Archive for November, 2015

TIMBERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, we won the first leg of the Western Conference playoffs! I was too drunk to post this afterwards, but a celebration beer was in order.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout: BCBVS is still hands down the best vanilla barrel aged stout in existence. All the chocolatey notes from BCBS are there, with a nice silky smooth finish purely of vanilla. You don’t get better than this. I hope Vanilla Rye ages as gracefully as BCBVS did, because I’m all out of BCBVS. 😦

The End of Keepers

The last Keepers party was last week, so they decided to go out with a bang.

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This was the view from one corner of the line. To the right of the picture the line goes around the corner of the building and then all the way down to the end. About 560 people showed up.

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This man had the keys to the kingdom, without him, you’d be screwed.

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The Lily: Not very sour, lots and lots of grapes. This beer should easily age for years.

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Another beer!

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Currant Gin Bu!

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Yep, bottle pours of the Archer!

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Not too shabby.

SCIENCE

I had to try one of those new 2015 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuzes, for the good of mankind.

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Really didn’t want to have to do this, but I did. This year’s Oude Geuze is still really tasty, but I think it’s a little over carbonated and on the sweet side. Letting them age for a while will bump up that funkiness factor, and once that happens I’ll be a happy camper.

Pre-Block 15 Release

Well we were supposed to play Settlers of Catan, but instead we watched climbing videos. Of course we watched climbing videos.

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de Garde Nelson Hose: Still very tasty, but the hops are fading. People should really drink these fresh.

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Barley Browns Pallet Jack: One of the best IPAs out there in my opinion, and those crowlers are sneaking into every facet of my life.

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Cigar City Jose Marti: 4 year old barrel aged porter? It’s actually really tasty! Surprised I haven’t heard about this beer before.

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Oskar Blues BA Ten Fidy: My last can, and it’s better than bourbon county…….:(

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We had to do the comparison, and Bourbon County just comes across as overly sweet next to BA Ten Fidy.

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Sante Adairius Joey F***ing Pepper: It’s no Fatali Four, but this beer is very, very tasty. I wouldn’t mind more peppercorns in this beer though.

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Upright Brewing BA Flora: One of the best saisons out there. It’s not super aggressive in any aspect, but it has a fantastic nose and so much subtlety and nuance.

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This wasn’t that good.

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This one was. Vanilla milkshakes!

Sticky Cans Round 2

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Sad to say, but while this batch is good, it’s not as delicious as the first canning of Sticky Hands.

2 box day

Nothing nothing nothing nothing, then boom! Two incredible boxes show up at my door. Let’s have a look at what’s inside!

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SARA Lady in Grey, Jose Pimiento, Nonna’s Blend #9, Nonna’s Blend #8, Appreciation, West Ashley, and Cellarman.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze and De Game Lambiek Special.

It’s a good day. Now time to clean up all the packing peanuts littering my floor.

Fridge Cleaning

One of the fundamental problems with being a beer geek, and a single beer geek at that, is the problem of fridge space. You can have room for beer or food, but not both at the same time. This is how we fix that problem, temporarily at least.

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This whole crowler sensation is absolutely amazing, it means I can have super fresh IPA from the comfort of my couch.

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: 2 years old? Sure! It’s doing great as ever, with that classic dry and bitter finish that I love so much. It was also a slow gusher.

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I have no idea how long this was in my fridge for, but now it is gone. Yay.

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Here’s to not remembering, especially for the folks who haven’t had this beer before, it was a surprise when I told them it was 10+% ABV. Lolz.

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Mmmm, this beer is actually labeled “All of the berries” at de Garde. It certainly tastes that way too.

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de Garde Cherry Gose: This is actually better known as Diet Cantillon Kriek. I’m serious, it has the same flavor profile with the funk toned down.

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We had to find out, for science. Verified.

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Not sure where these beers came from or how old their were either. Such is fridge life.

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Yep, Crooked Stave makes the best dark sours. Nightmare on Brett is no exception.

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Upright BA Flora: Yep, this is one of the best and must nuanced beers you can find on the West Coast, or anywhere for that matter.

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Uhhhhh, I had completely forgotten that we drank this, until now.