Finished the Last Crusade the evening after starting it. Tonight’s theme was Upright beer. So pathetic right?
Upright Flora 2014 & 2016: So just like de Garde, the older beer is tastier, but they have transformed into completely different beasts. The wine finishing and brett character in the older beer is world class, while the new batch is spicy and bone dry. A+ for 2014, A for 2016. Drink this shit, it’s delicious.
Upright 6th Anniversary Saison: Yep, another incredible beer from Upright. I think I’ve started trading for less Hill Farmstead saisons recently because I have a brewery that produces saisons that are just as good and I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping. God I need to start hoarding these.
Had a nice relaxing night in with a friend who’s going to be moving soon. Also, Indiana Jones has some incredible sound effects, and lots of Wilhelm Screams.
Upright Two in the Bush: This beer is fantastic. It smells like an enormous fruit bomb, almost de Garde like. However, it’s far funkier and tamer in the fruit than you would expect. It’s really good, and I can’t wait to let the brett profile develop here in a year or two. Get excited!!! A-
THIS THING HAD THE MOST FRUSTRATING WAX!!!! Thank god for Whaleslayers. Oh, it was tasty too!
de Garde Berry Bu b1 & b2: So here’s a mini vertical of Berry Bu…batch 1 on the left and batch 2 on the right. Who wins this battle?! Batch 1 did, simply because it had a lot more going on while retaining a ton of fruit character. By comparison, batch 2 felt like it was one note before fading into the darkness. That being said, batch 2 looked way tastier. A+ for b1, B+ for b2.
We got tired, so we made it through all of the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and halfway through the Last Crusade.
Turns out Emeril’s new show on Amazon Prime is really good. I marathoned the whole thing with friends over dinner. Along with this:
Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: This really fresh bottle was remarkably better than the 375ml bottle I had not too long ago. This had all the carbonation, funk, and mineral qualities that I remember being underwhelming in the 375ml format. A
Yeah, we’re really domesticated. Don’t hate.
Alchemist Focal Banger: Something is up with this batch, it’s not nearly as floral as I remember previous batches being. Oh well, it’s still darn tasty! B
Upright Fatali Four: I’m running out of these, and it’s making me sad. I just can’t get enough of the tartness, funk, and heat, with just a bit of wine barrel at the end. A+
Block 15 Super Nebula: Had Breakfast with the Buffalo recently, so it was nice to see how this bottle compared. Mouthfeel is better than the Lost Barrels version of Super Nebula, but not quite up there with Buffalo. Chocolate, coffee, fudge, and barrel are all present though. A-
So this weekend was BeerMongers’ 7th Anniversary, and I can’t believe time has flown by so quickly. I’ve been going to this place since 2011, for regular beers on draft, great prices on bottles to go, or for meeting together with friends for bottles shares and Timbers games. Being one of the best craft beer bars in Portland, they put on some fun stuff over the weekend.
Oh dang, Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway? Sign me up for a glass. Wait a second, what’s #5? A little brewery from Brussels apricot lambic….I wonder…..
Yep, it’s Cantillon Fou Foune. Jackpot!!!!!
Aaaaaand Alesmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway. I can drink the Fou Foune while this warms up.
Oh, it so happens a bottle share started with beers from 2009, which was BeerMongers’ first year. I didn’t know about it, and I didn’t bring anything. I’m ashamed.
That’s a 1995 Orval. It was super interesting and crazy. Not going to try an Orval that old ever again.
Thanks again to BeerMongers and the crew there who have enabled my alcoholism for the last 5 years. Here’s to more enabling for years to come!!!
It looks like de Garde Brewing is hosting Zwanze day for Portland this year. Thankfully, they had a deal set up with Arch Bridge Taphouse to sell tickets for those who lived in Portland, saving us from driving an hour and a half to the brewery to buy tickets. I’m forever grateful.
But first, there’s a beer from Beijing here. I feel weird.
Anyways, my Zwanze ticket!!!! There’s also an Imperial Stone Bu that I got to drink as part of my prize. Even better, I got to park right out front!!!!! Everything is as it should be in my perfect world.