Apricot Bu wasn’t nearly as sour and had mostly sweet apricots in the taste. Very good though, but I think Apricot Crush from 10 Barrel is better than Apricot Bu. B+

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Block 15 Sticky Hands – The Kine: Pretty good I guess, but it has a onion off flavor that most Sticky Hands’ don’t have. I’m going to go ahead and chalk this up to the fact that this beer is a couple months old. B-

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Upright Fatali Four: I love this beer when it ages for a bit. It loses a tiny bit of chili bite, but more than makes up for it in funkiness. A

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Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors: SO FUCKING GOOD HNNNNGH. Not much coconut left here, but it has a great toasty, caramel flavor that I haven’t had in other BCBS variants. A+

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Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus 2011: Yep, this is the best year for this beer that I’ve had. So much raspberry, and it’s all in balance with the funk, tartness, and sweetness of the beer. Wonderful. A+

Uh oh, I’m in trouble.

I had no idea that this was 10% until I finished it.

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Jester King Boxer’s Revenge: Very tasty, but this beer actually killed me. My tolerance isn’t what it used to be. Moral of the story, look at the ABV before drinking the entire bottle.

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