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12 oz. Beers

I spend too much time drinking bombers and 750 ml beers. Problem is that small bottles are just too difficult to split between more than just a few people. Thankfully, most of my friends were out of town last week, so the survivors left in Portland were able to drink some smaller bottles that we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to drink.

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Block 15 Three Season’s Kriek: This is a batch 1 bottle from a few years ago, one of 850ish bottles. This beer has aged very gracefully, with some nice savory dark fruits complimenting the tartness of the beer that was present when fresh.

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Fort George 3 Way IPA: New batch of 3 Way!!!! It’s spectacular with tons of citrus and pine, finishing with a little bit of malt and bitterness. I’m going to put the hurt on this beer in the months to come.

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Hair of the Dog Fred From the Wood: Oh the days when Hair of the Dog bottled carbonated beer! 2013 Fred from the Wood was pretty good when it first came out, but it really just begged to be aged. Well, 3 years later….it’s extremely tasty. The really aggressive oak notes from the fresh beer have mellowed really nicely into the sweetness that is Fred. Happy I waiting on my bottles this long before drinking them.

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Crooked Stave Flor d’Lees: Mmmmmm, I need to drink more Crooked Stave.

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Crooked Stave L’Brett D’Or: This is a batch 2 bottle, and I’m going to sadly say that it isn’t as good as it was the last time I had it. Flavors started to fall flat, and the beer didn’t get more sour with time, which is what I was going for. Oh well, you can’t win them all!

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Block 15 Framboise White: Another batch 1 bottle, and it’s carbonated! This beer was completely still when it came out a few years ago, but over the years my bottles have slowly carbonated. This was my last one, and it has to have been the best beer Block 15 has ever made. Tons of raspberry here, with a nice level of tartness that cuts the sweetness of those incredible little golden raspberries. THEN THERE ARE BUBBLES!!!!

Visiting friends?! Let’s drink!

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A friend from NYC visited Portland for the weekend and had been brewery hopping all day. So naturally after meeting up with me, we drank some more. Funny that we started things with an East Coast IPA.

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Interesting extra that a friend got in a trade. Cool detail is that the beer is named after climbing harnesses. Too bad I didn’t wear a harness when I drank this.

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Treehouse That’s What She Said: Probably the best milk stout that I’ve had in memory. Super tasty with a little bit of sweetness.

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de Garde Roseberry: Great beer with a fantastic nose, just tons of rosemary in the smell. On the other hand, not much to be found in the taste, if any. I actually like that.

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Crooked Stave Flor d’Lees: Super tasty with an incredible nose, might be slightly thin on mouthfeel though.

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Mmmmm Prairie stouts. Vanilla Noir won this battle.

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de Garde The Duo: I think that this beer is just getting better and better with age, and it has this nice gin-like finish. I know a few friends who prefer this to Broken Truck, and I can see why.

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All of the berries. You just can’t beat de Garde when it comes to berry treatments of sour beer.

Smash?

That question basically comes up in any conversation with a group of my friends. The ones that played tons of Smash Bros in college who just want to relive those moments of glorious nerdiness and Natty Light.

We skipped the Natty bit.

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Fridge Cleaning

One of the fundamental problems with being a beer geek, and a single beer geek at that, is the problem of fridge space. You can have room for beer or food, but not both at the same time. This is how we fix that problem, temporarily at least.

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This whole crowler sensation is absolutely amazing, it means I can have super fresh IPA from the comfort of my couch.

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Hill Farmstead Arthur: 2 years old? Sure! It’s doing great as ever, with that classic dry and bitter finish that I love so much. It was also a slow gusher.

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I have no idea how long this was in my fridge for, but now it is gone. Yay.

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Here’s to not remembering, especially for the folks who haven’t had this beer before, it was a surprise when I told them it was 10+% ABV. Lolz.

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Mmmm, this beer is actually labeled “All of the berries” at de Garde. It certainly tastes that way too.

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de Garde Cherry Gose: This is actually better known as Diet Cantillon Kriek. I’m serious, it has the same flavor profile with the funk toned down.

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We had to find out, for science. Verified.

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Not sure where these beers came from or how old their were either. Such is fridge life.

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Yep, Crooked Stave makes the best dark sours. Nightmare on Brett is no exception.

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Upright BA Flora: Yep, this is one of the best and must nuanced beers you can find on the West Coast, or anywhere for that matter.

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Uhhhhh, I had completely forgotten that we drank this, until now.

We’re drunk, keep going.

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Upright Blend Edmunds won, with Quetsche taking a close second.

Three Headed Hop Monster….

We found a place that still had a keg…..and it led to bad decisions, especially if you drink 3 glasses of it.

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Probably a top 3 IPA for me, and it’s 9.5% ABV.

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Fuck it, let’s get drunk.

3 glasses later…

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SILVA STOUT?! FUCK YEA LET’S SPLIT THIS SHIT.

I’m only slightly drunk now, let’s go home and keep going.

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Oh yeah, this hits the spot, but that small bottle makes me feel inadequate…

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MUCH BETTER.

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Small bottle night

Sometimes, not everyone can man up and hang out, but small bottles were specifically designed by NASA to accommodate very small groups. Thank god for NASA.

