Archive for February, 2016

New Beers from Upright!

Two new beers were released by Upright over the weekend. I have to say, I’m really digging their new label art!

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Hearts’ Beat is a cherry sour, but made with very savory and sweet cherries, resulting in a cherry wine-esque flavor. Shades on the other hand, uses Rainer Cherries, and is a whole different animal, swinging with huge tart cherry notes.

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Great beers, happy to have 3 bottles of each to myself!

Double Stuff Stout? On Nitro?

Why yes, 10 Barrel’s Double Stuff Stout was on nitro, and I’m a sucker for big stouts on nitro.

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Tastes like chocolate milk with vanilla. Solid.

Abbey Road

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Double Mountain Come Together: This is a collaboration brew with one of my favorite restaurants in Portland! I was talking to Rick (Chef and Owner) a month or so ago about how he had just come back from Double Mountain after brewing a beer with them. I finally got to try it on draft, and it was tasty!

Label art is killer too!

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A Tale of Two Sumps

Dropped into Beermongers today to drink some Perennial Sump, turns out there were two different kinds….time to buckle up liver!

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Normal Sump on the left, Burundi Sump on the right. Regular sump is the better beer, as it has superior mouthfeel, while Burundi is kind of thin. On the other hand, Burundi has better coffee flavors than regular Sump.

So I blended them, and it was fantastic.

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I’m not sure how this got into my fridge, but I’m okay with that. It’s pretty good.

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Bad Deadpool

Good Deadpool! Fantastic movie, but I digress. I forgot some photos from the weekend, so here ya go!

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Wrapping up the weekend

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Well, that’s a nice surprise

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Friend still in town, must keep drinking. Vanilla Rye on draft does not suck, needs to tone back those marshmallows though.

Visiting beer geek friend? I have a bad feeling about this.

Yep, basically as the title states. One of our friends had a buddy visit from Virginia over the weekend. He’s a big beer geek and loves beer from around here. You can see the natural progression of things already…

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Trillium Mettle: I really like this beer, perhaps New England Breweries should start putting more malt into their beer.

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Other Half 2nd Anniversary: Thanks to my bromance bro Jason for the can! Super tasty, and exactly what I expect out of Other Half! Big New England style IPA with all the hops!

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Hardywood Kentucky Christmas Morning: All of the adjuncts in this beer! ALL OF THEM. Makes me miss normal barrel-aged imperial stouts, but that being said, this is pretty damn delicious.

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de Garde Fleur Desay: Yeah, this is an old beer, from the same release as the Side Project/de Garde collaborations. Seeing my friend’s blog (who is going through all the de Garde releases chronologically), has reminded me that some beer really doesn’t age well. This beer is no exception. While it used to be my favorite beer from that release, it currently tastes like unripe plums. Not terrible, not great though.

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Side Project/de Garde Saison Desay – Pinot Barrel: This beer has aged really gracefully. Extremely soft with low acidity, it is a great way to highlight red-wine barrel finishing. Great surprise.

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Side Project/de Garde Saison Desay – Chardonnay Barrel: This is the clear winner. Incredible chardonnay presence here, even more than some beers from our friends over at SARA, which probably have the strongest wine finished beers that I know of. Definitely one of the best from the night, and was the best beer for a few of us.

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Jester King: Okay, so this beer is wonderful, but it had the unfortunate circumstance of being opened the same day we drank The Lily.

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Sante Adairius Appreciation vs de Garde Boysen Premiere: This is the second time Appreciation has been put up against a boysenberry de Garde beer on this blog. In this match up Appreciation is ultimately the more complex beer, but just can’t out punch Boysen Premiere with the sheer amount of fruit and jam while actually tasting like boysenberries. Appreciation fails here because the fruit flavors in it don’t say “boysenberry”. You could have told me blackberries and I would have believed you.

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Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway: I’m extraordinarily lucky to have had this beer so many times. I is probably my 2nd favorite Alesmith beer to date.

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Other Half/Burial CDA: This is a great beer, and awesome to see someone call the style by its true name instead of “black IPA”. Also, this beer gets points for making a label that reminds me of Rohan from Lord of the Rings.

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Treehouse Triple Shot: This beer is simply incredible. Right up there with the best years of Bourbon County Coffee. I’m curious to see how it stacks up against ghetto homemade BCBCS though, that’ll be another night.

Superbowl!

Step 1: Fried chicken

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Step 2: Waffles

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Step 3: Beer.

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