Beer #168 2009 Deschutes The Abyss

 

2009 Deschutes The Abyss

Name: The Abyss

Style:  Imperial Stout

Brewery: Deschutes Brewery  website

Country: USA

Region:   Bend, Oregon

ABV: 11.0 % Abv

How served:  22 oz black waxed and capped bottle poured into The Bruery tulip.  

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing 

I paired this beer with: Game 5 of the Heat vs Sixers playoff game.

Tasted on:  Wednesday April 27th, 2011  

Notes:  This is a 2009 vintage.  There have been many claims that some of the 2009 bottles of The Abyss are infected, so I am holding my breath that this is not one of them.  I last tried this vintage in Dec 2009 when it was “fresh” and there were no signs of infection at that time.  However, this is a different bottle and has aged at least 16 months, which could have given any nasty bugs time to do their dirty work.

So here it goes.

As I removed the cap I heard a faint hiss.  So far no signs or scents of an infected brew.

 The beer poured a very dark deep brown to midnight black with a 2 finger dark tan head which dissipated by the time I was half way thru my glass and left a minimal lacing on the glass, so far no odd smells.  After taking a deep whiff from my glass I’m sure this in not infected as all I got from the nose was bourbon, chocolate, molasses, vanilla and some coffee.  The taste was like the nose,  I got bitter chocolate, molasses, mild bourbon notes and vanilla plus I was able to pick up some of the black licorice flavor which I love.  The beer had a medium to thick slick mouthfeel with a nice carbonation level.   The drinkability of this 11% abv brew was very good with minimal heat from the alcohol.  I’m glad I got a “good” bottle, now I have to hope my others are good too.  I’m looking forward to doing a vertical tasting in 2013, as I have the ’06, ’07, ’08 & ’09, now all I need is the ’10, ’11.,’12 & ’13!

On the Label:  Best after 11/1/10. The Abyss: Stout brewed with licorice and molasses with 33% aged in oak and oak bourbon barrels. It’s dark. It’s deep.  It’s mysterious.  This imperial stout has immeasurable depth inviting you to explore and discover its rich complex profile.  The flavor of this special brew draws you in further and further with each sip.  The Abyss beckons.  Enjoy the journey.

From their websiteStout   Alc. 11% | IBUs 65

A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure a year on.

Beer #164 Ballast Point Sea Monster

 

Ballast Point Sea Monster

 

Name: Sea Monster

Style:  Imperial Stout

Brewery: Ballast Point Brewing Company.  website

Country: USA

Region:   San Diego, California

ABV: 10.0 % Abv

How served: 22oz capped bottle poured into a De Struise Brouwers glass.  

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing

I paired this beer with:  Nothing today.   I had this as an after dinner drink.

Tasted on:  Monday April 4th, 2011  

Note:  This beer has been sitting in my cellar for well over a year.  Most of the bitterness from the hops in this beer has disappeared and the coffee notes have mellowed a bit.  In my opinion I liked this brew aged better than fresh.  As a result I upgraded my Overall Opinion from a Very Good to an Amazing because of the aging. 

This beer poured a near black with a fluffy 2 finger tan head which hung around until I was half way finished with my glass and left a minimal lacing on the glass.  The nose was all coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.  The taste initial tasted reminded me of a Kahlua and Cream as the rich thick sweetness of this oatmeal stout and the coffee hit me first.  Then the chocolate kicked in and this beer morphed into a delicious mocha drink, delicious! This beer had a medium to think creamy mouthfeel which was silky on the tongue.    This beer is a great as an after dinner drink and the 10% abv was very well hidden.  Like most beer of this style make sure you don’t drink it too cold.  Let this warm up to 50-55 degrees before you drink this and you will not be disappointed.  I’m looking forward to having this one again!

On the Label:  From the deep dark depths of our Brewmaster’s imagination comes this rich and monstrous oatmeal stout.  Our Sea Monster embodies all that the true dark beer aficionado will appreciate; roasted coffee notes, with hints of bittersweet chocolate and currant flavors all brought together by a perfect hop balance.

 Don’t fear the Monster!

Our Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses.  Enjoy!

Get the Point!

Beer #161 2009 Lost Abbey Serpent’s Stout

2009 Lost Abbey Serpent's Stout

Name: Serpent’s Stout

Style:  Imperial Stout

Brewery: The Lost Abbey website

Country: USA

Region: San Marcos, California

ABV: 11.0% Abv

How served: 750 ml corked & caged bottle poured into Kastaar tulip.

My Overall Opinion:  Amazing.

I paired this beer with: nothing, just an after dinner drink.

