Posts Tagged ‘ Florence ’

Steak and Beer for Days

Seriously, leftovers for days.

Ribeyes, culotte, bavette, flat iron, and some cold smoked and brined pork chops. 9.2 lbs.

Then….we drank enough beer to crush us all.

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: This 2015 bottle is pretty good, shows a lot of promise in a few years.

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Upright Fatali Four: Getting spicier, I’m digging it.

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Hill Farmstead Susan: This beer is really good, definitely one of my favorite Hill Farmsteads that you can only get in growlers.

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Casey Peach Fruit Stand: Best fruit stand yet, this one actually has enough peach flavor to stand up to the fruit bombs that are de Garde.

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Hill Farmstead Florence: I’m normally not that into this one compared to other Hill Farmstead beers, but this batch is fantastic. Really reminds me of old batches of Arthur.

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Hill Farmstead Earl: The oatmeal really improves the mouthfeel on this beer, but there just isn’t enough coffee here. Next time, aeropress.

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Hill Farmstead Everett: Yep, still the best porter around!

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Upright Hearts’ Beat: Very tasty, but it needs time to funk up in my opinion. It’s just too sweet right now.

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de Garde Imperial Blu Bu: Mmmmmmmmmm, cow farts.

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de Garde Blu Bu Weisse: Old de Garde walez anyone? This beer is absolutely fantastic, but the real value here is the novelty of having one of the first beers that de Garde ever made, and if I remember correctly, this was the only beer that de Garde made that used fresh fruit that they picked themselves.

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Sante Adairius Appreciation: Better now than the last time I had it, the berry flavors that were not very distinct before have definitely transitioned into a clearly boysenberry taste. It’s great. This is about the time where my palate ran off and died in the woods.

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Cigar City Hunahpu’s: Definitely better fresh than aged, drink em now folks. No one is going to want to trade for your regular ass hunahpu’s when it’s two years old.

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The Alchemist Focal Banger: Almost as good as Heady Topper, I think the last time I had this beer was when it was still being sold in a plain ass can with a dumb sticker that would fall off if the can got wet. Big problem when condensation forms on the can the moment you remove it from the fridge!

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Alesmith Hammerhead Speedway w/ Vanilla Beans: Okay, Alesmith didn’t add the vanilla beans, but they should. The espresso in this beer and the bitterness that comes along with it really stands up to the addition of vanilla. I think this is even better than putting vanilla beans into BCBS. Srsly.

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Hill Farmstead Shirley Mae: Yeah, really wasn’t expecting this to be a porter (clearly didn’t read the fine print), but after having Everett I’m broken.

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de Garde The Broken Truck: Oh, hey there batch 1 The Broken Truck. You taste amazing, but I’m really, really drunk. It has flavor. hnngh.

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de Garde The Anniversary: Yep, still drunk.

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de Garde Biere Rose: Wow, this beer actually aged well! I drank all mine thinking that it was amazing fresh and didn’t show much promise in the long run. I’m a dummy.

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de Garde Biere Violet: TASTE LIKE BERRIES AND THANGS.

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Uhhhh, I barely remember this one. I assume it was good!

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Oh, this is a large box.

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My Hill Farmstead trader is just the best.

But wait, there’s more!

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Hill Farmstead Florence

Not as good as Maybelle. More expensive, and I had to get it shipped across the country. Maybelle was made just 10 minutes’ drive from my place.

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Gueuze and Oysters

Yeah, weird pairing right? But this pairing is absolutely genius! I’m going to have to do this on my own in the future. Oysters…good….gueuze…good…..add them together and you could break the space-time continuum.

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It was from this moment that I knew I wasn’t going to leave that house sober….

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Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze 2008: First time having LP Gueuze, and it’s really, really good. Turns out it’d be one of the best beers of the night! A+

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Armand ‘4 Herfst: Looks like this beer gets to make another appearance, and it’s still just as good as I remember. Might be the best beer of the night. A+

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Block 15 Golden Canary 2011: Really tasty, but doesn’t quite hold up against the competition so far. It’s sweeter than I remember, but I don’t think I’ve had the 2011 batch before. A-

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Commons Maybelle: Solid, but this time it just tasted like water. The other beers were far to aggressively sour and funky.

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Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze: One of my biggest wants, and I finally got to try it. This beer is SOUR. Just smelling it makes me involuntarily pucker up. Not so much funk, but I can’t really tell because I’m still crying from the sourness. Awesome beer. A+

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Palette cleansers

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Before…..

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and after.

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Drie Fonteinen Golden Blend: Really, really good. I guess the last bottle I had was kind of off? A+

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Breakside Postmodern Lambic: Don’t remember much about this one…

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Whales….very few bottles made of this beer. Apparently it came from France and was made with Cantillon yeast?

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Stupid good. A+

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Bleh

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Don’t remember this one in detail either! Woooo!

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Hill Farmstead Florence: Good, but HF can do soo  much better. B+

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We also did a blind tasting between 2 boons, beatification, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and tilquin. My ranking was in order of best to worst: Beatification, oude gueze, tilquin, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

Total rankings were: Beatification, tilquin, oude gueze, classic gueuze, and then the two boons.

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Alpine Pure Hoppiness: Stupid good. The hoppiness was a fantastic break from the sour onslaught. A-

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Armand 4′ Winter: Another repeat, and just as delicious. Another top beer emerges! A+

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Cantillon Cuvee des Champions: Haven’t gotten to tick this one before, and it’s good! A

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Cantillon Iris: It’s been two years since I last had this beer, and it’s really different than I remember. Still good though. A

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Bleh bleh blehgh blend!

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Drunk.

I Love Vermont…

…and the traders there!

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