Top Gear and Beer

One of the best episodes of Top Gear aired over the weekend. I spent most of the time laughing my ass off. Highly recommended. There was also beer.

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Alpine Exponential Hoppiness: Totally faded and not worth it. Those few days since the last time I had it really took its toll.

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Upright Barrel Aged Flora: Not sure what’s been going on, but this bottle was the best one I’ve ever had. It was on par with Nonnas 7 and Flora. Next time this beer comes out I’m going to buy a case and just let it hang out for a year before drinking them. You should do the same, it would be in your best interest.

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Terrapin French Toasted Wake ‘n Bake: Pretty damn good. On the other hand, I think the best thing about this beer is the sweet wax job they did.

Django Unchained

Never got around to seeing this movie, so we met up at a friend’s place to see this extremely long and entertaining movie while doing some spring cleaning on his fridge.

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Block 15 Golden Canary: I got the juicy bits, but this beer is still drinking really well. Tart, funky, and refreshing.

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10 Barrel Cucumber Crush: I fucking love this beer. I don’t care who owns the brewery, as long as they keep churning this shit out.

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De Garde Imperial Cherry Blu Bu: Don’t mind the sasquatch foot in the background.

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North Coast Old Stock 2013: This is stupid good. It’s like hot chocolate beer.

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Pelican Mother of All Storms: Good, but I want more of that chocolate beer.

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Alesmith Bourbon Barrel Aged Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout: This beer is as tasty as its name is long. It has a bit of that marshmallow quality that Vanilla Rye has, but it is not nearly as sweet. Win!

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Jester King Blackberry Beer That I Don’t Want to Spell. Yes.

Oh, we’re not done yet.

So, we kept going.

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Alpine Duet: It’s been a long time since I’ve had beers from Alpine, and they are always amazing. I can’t deny the power of Simcoe and Amarillo hops.

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Alpine Nelson: On the other hand, Nelson is simply better. Fucking love Nelson.

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Fuck it, I’m drunk. Let’s go with Exponential Hoppiness, which clocks in at 11% ABV. I 100% won’t regret this decision.

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At 17%, I might regret this one. It’s very good, but it’s no M. This beer is putting me perilously close to leveling up to Type I Diabeetus.

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Sante Adairius Cellarman: Super tasty, I really like wine barrel aged saisons. Is this beer better than Flora or Nonna’s 7? No, do I care? No I do not, because this is still damn good.

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I want to go to bed now.

Fridge Rampage

So over the past few weeks, my fridge has been sprouting new beers, half of which I have no recollection of ever buying or trading for. Turns out my friend (who also trades beer) has been slowly stocking my fridge with his extra beer every time he comes over, but doesn’t end up opening all of them. It was time for some spring cleaning!

 

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine: Not everyone had tried this beer yet, so we popped one open for the slackers.

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Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Collage: Still a really interesting beer, but it might suffer from having too much going on at once.

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De Garde Imperial Apricot Bu batches 1 (left) and 2 (right): Well, surprisingly, batch 1 handily won this comparison. More sour, with a riper apricot flavor than the more recent batch. We were thinking that this might be because apricots may have been better this last growing season. I’m not sure, but this is a case of, “batch 1 was better, move along”.

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Cantillon Kriek: Well, you can’t always just hoard lambic. Sometimes you have to drink it. This is doing fantastic by the way, and I wish I had more.

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De Garde Imperial Plum Bu: This is something I haven’t had yet! Nicely carbonated, with a subtle plum flavor. Of all the imperial bu variants, this one might be the easiest to drink. It’s fruity and sour, but is the least aggressive of the lot.

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WILL IT BLEND?! Yes, yes it will.

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Cantillon Fou Foune: Best beer of the night, easily. 2014 Fou Foune is a force to reckoned with. Prepare thy anus.

Whoops.

Forgot I had this beer while watching Better Call Saul…my bad.

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De Garde Fleur Rose: This beer is just as sour as Fleur Desay, but all the additives just make the beer more well-rounded. It’s sour and aromatic, with lots of hibiscus! Elderflower and heather? Not really getting it.

Weekly Top Gear

This week’s episode of Top Gear is really good. The beer we had for the episode was also very good.

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Upright Blend Love 2013: Yep, this is an old bottle, and it has aged very gracefully. It is even more dry and crisp than before, and Upright’s beers are always extremely clean. On the other hand, the raspberry notes are still there, but the jamminess that use to be there is gone. Is it good? Oh yes. Is it better than the beer fresh? I’m not sure.

Better Call Saul!

I finally finished the last episode of Breaking Bad so I could get started on Better Call Saul. I’m really liking this show so far, can’t wait for the next episode!

 

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Barleywine: This is the new batch that came out in 2014, and I’m just going to say that it’s very good. Might not be as good as the 2013 batch, but that one has had a year to mellow out. I’m going to say that this one will be just as good given the same window of time. It’s sweeter than most barleywines, but the barrel notes cut the sweetness perfectly.

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De Struise T.H.R.E.E.: No idea what the story behind this beer is, but it’s dangerously drinkable at 10%.

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