Post by badchoices on Jun 17, 2014 20:33:58 GMT -5
I got to meet Mr. Walker from Firestone Walker Brewery today at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham. Cool dude. They had a mini tap takeover. The beers they were highlighting were too high of ABV for me today but I was lucky enough to try the DBA (double barrel ale) unfiltered. I love the regular DBA so it was quite a treat. I guess the unfiltered version is 100% barrel fermented while the normal version is 20% barrel fermented and then blended. Pretty rad.
Post by badchoices on Jun 23, 2014 17:14:29 GMT -5
Went out to Orcas Island for some camping this weekend and visited Island Hoppin Brewing. They are in Eastsound and have a cool little tasting room. The beers weren't necessarily my favorite but the atmosphere made it well worth the visit. I would say my favorite was their porter. They only do the porter on nitro though so I couldn't fill my growler with that one. Ended up going with the pale.
Post by badchoices on Jul 15, 2014 15:17:54 GMT -5
I picked up the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12 pack the other day. If you see this in the store I highly recommend it. Sierra Nevada has two brewing facilities now. They teamed up with 12 breweries for collaboration beers and half were brewed in Chico and the other half over at their east coast facility. Some interesting/creative brews in this beast:
3 Floyds - Chico King Pale Ale Cigar City Brewing - Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock Asheville Brewers Alliance - Tater Ridge Scottish Ale Russian River Brewing - Yvan The Great Belgian Style Blonde New Glarus Brewing - There And Back English Style Bitter Allagash Brewing - Myron's Walk Belgian Style Pale Ninkasi Brewing - Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout Victory Brewing - Alt Route Altbier Firestone Walker - Torpedo Pilsner Hoppy Pilsner Oskar Blues - CANfusion Rye Bock Ballast Point Brewing - Electric Ray India Pale Lager Bell's Brewery - Maillard's Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
Parallel 49 is pretty much the best. Go to their tasting room. It has a great social atmosphere, they usually play good music, there is almost always a good food truck outside, they have around 15 beers on tap and a glass is $3. If I lived closer I'd go there ever week.
Also if you do that visit Powell St Brewing down the street. They are super small and don't have a licence yet, so you can only have one beer, but they make some fantastic beer. If you ask nicely they'll give you samples of the other ones for free too.
Post by badchoices on Aug 28, 2014 16:26:47 GMT -5
Made a trek out to Yakima/Sunnyside yesterday. Visited Snipes Mountain Brewery and Bale Breaker Brewery. Snipes Mountain was interesting. They were telling us that they have been open for 17 years. The current head brewer has been doing it for the last 4 years. He said that it is owned by some fruit distribution company and their son was a homebrewer way back and wanted to open a brewery. So they made the brewery and restaurant. It has never been profitable largely due to the ever changing head brewer position. This guy seems legit and wants to turn it into a profitable venture. His beer was really good, too. My favorites were their session IPA and dark English mild. He seems to have it going in the right direction. The food was bleh but whatevs.
Bale Breaker is a relatively new brewery. It is situated in a hop field that used to be called field 41. Their flagship is Field 41 Pale (even carried at Safeco). They clearly have a lot of money put into this place. If you are a hophead this is the place for you. Even their blonde was hoppy. All of their beers were good though. Successful trip over there until we were surprised by rock blasting over the pass. Fuck that, 1 hour delay just sitting there.
Post by badchoices on Sept 29, 2014 11:21:54 GMT -5
Philadelphia is a wonderful beer city if you ever get out there. Visited two different breweries over the weekend (Yards Brewing and Dock Street Brewing) and many beercentric bars. There are a lot of smaller breweries in the area and I tried so many incredible beers. Some of my favorites were:
Yards - Old Bartholomew Barley Wine (2011) Yards - Cape Of Good Hope Imperial IPA Yards - George's Brown Dock Street - Man Full Of Trouble Porter Dock Street - Helles Victory - Braumeister Pils
Wish I could have gone out of the city to some of the smaller breweries.
I am attempting to cellar some beer over the next year. I say attempting because it is extremely difficult to spend $15+ on a bottle of beer and not crack it open! So far I have:
Standard Brewing 2014 Barley Wine Fort George North VIII Russian Imperial Stout Goose Island County Brand Bourbon Stout 2013 Midnight Sun Arctic Devil Barley Wine 2014 Fremont Bourbon Abominable Ale 2014 Perennial Artisan Ales Vermillion Barley Wine 2014
My goal is to not crack them open at least for a year from this last Christmas. It will be tough but worth the wait big time.