These past two weeks have been a blur, not because of the beer, but because of work and PhD crap getting in the way. I’ve decided my ultimate dream would be to teach as an adjunct professor and own a brewery as well. I just need a good severance check or a really rich relative. Currently Kentucky ranks 47 out of 50 in their craft brew production. Weak sauce, KY, step up your game!
Lately, I’ve found myself drinking more homebrew than other beer because it is A. cheaper B. in my basement C. tastes pretty damn good. I am almost out of 12oz bottles of PBRs Plump Pumpkin and Hoptical Attusion, I still have some bombers though. Sarges Semper Fi Stout is a beer I can’t believe turned out so well. I mean I’ve made some mediocre (and some crappy) beers but this one is awesome (patting myself on the back).
I had this beer meeting an old roommate at Tony Boombozz right by my house. I had heard about this beer but had yet to be in an establishment at the right time to try it. It was no tap so I decided to give it a whirl. The beer pours a dark black with just a little bit of a frothy head which quickly dissipates. The lack head was probably due to bartender, not the beer. Aromas of a roasty malt with a hint of chocolate fill the nose. Upon taste, a roasted coffee and hints of chocolate which make a nice toasty beer. I’d definitely drink this one again, but would like to have it out of a bottle if available.
It was November of 2006. Christmas was upon us and I had just started drinking ‘better’ beer. After a few 6 packs of Dogfish Head, I decided to give this Celebration Ale a try. I hated it. I thought it was a horrible beer. Granted, I didn’t know what hops really tasted like and what beer actually consisted of, but I knew I didn’t like this beer. Four years later, I decided to give it another try. A nice hoppy beer which brings scents of pine and to the nose immediately. I’m pretty sure this is a wet harvest ale, or at least that’s what the local Sierra Nevada rep told me. Pours a nice golden orange with a nice piney and citrus finish. I take it back, I kind of like you now. We can be friends.
As noted before, I’m a big fan of this brewery and this is my second favorite offering they have. An American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast makes for an easy drinkable and potent IPA at 8.3% ABV. The beer pours a nice amber color with a citrusy and piny smell. It tastes exactly like it was made, a combination of an American IPA with Belgian Yeast. A little bit of caramel with some fruity hops. This beer usually always finds its way into a mix-your-own 6 pack of mine.
It’s almost here, Christmas. That time when people max out their credit cards and their calorie intakes in a solid effort to make joy out of what the world has thrown at you throughout the year. With the holidays, comes Christmas ales. Usually a beer filled with spices, sugarplum fairies, and candycanes. Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas beers (although I just picked up a bottle of Alpha Klaus from 3Floyds), I decided to pick this up to give it a try. Both Ashley and I were by this Colorado beer. At 7.4%, a little stronger than I would think for Santa. Pours a nice amber color with caramel malt notes and tastes immediately show some signs of clove and ginger. There is a hoppiness to this beer that I wasnt expecting. It was ok, but not on my beer wish list.