Post by Catherine Sun Chips on Jul 24, 2011 19:05:07 GMT -5
While eating a tasty brunch this morning, I discovered a brewing company was promoting--called Jailhouse Brewing Company. Apparently they brew out of an abandoned prison out of Henry Co., GA. They're still new with only 3 brews in their arsenal, but I'd love to try it out. Breakout Stout, Mugshot IPA, and Slammer Wheat. I'd love to do a tour! www.jailhousebrewing.com/pages/the_beers
I found my new favorite beer, too bad it is a limited release though. Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale. 9.7% ABV. This beer hits your palette and begins to dance around your mouth, making sweet sweet love to your taste buds. It starts with a hint of sweet, then moves to a floral/earthy taste, and finishes with the perfect bitterness. Perfection. For all of you that live in Portland they are serving it at the Horse Brass Pub. I recommend trying it before its gone forever.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Jul 25, 2011 13:39:57 GMT -5
Fortunately the Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale is seasonal; you can get it from late Spring until late Summer every year.
The fun story that goes with it is that the Lagunitas brewery was in fact the victim of an undercover sting operation which resulted in them losing their license to brew beer for a number of months after Lagunitas employees were discovered smoking reefer at the brewery.
And fuck yes that is one tasty fucking beer. Any Lagunitas beer that has an ABV of over 7% goes right to my head though.
The IPA is one of the few IPAs I liked from the first taste (I'm not an IPA fan). It's got a pretty complex, almost fruity flavour. I bought a 6-pack in Seattle and brought it to Sasquatch. It was my "warm up" beer every day before heading in.
I picked it up at Super Deli Mart in West Seattle at the owner's recommendation - he said it was getting good reviews and selling well, and I really enjoyed it. It's strong for an IPA if I recall correctly which might put some people off a bit.
Post by The Horned Grandmother on Aug 18, 2011 10:13:04 GMT -5
I love IPAs and that is the primary reason I didn't enjoy Flying Dog when I tried it. So obviously we have different criteria for enjoying IPAs, because I thought it was so foul that not even the bad-ass Ralph Steadman shit on the label could get me to pick up another one.
It's been a damn fine week for beer in the Pea household. Picked up a bottle of Lagunitas' "A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale," a Japanese Green Tea IPA made by a collaboration of Stone and two Japanese breweries (with all proceeds going to Japanese relief efforts), and Stone's 15th Anniversery "Escondidian Imperial Black IPA."
The Lagunitas ale is labeled as an American Pale Wheat Ale, but at 7.5% and packed with their classic hoppy aroma and taste, it really just comes off as an IPA to me. And a damn fine one at that. Stormy and HG, if you haven't tried it yet I can't recommend it enough. It's definitely my new favorite in the Lagunitas line.
The green tea IPA just had me all kinds of curious when I saw it on the shelf, and the lady working at the store said people had been absolutely loving it. It's one of the cleanest tasting IPA's I've ever tried, and the subtle green tea notes leave such a refreshing aftertase in your mouth. It's a little spendy at about $3.50 for a 12 ounce bottle, but definitely worth trying at least once if you're an IPA fan.
I haven't had a chance to try Stone's 15th anniversery yet, but I get really jacked up for their anniversery beers because they always seem to use this opportunity to experiment with interesting new ideas. The black IPA is become a favorite of mine lately since I'm a big fan of both IPA's and porters so I'm pretty excited to try this baby out. Got a 22 ounce bomber of it sitting in my fridge and at 10.8% I'll probably need an evening planted on the couch to enjoy it.
All this talk of Lagunitas makes me sad that its so damn hard to find in Vancouver. There are a few pubs that have it on tap and I think I saw it in a liquor store once, but you guys talking about picking it up at a grocery store or gas station makes me want to visit US America again.
Empty took me to his favorite specialty beer store in New Westminster and it honestly made me sad. Not only were the American offerings extremely limited, but they were priced about 3 times what they would cost in the states. Makes me extremely happy about being a craft beer fan in the states. My favorite BC beer (Phillips' Hop Circle IPA) can't be found down here though, so any time I want to have some I have to find it up there when I visit.