I was a little burnt out by the end of CBC week, but all I had left on my schedule was to make it through the Rare Barrel, Sante Adairius, and Almanac brunch at Hop ‘n Vine. So I was a trooper, and powered through it.
West Ashley, Map of the Sun, and Valley of the Heart’s Delight. Map of the Sun was the best beer of this pairing, partially because this latest batch of West Ashley is a huge letdown compared to previous batches. Valley of the Heart’s Delight was tasty, but loses points on such a ridiculous name.
Other beers, dark sours all, and just not my thing.
Dropped by Hop ‘n Vine to pick up the collaboration beers between Jester King and Crooked Stave.
Then I went to a friend’s house to recuperate.
Hill Farmstead Dorothy: Great pale ale, but at 7%, I’m not sure this actually qualifies. Anyways, it’s pretty darn tasty. B/B+
De Garde Saison Quatrieme: Another dry hopped and wine barrel aged saison from De Garde….I think this is part of a series yes? Anyways, it’s very tasty, but I do think that the hops kind of hide the character imparted from wine barrel aging. Or it could just be my shitty ass palate. B+
There were a lot of things going on every day during CBC, so this was my one day where I said, “fuck it, let’s do a bunch of them!”
Founders KBS @ The Green Dragon: Took me a while to get my beer, but it was worth it!
Crooked Stave event at Hop ‘n Vine: Progenitor was my favorite beer for that event. Tastes like a more subtle, and slightly fancier Hose.
The burgers at Hop ‘n Vine are pretty heroic too.
On to Upper Lip for Block 15 beers! Framboise White was as good as always, and Imagine was also delicious, but it’s starting to show its age.
This is also known as the night where my friend drank 64oz. of KBS.
Founders KBS: Sooo much better on draft than from the bottle. I need to find more of this on draft this week.
Founders Russian Imperial Stout: Still probably my favorite non-ba stout. Sorry Kuhnhenn.
Finished up with some Boneyard Bone Lite downstairs at Baileys.
This is kind of a thing now, mostly because climbing videos are really interesting, but you can tune or tune out whenever you feel like it. No plot, no long action sequences, just something to have in the background that’s neat for the 30% of the time you’re actually watching it.
Kunhenn American Imperial Stout: Definitely the best non-barrel aged stout I’ve had in recent memory. Might have to revisit Founders RIS to make sure.
Hill Farmstead Madness & Civilization #1: Probably the best beer in the series. It smells boozy, but then tastes like chocolate and sweet, sweet bourbon. It’s wonderful.
Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4: It has been a very long time since I’ve had this beer, and it’s a fantastic IIPA. Top 10 for sure, and right up there with the best from Alpine, Boneyard, and Barley Brown’s.
De Garde Hose: That palate cleanser tho.
Alesmith Kona Coffee Stout: Extremely tasty, with a sweeter coffee profile than Jamaican Blue coffee something something darkside. However, I wish it had some bourbon aspects to it….
The Rare Barrel: This beer is as good as the brewery name of this beer is bad. Fantastic beer, but I will always be bitter at The Rare Barrel for such a pretentious name. I also don’t like how they introduced a reserve society before anyone had even tried their beer (I’m looking at you, Wolves and Hype).
Perennial Sump: I used to hate this beer, but this batch is actually really good! I approve and will actually consider seeking out more Perennial beers that don’t end with “Abraxas” and start with “BA”.
Hill Farmstead Le Sarrasin: This is a fantastic beer, like a stronger, more technologically advanced Arthur. However, if only it had a more complex funky profile…
Success! I had a tough time deciding which beer was better, but I think Le Sarrasin takes it. I don’t know, ask me tomorrow, I will have changed my mind a few times since then.