Tasting 12/1/12 Part One.
So so fortunate that after taking the initiative to become involved in the BA scene I was able to find some generous and really good people to share beer with.
Only downside is that I should have stopped myself or taken a long halftime break so I remembered more. You’ll see why when I post part two….. (as if part one wasn’t enough).
*the first Cigar City beer photographed was Brandy Barrel aged Hunahpu
It seems like @3floyds pumps out more beers than I can count. Usually this is for good reason…. most of them are awesome.
This one is no exception. I’m partial to this saison because I’m a huge fan of anything Belgian/Belgian-style. Furthermore, you get some of that signature 3 Floyds hop character to boot. I’m a little late in posting about this one, but if you get a chance make sure to try some.
First batch of photos from the inaugural West Burbs Wolfpack bottleshare at @Bigbyspourhouse in Addison. Thanks to Ed and all the staff at Bigby’s for hosting! Great success in my opinion. I met some great interesting new people, enjoyed a variety of delicious beers, and had an overall great time. Thanks to everyone for coming!
Here’s the list of brews from the evening:
New Glarus Dancing Man
Lunar Apollo Red
Cascade Summertime Gose
Bourbon County 2006
Town Hall Port Odin Baltic Porter
Mikeller/3 Floyds Risgoop
Cascade Brewing Bourbonic Plague
Deschutes Mirror Mirror 2009 Reserve
Town Hall Cellar Series Wee Jack
Solemn Oath None More Black
New Holland Blue Sunday
Deschutes Black Butte XXI
Lift Bridge Commander Barleywine
Firestone Walker Double DBA
Dogfish Head Fort ‘07
3 Floyds Dark Lord ‘12
Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
New Glarus Belgian Red
The Alchemist Heady Topper
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.
This is the lineup from a tasting I had with some friends in the city on Saturday. While I do have some individual shots of the beer bottles/cans, I thought I’d get this up there to remind myself how fortunate I am not only to have good friends, but also to have good friends that are so generous (as you can see by some of the selections).
Salud! To all of my friends that I’ve tasted with in the past and will taste with in the future.
Beautiful amber coloring and a tantalizing hop aroma draw you into this exceptional IPA from @3Floyds. Created in remembrance of a lost friend and former employee, this beer definitely honors his memory with substantial yet palatable hop flavor and all-night-long drinkability.
If I had a rating system I would definitely put this one near the top. I suggest you get some while the gettin’s good.
March 31st marks the third tasting I’ve enjoyed courtesy of Nikko, Felicia, Matt and guest stars. Talk about some amazing beer! We sampled everything from eight year old @StoneBrewingCo Vertial Epic to the last release of Bourbon County from @GooseIsland. I don’t think anything was disappointing.
I must say that my appreciation for the highly rated stouts and barley-wines has grown exponentially. Definitely an acquired taste, but well worth the journey of getting there.
I can’t wait for the next tasting. I’ll make sure to take better notes! For now… just enjoy the pictures!