Archive for April, 2016

Mint Chocolate Chip Stout

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Perennial’s Mint Chocolate Chip Stout is pretty good. Tastes like booze and ice cream.

Pulp Free

Do I like the collaboration between Fat Heads and Breakside that was made for Growler Guys?

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Yes, I do quite a bit.

Not Science.

Here’s that other stuff.

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I Like Science.

After the Timbers beat San Jose on Saturday I decided that it was time to apply science to a few beers.

First beer was Cantillon Mammouche. A lot of people don’t like this beer. I think it’s merely okay. However, I was told that the best way to enjoy this beer is to decant the beer for an hour or so first. So, with Amazon’s help, I got myself a decanter.

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Look at that almost nose pick. So close. Anyways, Mammouche is great once it has been decanted. I will probably have to go find some more just so I can repeat this experiment in the future. Result: Success!

Next up, a flat but tasty beer that I wanted to check in on to see if it had carbonated yet:

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Answer: BARELY CARBONATED, but that’s awesome. I think I’m going to let the rest of my bottles sit around for another year before I check in on them again. That being said, this beer was my favorite of the night, and even just having a tiny bit of bubbles made it a vast improvement over the beer when it was fresh.

Those other beers

So I had some Casey Family Preserves over the weekend. Here’s the other stuff we drank:

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Casey Family Preserves

It was really nice out here in Portland over the weekend. Of course I stayed inside and drank beer with my buddies instead. Worth it.

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Okay, so I preferred the Casey Family Preserves in order from best to least tasty: Nectarine, Cherry, Grape, and Plum. Please note, all of these beers were very poopy when they were opened and poured. It’s best to let them breathe for two minutes or so before sticking your face into your glass.

Dat Bu Glass.

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Sometimes it’s all about drinking one of your favorite beers out of your favorite glass. Go kittehs go!

Josef Hose

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Josef Hose is good, but I think Jose Hose has the edge, more lime and smoke in the latter. Also, it was time to break in the Bu glass. What a cute little guy.

Steak and Beer for Days

Seriously, leftovers for days.

Ribeyes, culotte, bavette, flat iron, and some cold smoked and brined pork chops. 9.2 lbs.

Then….we drank enough beer to crush us all.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: This 2015 bottle is pretty good, shows a lot of promise in a few years.

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Upright Fatali Four: Getting spicier, I’m digging it.

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Hill Farmstead Susan: This beer is really good, definitely one of my favorite Hill Farmsteads that you can only get in growlers.

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Casey Peach Fruit Stand: Best fruit stand yet, this one actually has enough peach flavor to stand up to the fruit bombs that are de Garde.

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Hill Farmstead Florence: I’m normally not that into this one compared to other Hill Farmstead beers, but this batch is fantastic. Really reminds me of old batches of Arthur.

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Hill Farmstead Earl: The oatmeal really improves the mouthfeel on this beer, but there just isn’t enough coffee here. Next time, aeropress.

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Hill Farmstead Everett: Yep, still the best porter around!

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Upright Hearts’ Beat: Very tasty, but it needs time to funk up in my opinion. It’s just too sweet right now.

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de Garde Imperial Blu Bu: Mmmmmmmmmm, cow farts.

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de Garde Blu Bu Weisse: Old de Garde walez anyone? This beer is absolutely fantastic, but the real value here is the novelty of having one of the first beers that de Garde ever made, and if I remember correctly, this was the only beer that de Garde made that used fresh fruit that they picked themselves.

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Sante Adairius Appreciation: Better now than the last time I had it, the berry flavors that were not very distinct before have definitely transitioned into a clearly boysenberry taste. It’s great. This is about the time where my palate ran off and died in the woods.

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s: Definitely better fresh than aged, drink em now folks. No one is going to want to trade for your regular ass hunahpu’s when it’s two years old.

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The Alchemist Focal Banger: Almost as good as Heady Topper, I think the last time I had this beer was when it was still being sold in a plain ass can with a dumb sticker that would fall off if the can got wet. Big problem when condensation forms on the can the moment you remove it from the fridge!

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Alesmith Hammerhead Speedway w/ Vanilla Beans: Okay, Alesmith didn’t add the vanilla beans, but they should. The espresso in this beer and the bitterness that comes along with it really stands up to the addition of vanilla. I think this is even better than putting vanilla beans into BCBS. Srsly.

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Hill Farmstead Shirley Mae: Yeah, really wasn’t expecting this to be a porter (clearly didn’t read the fine print), but after having Everett I’m broken.

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de Garde The Broken Truck: Oh, hey there batch 1 The Broken Truck. You taste amazing, but I’m really, really drunk. It has flavor. hnngh.

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de Garde The Anniversary: Yep, still drunk.

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de Garde Biere Rose: Wow, this beer actually aged well! I drank all mine thinking that it was amazing fresh and didn’t show much promise in the long run. I’m a dummy.

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de Garde Biere Violet: TASTE LIKE BERRIES AND THANGS.

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Uhhhh, I barely remember this one. I assume it was good!

Oyster Trucks

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Nothing like having some great oysters along with a lambic-esque beer on a sunny day. Afternoon well spent!