Archive for April, 2015

Some CBC Event-hopping

There were a lot of things going on every day during CBC, so this was my one day where I said, “fuck it, let’s do a bunch of them!”

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Founders KBS @ The Green Dragon: Took me a while to get my beer, but it was worth it!

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Crooked Stave event at Hop ‘n Vine: Progenitor was my favorite beer for that event. Tastes like a more subtle, and slightly fancier Hose.

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The burgers at Hop ‘n Vine are pretty heroic too.

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On to Upper Lip for Block 15 beers! Framboise White was as good as always, and Imagine was also delicious, but it’s starting to show its age.

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Founder’s at Upper Lip

This is also known as the night where my friend drank 64oz. of KBS.

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Founders KBS: Sooo much better on draft than from the bottle. I need to find more of this on draft this week.

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Founders Russian Imperial Stout: Still probably my favorite non-ba stout. Sorry Kuhnhenn.

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Finished up with some Boneyard Bone Lite downstairs at Baileys.

More Beer and Climbing Videos

This is kind of a thing now, mostly because climbing videos are really interesting, but you can tune or tune out whenever you feel like it. No plot, no long action sequences, just something to have in the background that’s neat for the 30% of the time you’re actually watching it.

 

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Kunhenn American Imperial Stout: Definitely the best non-barrel aged stout I’ve had in recent memory. Might have to revisit Founders RIS to make sure.

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Hill Farmstead Madness & Civilization #1: Probably the best beer in the series. It smells boozy, but then tastes like chocolate and sweet, sweet bourbon. It’s wonderful.

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Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #4: It has been a very long time since I’ve had this beer, and it’s a fantastic IIPA. Top 10 for sure, and right up there with the best from Alpine, Boneyard, and Barley Brown’s.

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De Garde Hose: That palate cleanser tho.

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Alesmith Kona Coffee Stout: Extremely tasty, with a sweeter coffee profile than Jamaican Blue coffee something something darkside. However, I wish it had some bourbon aspects to it….

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DONE!

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The Rare Barrel: This beer is as good as the brewery name of this beer is bad. Fantastic beer, but I will always be bitter at The Rare Barrel for such a pretentious name. I also don’t like how they introduced a reserve society before anyone had even tried their beer (I’m looking at you, Wolves and Hype).

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Perennial Sump: I used to hate this beer, but this batch is actually really good! I approve and will actually consider seeking out more Perennial beers that don’t end with “Abraxas” and start with “BA”.

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Hill Farmstead Le Sarrasin: This is a fantastic beer, like a stronger, more technologically advanced Arthur. However, if only it had a more complex funky profile…

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Success! I had a tough time deciding which beer was better, but I think Le Sarrasin takes it. I don’t know, ask me tomorrow, I will have changed my mind a few times since then.

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OUDE HOSE!

Going Away Party

One of my friends is moving back to California, so he proposed a bottleshare at his favorite beer shop. Why did it have to be a Wednesday at 7:30PM?

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Short warm-up

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Batch #6, really, really good. Probably the best batch of West Ashley I’ve had. Great balance between funk and apricot.

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Gin bomb.

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Couldn’t taste this one after the previous 2 beers…

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Sour berlinerweiss from the Bruery. Not actually a berliner, but at a measly 8%, it is probably one of the Bruery’s lighter beers.

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Eclipse Rittenhouse Rye: Better than Masterpiece.

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I like the new Olde Hickory labels. The beer is also good.

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New bottles from pFriem.

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SOUR.

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NOT GOOD. Veritas 013. As Uli said to me two years ago, “this beer should not have been sold”

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Crooked Stave Batch 60: Like a super fancy Hose.

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Firestone Walker does good sour beers, but should sell them in big bottles.

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Infected.

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Actually pretty good!

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Tastes like……Christmas.

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Might be my favorite beer from Trillium so far! Very good in this sea of sours and stouts!

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Why would you bury wizards?!

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BOOOOZY.

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Addition of coffee ice cream is nice.

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Troegs: This brings back lots of nostalgia for my college days when Flying Mouflan was still just Scratch #4

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This is an old bottle, it’s very good, but a shadow of its former self.

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I don’t even remember this beer.

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This tasted like water. It was meh, like most Side Projects I’ve had. Perhaps I lack the nuance and sophistication required to appreciate these.

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Toppling Goliath SR-71: Remember a little while back when I had the new batch of Assassin and said it was really, really good (which was way better than b1 btw)? This beer is not nearly as tasty. It spent too long in the barrels in my opinion, and the barrel character of the beer has basically eliminated any flavor of stout this beer used to have.

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This was tasty! I still hate the name of the brewery though.

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Ending on lambic. Time to go home and sleeeeeeeep

Oh hey there.

Two box day, all from the same brewery!

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Cute little box of tasty things, can’t wait to have this year’s version.

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Da fuq.

Green Diamonds

I guess that’s a new name for hops?

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Anyways, it’s pretty good! Never had anything from Other Half, but after having Green Diamonds, I’ll have to seek out some of their other stuff. I also like that more breweries are canning IPAs. That’s how it should be.

Casey, all of the Casey

I haven’t had many beers from Casey Brewing and Blending, but I think this tasting fixed all that.

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Turns out these three beers were my favorite of the day. Balaton is the winner.

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Brett Loves Citra: Very, very good. Like a fancy version of De Garde’s Hose, but with much softer acidity.

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Casey Oak Theory: Huge surprise at the taste of this beer. It tastes just like a very young lambic, funk and all. Pro-tip, cellar the hell out of these.

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Casey Advanced Oak Theory: I love how the whiskey barrels have changed this beer, but the finish is super diacetyl. Do not want buttered popcorn flavors in my beer 😦

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Casey Saison: Really, fucking good. Damn.

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Casey East Bank: Also delicious.

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Casey East Bank w/honey: A beer that has honey in it where I can actually taste the honey?! GOD DAMN.

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Casey Peach Fruit Stand: no peaches to be found here. Makes me sad, but other than that the beer is good.

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Casey Blackberry Fruit Stand: Very tasty, but I was expecting more blackberry here.

General takeaway: Casey beers are very good, but do not expect the same kind of fruit bombs that De Garde drops on your palate. The fruit seems to be used as an accent to the main flavors of the base beer, while De Garde’s approach is to highlight the fruit itself, with the base beer used as a foundation of the fruity assault on your senses.

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Yep, fruitiest beer of the day.