Smash, beer, pho

In that order.

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Block 15 Brunch

Let me just make this clear, this was a total of 5 hours after the pozole incident. With that in mind…

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Now that we have that settled, we can move on.

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Southern Eggs Benedict, way to lure the body into a sense of security.

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Before beating it into submission with the the hit combo of Super Nebula, Sweet Sassy Molassy, and Breakfast with Buffalo.

Time to take a nap.

The Magic is in the Pozole.

My friend Brian hosted a bunch of us a few days ago and someone brought pozole. Also known as the greatest chili ever. Best part? You can add enough hot chili oil to make you sweat for days. I suffered so good.

We also drank some shit beer.

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Upright Special Herbs: Mother. Fucking. HNNNGH.

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de Garde 3S: Drinking some asshat’s special sauce is really starting to grind my gears. ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!

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de Garde Orchard Bu: I LOVE YOUR ORANGE STONE FRUIT GOODNESSSSSSSSSS. It’s like Sunny D for men!!!

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Right in the feels.

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Just keep drinking, just keep drinking, just keep drinking, drinking drinking!

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Let’s make some recycling!

Puzzle fighter, Super Smash Bros, and drinking occurred. I hurt the following morning.

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de Garde Cherry Raz Bu b2: People were a little slow in arriving, so this beer was used to help stretch out the hammies for those who were already here. Tons of raspberry here, with just a hint of cherries. It’s extremely good despite being a little on the acidic side.

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Casey The Low End: Something is a little weird here. It’s not nearly as sour or hoppy as other bottles I have opened. Not sure if this has to do with fresh vs non-fresh, or if this is a bottle variation issue. Still alright though.

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Old Soul The Sauce: Soooo, this Sacramento brewery needs to spend less money on packaging and more money on the beer itself. That being said, it reminded me a lot of Cascade’s coffee blond beer, whatever that thing is called.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic: Yeah…..I think this beer is a little bit better than the Flora Cherry I had recently. God I feel like such an asshole comparing American cherry sours to their Belgian counterparts, they almost always lose. This beer just has an incredible balance of fruit, oak, and funk.

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake: I wonder if they make a weasel variant of this, because that would just be fantastic. So much vanilla here, and it doesn’t taste artificial either!

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Upright Provision: MY GOD UPRIGHT WHY DO YOU AGE SO WELL?! This beer was one of my favorites of the night, so subtle and well balanced. This might be my favorite biere de garde ever. I could crush the whole bottle to myself. Some aromatics, with figs, dates, and a tiny bit of tartness. OM NOM NOM.

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So…..I must have switched glasses with someone at some point. Fuck.

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Wait, I found my glass again! YES! This bottle of West Ashely is very similar to batch 2, with very little apricots, but incredible wine barrel finish with lots of funk.

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Ale Apothecary Shirley, you can’t be serious: Ale Apothecary needs to dial back the booze, I just don’t want a 9% sour beer. I don’t. Other than that it tastes great, not a lot of funk, but tons of fruit. This beer is the polar opposite of the bottle of West Ashley we had.

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Rare Barrel Map of the Sun: Definitely the most sour of the last three beers, but it strike the balance between the two, and it was fruitier than batch 1 Map of the Sun. Well done Rare Barrel, I might one day get over your shitty as name.

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Casey Apricot Fruit Stand: Nice apricot flavor here, but the base beer is just too thin. Mouthfeel was lacking and there wasn’t enough of a backbone to support the apricots. Worst of the stone fruits so far.

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de Garde Nectarine Bu: Okay, so this beer is more fruity than Map of the Sun, and just about as sour. I think this and West Ashley are my favorites of the stone fruits. Best thing to do would be to blend them and create a balanced stone fruit sour.

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Nailed it. It was wonderful.

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This bottle of 2013 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze was sublime.

At least you there’s beer when you lose

Three and a half hours, that’s how long it took me to lose at Catan. THREE AND A HALF HOURS.

God god dammit dammit. At least there was beer.

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Trillium Double Dry Hopped Scaled: I’m really digging these fresh New England IPAs. Maybe breweries around here should think about dialing back the resin a little bit.

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Trillium Scaled: Not nearly as tasty as the double dry hopped version, I’m pretty sure I also had not drawn a resource yet at this point in the game.

More beer, because it was a long week

Been pretty busy over the last week, so it was nice to unwind with a bunch of friends over some beer.

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Upright 6th Anniversary Saison: Delicious as always, but maybe eating a bunch of fried chicken beforehand ruined my palate.

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Council Brewing Beatitude: This beer has a very similar acid profile to de Garde and had some nice fruit to back it up. I don’t know much about Council, but what I have had from them so far has been tasty. Look forward to trying more of their things.

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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling: So…..this is probably the best baltic porter I’ve ever had. Maybe Hill Farmstead should give up their IPAs and just do porters full time. Incredible beer.

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Hill Farmstead Everett: And now the best regular porter I’ve ever had. This beer is perfect in every way.

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Hill Farmstead Flora BBR: This is Hill Farmstead’s Beaucoup Berry Bu. All of the berries! Not as jammy or fruity as de Garde’s Beaucoup Berry Bu, but has a much more complex base. Both are fantastic, and I don’t think I could pick between the two.

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Ale Apothecary Fresh Hop Sahalie: Best bottle of Sahalie I’ve had in a long time. I usually avoid Ale Apothecary because I believe their beer simply isn’t worth the price tag, but this one is very good, worth the $30 or whatever it costs.

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Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass: This beer was pretty boring compared to the beers leading up to this, didn’t taste like much. Gotta love palate fatigue.

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John Wakefield Brewing Harbinger: As much flack as this brewery gets, they know how to make great beer. This beer is what Grey Monday can only dream of being. Fantastic hazelnut flavor here, without being overbearing. Best stout I’ve had in a long time.

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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15: MANGOES.

Abyss Palate Cleansers

While the Abyss vertical was really cool, the palate cleansers deserve their own post, and I was also just fucking lazy.

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See how lazy I was? Don’t even care that the creepy Asian guy is carrying me.

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