Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by bitterroot, Dec 17, 2012.
Also had a chance to try Fremont's Bourbon Abominable ale last week. That's a hearty beer.
I was actually pretty disappointed in that beer. Seemed to really miss the mark.
Say more - what mark? It was a pretty singular note, but enjoyable nonetheless. However, definitely not going to be stockpiling it at that price point.
Just lacked that "richness" that tends to define the barrel aged stouts. A bit too one dimensional I guess. Definitely not bad, just not what I'm after when I look for this type of beer.
I don't drink beer. I couldn't tell one type from another if the labels were in front of me.
But I do like Whiskey. Couldn't tell the difference there either. But some tastes better than others. Scotch, you have to acquire a taste for it.
Elliott Bay Brewing - Noale
3 blocks from my office and it is 1/2 price growler Tuesday. I'll be there in about an hour.
Dang! Most of these delicious sounding brews mentioned above aren't even available out here in this godforsaken hillbilly backwater where I manage to survive. Last time I ventured into civilization, I picked some Ninkasa Imperial Stout that I liked.
Most of the time I like stouts, porters, and other dark brews. Lately, I have developed a sweet tooth for Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA, though.
Snowcap, Jubilale, and Elysian BiFrost (as well as their Dragon's Tooth Stout) are available here.
I tried some of Schooner Exact's Hoppy Holidays winter warmer...very good...it's only on tap, if you can find it.
That's available in bottles now.
First glass of a new growler: Oakshire Brewery's Ill Tempered Gnome. It's good--dark, hoppy but not too hoppy kinda like a brown ale, maybe a slight funk and maybe a little chocolate or coffee or something--but I wish my spot still had the Jolly Roger.
I am not very sophisticated but I like a well balanced Ale. There are some people in the WFF community who are very knowledgeable on the subject of these seasonal Ales. What do you want in a Winter Seasonal Ale that you're not going to want after wet wading skinny water in the summer?
I like a big malt body with a rich roasty backbone. Just enough hops to back it up without overpowering. Enough alcohol to warm your throat and add that slight alcohol sweetness.
In summer, I enjoy a good craft lager like Avery brewing Joes American Pilsner. Something thirst quenching and light without being the shit that the big three breweries try to pass off as beer.
Ahh... screw it. I'm gonna have another hot buttered rum
Santa Claus Private Reserve by Rogue...mmmmm
Jubelale is quite tasty, as is the Winter Ale from Blue Moon Brewing.
I spent a semester of grad school in Copenhagen Denmark, ending just a few days before xmas. The big brewers like Tuborg and Carlsberg had special xmas ales called "Jule Bryg". They were awesome beers.
Or maybe I should be honest and say: I had an awesome time in Copenhagen drinking beer, and though I remember drinking the special xmas beer, I don't remember if it was any good. Still, it warms my tired mind to think about that beer, that city, and the easy and fun times I had there.
A Pennsylvania Christmas beer from my upbringing....Olde Frothlingslosh, the "Pale Stale Beer with the foam on the bottom". I think I've seen something recently that the Pittsburgh Brewing Co. may be resurrecting it again.
Another really good one is 21st Amendment's Fireside Chat (in cans)....and at 7.9% ABV, it'll warm you up in a hurry!
While we are talking beer I am wondering if anyone has tried the new Stainless Steel growlers?