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My Favorite HotD Beer

Last year I got a case of Bourbon Fred from the Wood. It was really good, and already vying for the top spot of HotD beers for me. However, it had a few flaws. It was slightly too sweet and was not carbonated in the slightest.

Things have been fixed this time around. (not my first bottle, but I was too busy enjoying the beer and forgot to write a review)

Carbonation bitches!

Beer: Bourbon Fred from the Wood

Brewery: Hair of the Dog

Style: American Strong Ale

ABV: 12%

Location: Portland, OR

Appearance: Orange brownish, with about one and a half fingers of head. Fantastic retention, it’s almost as if this year’s beer wants to prove to all the haters that this beer can be carbonated.

Aroma: Jeeezus. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and some oak. Tiny bits of citrus hops on the back end, but it’s entirely possible that I’m just making that part up.

Taste: Flavor echoes the nose of this beer. Huge bourbon presence when cold but I get a ton of maple flavor once the beer hits room temperature. It’s freaking awesome. Hides the 12% really, really well.

Mouthfeel: Big, full-bodied, with moderate carbonation. Kind of oily, by that I mean this beer simply coats your entire mouth in bourbony goodness.

Drinkability: Don’t drink more than 1 of these at a time. It’s too big of a beer to session. That and you’d be dead from blood alcohol poisoning.

Beer Advocate Grade: B+ (86) This score is for last year’s batch.

My Grade: A+

I got some Rare.

I finally got to try Rare for the first time. Easily one of the best stouts that I’ve ever tried. I guess the hype train is actually correct this time around. Thanks to the beer geeks from LA that brought this up to Portland!

Man it was delicious

I also got some Logsdon Oak-Aged Seizon Bretta. It was really good, but god damn that Rare…..going to haunt my dreams!

Pucker up bitches!

For the past few years Belmont Station has held a week long tap takeover from different breweries showcasing their sour beer offerings. Every day is a different brewery, along with a couple leftover taps from the day before. It started on Friday the 13th, but I went Saturday, Sunday, and today because I felt like those were the days that any self respecting beer geek had to go to.


Taster flights of Flat tail, Oakshire, and Cantillon. My favorite beer was the classic gueze, but I didn’t have the kriek or rose because I have bottles that stuff sitting in my apartment. Also to note, long taster trays lead to inadvertent swastikas. Think about it.

Russian River Publication: A hoppy berlinerweisse that’s two years old now. Apparently it tasted like gym socks when it was fresh. I’m quite glad I wasn’t around for that. I will say that it tastes good now though.

Probably my favorite day so far: Block 15 sour beers are sooo good. From left to right on the paddle is Ferme de Demons, Strawberry Fields, Golden Canary, and Belmong 15th anniversary. The snifter in the back is Golden Canary with Gooseberries. Best beer of the day goes to either Strawberry Fields or Golden Canary. The gooseberry variety would have been the best but it was not carbonated at all, which was too bad. God I wish strawberry fields was bottled, I would drink all of it. ALL OF IT!

Upright night! Front to back on the paddle is Late Harvest, Lactovasilios, Belmont 14th Anniversary, and Blend Love. The glass is Fantasia. Blend Love was the winner her, because as I remember, Fantasia on draft wasn’t nearly as good as the bottled version. They are completely different beers. The 14th was super good too, good gin flavor but it isn’t overpowering at all. I’m glad I got to try it!



Made a trade with a guy from Canada today for some beers! I offered up a Russian River Beatification, Block 15 Super Nebula, and a Hair of the Dog Adam from the Wood for:


Cantillon: Fou Foune, Lou Pepe Kriek, and Lou Pepe Framboise

Not sure when to drink these…but there ya go!

Sour beers at the Mongers

I spent 7 hours hanging out at Beermongers this weekend. Talking to friends, geeking out, and drinking lots and lots of delicious sour beer on a warm and sunny afternoon. Unfortunately, the Timbers got shit on by Real Salt Lake that evening, so that put a little bit of a damper on things.

But first, gotta load up on calories by eating some pork over at the newly opened Lardo!

Upright Lactovasilios: Really tasty, light and tart for hot day. A little more sour than a traditional berlinerweisse, but I’m not going to dwell on this too long. I’m excited for this beer to come out as a Sole Composition bottle this month.

Jim, a friend and beermonger, usually makes hot sauce, but for this event he made slightly spicy syrups for use in the multiple berlinerweisses. My favorite was the Sir Lantro. Tons and tons of Sir Lantro.

Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura: Not really good, not going to lie. Lots of stuff going on in this beer, but it’s simply not for me.

Russian River Supplication: One of my favorite cherry sours that’s not impossible to find. Seeing it for $8 for a 12 oz. bottle is a huge steal considering a 375 ml bottle costs $11 and change. I could drink this beer all day, but I could say the same with most of the beers I had that day.

Hopfenstark with tons of the Sir Lantro syrup. It paired extremely well with my pork belly bahn mi that I had for dinner.

Drowning in the Darkness

A friend of mine was generous enough to share this beer with me the other day. I was blown away.

Beware of zombies

Beer: Darkness

Brewery: Surly

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 10.3%

Location: Brooklyn Center, MN

Appearance: Black with minimal head

Aroma: Sweet, with a touch of chocolate and a punch of vanilla

Taste: Vanilla sweetness, followed by some caramel, and milk chocolate. Reminds me of Black Tuesday, but not nearly as much of a sweet, boozy mess.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low/moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I need to trade for this beer. And then promptly drink it without sharing with anyone

Beer Advocate Grade: A+ (97)

My Grade: A+

Note: Might be one of the best non barrel aged stouts I’ve ever encountered.

Oh Brett, how tasty you are

By Brett, I mean brettanomyces of course, the strain of yeast that causes infections in normal beer and wine. However, it can be used to great effect. This beer is one such example.

Description: Who’s afraid of the “Big Bad BRETT”? We’ll tell you who: winemakers! Because of our close proximity to several hundred wineries, we often get winemakers visiting our brewery. (After all, it takes a lot of great beer to make great wine!) Because we use 100% Brettanomyces (rather than the traditional Saccharomyces) yeast to ferment Sanctification, most winemakers will only smell the glass, and only a very few will venture to taste the beer. They think the Brettanomyces will attach to their clothing and end up in their winery. A simple solution was offered: keep a smudge pot burning at the door of our brewery so they can burn their clothes when exiting, but even that was not enough. After giving it more thought, we concluded that winemakers think Brettanomyces might scar their taste buds and possibly even permeate their skin.

Beer: Sanctification

Brewery: Russian River

Style: Wild Ale

ABV: 6.75%

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Appearance: Hazy, golden/straw color with a little bit of frothy white head. Very fine carbonation here

Aroma: Cold – Barnyard funk, with tart apples, grapes, and some orange.

Taste: Hmm, this one is interesting. Not initially as tart as I would expect. I get lemon, brett, and apple, but finish with the taste of grapes and general tartness at the end. I guess this is what a 100% brett beer taste like.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with high carbonation, it fits the personality of the beer. Pretty smooth and refreshing as well. I kind of wish I waited to open this on a hot day instead of a cool night. Meh, I’m over it.

Drinkability: Really, really drinkable. Glad I have another one waiting in the wings somewhere.

Beer Advocate Grade: A (95)

My Grade: A-/A