Tasted on:  Wednesday March 16th, 2011  

Note:  This bottle is dated 2009.  I was a little worried about the condition of this bottle as I noticed that the cork was working its way out of the bottle despite the cage and that the exposed cork was discolored.  So instead of aging this for another 12- 24 months I decided it was time to open this up and find out how it has held up.

Looks at how this cork is working its way out of the bottle and the dark color near the bottle.

When I pulled out the cork I heard only the slightest hiss.  Now I was really worried about this bottle.  The beer poured a pitch black and to my delight it had a one finger dark brown head meaning that it did not go totally flat due to a cork problem.  The head did dissipate quickly and left a very minimal but sticky lacing on the glass.   The nose was of dark chocolate, dark dried fruit, vanilla and roasted coffee.  The taste was sweet of dark roasted malts with strong notes of chocolate upfront, then milder hints of roasted coffee, vanilla and some dark dried fruits.  The mouthfeel was of a medium to heavy viscosity and was as smooth as silk on the tongue, with low carbonation (either by design or due to the cork issue).  The drinkability was amazingly good for an 11%abv brew.  It is a sipper for such, but he alcohol level was not the reason, it was just that I wanted this bottle to last forever.  Like most Imperial Stouts it greatly improves as it warmed in the glass.  

On the Label:  

From the beginning of time, it was so decreed, “From the this Tree of Knowledge, you shall not eat this fruit”.  Soon enough, the Serpent slithered through the Garden convincing Eve to taste the nectar from this forbidden fruit.  Once bitten and shamed, she then tempted Adam.  Together, their actions brought Original Sin upon our world.

Discontent to rest on his laurels the Serpent continued his cunning ways bringing forth more temptations. Ultimately, he foisted upon the world his own Serpent Stout – a liquid so dark and viscous that all who tasted soon fell victim to this evil incarnate.  Some turned to false prophets seeking advice.  None of it mattered.  Each struggle revealed the battle between Good and Evil.  And now that you are holding a bottle of this liquid, it is certain he has tempted even you… So, welcome to our Darker Side of Life – home of the Serpent Stout’s Original Sin and the tastiest beers known to man.

From their Website:

The history of the bible and religion is indeed the struggle of good vs. evil. Our Serpent’s Stout recognizes the evil of the dark side that we all struggle with.

This is a massively thick and opaque beer that begs the saints to join the sinners in their path to a black existence.

Tasting Notes:
Pours dark and thick, with a creamy mocha-colored head and aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and french roast coffee.

The mouthfeel is full, smooth and round on the tongue. The taste is rich with deep roasted malts, cocoa, coffee and a touch of vanilla balanced perfectly against the alcohol to create an excellent winter warmer.

ABV: 10.5%

Format: Draught, 22oz Bottles

Availability: Early winter release

Tampa Bay Beer Safari Weekend February 18th – 20th 2011 in Review

Tampa Bay Beer Safari Weekend February 18th – 20th 2011                                  

Our 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Beer Safari Weekend Beer Tour was quite a success!   We visited 2 brew pubs, 2 breweries, had two great beer paired dinners and 2 after dinner beer tastings.

Happy Hour

We started out our 1st night with a get to know each other Happy Hour.  We had the opportunity to sample:

Anchor Christmas Ale

Anchor Christmas Ale – Winter Warmer – 5.5% abv –  Anchor Brewing Company

Trappist Achel 8 Briun

Trappist Achel 8 Briun – Dubbel – 8.0% abv –   Brouwerij der St. Benedictusabdij de Achelse  

Twin Sisters – Double IPA – 9.0%abv – Left Hand Brewing Co 

Left Hand Imperial Stout – Russian Imperial Stout – 10.4% abv – Left Hand Brewing Co 

Kalamazoo Stout – American Stout – 6.0% abv – Bells Brewery

Orange Blossom Pilsner – Fruit beer – 6.5% abv – Orange Blossom Pilsner LLC

 …Plus 2 extra special growlers fresh from the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in Boca Raton!

So Thank You MusicGinger Lemongrass Wheat – unknown abv

Last SnowCoffee Porter – also an unknown abv

Funky Buddha's So Thank You Music, oh what a great nose you have!

Funky Buddha’s “So Thank You Music”, oh what a great nose you have!

So Thank You Music was the “Hit” of the Happy Hour with its amazing nose of fresh ginger and lemongrass, as well as its wonderful taste which matched the nose.  A close second was Last Snow, which is an interesting name as Boca Raton never even gets a 1st snow… actually it’s a celebration ale for those in South Florida to toast with as the “Last Snow(bird)” leaves the region.

 After the happy hour we took a short walk to Bernini, a fabulous Italian Restaurant in the heart of Ybor City for our first beer paired dinner.

 To honor Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s 30 years of great brewing I paired 3 of their outstanding brews with this evening’s dinner. 

