Archive for April, 2012

Ugh….

Moved into my great new apartment! However….

 

I don’t have a refrigerator yet. It arrives this weekend, so I won’t have too much activity until then. But hey, I should have something interesting going for Cinco de Mayo, so we’ll see where that leads me!

El Coloquio De Cervantes

Or whatever the hell it’s called. It’s the beer that Upright brewed for 16 tons (a bottle shop in Eugene) for their anniversary. Out of 120 bottles, 8 cases went down to 16 tons, 1 case was split amongst the Upright employees, and 1 case was sold as a Sole Composition series at the brewery with a 1 bottler per person limit. Of the 12 bottles sold, 4 were purchased between myself and the beer geeks in my tasting group. We also paid someone to buy a bottle for us so we could try it in the brewery without popping open one of our own bottles. Stroke of genius!

Pretty tart, with gigantic amounts of raspberry presence. Delicious!

So many beer events

And so little money….

http://www.deschutesbrewery.com/event/collage-beer-dinner-portland

Deschutes and Hair of the Dog are having a beer dinner to celebrate their collaboration beer, Collage, which is a blend of barrel aged Fred, Adam, Stoic, and Dissident. Check out the link to see the food and beer pairings!

Buying my ticket tomorrow!

League and Beer

Watched some League today with the roommate and enjoyed this beer. I’d give it a solid B. Best part about it though is that it is DIRT cheap.

Who knew $3.50 bombers could be decent?!

Also, I closed the apartment the other day, and furniture is expensive. Therefore beer spending must be cut back a little bit. I guess I’ll have to start digging through my stores for a few interesting beers to review!

I ran out of beer!

In the fridge that is, so I simply walked across the street to the store and picked up this little guy. Can’t remember if I’ve reviewed it already, but what the hell, I’m going to anyway. I refuse to use the “search” function on my own blog!

It does feel like spring…outside, so the name is justified

Description: Spring forward with this refreshing seasonal ale. Notes of toasted malt up front, finished with a bright and refreshing northwest hop aroma, it’s a session beer that everyone can enjoy!

Beer: Spring Reign

Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing

Style: Blonde Ale

ABV: 6%

Location: Eugene, OR

Appearance: Slightly cloudy amber with 1/2 a finger of off-white head

Aroma: Some lemon, little bit of honey (?), and hops

Taste: Kind of grassy, underlain with some bready flavor and grapefruit hop notes

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation, pretty crisp

Drinkability: Sessionable this beer is, super easy to finish a bomber

Beer Advocate Grade: B-

My Grade: B

I can see the end of the tunnel!

I’m in the process of finishing up getting my new apartment. Hopefully I can move in my new, kind-of-swanky place by the end of the month. Between that, work, and the joke class I’m taking at PSU I find myself with little time to sit down and enjoy a brew. Fuck that. I’m sitting now, might as well enjoy a brew.

Description: With this feisty white IPA, Deschutes white knuckles again from the well worn path. Chainbreaker fuses smooth wheat and spice low notes with hop highs, Proof, at last, that crisp and refreshing can still be a thrilling ride.

Beer: Chainbreaker White IPA

Brewery: Deschutes Brewing

Style: IPA

ABV: 5.6%

Location: Bend, OR

Appearance: Opaque straw yellow with little head to it. Just a little bit of a ring around the edges.

Aroma: Lemon, some hops, wheat, and a bit of clove. This beer could be a little interesting.

Taste: OM NOM NOM. Yeasty wheat like character up front, with typical IPA hop bitterness afterwards. After all that I can get a little bit of lemon and more than a little bit of clove. Quite good, but I’d enjoy this beer a whole lot more if it was nice and sunny out instead of cold and rainy. Oh Portland.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Super crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Give me 80+ degree weather, and I’ll magically turn a full growler of this stuff into an empty one.

Beer Advocate Grade: B

My Grade: B

Sidebar: The fresh hop version that I had last fall was far superior to this beer. As is this beer on tap, bottles don’t quite do it justice.

Bring it!

Your move Joffrey.