Archive for December, 2015

Visiting friends?! Let’s drink!


A friend from NYC visited Portland for the weekend and had been brewery hopping all day. So naturally after meeting up with me, we drank some more. Funny that we started things with an East Coast IPA.


Interesting extra that a friend got in a trade. Cool detail is that the beer is named after climbing harnesses. Too bad I didn’t wear a harness when I drank this.


Treehouse That’s What She Said: Probably the best milk stout that I’ve had in memory. Super tasty with a little bit of sweetness.


de Garde Roseberry: Great beer with a fantastic nose, just tons of rosemary in the smell. On the other hand, not much to be found in the taste, if any. I actually like that.


Crooked Stave Flor d’Lees: Super tasty with an incredible nose, might be slightly thin on mouthfeel though.

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Mmmmm Prairie stouts. Vanilla Noir won this battle.


de Garde The Duo: I think that this beer is just getting better and better with age, and it has this nice gin-like finish. I know a few friends who prefer this to Broken Truck, and I can see why.


All of the berries. You just can’t beat de Garde when it comes to berry treatments of sour beer.


That question basically comes up in any conversation with a group of my friends. The ones that played tons of Smash Bros in college who just want to relive those moments of glorious nerdiness and Natty Light.

We skipped the Natty bit.

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de Garde lightning strike

Made a quick trip to de Garde to try and get some magnums. This was a while back, I’ve been a bad person, and I feel bad.


de Garde Bu Rice: This tastes like a thinner, more acidic version of Upright’s Special Herbs. Really freaking good.


de Garde The Purple: Also very tasty, but I think this beer pales in comparison to The Peach. This beer needs time to gain complexity, a lot of time.

Sometimes you just gotta bend over and take it.

This was one of those times. I hope it was worth it.




I was running out of his beers, so it was time to re-up on Casey. 🙂

That other East Coast Brewery that’s good.


I also like their labels :).

Other Half kind of makes me want to visit NYC again.


Oh wait, they can their beer, so I can just trade for it. Not going to NYC after all. Thank god, because I hate that place.

Hill Farmstead is pretty good at IPAs.


Hill Farmstead’s Double Galaxy is extremely tasty. I occasionally rag on Hill Farmstead for using what seems to be the same grain bill for every one of their IPAs, but that being said, they are still making great hoppy beer. I’ve also heard from a few people I know back east that their hoppy offerings are becoming more available now that the brewery expansion is complete. This makes me a happy camper!

Really tasty and cheap IPAs are great.


For $9 a six pack at your local grocery store, you can’t really beat 10 Barrel’s Joe IPA.

Love from Vermont


Of course there would be maple syrup……

I asked for it.