Archive for March, 2014

Warmup

Getting ready for Belgium, gotta get myself in the mindset!

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Back into trading

Well, not really, but at least I can send and receive boxes now that the weather is better. This one put a nice smile on my face!

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Judo Chop!

Yeah, Upright released Jeux D’eau the other day, but every time I hear the name I want to act like the Asian stereotype that I am and follow it up by saying “chop”. Therefore this beer is now called Jeux D’eau Chop. Any questions?!!!!!

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Surprisingly, I was first in line after showing up about an hour and a half before opening. This never happens, so I sat on the floor and enjoyed my smoked beef tongue sandwich. It was good.

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Trolololololol look at all the neck bearded beer geeks who have to stand in line before a tiny asian dude who looks like he’s 15. Them feelz bro.

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Upright Jeux D’eau Chop: Tastes pretty young actually, with subtle grape notes, like that bottle of Cantillon Vigneronne I had a week or so ago. I think this beer could use some time to age, but it’s pretty tasty as is. B+/A-

Then, since I’m a man full of wisdom, I decided to drive through some pouring rain to the coast to attend the De Garde release. Super smart and nothing bad could have come of this.

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De Garde Saison Desay Blend #1: Super citrusy with signature De Garde cow farts. Nice and tart too! A-

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De Garde Saison Desay Blend #3: Much earthier and funkier than #1, like a grown up version. Also very tasty. A-

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Wut am I doing?! Upright at De Garde?

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Fuck it, might as well have some Sante Adarius too. Just so I can get chewed out by a guy on BeerAdvocate because I said that his Cellarman wasn’t worth HF Mimosa, Ann, Cable Car, or Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord. Sorry bro, just because I don’t review beers on BeerAdvocate doesn’t mean that I haven’t had them before. Also, cheers to your December 2013 join date, you must be the last bastion of beer knowledge west of the Mississippi.

Framboise White on draft?!

Yeah, kind of hard to believe. I had to find out if it was true for myself.

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The rumors were trueeeeee! I may have drank a couple of these while smiling like an 8 year old who just got a new power ranger toy.

Or the opposite of someone who was at Hunahpu Day yesterday.

Drinking beer instead of climbing

Yeah, I definitely have my priorities straight. Especially because one of my friends had just returned from the east coast with a couple Hill Farmstead growlers in tow.

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Hill Farmstead Citra: Tasty, but I wish Sean Hill would change up the base beer instead of following the same recipe every time and just replacing the hops. A-

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Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #6: Okay, this one is awesome. Definitely a top 3 IPA from Hill Farmstead for me. A

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Hill Farmstead Ex——–: Yeah I can’t read that, but it was pretty tasty. A-

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A couple scratch beers from Troegs! Man this takes me back to college, but there were on scratch #20 or so when I graduated. Now there are in the 90’s I think.

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Hill Farmstead Daybreak: Great label, one of my favorite designs from them. Even though this beer is Grand Mariner barrel aged, I didn’t get that much orange out of it. That being said, it was really good. A-/A

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Piscataquaweisse? Smells awful, tastes decent though! B

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Westbrook Gozu: I really enjoyed this one, because it was so simple! Tart, citrusy and sour. I would definitely buy a bunch of these if it was in my local bottleshop. A-

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Block 15 Sticky Hands – Home Grown: This one is excellent, and very balanced. It’s not a hop explosion like some of the other variations, but this one is great. A

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This one was solid too.

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The Alchemist Petite Mutant: It tastes just like a cherry version of New Glarus’ Raspberry Tart. That’s not bad at all, but it’s just not what I was expecting. B+

Glassware and Beer

I love both of these things.

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Whoops

Forgot to post these. Had em over the weekend before the Timbers game. They were good.

 

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CoD + Beer

Drank some tasty brews while playing/sucking at Call of Duty the other night. I’m much better at drinking beer than playing videogames, despite my Asian heritage.

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Three Floyds Zombie Dust: It’s been a really long time since I’ve had this. Love this beer. Simple, clean, and hoppy! A

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Upright Old Tom Blend: Holy fucking hnnngh. Also hnnngh. I love gin barrel aged saisons, and Upright is probably the best brewery doing it. A

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Boneyard Notorious: It’ll get ya drunk! A

Weekday Drinking

A friend from Nashville was in town for a couple of days, so he came over and had a couple beers with me. It was a good time.

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Side Project Brett Venture #1: Completely different than #2, this beer is pretty much liquid pineapple. Definitely one of the juiciest beers I’ve ever had. Some brett, a little tartness, but mostly just a huge pineapple bomb, kind of like Dole pineapple juice….but actually good. A-/A

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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience #6: Yeah…….I really wish HF wasn’t so hard to trade for. A

Big Bottleshare

Went to my first bottleshare at Tin Bucket! It was arranged by some people on BeerAdvocate and I was lucky enough to be able to attend. Cool people, great beer, in a great spot. Couldn’t be more pleased.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway: Delicious as always! Crazy to think that I’ve had this beer a ton of times but never actually owned a bottle…A-/A

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Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett: This is the brand new batch, and while good…..it wasn’t as good as Fantasia. I’m really happy to try it, and quite happy that I only have one bottle. Front loading my purchases on Fantasia was a good idea. B+

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Bruery Mother Funker: Sour as hell, but more palatable than before! B

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Cascade Bottleworks XIV: Great beer, and doesn’t taste exactly the same as all the other Cascades! A

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Cigar City Lacto Guava Grove: I brought this one, and really had no idea if it was going to be any good, so I was a little nervous. Turns out it’s quite good! I with the weather was nice out because this beer would be a good lemonade substitute. B+/A-

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Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek: I love this beer as much as there are vowels in its name. Great kriek. A/A+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: I’ve had this a bunch lately….ain’t a bad thing. A

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DARKNESS

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Bo & Luke: Great label, pretty good beer.

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I brought this one, and it sucked. Boo. C-

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Funkwerks King: Really good initial sip, but got boring after a little bit.

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Upright Blend Love: One of Upright’s best offerings. I could drink this forever. A/A+

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Central Waters 16: Delicious, like candy soaked in bourbon. A/A+

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Oh man, we’re screwed.

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Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia and BA 4th Dementia: Love these beers. A/A+

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Russian River Consecration B3: Best bottle of Consecration that I’ve had…maybe bigger bottles is better? A

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Jester King Aurelian Lure: Great apricot sour, only West Ashely and Fou Foune are better for the style. A/A+

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Goose Island King Henry: I’ve had this bottle forever, and now it’s dead. On the bright side, this bottle was delicious and much better than the last couple of bottles I have tried at tastings. KH is honestly one of the best barleywines ever made. A+

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Prairie and Pirate Bomb!: I enjoyed Prairie Bomb! more, the vanilla was just so good. A

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Drank bottles got drank.