Saturday, February 28, 2009

Brewday Beers

Kevin came over to enjoy a nice brewday and he brought along a growler of Ruination. Might have been the best tasting Ruination I've ever had. We had some Italian sandwiches to go along with it.

Here's the setup in the backyard. Nothing too extravagant. I went all-grain for this batch and used the brew-in-a-bag (BIAB) method. Went pretty smoothly, I actually got the efficiency I was counting on (65%). Obviously that's not great but for a small batch it doesn't really matter. You can see the Pilsner grain, flaked wheat and flaked oats sitting in the mash.

Draining the bag and sparging it is kind of a hassle. I'll leave it at that for now.

Spencer and Kevin had free run of the fridge and Spencer decided to go with a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. That's a damn good beer. Kevin decided to go with a Nugget Nectar. He's always posing like this with his Nugget Nectars.

I went with the awesome Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Kevin lost focus at about this time and started taking pictures in the backyard.

The last beer of the long afternoon was Allagash Interlude (2007), a Belgian strong pale ale aged in french merlot and sirah oak barrels. They use two strains of yeast- one is a standard Belgian strain and the other is Brettanomyces. It has a really crazy wine like and acidic/tart smell to it, but the taste isn't very tart. It's more wine-like. Very hard beer to describe but a VERY good beer overall. Kind of an eye opener to me in terms of something new. Haven't really experienced that feeling lately. Allagash's website said this beer goes well with sharp cheese, so that's exactly what we paired it with.

That was pretty much it. I have a headache now and don't really wanna touch beer for at least a week or two.


BeerGuy said...

I honestly hate you right now.

BTW nice glassware.

Kevin said...

I sense the BBG is bitter right now.

Don't hate.

J.Rhode said...

Interlude worth the $20+ price tag? Been staring at a bottle of the 2008 for a while.

Steve said...

I'd say in terms of all the $20/750mL beers out there this would be one of the more worthy. Now would I buy it myself at this very time, no, because I'm poor, but if you are gonna buy expensive bottles I think this one is worth it. Well, the 2007 version was anyway.