Archive for September, 2012

Upright again haha

Went to Upright after work for a Sole Composition and a seasonal release. Yusef Lateef came out in bottles, 2 per person, with a total of 63 bottles. Late Harvest, on the other hand, is made in quantity and will be around for a while.

The glass has a black saison in it. First one I’ve had from Upright, and it may be the first black saison that Upright has made. It was super good and malty. If that beer was bottled I would try to keep a bottle on hand at all times so I can crack one open whenever I felt like it.

Watching Grimm





Started watching Grimm, which is filmed right here in Portland. It’s kind of cool being able to recognize most of the places that they film at. I took this opportunity to start drinking some of the beers I’ve received in recent trades.

It’s okay…kind of watery for a Saison with not too much depth. I think I’m spoiled on Upright because their saisons are absolutely stellar.

Beer geek problems.

Laurelwood Fresh Hop Workhorse IPA

Really damn good. If you can find it on draft somewhere, get it without hesitation! It will be worth your while!

Another visit to Upright

Made a quick stop at Upright with a couple buddies the other day. The new beer on tap was called Yusef Lateef. It’s a soured version of Four with elderberry flowers I think. It’s pretty good.

I also filled a growler of the stuff too haha

Then to round things out I got a nice glass of Engelberg Pils. W000000t.

Nightcap with Adam

Hair of the Dog Adam is really tasty! I need to drink this beer more often (A)

Another trade haul

Thanks to BA Shuntstout for the case of Abyss 2010. Me and a buddy teamed up for the trade. Couldn’t be happier!

Beer while making dinner. Win.

The night before my sister went back to North Carolina she made me food. I in turn provided beverages!

Block 15 Golden Canary: I love this beer. My sister agreed. One of the best sours that we had while she was here. Fantastic tartness with some sweetness to hold everything together. A/A+

Bruery Filmishmish: I love apricot beers, and this beer is like Cascade’s apricot, but slightly better. A-/A

Then I took her to the airport….No delicious craft beer for her until Christmas!

Sister is in Town Pt. 3

Cue the next day after Pt. 2….BeerMongers for a bottle share!

But first..

New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA: Really good, nice and piney with some grapefruit in the background. B+/A-

Upright De La Six: Significantly better now after almost a year of age on it. Nice funk with some flander-esque qualities? A-

Midnight Sun Brewtality: Super good, just like fresh brewed coffee. Better though. A

My contribution to the tasting…but wait!

It grows!

…and grows.

Captain Lawrence IPA: Doesn’t smell so hot, but tastes good. Nice apricot flavors on the finish. B

Deschutes Abyss 2011: Soooo good. I wish I had more of this than my tasting glass so I could taste the changes it undergoes while warming up. A+

Maine Beer Company Zoe: Wow. I have never had a better amber ale in my life. Nugget Nectar isn’t even as good. A-

Midnight Sun Berserker: Really in your face with chocolate, molasses, and maple. While very tasty, I think it could use a few more months of aging. A-

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae: Wow, this beer is really good. I don’t get any dandelion, but I get the honey for sure. There’s also a nice unexpected level of tartness, followed by a little bitterness to round everything out. A

Upright Cuvee Lactovasilios: I have had this beer on draft on several occasions, and the bottle version is better. Nice and tart with some fruitiness. A

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Elijah Craig 12 year: This is the best beer I’ve had from them so far. The barrel character is really nice, unlike the Four Roses version I had a few years back. A-

Captain Lawrence Hops N’ Roses: Just as good as the last time I had it!

Deschutes Jubel 2010: This beer is awesome, one of my favorite barleywines. It trades for much less than it should in my opinion. It’s delicious! A/A+

Oakshire Framboise: Eh, it’s a typical framboise. Nothing overly special in my opinion. B

Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio: This beer is amazing, one of the best krieks out there! I haven’t had the 100% kriek in a long time. Much tastier than the framboise we had before. A

Pelican Stormwatcher 2009: Really tasty, but it’s been 2 years since I last had one. Can’t really tell you if the age has made it better or worse. B+

Cigar City Guava Grove: Pretty good, but kind of like the cucumber saison, where you can only enjoy it in small doses. B

Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian: Completely flat. Made me sad…..B-

Hooray for Heady Topper! We needed this as a refresher

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2009: Delicious! However, it’s not nothing on Abyss. A-

This is a BEAST of a beer. Super malty and hides it’s vicious 13+% ABV well. But this beer is HUGE. B+

Cascade Figaro: Much better out of the bottle than on tap. Nice carbonation (surprise!) and I think I can taste the figs. It’s really nice and made me go back to pick up another bottle haha. A-/A

Stone 2008 Imperial Russian Stout: This doesn’t taste anything like I remember at all. All the hops are gone, leaving a crazy chocolate bomb. B+

I think we did good on this tasting!

Moar IPA goodness

My buddy left for Munich a while back, so naturally we popped open beers that should be drank sooner rather than later. Here’s what we had:


Lawson’s Finest Liquids Chinooker’d: Really damn good. Wow. Huge pine notes with an enormous dose of apricot at the finish. One of the best IPAs I’ve had all year. A+

Pretty Things Meadowlark: Another stellar IPA! This one has very little bitterness, but is an orange fruit bomb. This would be a great IPA to use to get girls to like hoppy things. A

Last haul!

I promise. At least for a little while!

Shout out to BeerAdvocate user Seeswo for the trade! Pelican Perfect Storm 2009, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, Bruery Chocolate Rain, Bruery BA Cuir, and Russian River Beatification!