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Mid-week Drinking

100% guaranteed to leave you tired and angry the next day. Worth it? Probably.

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A friend’s homebrew that he made for groomsmen :).

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Upright Fatali Four 2014: Yep, this beer ages like a champion. Tons of wine character here with brett, followed by a nice touch of heat on the finish. This beer is basically perfect.

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What is this man doing? We may never know.

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That behind the scenes glimpse of what it’s like to be a beer geek.

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Can’t aruge with the final product though. Uli’s Lambik 3 Fonteinen meets Orval is a spectacular beer, the best lambic I have had since the last time I opened an Armand ‘4 Season. Not all that tart, but tons of funk balanced by citrus, with an interesting finish by what I can only imagine to be the contribution of blending in some old Orval. Uli beers may not always be extremely tasty, but they are always fascinating to try. Thankfully, this beer was both really delicious and super interesting. I’ll take that.

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Yes, let’s keep drinking high alcohol stouts. I won’t feel this tomorrow morning at all.

LIESSSS!

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Let’s continue the stupidity!

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Upright Blend Love: This bottle is from 2013, and just goes to continue to provide evidence that Upright might be the best sour brewery in the US in regards to how their beer behaves over time. Lots of other beers that I’ve had from other breweries get worse over time, but Upright seems to be tastier the older it gets. I don’t have many bottles from them that are older than this, but I wish I did. Fruit, funk, and tartness, all perfectly balanced.

Wrapping Up Indiana Jones

Finished the Last Crusade the evening after starting it. Tonight’s theme was Upright beer. So pathetic right?

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Upright Flora 2014 & 2016: So just like de Garde, the older beer is tastier, but they have transformed into completely different beasts. The wine finishing and brett character in the older beer is world class, while the new batch is spicy and bone dry. A+ for 2014, A for 2016. Drink this shit, it’s delicious.

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Upright 6th Anniversary Saison: Yep, another incredible beer from Upright. I think I’ve started trading for less Hill Farmstead saisons recently because I have a brewery that produces saisons that are just as good and I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for shipping. God I need to start hoarding these.

Indiana Jones + Beer = Happiness

Had a nice relaxing night in with a friend who’s going to be moving soon. Also, Indiana Jones has some incredible sound effects, and lots of Wilhelm Screams.

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Upright Two in the Bush: This beer is fantastic. It smells like an enormous fruit bomb, almost de Garde like. However, it’s far funkier and tamer in the fruit than you would expect. It’s really good, and I can’t wait to let the brett profile develop here in a year or two. Get excited!!! A-

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THIS THING HAD THE MOST FRUSTRATING WAX!!!! Thank god for Whaleslayers. Oh, it was tasty too!

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de Garde Berry Bu b1 & b2: So here’s a mini vertical of Berry Bu…batch 1 on the left and batch 2 on the right. Who wins this battle?! Batch 1 did, simply because it had a lot more going on while retaining a ton of fruit character. By comparison, batch 2 felt like it was one note before fading into the darkness. That being said, batch 2 looked way tastier. A+ for b1, B+ for b2.

We got tired, so we made it through all of the Raiders of the Lost Ark, and halfway through the Last Crusade.

Drinking and Food Network

Yeah, we’re really domesticated. Don’t hate.

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Alchemist Focal Banger: Something is up with this batch, it’s not nearly as floral as I remember previous batches being. Oh well, it’s still darn tasty! B

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Upright Fatali Four: I’m running out of these, and it’s making me sad. I just can’t get enough of the tartness, funk, and heat, with just a bit of wine barrel at the end. A+

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Block 15 Super Nebula: Had Breakfast with the Buffalo recently, so it was nice to see how this bottle compared. Mouthfeel is better than the Lost Barrels version of Super Nebula, but not quite up there with Buffalo. Chocolate, coffee, fudge, and barrel are all present though. A-

Relaxing night for stouts!

A friend came over after a long day where we just watched a movie and checked in on some smaller bottles that are ill-suited for our regular group of friends. Once you hit a certain number of people, it’s just not worth opening beer where people only get to have an ounce or two, it’s silly. This isn’t the Midwest where 30 guys split a bomber. It’s madness!

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Block 15 Breakfast with the Buffalo: Wow, this beer was too smoky and bitter when it first came out, but it is killing it now! As it currently stands, it’s one of the best stouts I’ve had this year. Unlike the Lost Barrels version I also had recently, mouthfeel is not an issue here. It is slightly less thick than Bourbon County Brand Stout, so things are looking good! Maple is nice and subdued, it adds a little bit of sweetness and depth to the beer but this beer is still very much a bourbon barrel aged stout. If you have one of these, drink it now. A+

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Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: This bottle is from 2013, which is the last year before Goose Island was acquired by ABInbev if I recall correctly. Anyways, after my comparison on Breakfast with the Buffalo to Bourbon County Stout it was time to check into one of my older bottles. The results? FANTASTIC! This beer was great if a little boozy upon release, but 3 years have turned this beer into a chocolate, fudge, and bourbon dessert sitting on a pillow made of marshmallows. Also one of the best stouts I’ve had this year. A+

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Upright 7th Anniversary Saison: Can’t just drink stouts all night long, had to finish on a nice and refreshing note! This beer is fantastic, but I don’t like the fact that these bottles like to explode when you open them, that’s why the label is a little messed up. 😦

Anyways, that beer is still amazing, and gets an A-/A grade. The minus is due to the fact that it explodes. Grr.

Post Brews Drinking?!

Why yes, of course we continued to drink after Brews.

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Drie Fonteinen Armand ‘4 Lente: Yep, geuze really doesn’t get much better than this. It’s no longer super bright and citrusy as it once was, but has evolved into a funk monster while still retaining some citrus. A crushable beer this is not, but it is one of my favorite beers of all time. A+

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Hill Farmstead Works of Love: I don’t know a whole lot about this particular batch of Works of Love, but it strongly reminds me of Flora, which is my favorite  Hill Farmstead beer. There’s nothing wrong with that! Nice and light, with mild funk and a great wine barrel finish. A

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Hill Farmstead Flora Plum: Well speak of the devil! A Flora variant! This beer is really good as well, shame it comes in a stupid small bottle! Plum is a hard fruit to pull off in beer because it is so subtle in flavor, but using Flora as a base was a great idea on Hill Farmstead’s part. Unfortunately making this beer means one less batch of regular Flora makes it into the marketplace 😦   A+

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Okay, I was getting drunk at this point. My liver gave it’s all, but it still wasn’t enough.

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I remember this beer! Upright beers just continue to get better and better with age. Very light and refreshing, with a hint of gin barrel and some wildflowers to round everything out. A+

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de Garde 3S: This beer is also improving with age, unlike my liver. A