Archive for August, 2013

More De Garde + Bottleshare

Release of Mulligan in bottles happened on Thursday, so I dropped in really quick before heading over to a bottleshare.

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Bottle of Mulligan on the left, Cranberry Bu Weisse on the right. I think batch 1 is better, but this new batch is still phenomenal.

Onwards to BeerMongers!

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Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock: Way to start a tasting with the sweetest beer here you idiot. Ugh. It was tasty though, just too sweet for me.

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Bruery Bottleworks XII: WHERE ARE THE RASPBERRIES?! Other than that, tasty. B

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Hill Farmstead Birth of Tragedy: Just as good as always, the 8 months that this has been aging has really brought the coffee forward. I can taste it now! A

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More bottles arrived shortly after this was taken. Gotta love Thursdays?

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Fantome Extra Sour: A Fantome beer that doesn’t remind me of bacon?! WHAT?!  A

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Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio: Always tasty. I was surprised how much better this beer was in comparison to the 375 ml bottles that I have opened in the past. A-/A

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Hangar 24 Bourbon Cru: Not bad, but nothing really special. B

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Dystopia is very generic.

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HOLY SHIT WHALES!!!!

Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic: Really damn good. Very savory for a raspberry sour (I wouldn’t call this one a lambic). Nice dry finish too. It trades ridiculously high, too high for what it taste like…..but we all know that taste doesn’t correlate to trade value. A+

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Crooked Stave Surette Reserva: Meh. C

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Crooked Stave Petite Sour with Hibiscus & Cinnamon: I love this beer. Too bad I don’t have any left. A-

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Goose Island King Henry: This beer has certainly dropped off a bit, but given that, it’s still quite good. I also think the original price sticker is a nice touch! B+/A-

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Upright Blend Love 2012: This is aging better than the newer, 2013 version. I love this beer. Shame to think that my last bottle is going to Guatemala. A

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Surly Darkness: This is what Dark Lord wants to be. A-

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Revolution 3 Year Beer: LOTS of rum in this one. B+

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Crooked Stave Origins: Very tasty, but I wish the label said, “Grand Cru” on it. A-

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Upright Lactovasilios: Not doing bad at all. I wish it was more sour though. B+/A-

Arthur comes in Blue?!

Yep, once it’s old enough!

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Very tasty, but not a whole lot better than regular Arthur.

More De Garde

Hmmm, for some reason this batch of Italian Plum De Say wasn’t as good as the last one. Still awesome though.

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Wildwood + Brews for New Avenues = Success

Wildwood hosted a 5 course appetizer paired with beer as a thank you to those who purchased VIP tickets to Brews for New Avenues. Cost: $35. ROI: Over 9000.

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Solid menu…now let’s get started!

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Westy Blonde + Steak Tartare: Best paring of the day

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That cheese was super funky. My Asian genes could barely handle dank lump of awesome.

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These look good too….

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The pork rillettes were laced with magic. They were absurdly good!

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Ceviche + Barrel Aged Flora Rustica: I will take any and every excuse to drink this beer. Having food be the excuse is a pretty good way to go.

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Duck Confit + Westy 8: Duck confit is always good, and I think Westy 8 is better than Westy 12

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The CHEESE.

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Lineup of bottles. You know the beer is good when the Cantillon is not the best one.

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Ithaca Brute: Beer is aging well, might continue to do well for another year or so.

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All in all, successful event! Thanks New Avenues for Youth!

Emelie

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Commons is killin’ it.

I love beer.

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Two trades came in today. Solid haul! I’m really intrigued by the two beers on the right…they are kombucha beers?

Brews for New Avenues VIP Tasting

As a thank you to those who bought VIP tickets, Brews for New Avenues and Commons Brewing hosted a bottle share. It was really nice to see so many familiar faces while trying a bunch of different beers.

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Hell yes.

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Food was catered by Lardo, one of the best sandwich places in town. I destroyed that porchetta.

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Many of these were consumed by me. MANY.

And now…the beer photos:

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FINAL DAMAGE!

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Longest Trade – Complete

I had a trade in the works for about 8 months…finally got to swap the bottles in-person earlier this week!

We had a few beers in the process, and couple friends in my tasting group decided to join us as well. Good times!

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I showed up a little early, so I had a pint of Block 15’s Sticky Hands just to warm up.

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Upright Barrel Aged Flora Rustica: Just as good as before. This would be bottle #5 that I’ve opened.

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Upright Special Herbs: Had to let my trader try this beer. Soooo damn good.

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Hill Farmstead Vermontoise: Smells like bacon. Awesome!

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Little Korkny 2007 aged in some barrel: Sweet, delicious oxidation. Very good in small pours.

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Didn’t get much cherries out of this one.

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Tastes like plastic

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Not a bad effort from Crux. However, I expected great things, and that just hasn’t happened yet.

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Crooked Stave Vielle: Soo good. I love Crooked Stave.

Another tasting

The day after the whale tasting…..we had another tasting because a guy was visiting from out of town.

Some guy decided to bring a vertical epic set. It all sucked.

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Funky Buddha Last Snow: This is one the best smelling beer in the world. Tastes awesome too. A

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Troegs Splinter Gold: Thanks to my college buddy for getting this to me. Not sure what the base beer is, but this beer is lightly soured. I like the creamy finish as well. A-

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Upright Special Herbs: Fuck yea. A+

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Kopi Speedway: Just as tasty as ever. A

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Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra: Most underrated stout imo. A

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Block 15 Three Seasons Kriek: One of my favorite krieks, but it’s got nothing on that Cable Car Kriek from the other day. A/A+

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Ancient Cascade Kriek: Surprisingly good. A

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Upright Rose City Seven: Still love old Upright beer. A/A+

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7venth Sun Mangrove DIPA: Extremely refreshing in the summer weather. A-

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That’s a lot of bottles.

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Hair of the Dog Cherry Adam: Still drinking well. A

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Allagash 4: My palate was ruined.

Post Whale Tasting

We kept on going.

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White Birth Commemorative Ale: meh B-

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Bruery Confession: Tastes like weird wine. B-

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Bruery Melange 8: I can’t believe a beer this light is 14%+. Also, I was tired of coffee at this point. B

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Cycle Brewing Rare Dos: Infected. F

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Decadence 2008: old beer is old. Also…pretty good. B/B+

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Upright Lambicus Six: Really tasty. I love old Upright beer, they age so well. I wish I had the self control to age bottles of my own. A

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Bruery Melange 3: I love this beer. A

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Crooked Stave Hop Savant: OH MY GOD HOPPY BEER YEZZZZ

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AND MOAR!

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I am not going to try to explain this. I will not.

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This beer does not suck.

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Why are we ending on an 18% beer?!