Wednesday, April 30, 2008
This one has been sitting on the beer shelf at the grocery store forever. Finally got around to trying it.
Nothing really stood out on this one. wouldn't really call it a double IPA either. The pour was average as was the smell. Medium body, dryish finish no excessive hop or malt taste nothing to really give it "double" status in my opinion. But then again I live in the northwest and my definition of what a double IPA should be might be a little skewed... Overall a solid beer, but I'm not going to be buying another bottle.
This was their second event at this site and the first with an expanded layout. The crowd was great, beer was poured, and the drink tickets were bountiful. My only complaint about the event in whole was trying to figure out if people were in line or just chatting, which was a minor detail. They had covered area's in the middle incase of rain and the main covered site was reserved for info, tshirts, tickets, and such.
Beers that stood out that day were Georgetown Brewery 9lb Porter and Flyers Pacemaker Porter. I do appreciate a good porter! Of the closest breweries to attend (Boundary Bay, North Fork, and Whatcom Brewery), Boundary Bay certaintly took the cake with most consistant and drank (being the beer is most in demand). I didn't bother to try the Whatcom Brewery and North Forks typical highlight beer Son of Frog was served a little too warm and flat due to a jockey box problem. It is generally a good beer so try it on tap at their establishment off highway 9.
-Oskar Blues Brewing was present as well all the way from Colorado! Since loosing ties with Dickerson Distributing their beer has been hard to find here in local grociery stores. "Best beer in a can" certaintly goes to them, though it would have been nice to be served from tap.
-Scuttlebutt is another favorite of mine. Hailing from Everette, this brewery does several beers worth mentioning. Their Amber, IPA, and Porter are worth trying. Since I was familiar with them I tried the Mai Bock. It was definetely a bock though it wasn't to impressed overall.
-Georgetown Brewery brought both their Manny's Pale Ale and the 9lb Porter. Both were good choices. Kudo's to their brewers for producing a full flavored beer. They will definetly be on my to do list when I make it down to seattle.
But like many things, I lacked sufficient time to make complete rounds to every tap and brewery. So to the Max Higbee Center, thank you again for coordinating such a great event!
And for the ugly, there was a theft the day prior to the event that deprived us of some quality brew from both Lazy Boy Brewing and Skagit River Brewery. More details here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/393565.html
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Semi sweet Molassas tones and coffee tones. It poured without a head and remained in the glass a dark mass. This beer finished great and if you like coffee flavored beers, this is a good one. More of a porter than a stout though. They mention being brewed with licorice root though its presents is not overpowering. Overall a good beer. This is a seasonal beer released on Dec 1st.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Here it is in all its glory. The Imperial Tard Munkey will kick your ass, but you'll like it...
As you pour a sweet hop smell assaults your nose. I'm thinking it smells like hops and maple syrup I think I might want to put this on pancakes! The head builds to a dense thick and dark layer, you might need a shovel to get to the beer below. The taste, omg, its sweet but bitter and full bodied but smooth chocolaty hoppy malty oaky vanillaish with I can't distinguish what else! My tongue is tingling! I don't want more, I need another taste! I'm going to go enjoy my beer now, I'll get back to you guys later!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
We will be featuring:
Porter - IPArter #2
IPA - Munkey EyePA
Scottish Ale - Brewkakii
Weise bock - needs a name
Lager - Pre-prohibition style, no name yet
Belgian Tripple - also needs a name
+ possibly a few other surprises...
Get a hold of one of us if you're interested in attending!
Friday, April 11, 2008
This is a great IPA. It has medium body, great bitterness, and a good finish. Not heavy on the tongue like some IPA's I've had, this one doesn't cling and is topped off with some great hoppy spicyness. I've had this beer on multiple occassions and ranks up there with my favorite IPA's.
PS, Check out their website for great beer recipes!
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
What: Pacific Northwest Beer tasting event
When: April 26th, 2008
Where: Depot Market Square (across from Boundary Bay Brewery in Bham WA)
This is a great event for a great cause. This will be my 3rd time there and its not one to be missed!