Cheers from Bernini

For the 1st Course we had Bruschetta and Calmari paired with:

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Kellerweis – Hefeweizen – 4.80% abv.  In my opinion this is one of the better examples of a true German Hefeweizen made in America.

 For the 2nd Course we had a choice between the Classic Caesar Salad (I had mine with extra anchovies) or the House Mista Salad paired with:

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – 5.6% abv.  This is Sierra Nevada’s “Flagship” beer and the one beer you can count on finding in most pubs or restaurants which haven’t figured out the craft beer movement yet.

 For our Main Course our choices were either Angel Hair pasta tossed with Grilled Chicken Breast; Shrimp Orecchiette; Margherita Pizza or the New Yorker Pizza with roasted peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage & mozzarella. (the pizzas as well as the meal servings were HUGE!)  These were paired with:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

Torpedo Extra IPA – IPA – 7.2% abv.  This is their Pale Ale on steroids! 

 We also had the opportunity to try the Torpedo Extra IPA side by side with Cigar City Brewing’s Jai Alai IPA – IPA – 7.5% abv. 

Cigar City Jai Alai

Maybe I’m being a “homeboy” but I felt the Jai Alai had a tad better nose and taste, I have to say, it was it really close.

 Here is a very entertaining short video of an impromptu after dinner discussion of the tour by Ruth & Mike:

After the dinner & the “show” we walked around the corner to see what was brewing at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company.

Tampa Bay Brewing Logo

Tampa Bay Brewing Company was founded in 1996 and is a family business, with mother and son serving as general manager and brewmaster respectively. Their on-site brewery is equipped to produce up to twelve tap beers and several cask-conditioned ales on a 10bbl step-infusion brewing system.  As a matter of fact, 12 of their 16 serving tanks used to hold the beer at the famous Bass Ale Brewery in England.  

Tampa Bay Brewing Co’s Tanks

Here we tried the Wild Warthog Weizen – 5.2% abv;  Jack the Quaffer London Porter – 5.7%;  Iron Rat Stout – 8.0% abv and the MooseKiller Barleywine- 10.0% abv as well as a taste of their fabulous Root Beer, which is made on site.

Tampa Bay Brewing Co

After we left Tampa Bay Brewing Co, our plan was to do some beer hunting at New World Brewing Co.  At New World Brewing you will find the best selection of craft beer in Ybor City with 26 taps and at least 100 bottled beers.  You can also enjoy entertainment in their outside courtyard.  However tonight the courtyard was packed, so instead we opted to return to the hotel and do some beer tasting in a more relaxed atmosphere. 

 Back at the hotel, in additional to revisiting some of our “Happy Hour Beers”, we shared:

McChouffe, Gouden Carolus Noël and 2 Turtle Doves

McChouffe – Belgium Strong Dark Ale – 8.0% abv – Brasserie d’Achouffe

Gouden Carolus Noël – Belgium Strong Dark Ale – 10.5% abv – Brouwerij Het Anker

2 Turtle Doves –  Belgium Strong Dark Ale – 12.0% abv – The Bruery

& a fresh growler of

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum via the Funky Buddha Lounge

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – Double IPA – 10.4% abv – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Showing the Funky Buhdda’s “So Thank You Music” some Love

Friday Night after Dinner Get Together

Tarpon Springs and Spongeorama

On Saturday morning our 1st stop was Tarpon Springs. Tarpon Springs is known as the Sponge Capital of the World, so we visited the Famous Spongeorama to see the Sponge Diving Museum and stroll along the waterfront and a few specialty shops. 

Hellas

Tarpon Springs is also Florida’s own Greek village, so we of course had to sample some mouthwatering pastries at the very authentic Greek restaurant, Hellas.  This was a “sweet” way to start the morning! 

Heading over to Saint Somewhere

After spending about an hour here, we headed off to meet our friend Bob Sylvester and see his brewing set up at Saint Somewhere Brewing Company.

 While Bob explained to us his brewing process, including his use of open fermentation, he also showed off his new tanks and told us that he has just expanded to offering his 3 brews- Saison Athene – Saison – 7.5% abv, Lectio Divina – Belgium Strong Pale Ale – 8.0% abv & Pays du Soleil – Dubbel – 8.0% abv- in kegs. 

Saint Somewhere

After seeing the size of this small brewery everyone was extremely impressed when Bob told us that his beers can be found in 35 states!  It is truly mind boggling that that much beer can be produced here.  Bob also said that he will be brewing the next collaboration beer he has planned with Cigar City called Déjà Vu, in this location.  He told us that it will be a completely different style then Vuja Dé, which was made at Cigar City.

