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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!!!!

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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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