Posts Tagged ‘ Ale Apothecary ’

WHY DO I ALWAYS DRINK THIS MUCH?!

Simply put, because I can.

I can stop whenever I want. I swear.

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Alesmith Hawaiian Speedway Stout: I love how this beer is showing up on draft a bunch. While not as good on draft as from the bottle, this beer is stupendous. I preferred it to the non-infected Bourbon County Coffee that was also on draft.

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Trillium Congress Street: This bottle was a little off, as in the hops were not as pronounced as they usually are, but the mouthfeel here was better than previous bottles of Congress Street that I’ve tried. So…..fair trade!

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Holy Moly old de Garde! Even had the old sticker label! This beer has aged really well, I actually prefer it now than fresh. Huge oak notes, and extremely smooth. Also, avoid the bottom 2 inches of the bottle unless you want to start a probiotic cow fart company in your stomach. That is all.

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Of course there would be an adjunct stout, because this is 2016. Very tasty though, not many places use apple brandy anymore.

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Those are not my fingers, don’t ask where they went next. O_o

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Ale Apothecary Sahalie with Blueberries: WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO BE SO BOOZY ALE APOTHECARY?! WHY.

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Upright Saison du Bloget: One of the best beers that Upright makes, and as per usual, ages fantastically. I don’t have any bottles of this anymore, so I have to crawl around on my hands and knees to beg for a taste. Worth it. Light funk, some stone fruit, extremely dry finish.

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Let’s make some recycling!

Puzzle fighter, Super Smash Bros, and drinking occurred. I hurt the following morning.

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de Garde Cherry Raz Bu b2: People were a little slow in arriving, so this beer was used to help stretch out the hammies for those who were already here. Tons of raspberry here, with just a hint of cherries. It’s extremely good despite being a little on the acidic side.

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Casey The Low End: Something is a little weird here. It’s not nearly as sour or hoppy as other bottles I have opened. Not sure if this has to do with fresh vs non-fresh, or if this is a bottle variation issue. Still alright though.

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Old Soul The Sauce: Soooo, this Sacramento brewery needs to spend less money on packaging and more money on the beer itself. That being said, it reminded me a lot of Cascade’s coffee blond beer, whatever that thing is called.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic: Yeah…..I think this beer is a little bit better than the Flora Cherry I had recently. God I feel like such an asshole comparing American cherry sours to their Belgian counterparts, they almost always lose. This beer just has an incredible balance of fruit, oak, and funk.

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake: I wonder if they make a weasel variant of this, because that would just be fantastic. So much vanilla here, and it doesn’t taste artificial either!

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Upright Provision: MY GOD UPRIGHT WHY DO YOU AGE SO WELL?! This beer was one of my favorites of the night, so subtle and well balanced. This might be my favorite biere de garde ever. I could crush the whole bottle to myself. Some aromatics, with figs, dates, and a tiny bit of tartness. OM NOM NOM.

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So…..I must have switched glasses with someone at some point. Fuck.

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Wait, I found my glass again! YES! This bottle of West Ashely is very similar to batch 2, with very little apricots, but incredible wine barrel finish with lots of funk.

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Ale Apothecary Shirley, you can’t be serious: Ale Apothecary needs to dial back the booze, I just don’t want a 9% sour beer. I don’t. Other than that it tastes great, not a lot of funk, but tons of fruit. This beer is the polar opposite of the bottle of West Ashley we had.

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Rare Barrel Map of the Sun: Definitely the most sour of the last three beers, but it strike the balance between the two, and it was fruitier than batch 1 Map of the Sun. Well done Rare Barrel, I might one day get over your shitty as name.

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Casey Apricot Fruit Stand: Nice apricot flavor here, but the base beer is just too thin. Mouthfeel was lacking and there wasn’t enough of a backbone to support the apricots. Worst of the stone fruits so far.

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de Garde Nectarine Bu: Okay, so this beer is more fruity than Map of the Sun, and just about as sour. I think this and West Ashley are my favorites of the stone fruits. Best thing to do would be to blend them and create a balanced stone fruit sour.

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Nailed it. It was wonderful.

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This bottle of 2013 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze was sublime.

More beer, because it was a long week

Been pretty busy over the last week, so it was nice to unwind with a bunch of friends over some beer.

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Upright 6th Anniversary Saison: Delicious as always, but maybe eating a bunch of fried chicken beforehand ruined my palate.

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Council Brewing Beatitude: This beer has a very similar acid profile to de Garde and had some nice fruit to back it up. I don’t know much about Council, but what I have had from them so far has been tasty. Look forward to trying more of their things.

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Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling: So…..this is probably the best baltic porter I’ve ever had. Maybe Hill Farmstead should give up their IPAs and just do porters full time. Incredible beer.

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Hill Farmstead Everett: And now the best regular porter I’ve ever had. This beer is perfect in every way.

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Hill Farmstead Flora BBR: This is Hill Farmstead’s Beaucoup Berry Bu. All of the berries! Not as jammy or fruity as de Garde’s Beaucoup Berry Bu, but has a much more complex base. Both are fantastic, and I don’t think I could pick between the two.

