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.

Cheers to Belgian Beers!

Yesterday I went to Cheers to Belgian Beers, a festival that basically celebrates belgian styles of beer. It was held inside of Metalworks Fabrication, and made for one of the best venues for a beer festival I have seen in a long time.

But first, I was told to go load up on food to buffer alcohol absorption. Splitting a steakmelt and a pastrami sandwich with one of my friends over at Laurelhurst Market did the trick!

When I arrived at Metalworks Fabrication, there were a ton of people, and just as many cars, so I thought that finding parking would be as simple as putting together a 1000 piece puzzle. In the dark. While under water. With your toes. However, I lucked out and a couple was walking out to their car just as I was making my second circle looking for parking. So far so good.

Oh. That’s a lot of people. Shit.

This is the scene that greeted me as I payed for my entrance and got my tasting glass and tickets. Gaggles of people were milling around swirling their snifters of Belgian beer while looking as pretentious as possible. Awesome. Judging by the amount of people I thought that getting beer was going to be a 10 minute wait ordeal. Once again, I was mistaken and the lines were comfortably short. I got ten sample tickets, so what am I waiting for?!

Beer, wonderful, wonderful beer. Especially because it was the first day in Portland that was above 70 degrees! Hooray weather!

Upright Monk and Mingus: A coffee stout that was super aggressive on the coffee notes. Very tasty, but simply not suited for drinking out in hot weather.

I want this guy’s shirt. Sayings don’t come much truer than this.

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Cerasus: A Flanders style beer with cherries in it. This is what I’m talking about. Nice and tart with big cherry flavors, but still crisp and refreshing! Note: these sample sizes are ridiculous! These suckers are like 4 oz each…oh noes, driving might be marginally dangerous after 10…

Gigantic Brewing The City Never Sleeps: An Imperial black saison that means business! If you guys remember my post about Upright’s Blend Love, I’m pretty sure that beer was named after Ben Love, who currently works over at Gigantic Brewing. Anyways, this beer is not for the faint of heart, with a fair amount of funk and dark malts. I’m not really one for dark saisons, but this one was pretty good.

Deschutes Epice Wit: Nothing particularly special, just a wit with huge belgian yeastiness combined with cloves. I just really needed a palate cleanser after that City Never Sleeps. That thing was vicious.

Double Mountain Formidable: The strongest beer here at 11.9%, is also one of the winners for the day. It was absolutely delicious. Who knew an imperial stout brewed with belgian yeast could turn out so well?! I might have to try to make this in a homebrew sometime. Soooooo good, even though it was really hot outside and not stout-drinking weather.

Breakside Heet Blonde: This beer is brewed with pineapples and chiles. Smells super fruity, but this beer is relatively  spicy. I loved it considering that it was well suited for the outside temperature of 70+ and the inside temperature of 800 degrees Celsius. Yes it was that hot.

The Commons Eleanor: A golden sour beer, that was absolutely dynamite in my opinion. Along with Formidable, Eleanor was the best beer of the day. Perfect for the weather, and I really can’t say anything bad about this one. I wonder if they plan to make more of this?

This was Burnside’s fruity monk. It was indeed fruity, but by this point I was drinking indiscrimiately because I had pretty much covered everything I wanted to try.

I didn’t bother taking pictures of the other two beers I had, but they were Solera’s Pretzel Logic, which was a light sour beer that kind of tasted like bread (but in a good way), and Widmer’s Cloyster Stout, which was their oyster stout. While good, I have yet to see a tastier oyster beer than Upright’s Oyster Stout. That beer is simply magical.

After the beer festival, I went over to upright brewing to get myself some  Engelberg Pils. I know that going to a brewery after a beer festival is kind of overkill, but I really wanted a beer that was supremely light and crisp and draining one glass after another of big belgian beers!

Fridays, glorious Fridays

I think you guys know what comes next….

 

A very belated Easter post…

I realized that I had this post saved as a draft but never got around to finishing it. Oh well, I’ll get over it by drinking a beer later

 

 

For the first time in a long time, I did absolutely NOTHING constructive on Sunday. It felt amazing. I went and got Mexican for lunch, drank some beer at Beermongers, went over to Upright for another pint, and then sat around at home and watched TV like a piece of shit. I need to be a piece of shit more often.

That’s a biiiig glass, oh well!

At Jim’s suggestions at Beermongers, I tried the one-off wit from Maui brewing. Besides being a good match for my carne asada burrito, it was extremely crisp and refreshing as well, so not only did it pair with the burrito, it also matched the gorgeous 60+ degree weather outside. God I love getting 2 birds with 1 stone.

Next my friend Mark and I opened a bottle of Mother Funker that I had brought just in case an impromptu bottle sharing materialized at Beermongers. Consensus, it destroys your tastebuds with little to no mercy. It’s an excessive amount of sour that while tasty, is simply too much for one or even two people to drink. You need at least 4 people for this beer.