I know it’s insane that despite my close proximity to @3Floyds I still have yet to try even some of their most standard offerings. Juggernauts like Dark Lord and Zombie Dust tend to steal the spotlight more often than not. However with the craft beer boom in full swing it is becoming progressively easier to acquire their brews from even the most generic of purveyors.
I picked up this Alpha King at a local Liquor Stop. I have to say that it was extremely expensive to “craft your own 6 pack” at this type of place, and that under normal circumstances I would go to Binny’s for all of my craft brew needs. However there are some surprises at the lesser frequented shops. Not only did they have a ready supply of Alpha King and Gumballhead, but they also had several 4 packs of Dogfish Head 90minute IPA just sitting on the shelf. Moral of the story is… do the majority of your shopping at a place with good variety and prices, BUT make sure to stop into the smaller places regularly to find those diamonds in the rough.
Now on to the beer! A nice light amber color and piney aroma make this baby shine. There was a bit of citrus, but it was not nearly so prevalent as in something like Zombie Dust. I got just enough bitterness on the back-end to keep the IPA lover in me happy, but after warming up for about 20 minutes this puppy was smoother than smooth. Dangerously cheesy—I mean smooth.
I would say that I highly recommend picking this beer up, but who am I kidding? I would recommend anything and everything that Three Floyds has to offer.
I realllly liked these two New Belgium brews. They were immensely drinkable, delivering the satisfaction of their style in their own unique way. While they may not be the best or most complex iterations in their respective classes, they are beers that I would happily have in my refrigerator on a regular basis.
Man… too much good beer… I think I’m going to need a bigger boat.
Batch number 2 of photos. I think the stand out from this crowd is Hinterland. They had some of the most authentic flavors I’ve had in a long time. I’ll be highlighting one of their brews in its own post later on.
Batch one of beer photos from last night’s beer tasting at Binny’s in Naperville, IL. Because of the sheer quantity of brews I used my Lumix instead of my phone for the photos. I’m putting together the majority of brews in large posts, but I will single out the notable ones in posts of their very own.
All in all this was another great tasting. I think I tasted somewhere in the neighborhood of 35 beers. While it’s hard to get a really good sense of a beer from the limited amounts you are permitted at such an event, it does give you a chance to hone your skills a little bit better when it comes to specific tastes, aromas, etc. There is also a camaraderie between attendees where you find yourself comparing notes out loud with people you’ve never met.
These are opportunities few beer lovers should find themselves missing.
Goose Island came out with their very limited Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout this week and I caught my first glimpse into the thrill of the craft chase. I must have contacted/visited 5 or 6 Binny’s, 3 or 4 Malloy’s, and a couple of other locations to track some down. I thought I was ahead of the game checking in regularly, but when I called back the next day I was told they were gone in a matter of minutes! I knew that the craft industry had grown and that demand for unique brews was increasing, but it wasn’t until I actually attempted to obtain a bottle that I realized just how sought after these special beers are.
Next time I’ll be ready….. Or I will just make sure that I have friends in position to ensure acquisition. ;)
Shit just got real.