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Ale Apothecary Fresh Hop Sahalie: Best bottle of Sahalie I’ve had in a long time. I usually avoid Ale Apothecary because I believe their beer simply isn’t worth the price tag, but this one is very good, worth the $30 or whatever it costs.

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Hill Farmstead Leaves of Grass: This beer was pretty boring compared to the beers leading up to this, didn’t taste like much. Gotta love palate fatigue.

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John Wakefield Brewing Harbinger: As much flack as this brewery gets, they know how to make great beer. This beer is what Grey Monday can only dream of being. Fantastic hazelnut flavor here, without being overbearing. Best stout I’ve had in a long time.

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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience 15: MANGOES.

It’s getting colder out? Good, time to drink stronger beer.

Went to a little party my friend was having to celebrate….something…. Fall? Cold weather? Really not sure, but anyways, that’s beside the point.

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Ale Apothecary Sahalie: It’s good, but I’m not sold on most Ale Apothecary beers. There are beers I enjoy more for half the price.

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Hangar 24 Slow Roll: Really surprised at how good this was! I don’t tend to expect much from barrel aged belgian style beers, but Hangar 24 is a great brewery, so I should have known better. Really great caramel notes with a syrupy mouthfeel.

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Hill Farmstead Anna: Yeah, it’s good, but still my least favorite HF beer. Too much brett.

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Alesmith Barrel Aged Speedway Stout: This beer means serious business, I forgot how delicious it was! Probably the best stout I’ve had since I had Proprietors a while back.

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Hangar 24 Hammerhead: Too young, but has potential.

Pre-De Garde Bottleshare

Yep, we do this because we are crazy.

 

And because some friends flew/drove into town for the release.

 

I showed up late, but there was still plenty to drink!
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Upright Blend Love: This was the newest batch, and was pretty impressive. Less sour than I remember, but more jammy. A-

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Block 15 Petite Verdot: I had no idea that people still had these! The grape juice quality that this beer had is fading, but it is picking up some nice funk in exchange. Still fantastic, but I would have drank this one sooner rather than later. A-

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Upright 5th Anniversary Saison: Not as sour as I was expecting, but there is some nice gin character here. Too bad I can’t taste the apricot that’s supposed to be in this beer. This is kind of like a very light Special Herbs. Good, but could be better. B+/A-

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Upright Barrel Aged Seven: God this beer is delicious, and smells like cheese. Mild tartness with grassy, bretty, cheesiness. A

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Ithaca Brute: I think this is the best beer that Ithaca makes. Beautiful carbonation with a light sourness that finishes bone dry. This is the champagne of beers, not god damn Miller Lite. A-/A

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Ale Apothecary El Cuatro: Okay, so this one is very champagne-like as well….but way overcarbed in my opinion. I think the new batch of El Cuatro is better surprisingly, mainly due to carbonation levels. A-

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Rare Barrel Happy Place: Happy indeed! This beer is good! Reminds me a lot of Common’s Eidolon, which is a great thing. My first Rare Barrel experience….Solid! A-

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De Garde Blu Bu: Yep, still my favorite blueberry sour, excluding that freak show of a beer that was 2009 Blabaer. A+

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Vintage St. Valentijn Cuvee: Synthetic cork?! WHAAAAAA? No matter, this beer is still really delicious, with some mushrooms, cheese rind, and traditional Drie Fonteinen funk. Definitely lighter in carbonation than I’m used to, but that’s okay. Excellent example of a Geuze. A+

Then I went home.

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Drank this fucker as well. Still the best Upright beer ever made!

…and the Saga Continues

Yep, my sister and I drank even more stuff while she was in town over the weekend. We don’t do things half-assed around here.

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First, need some awesome cheese.

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Cantillon Saint Lamvinus: This 2009 bottle was fantastic, and didn’t smell like old diapers (looking at you, bottle I had during the big geuze and oyster tasting). A+

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Deschutes Black Butte XXIV: Really aged well, super mellow with a good amount of chocolate and barrel. A-/A

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Ale Apothecary Sahalie: Absolutely delicious, but man the new corks are a bitch to remove. Lots of citrus with some funk and a little bit of alcohol heat. You still can’t tell that this sucker is over 10% though. Still maintains dangerously drinkable status. A-/A

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Tastes like it sounds.

You traveled from NYC for what?!

My friend from NYC flew into Portland for a couple of beer releases…and to eat himself silly with our apparently amazing vietnamese food. This is day 1 of the adventure:

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First stop: Hair of the dog! I got the little dog because I had to be responsible….

Then we went back to my apartment with another friend to share a couple of bottles.

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Ale Apothecary Sahalie: Big stone fruit notes here, with some nice sourness. This is great, but I would age this bottle a little longer. A-

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Side Project Brett Venture #2: Reminds me a lot of Commons Maybelle, but not quite as good. I’ve heard that this is their least tasty offering, so hopefully the other beers I have from them will be better.B+

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Upright Four Play: We’re not wasting any time.

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Commons Gin Enkel: So happy this made another appearance at Commons!

Other beers from the night:

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