little buzzed…

Hey guys, not much to talk about here in Shanghai that’s related to beer besides the fact that people here in shanghai love paulaner brews…..weird right? Especially because Beijing beer geeks love belgain brews.

 

going out to a big club tomorrow…will probably just drink a lot of tea and whiskey, but you never know…

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Sad news for Deschutes

Turns out that Deschutes’ head brewmaster, Larry Sidor, has decided to leave Deschutes after 8 years of hard work with the Portland, OR brewery. He’s known for creating notable/legendary brews such as The Abyss, The Dissident, Mirror Mirror, Hop Henge, and many others.

Deschutes is going to take a tough hit with this one, and I’m personally biting my nails at what might happen to my favorite brewery.

Larry, good luck with your new brewery. We all expect the beers you create there to be just as epic as the ones you made during your time with Deschutes.

 

Gawd Damn

Holy crap….I need a beer. A real beer, none of this light chinese beer that lacks real substance or an imported german beer which, while tasty, is just extremely boring.

Give me a stout, IPA, or the funkiest sour you can find.

Plzkthnxwtfbbq sauce.

Updates in terrible-beer land

China is great so far, but there really isn’t much here in the way of the darker, subtler beers that I like. On the other hand, there is a perfect beer to go along with all of the different foods that I’ve been stuffing myself with. That beer, is Yanjing Beer.

 

Imagine a tastier version of natural light. Crisp, refreshing, but not much in the way of taste. Sounds terrible yes? Kind of, but when you are eating tons of extremely spicy food all you want is a water-like beer that will take the edge off. Anything with any sort of depth would just get washed away by the incredible amount of peppers that go into the food.All you want to do is relieve some of the burning.

Mission achieved with Yanjing Beer.

My grade: C

My grade + spicy food: B

My Bodyclock is Broken

Beijing, China….A city with roughly 17 million people who all have the same general look and height as me. Awesome. Did I mention that the time difference between here and Portland is 15 hours? Yep, which brings me to the realization that I fell asleep at 9PM local and now I’m awake at 3AM posting about beer and food.

Nick and I arrived around 5PM, got to my cozy little flat at 6PM, and went to get some food at 6:30. We went to one of my favorite places to eat spicy wings and lamb kabobs in the city. These things are boiling magma hot temperature wise and are spicy enough to destroy your taste buds for about an hour after your meal is done, but that’s okay, because nick and I drank 2.5 L and 2 L of beer respectively. That’s right. We each drank over two and a half LITERS of beer over a simple meal. I’m really jetlagged, but I’ll take a picture of the brew and give it a real rating at some point.

干杯! (means cheers, or quite literally, drain your cup)

Hanging out in P-town

Hey guys, today I spent most of my time hanging out with Nick, a friend from Bucknell who will be travelling with me to China tomorrow. Part of our day included having lunch at Deschutes Brewery, which is my favorite brewery of all time if I was forced to pick. Nick enjoyed a sampler rack that consisted of Obsidian Stout, Black Butte Porter, Hop in the Dark, Light Year (experimental brew), Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Hefeweizen 23.

I myself had a pint of Hop Secret IPA (experimental brew), and Benderweiss Sour Ale (also experimental, and most likely spelled wrong). Both of these beers are not listed on Beer Advocate, so I will skip my usual style of writeup and just tell you about them and what beers they resemble.

Hop Secret is an IPA that uses an experimental variety of hops which is supposed to add a “tropical” aspect to the flavor profile. I have to agree with the brewmaster on this one, but I’ll go one step further and say that this tropical taste is definitely mango. I would actually say that this beer is extremely similar to Three Floyd’s Dreadnaught, which is one of the most respected IPAs in the beer geek community. Less hop bite than Dreadnaught for sure, but the mango flavor present in both beers put them in the same spotlight.

Benderweiss is a sour ale that went under three types of fermentation with the first being of the lactic variety, with the second and third fermentations being forgotten in my excitement of trying a Deschutes experimental sour beer. This beer smells and tastes similar to Duchesse De Bourgogne with less plum flavor and more sour punch. It is extremely tasty for beer geeks who love sour, funky brews, but is definitely not for everyone. Sour beers are an acquired taste and should be approached carefully.

 

 

 

Drinking those beers and eating a tasty burger make for a tired beer geek, so Nick and I returned to my house to watch some Game of Thrones, where we split a HOTD Adam. I’ve reviewed this beer in a previous post, so I’m not going to bother with the posting a picture.

Nick and I also split a bomber of HOTD Blue Dot DIPA with dinner, but once again, being a beer that I’ve previously reviewed, will not waste your time and bandwidth by posting a photo.

 

 

 

Finally, Nick and I are heading off to China tomorrow for 6 weeks, so posts for the next month and a half are going to be a little infrequent. I have not died, or given up my love for beer, or decided to go against everything I stand for and drink Natural Light.

 

Nothing Like Having a Beer with Dinner

Today I decided to try Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF), mainly because a few people have asked me if I have had it yet. Lagunitas calls it an American strong ale, but it is definitely an IPA in my eyes. Lagunitas is a funny brewery, they make tons and tons of beers, but they all have a signature “Lagunitas hop profile” to them, so you can always tell which beers are Lagunitas even through a blind taste test. As a result, many people including myself think that Lagunitas is a one trick pony brewery, where the only really remarkable beers that they brew are IPA-related. This is no exception. It is a very solid darker IPA that is definitely worth trying, but don’t expect anything groundbreaking here.

Beer: Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF)

Brewery: Lagunitas

Location: Petaluma, CA

Style: “American strong ale” aka IPA

ABV: 7.8%

BA grade: B+

My grade: B+