Archive for April, 2014

That’s enough of a break

Back to drinking lambic! It’s delicious!


Upright White Truffle Gose

Kind of a let down, I really don’t get any truffle until the beer is almost room temp. Sad face.



A Dark Saison I Like?!


It’s true….this is actually really good. Similar to Loak from De Garde, and those who read this blog know what I think of that beer. MMMMM. A-

Also, one week until I get back from China and head to De Garde’s Anniversary party!!!

Imperial Hop Bu

Went to the release on Saturday, and had a great time before getting drunk and watching the Timbers tie against Chivas USA. Again.



De Garde Imperial Hop Bu: Doesn’t taste like it’s been hopped, but I guess that’s the point. Tastes like a mimosa! A+


De Garde 3S: If you don’t know what this is, you’re not important enough 🙂 It’s doing really nicely, can’t wait for this beer to be ready!


De Garde/Side Project Saison Desay – Chardonnay Barrel: Huge pineapple presence and big tartness has pretty much turned this saison into an american wild ale. Not that it’s a bad thing! A

Homebrew Peach Sour: Some guys brought this in, and it was awesome.


De Garde Biere de Garde: Yep. Lots of “de gardes” in this name.


Armand ‘4 Lente: Yeah….definitely a top 10 beer of all time for me. A++


Hill Farmstead Convivial Suarez: I really like hibiscus in saisons. It’s a great flavor to have and it makes the beer look pretty! I hope De Garde makes one with hibiscus soon!



Tired of lambic, give me stout!

I think Boneyard Suge Knite will do the trick!


Yes, this hits the spot!

Drinking in Cologne

So I’m in China right now, but I got to finish these posts somehow!


Time to bring on a tasting with Uli himself!!!!



The crazed scientist himself. Note how bright it is outside.


H.ertie Kickbacks: This beer if freaking amazing. A+


Not a bad hoppy beer from Europe. They don’t really know how to do these things though.


Upright Fantasia: Drinking like a peachy champion. However, I still maintain that as good as this beer is, the label is simply awful. A


Upright Jeux D’eau: Drinking better than before, maybe I shouldn’t have sent out so many bottles to people…A-


35 year old berliner weisse: no big deal.


Don’t remember much about this one, other than it being really interesting.


Beer on left was awful, beer on right was being slowly opened because it’s a gusher


I was at this for quite some time, but it was worth it.


Oh yeah, director of brewing operations at Victory Brewing in Philly was with us. Cool dude.


I like these stainless growlers, and apparently they do counter pressure fills now!


Hair of the Dog Matt: Yep, we had another one.


Lost Abbey Veritas 012: I was underwhelmed. Probably because the other beer was so good?


Nope nope nope. Also, it’s getting pretty late, and I’m feeeeeelin’ it.


Oh look what I found. OM NOM NOM

Last beer before China!

10 Barrel’s Apricot Crush and Cucumber Crush. Absolutely delicious!


Timbers vs Chivas Shenanigans

Fucking referees ruining that game! UGH.


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I think I like blend 2, 1, and 3 in that order.


Goose Island Bourbon County Proprietors: Yeah…..this beer is still fucking amazing. Might be one of the best noses in a stout and the flavor is nice and rich with bourbon, chocolate, and toasted coconut. A+


Cigar City Hunahpu’s: Best had fresh! I think this beer loses some of the great cinnamon flavors if you hold on to it for too long. A


Block 15 Super Nebula 2010: Dem batch 1 whales. I think 2012 is the best year.


Side Project Brett Venture #2: yeah, this beer is completely different than the other bottle I had a few months ago. I wonder if it’s the age difference or just huge bottle variation. Not a whole lot of pineapple flavor in this one.


Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2010: Delicious as always! Now I’m going to hoard the remaining bottles that I have and age them FOREVER!!!! Nice sweetness with good funk and sourness. Cool cheesy quality as well!


Crooked Stave Wild Wild Brett Violet: Yeah…best beer they make after Persica batch 1 and Waelzblood. Nice and sour, not too much funk, and huge fruit notes! I wish I could have tasted this better, but I was absolutely smashed at this point. Frankly, I’m surprised that I could take a decent photo in the state that I was in…

Also, I’m going to be behind the Great Firewall of China for the next few weeks, so it’s going to be a little quiet around here. Damn China, what a beer wasteland.

Drinking in Antwerp!

We met up with some of Europe’s huge tickers (rate beer thingy) at a bar in Antwerp that was opened just for this tasting. God I feel special.


But first, we had to travel through Brussels. So naturally we went to Cantillon. 50N4E was delicious.


So much beer on the Thalys high-speed train…


Yep, bar is shut. Let’s get started.


Orval Green: I like this more than Orval, much more crushable.


Block 15 Peche: Yep, still my favorite peach beer. A+


This pilsner was garbage. D-


De Garde Loak: Tasty, but it has a weird flavor going on this time, maybe it’s something to do with this particular bottle. B


Cantillon 50N4E: Yeah, I really have no problems drinking this multiple times in a week. A+


H.ertie Framfort 8: This is an incredible Uli blend, the best that I’ve ever had. So much sweet raspberry while maintaining funk and sour along with a nice soft finish is pretty miraculous. Might be the best beer of the whole trip. A++


Goose Island Proprietors: Yeah, this beer is still fucking amazing. Best variant since Vanilla! A+


Hair of the Dog Matt: Great change of pace from a bunch of sour beer. A+


Yep, getting drunk!!!!!

Then we went over to Kulminator…and got smashed.


Drie Fonteinen Hommage: FINALLY TICKED THIS FUCKER YEHHHHHHH! It was absolutely amazing. Best fruited beer I’ve had from Drie Fonteinen! A+

Box from Belgium

The box of beer that I shipped out of Antwerp arrived! Yay!