Maui Brewing Mana Wheat – Day 16

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Tonight, I’m going dancing.  My husband is in a band, actually a really good bad.  And I’m not just saying that.  So when his band plays at a fun venue and my friends are there, I’m definitely going to be dancing.  Therefore, when choosing a beer, I needed to make sure that I wasn’t drinking something that was heavy and would sit in my stomach like a rock.  I also didn’t want a high ABV beer.  When I opened my fridge, the perfect beer revealed itself to me.

Maui Brewing Mana Wheat

 Wheat beers are generally a bit lighter and…

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Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow – Day 15

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Today I am drinking an Apocalypse Cow.  Why?  Because it is in my fridge.  And because it was brewed in June, it has probably sat around long enough.  I don’t really have anything to write about tonight.  Which is good for both the reader and the writer.

Although I did just watch the idiotic air guitar guy on America’s Got Talent.  How stupid was that?

 

Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow

Apocalypse Cow is a seasonal release by Three Floyds.  This DIPA has a major fruity and flowery aroma when fresh.  3 Floyds did a great job mellowing out the 100 IBUs with…

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Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout – Day 14

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One of my very good friends reminded me that today is the 1-year anniversary of our friendship.  Normally, I wouldn’t remember details like that, but on this particular date one year ago today, we met while drinking a special beer that is released on the same date every year.

I have made some of my best friends in the whole world in the last year and a half.  And the common thread to all of these friendships is that we met while drinking beer.  I’ve been trying to figure out how this came to pass…how are these friends so much…

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Hair of the Dog Adam – Day 13

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Yesterday’s post made me want to try a beer from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company in Portland.  We fortunately had 2 bottles in our fridge just waiting to be opened and enjoyed.  I chose to try Adam, which is a 10% old-world ale.

Hair of the Dog experiments with bottle conditioning in many of their beers.  Bottle conditioning allows the beer to re-ferment in the bottle by adding yeast.  Why, you might ask?  So that the beer can age well.  Hair of the Dog wants their beers to be cellared and sampled as they age.  They suggest waiting a few years before drinking.  A vintage finder is…

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New Holland Black Hatter – Day 12

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My Grandpa always told me that to cure a hangover I needed the “hair of the dog.”  And while I wish I would have actually had a beer from the Hair of the Dog Brewing Company out of Portland, I do have to agree with my grandfather.  Drinking a beer truly helped settle my  disaster of a stomach after last night’s delicious ridiculousness.

At our regular Sunday drinking establishment, I viewed the beer menu with a bit of fear and trepidation.  I wanted something light, not too hoppy, not too thick, not too anything really.  I wasn’t sure what my stomach…

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Russian River Row 2 Hill 56 – Day 11

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Sorry about not writing yesterday, but I definitely drank a beer.  In fact, this picture shows what 4 of us consumed yesterday.  That is probably why even though I’ve been up since 7:30 AM, I just couldn’t bring myself to write (or sit up) until now (11:00).  I did just about inhale a greasy egg and cheese sandwich about 10 minutes ago though, which helped tremendously.  My belly doesn’t hate me anymore.  At least not at the moment.  The last thing that I want to do today is drink another beer, but such is this challenge that I’ve set for myself.  Damn me…

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Stone 10th Anniversary Ruination – Day 10

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Back in June, Steve and I flew out to San Diego.  We drove up to Paso Robles and back down the coast to hit 10 different breweries in 7 days.  One of those breweries was Stone.

Let me begin by saying that Stone is absolutely gorgeous.  Like most breweries in California, Stone is located in a commercial strip.  We passed the building the first time around because there is no sign.  It simply looked like a new office building.  It was a good thing Steve makes very detailed maps.  Walking in to Stone, it is hard to even realize that a brewery is located…

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Fort George Vortex IPA- Day 9

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As I’m sure you’ve noticed if you’ve been reading this blog, I am a huge IPA fan.  But there is a problem with IPAs that is necessitating me drinking so many.  The hop bit simply doesn’t last.

IPAs must be consumed as close to the bottling date as possible.  If you see an IPA on the shelf and the date is more than a few months old, I would definitely pass.   I realize this is a generalization, because some last more than a few months, but I wouldn’t chance it.  To be honest, even a few weeks makes a difference for some…

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Firestone Walker Double Jack – Day 8

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I had a terrible day today.  Work was depressing, my allergies were acting up, something is wrong with the brakes in my car, I didn’t have what I needed to run an errand (which I didn’t realize until I was already there), and to top all of that off, I had only gotten 4 hours of sleep the night before.  I don’t about you, but when I am over-tired, things often seem worse and can build up to push me over the edge pretty quickly.  Consequently, as I was driving home from work today trying to figure out what terrible…

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Green Flash Palate Wrecker – Day 7

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I first sampled this powerhouse of an IPA at a Barleywine festival last winter.  That last statement seemed odd, I am sure, so I will do my best to explain.  If you are a fan of barleywines, you know they have a strong, sweet, rich flavor.  Imagine sampling 15 barleywines one after the next.  After a while, my palate got tired, the barleywines began to taste cloying, and I simply couldn’t drink any more.  The high ABV of barleywine also led to my decision to have a seat and take a break for a while.  At this point, a great friend stopped at the table and plopped…

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