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Crooked Stave Hop Savant: Reminds me of Hose, with a more aggressive Brett profile. Really nice change of pace from all the Hose I’ve been drinking lately.

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Crooked Stave Vieille: This winter version with Cranberry and spices is fantastic. Getting close to tasting like red hots, but doesn’t quite toe over the line. One of my favorite beers to dome solo.

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de Garde Special Rouge: Holy shitballs Batman! There is an enormous amount of jam in this bottle. I could pour this sucker on cheesecake and be really happy. Wait, I should actually do that…

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HOMEBREW LAMBICS!

Whale Slaying

Saturday was De Garde’s 2nd Anniversary, and a bunch of people flew in from out of town, including some of our friends! So a we call got together to drink some beer. There was some really rare beer thrown in, just for kicks, and to make the time more memorable!

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Hill Farmstead Flora: Might be the best beer that Hill Farmstead makes, and it was tastier than some of the other wine barrel aged saisons we had that night. A

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Casey East Bank: Another very tasty beer, with some nice funk and lemon zest thrown in. I would love to see this beer with some fruit, or gin barrels though. B+

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: Still the best beer label in existence, and the beer itself is really good too! It is starting to get more sour though, so maybe drink this one sooner rather than later, unless you like dissolving your teeth! B+

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No idea, but it tastes kind of like Hunahpu.

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Upright Noel: Handwritten sole comp beers are always incredibly good. This is no exception!

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New Belgium La Folie 2007: I’ve only had the pleasure of having a caged and corked La Folie once before, and it was fucking wonderful. This beer was incredible, very tart up front, but a nice complex and earthy finish. A+

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New Belgium La Folie 2008: So, looks like I get to have caged and corked La Folie twice in the same night! This year is slightly better, but both are incredible. Someone at New Belgium needs to realize that they’ve made a terrible mistake in pasteurizing this beer. LET IT LIVE. A+

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Hill Farmstead Ann batch 1: Yeah, so this beer is really old now (at least in terms of HF beers), and it shows. While it was really good, I think Brother Soigne is better then this bottle of Ann, and Flora absolutely crushes it. B+

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Hill Farmstead Ann batch 2: Okay, this fresh bottle is waaaaay better than batch 1. I can kind of see the hype now, but I still think Flora is better. One thing about this beer that’s really impressive though is the super soft mouthfeel. A/A+

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Southampton Black Raspberry Lambic: I honestly never thought I would have this beer again, but my friend from Seattle brought this one and surprised the hell out of me. Still super fucking good. Just as fruity as some of De Garde’s but has more back end funkiness. I can’t believe how well this beer is holding up. Might be better than Cable Car Kriek…..A+

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Goose Island Nuthulu: Ahhh, the best beer that Goose Island has made since Bourbon County Vanilla. Lots of vanilla here, but not cloying at all, with some nice nuttiness at the finish. Top 5 stouts of all time if you ask me. A+

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Crooked Stave Persica batch 1: Another American sour that has aged super well. The peach presence here is great, there is more peach in this beer after 3 years than a lot of peach sours have when they are first released. A+

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Another bottle of Flora, just because.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Zomer: As delicious as the beers were thus far, this is probably a top 3 beer of the night for me. You simply don’t get much better than the Seasons if you want to talk about sour beer. A+

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Toppling Goliath SR-71: Tasty, but still not as good as Assassin. Too much barrel, pour some Nuthulu into it and we’ll be in good shape! B+/A-

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Lost Abbey Cable Car: Been a while since I last had this beer, and it is way more sour than I remember. A

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Goose Island Bourbon County Bramble Rye: This beer continues to improve with age, just because I don’t really like fruit in my stouts I think. Kill all the fruited stouts! A

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Goose Island Proprietors 2014: Cinnamon Bourbon County wooOOO!

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WHY DO MY TASTE BUDS NOT WORK?!

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STILL DOESN”T WORK.

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Palate is broken. I give up.

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Short Break from CBC

Dropped by Hop ‘n Vine to pick up the collaboration beers between Jester King and Crooked Stave.

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Then I went to a friend’s house to recuperate.

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Hill Farmstead Dorothy: Great pale ale, but at 7%, I’m not sure this actually qualifies. Anyways, it’s pretty darn tasty. B/B+

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De Garde Saison Quatrieme: Another dry hopped and wine barrel aged saison from De Garde….I think this is part of a series yes? Anyways, it’s very tasty, but I do think that the hops kind of hide the character imparted from wine barrel aging. Or it could just be my shitty ass palate. B+

Some CBC Event-hopping

There were a lot of things going on every day during CBC, so this was my one day where I said, “fuck it, let’s do a bunch of them!”

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Founders KBS @ The Green Dragon: Took me a while to get my beer, but it was worth it!

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Crooked Stave event at Hop ‘n Vine: Progenitor was my favorite beer for that event. Tastes like a more subtle, and slightly fancier Hose.

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The burgers at Hop ‘n Vine are pretty heroic too.

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On to Upper Lip for Block 15 beers! Framboise White was as good as always, and Imagine was also delicious, but it’s starting to show its age.