Posts Tagged ‘ Oude Geuze ’

Brews for New Avenues

One week late, but I’m finally sober enough to write about the main event at Brews for New Avenues.

 

However, things got pretty insane after Oysters and Geuze, so I was definitely riding the struggle bus.

 

 

Seriously.

 

Incredibly seriously.

 

A few moments of rest before I was assigned to help source water coolers for the event. Turns out the vendor who was going to bring water coolers fell through…jerks.

 

Okay, with nap time over, it was time to begin!

VIP members got stemware, bid numbers, tokens, a bumper sticker, and a T-shirt.

 

Some crazy stuff available at auction! I did not get a chance to take photos of the other two bottles in this set…

 

People were waiting in line for this keg, so I figured I would do the same.

 

 

It wasn’t long before I was put to work.

 

Yep, back to oyster duty.

 

It certainly had its perks though!

 

Work work work work work.

 

Hey look! People that were at my house the previous night! They are pretty cool people. Don’t mine Anne in the left photo, she’s just jealous.

 

Another year, another great event! Almost $240,000 raised for at risk youth! Can’t wait for the next one!

 

I did win a bottle from the auction, but that’s another post.

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Why I went to Costa Rica

This was a multi-step process, so bear with me!

Step 1: Order a double pina colada and request that it be served inside of a pineapple.

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Step 2: Get a picture taken while posing like Gollum, then drink said pina colada

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Step 3: Pour geuze into freshly emptied pineapple

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Step 4: Leave your fucks at the door.

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Step 5: Reward yourself for giving no fucks.

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Step 6: Try to find an efficient way to store geuzey pineapple

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Step 7: Be amazed at the glory that is the most efficient way to store geuzey pineapple

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For what it’s worth, this was some of the best god damn lambic I’ve ever consumed.

Eat the World

Turns out Emeril’s new show on Amazon Prime is really good. I marathoned the whole thing with friends over dinner. Along with this:

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze: This really fresh bottle was remarkably better than the 375ml bottle I had not too long ago. This had all the carbonation, funk, and mineral qualities that I remember being underwhelming in the 375ml format. A

Oysters in CA

Drove out to Hog Island’s oyster farm to escape the Sacramento heat and to gorge myself on delicious sea creatures.

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Pretty comparable pricing to my favorite spot in Oregon, Nevor Shellfish!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 2013 and de Garde’s The Numbers were fantastic pairings!

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!

FRIEND FROM COLLEGE YAY

MY FRIEND FROM COLLEGE CAME OVER YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYBROMANCEYAYAYAYA

Now let’s drink all the beer.

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Block 15 Farm to Fruit: Holy Moly really good. Tons of peaches here with a bit of funk in the background before finishing super dry.

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Upright, Jeux D’eau: This beer is aging really, really well. Much better now than it was when it first came out. I don’t think I have any bottles of this left, and it makes me angry.

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de Garde Imperial Cranberry Bu: Again, inspired by my buddy’s blog, who is going through all the de Garde beers in order. This one dates back a few years, and it is incredible. Tons of spice and cranberry without the huge punch of acidity that I was expecting.

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Goose Island Bourbon County Stout: I split a vanilla bean and steeped it in the beer for 4 days. The result comes out to something extremely similar to Vanilla Rye, but with more vanilla. It was very good, and I will be doing this more often….more often as in every fucking time I want a bourbon county.

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John Wakefield Brewing Harbinger: Yep, holy hazelnuts batman!

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Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze 2013: God I love this beer. It just keeps getting better and better with age. While not as complex as the 2013 Iris I had a few days ago, this was a better beer. Tons of lemon zest, funk, and wet socks.

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Block 15 Framboise White: This is a batch one bottle, and I had completely forgotten that it had a cork beneath that cap. Stupendous, and it had actually carbonated!!!!!!

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Upright Cherry Four: I enjoyed this beer, but it was apparently a little bandaidy.

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Well, we did a vertical of Norma back to batch 1, but I didn’t take a photo of each bottle individually, because I was drunk, and am a bad person in general.

Let’s make some recycling!

Puzzle fighter, Super Smash Bros, and drinking occurred. I hurt the following morning.

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de Garde Cherry Raz Bu b2: People were a little slow in arriving, so this beer was used to help stretch out the hammies for those who were already here. Tons of raspberry here, with just a hint of cherries. It’s extremely good despite being a little on the acidic side.

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Casey The Low End: Something is a little weird here. It’s not nearly as sour or hoppy as other bottles I have opened. Not sure if this has to do with fresh vs non-fresh, or if this is a bottle variation issue. Still alright though.

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Old Soul The Sauce: Soooo, this Sacramento brewery needs to spend less money on packaging and more money on the beer itself. That being said, it reminded me a lot of Cascade’s coffee blond beer, whatever that thing is called.

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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic: Yeah…..I think this beer is a little bit better than the Flora Cherry I had recently. God I feel like such an asshole comparing American cherry sours to their Belgian counterparts, they almost always lose. This beer just has an incredible balance of fruit, oak, and funk.

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Mikkeller Beer Geek Vanilla Shake: I wonder if they make a weasel variant of this, because that would just be fantastic. So much vanilla here, and it doesn’t taste artificial either!

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Upright Provision: MY GOD UPRIGHT WHY DO YOU AGE SO WELL?! This beer was one of my favorites of the night, so subtle and well balanced. This might be my favorite biere de garde ever. I could crush the whole bottle to myself. Some aromatics, with figs, dates, and a tiny bit of tartness. OM NOM NOM.

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So…..I must have switched glasses with someone at some point. Fuck.

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Wait, I found my glass again! YES! This bottle of West Ashely is very similar to batch 2, with very little apricots, but incredible wine barrel finish with lots of funk.

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Ale Apothecary Shirley, you can’t be serious: Ale Apothecary needs to dial back the booze, I just don’t want a 9% sour beer. I don’t. Other than that it tastes great, not a lot of funk, but tons of fruit. This beer is the polar opposite of the bottle of West Ashley we had.

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Rare Barrel Map of the Sun: Definitely the most sour of the last three beers, but it strike the balance between the two, and it was fruitier than batch 1 Map of the Sun. Well done Rare Barrel, I might one day get over your shitty as name.

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Casey Apricot Fruit Stand: Nice apricot flavor here, but the base beer is just too thin. Mouthfeel was lacking and there wasn’t enough of a backbone to support the apricots. Worst of the stone fruits so far.

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de Garde Nectarine Bu: Okay, so this beer is more fruity than Map of the Sun, and just about as sour. I think this and West Ashley are my favorites of the stone fruits. Best thing to do would be to blend them and create a balanced stone fruit sour.

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Nailed it. It was wonderful.

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This bottle of 2013 Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze was sublime.