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Let’s do Brunch!

…..an hour and a half away from Portland that is! The vast majority of my tasting group ending up driving down to Corvallis for Brunch at Les Caves and to pick up the new Block 15 beers, Golden Canary and Ferme de la Ville.

 

So after leaving Portland in the wee hours of the morning I find this in front of me:

Cinnamon roll french toast with maple sausages. NOM NOM NOM

Can’t forget my morning beer! Golden Canary 2012 is really damn good!

One of the guys in my tasting group also brought down a Lost Abbey Veritas 010 to open. It was quite good, but I thought it tasted more like grapefruit than peach.

I then went next door to try Block 15’s Tropical Storm, a farmhouse ale with papaya. I hate papaya with a flaming passion, all that the papaya contributed to the beer was a nice floral nose and aftertaste. Perfect for the 95 degree weather!

Nick, the owner of Block 15, was nice enough to give me a tour of the brewery and cellar. This is a barrel of the next release of Super Nebula. I was pretty excited when I saw this, may have even jumped up and down a little.

This room full of barrels smelled amazing!

My friend’s taster flight of delicious beer. I wasn’t able to get one because I’m kind of a little bitch. I also had to drive.

…and the final haul! Successful day I think! I pretty much went straight from this trip to a friend’s wedding as well. Great times!

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Proper Send-off

Two of my friends moved to Baltimore the other day, so we decided to have a few a little beer tasting/party for them.

Things went well. Best beers of the night were Abyss, Black Butte XXIII, and Parabola. Barrel Aged Yeti suffered from a slight infection. Too bad.

Celebration!

One of my best buds and brewing buddy, Mark, got into medical school! News this good demands celebration! Time for some funday monday!

Deschutes Jubel 2010: A+ beer. It was pretty good when it came out, but currently it’s drinking fantastic! Might be my favorite barleywine after Mother of All Storms. This beer is flat out incredible.

Block 15 Super Nebula: Another A+ beer! God we’re going strong so far! I haven’t had this beer out of the bottle before, and haven’t had it since it was released at the brewery in February. Super roasty, with big chocolate, bourbon, and smokey notes. This beer is great, but I think it could get even better over some time.

Apricot Seven: Another good beer! Somewhere in A-/B+ territory. Just the refresher we needed between the other two big beers. Slightly tart, with some nice oak and apricot flavors.

Our 3rd A+ beer was found in Hair of the Dog’s Bourbon Fred From the Wood. I’m sensing a theme here with all of the beers being barrel aged. I wonder if the next beer is also barrel aged?

Short answer: Yes. Mother of all Storms. Best. Barleywine. EVAR!!! 4/5 on A+ beers for the night!

Block 15, a very painless beer release

Last Saturday I was part of a mass exodus of Portland beer geeks down to Corvallis for the Super Nebula and Pappy’s Dark releases at Block 15. However, I was not part of the hilarity that was the group of guys that rented a people carrier van to go down to the brewery (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here: http://www.portlandbeerandmusic.com/2012/02/block-15-super-nebula-release-day-in.html).

I went with a much less extreme alternative for getting down to Block 15, which would be to simply grab a few friends and drive down in a car. On the other hand, I did leave for Corvallis at 8:15 Saturday morning, which is a little on the early side. The reasoning behind my early departure lies in the fact that if you ate brunch at Les Caves, Block 15’s next door neighbor (which also happens to be owned and operated by the same people), you would be guaranteed bottles of Super Nebula and Pappy’s Dark. I’m still a little bitter about a previous beer release when I was denied bottles when people behind me were walking out with cases of said beer because they paid with credit instead of cash. I’m not going to say the name of the brewery, but they are known for having dogs with various hats on their labels.

But I digress, we went down for lunch and I was floored by the amazing food and wonderful tap and bottle list available at Les Caves. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I saw such a good selection of prime beers that weren’t out to gouge you on prices.

Onwards to what I ate for brunch!

Super Nebula on nitro, at 10:30. Why the hell not, it was stupid good.

Lots of bourbon flavor up front, with a huge chocolatey finish, with tons of creamy nitro mouthfeel in between. I’m happy I got a full allotment!

Cinnamon roll french toast might be the tastiest brunch I’ve ever eaten. Why didn’t someone come up with this idea earlier!!! On the flip side, I don’t need 4 lbs of butter on it plzkthnxbai.

Then my friends and I did what any sane person would do, we walked off out food coma and went to the establishment next door 2 hours later for lunch!

At this point I was fully aware that I would have to go to the gym for 3 weeks straight to work off all of the calories I was ingesting from that singular day. Rebuttal: the southwest burger at Block 15 doesn’t really give you a choice. You are forced to eat it.

I had a Pappy’s Dark with my burger, but was so full that I couldn’t lift my cell phone to take a picture. It was lightly carbonated, but with huge Bourbon notes. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but Super Nebula is simply a better beer.

I think I blacked out from all the deliciousness from that morning/early afternoon.

 

Ferme de la Demons Release

I went to the Block 15 release at Belmont Station. I expected to see a few beer geeks that I knew when I got there, but to my surprise, I knew no one! Turns out that some people recognized me but didn’t want to introduce themselves because they only knew me as “that asian beer nerd”. I was the only asian at the release, so I guess their fear of being called a racist was legitimate. Whatever, I was there to drink beer, and here are the beers that I tasted!

Strawberry fields is a golden ale I think…..whatever starter beer it was it was then soured, barrel aged, and had 200lbs of fresh strawberries shoved down its throat. It’s not that sweet, but very refreshing with a healthy dose of funk and sourness. This beer smells like strawberries though….really, really strongly of strawberries.

So this is the beer that all the beer geeks were getting excited about. Ferme de la Demons. It started as a saison, but was barrel aged with two different strains of Brettomyces. It was much darker than I anticipated, but was still delicious. Unfortunately for me, Strawberry fields destroyed the vast majority of my tastebuds, so I missed out on a lot of the subtleties of this beer, but I still liked the funk and barrel flavors that came with this beer. I’ll make sure to do a proper review when I open one of my two bottles.

Beer Release Incoming!

Block 15 is going to be releasing La Ferme de De’mons on the 26th at Belmont Station from 6-8PM. This beer is a dark farmhouse ale that has been soured and put into tons of different barrels. I will be there and you should be there too!

On a side note, a special beer called Strawberry Fields will be tapped as well. It’s a blend of golden ales aged in Pinot Noir barrels for 16 months and then fed 200lbs of strawberries. I’m curious, and suddenly very thirsty.

 

This is the bottle design:

Growler Sessions are Fun

My friend Mark was down in Corvallis recently and brought up a growler from Block 15 brewery to split with me over while we watched Senna.

Beer: Nebula Oatmeal Stout

Brewery: Block 15

Style: Oatmeal Stout

ABV: 6.8%

Location: Corvallis, OR

Appearance: Black, with only a tiny bit of light let through around the edges. No head to speak of, but that was my fault with the pour.

Aroma: A little bit of chocolate, but a ton of fresh roasted coffee. The only beer that smells more like coffee is Terrapin’s Wake n Bake.

Taste: Coffee, chocolate, and maybe some honey. Well executed

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Matches the flavor profile very well

Drinkability: Very drinkable, but it needs to get a little colder outside before I start crushing growlers of stouts.

Beer Advocate Grade: A-

My Grade: A-