Archive for September, 2015

Dem Trading Muscles

Gotta stretch them out just like every other muscle.


Birthday beers…

A couple friends celebrated their birthdays earlier this week, so we dropped by Tin Bucket just like good old times.

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The beers did not disappoint. Pugachev Royale is right up there with Rare in its current state too. Green Man Snozzberry was also fantastic, very similar to Block 15’s version, so close that I don’t think I could tell the difference if I were to do a tasting blind.

Machinima Nostaligia and beer

A few days ago a friend and I were talking about Red vs. Blue, a machinima series that was absolutely hilarious and filmed using Halo. So the next day we decided to watch the series again and bathe in the nostalgic feelings.


Block 15 Sticky Hands: This batch is fantastic, and doesn’t drink like an 8% beer at all. I also hear that regular cans are in the works? I’ll take Sticky Cans any day of the week!


Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine: This is an old can, sooooooooo it pales in comparison to the super fresh Sticky Hands. Wasn’t even a fair fight, hops had faded a bit and it just wasn’t the same.


Block 15 Cassidy: Finally getting around to trying Block 15 beers from a few releases ago. This has a great funky nose that carries into the taste with a moderate amount of tartness. I really like this, it’s like a Block 15 sour had a child with an Upright sour.


Block 15 7th Anniversary: Okay, this is even better than Cassidy. Definitely more subtle and nuanced than the more aggressive Cassidy, which actually isn’t that aggressive in its own right.


OEC piece of crap: Yep, it’s terrible, just like my ability to manually focus a camera.


Prairie Pirate Noir: This is really good, and a good way to finally get into Stoutember for the night. Sweet and chocolatey with good bourbon presence.


Deschutes The Abyss 2010: God, this beer is still one of my favorite stouts, they just don’t make em like this anymore. Bitter dark chocolate with some oak and bourbon, but perfectly balanced. Stouts nowadays have gotten so much more aggressive in their flavor profiles, with big hits of one or two flavors, leaving well balanced stouts by the wayside. A+


Cycle Brewing Pallet #2: Not even close to 2010 Abyss. Not. Even. Close.


Casey Brett Loves Citra: OH THANK GOD THE STOUTS ARE OVER! Very tasty dry hopped sour btw.

This trend ain’t so bad.


I really could get used to the crowler craze. 32 oz. of draft only beer to go? Well sign me up.


Sending beer

First day back to bouldering in way too long. Since the gym was setting up the bouldering area for a competition this past Saturday, they had closed most of the walls in order to set the competition problems. As a result I was forced to do something called, “sport climbing”, also known as, “oh my fucking god I’m going fall and die because I can’t make this next move even though its super easy just because I’ve been climbing for 30 feet already and this is bullshit”.


This basically sums up my thoughts on sport climbing.

Anyways….I got back to bouldering and I climbed really well! So, that kind of celebration calls for beer!


A 32 oz. crowler of Barley Browns Forklift will do the trick. Viscous and resiney with a huge hit of citrus. I feel good.

de Garde visit, after too long!


Side Project/de Garde Orviamo: Best Side Project beer yet, but this is on the edge of my tolerance for acetone, but other than that little beef, this beer is awesome. Also, please note the absolutely tiny de Garde logo at the top of the label. A/A+


Left to right: Nectarine Bu, Apricot Gose, and Imperial Cran Currant Bu



Random night of drinking

Because who really needs an excuse to drink delicious things, right?


Maine Beer Company A Tiny Beautiful Something: Old, but still pretty tasty.


Commons Brewery Ginger Lime Myrtle: It’s not Honey Ginger Lime, but this is still fantastic, and won’t absolutely crush my liver.


Upright Blend Edmunds: This beer has aged beautifully, but has not kept it’s previous fruitiness. It has changed that aggressive fruit profile for something way more delicate. A+



Upright Fatali Four: This beer is always so incredibly good. Spice level is still up there, but the funk has been turned up over the last few months.


Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien: Paired fantastically with a simply prepared bavette steak. Tannic with some light tartness, I’ll take this beer over most wines for a red meat pairing.


Hill Farmstead Beyond Good and Evil: Better than CBS, but if you have a bottle you should drink it now. It is probably at its peak or slightly past its prime.

Long Lost Love

Oh craft beer, I’m never leaving your side again.


Brews for New Avenues

Once again, my favorite beer event of the year has rolled around, and this time it raised almost $60,000 for at risk youth in Portland! Getting drunk for the kids is the best.


Upright One in a Tree: Good, needs some time to clean up the weird nose.