Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Tree flavor in a bottle.

Best one of the last few years by Anchor I would say.
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Mid day snack

Nothing like piney hops in the afternoon around Christmas!
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Moving Day

Our reward for helping Spencer and Monika move into their new house. These beers bottled less than 2 weeks ago. Yum!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

JTH's Birthday Bash

Barrel Aged Alesmith Speedway Stout
This beer was absolutely phenomenal. Probably one of the 3 best imperial stouts I've ever drank (Black OPS and Black Tuesday might be the other two). The normal big coffee flavor of regular Speedway goes into hiding with the barrel aging, but what is left is smooth, chocolatey, bourbony, and mellow roasty perfection. Nobody disagreed that this was an amazing beer.

Lost Abbey Veritas 04
JTH was determined to consume his Veritas 04 so we headed back for an outdoor garage session. Veritas was deemed very similar to Cable Car. It probably had the sourest, quenching smell of any sour I've had. Just a faint whiff stimulated my saliva reflex immediately. The flavor was like that super sour lemon bubblicious (the one who's flavor disappears in like 10 chews).

Captain Lawrence Nor' Easter
This NY-brewed beer was the first I've had from Captain Lawrence. It's a Belgian dark ale brewed with Elderberry and aged in bourbon barrels. The elderberries give of a grape or plum type character. I use to have to take this Sambucol elderberry extract when I was sick and that flavor was easily detected here in the beer. There is a slight hotness to it, not unexpectedly, being 11% and aged on the bourbon. Interesting and good brew.

The Bruery Two Turtle Doves
Two turtle doves is a Belgian dark ale brewed with cocoa nibs and pecans. How delicious does that sound? This was a really interesting beer which we probably drank too cold. I was trying to find out where the pecans factored in and I'm not sure I was able to figure it out. There did seem to be a big flavor of unsweetened chocolate. At 12% ABV the alcohol was hidden really well. I'll have to revisit this soon.

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
This was probably not the best idea at this point in the night.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A picture dump of what I've been drinkin'

Kona Longboard Lager and Newcastle as we were getting dressed at my Sister's and soon-to-be brother-in-law's house before heading out to the wedding.

One of the many reasons I like to go back home to Upland when I can. San Biagio's New York Pizza. Now that I think of it, that wasn't even my beer, it was my friends. I find it hard to drink the day after USC tailgates.

1903 Berliner weisse at Hamilton's. The flash makes it look like orange juice.

Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter. Shared this bottle with my buddy The Baltimore Beer Guy when he was out here in October.

My beer happiness can be satisfied at all times now that The Bruery's Hottenroth Berliner Weisse is now being bottled!

My first Sierra Nevada Celebration this year. Always a treat in the winter. I came down with a nasty infection which hit me about 2 hours after consuming this beer.

Lightning Pilsner at The Brigantine seafood restaurant. Best fish tacos ever. Was watchin' the morning Colts/Ravens game there a couple weeks ago with a friend. I love the Brig's bar area. It's really classy and has a couple super nice plasmas.

Brigantine makes some very good margaritas too!

Cheap pitchers ($12.95) on Sunday of Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale at Phileas Fogg's.

In the middle would be a Victory Kolsch, at Toronado.

Stone Ruination, our annual toasting beer for when we play the bRUINS, because we RUIN them. Get it? 28-7!

Such a good porter and I hadn't had one in nearly 2 years.