Checking the smell of Lectio Divina

Did you know that 11:00 am is the time of day your taste buds are supposed to be most in tune? Well fortunate for us our beer tour happened to be at Saint Somewhere right about then, and we were invited to help ourselves to a taste of Lectio Divina out of the keg…and as if that wasn’t a beautiful thing in itself, Bob also shared with us 3 additional very special brews!  

The Younger Oak Aged Blend

The 1st special brew was an extremely young oak barrel aged blend of his beers.  Bob warned us that it was “young & hot” and really needed to age quite a bit longer before consuming.  The nose of this beer was a mixture between rocket fuel and nail polish remover, however when it came to the taste, it was like drinking a fine port wine with no hint of the fuel or remover.

The 2 oak barrels used in aging the special brews

Enjoying the special brew

His 2nd special brew was a mature 2-3 year old oak barrel aged blend.  This beer was sublime, the nose was mildly tart/sour with hints of oak, caramel and vanilla and the taste was both tart yet mildly sweet of fruit- with notes of the oak and a smooth as silk mouth feel. I could drink this all day. Ruth says just thinking about it makes her mouth water!

Getting a whiff of the Saison Athene with Brettanomyces “C”

Saison Athene with Brettanomyces “C” strain

The 3rd special brew was a taste of a beer which he says never made it to the market. It was his Saison Athene with Brettanomyces “C” strain.  The “C” strain added more tartness and citrus in the nose and taste than you would find in the “regular” Saison Athene.

 After tasting these 3 beers, it made me feel extremely blessed that we have such a great Belgium style artisanal brewer here in Florida. 

Great sign on Bob’s Desk

Dunedin Brewery

So we left Tarpon Springs to head over to Florida’s Scottish heritage town, Dunedin.  Here we visited Dunedin Brewery for a brewery tour, beer tasting and a great lunch! Plus we will have Bob from Saint Somewhere join us too!

Dunedin Taps

Dunedin Brewery is the oldest microbrewery in Florida.  They always have 8 of their beers available year round on tap plus a few extra seasonal beers as well as guest taps.

Dunedin Celtic Gold Ale

We all stated off with their Celtic Gold Ale – Kölsch – 5.2% abv to enjoy while we toured around their brewing facilities

Dunedin Brewery Tour

Sharing a Dropkick Red Ale with Bob

We had all worked up a mighty thirst during our tour, so we were happy to try the samples of their Dropkick Red Ale – Amber Ale &

Dunediin Leonard Croon Stout

Leonard Croon Stout – Stout – 5.2% abv  offered to us by Ricky (our awesome guide, beer tender and server) before we placed our order for lunch. 

Dunedin… I’m ready for lunch

I chose to have their famous Pacific Coast Fish Taco, and since I heard they still had some of their delicious Christmas Farm Ale – Spiced Beer – 5.2% abv available, I paired that with my fish taco.  Boy, this was one great lunch stop!

Having fortified ourselves, we will set off to Cigar City Brewery.  On our way over to Cigar City we passed the time playing a few rounds of Beer Cap Bingo for some beery cool (of course) prizes.

Cigar City Brewing

Cigar City Brewery was founded by beer columnist and Tampa native Joey Redner in the summer of 2007. Since its inception CCB has been guided by Joey’s passion for both great beer and the city of his birth.   With the creative input and expertise of Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup award winning brewer Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing endeavors to make world class ales and lagers which celebrate the rich heritage and traditions that make Tampa one of the world’s most unique cities.

 During our tour of Cigar City’s facilities what struck me the most was how much they have expanded since we were here last year. During our walk around the brewery we even caught a glimpse of a group of B.J.C.P. judges occupying the back end of the brewery where they were hard at work judging something I’m sure we will quaff in the future!

What on Tap at Cigar City Brewing

Once we made our way to the tasting room we had some samples of:

Getting a taste of Vuja Dé

Vuja Dé – American Wild Ale – 10.0% abv

Cubano Espresso – American Brown Ale – 5.5% abv

Jose Marti – American Porter – 8.0% abv

Humidor Jai Alai IPA – IPA – 7.5% abv

Cigar City Tasting Room

After having our fill at Cigar City we made our way back to the hotel to get ready for our big night out at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. (or so they keep calling it…I wonder how long and how many beer dinners it will take to convince them to add Beer to the name?)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming’s. The menu features the finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts.  

Fleming’s

We had a 4 course beer paired gourmet dinner created especially for our Beer Safari by the chef at Fleming’s.

 Here is our menu:

 First Course

lobster mango crisps; Crispy wontons topped with main lobster, mango finished with garlic, shallots, and fresh herbs paired with:

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis  a  Hefeweizen of 4.80% ABV by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 

Second Course

Malheur’s Spring Salad; Julienned Pears and Gala apples, tossed in Orange Sriracha vinaigrette, finished with candied walnuts and grape tomatoes paired with:

Malheur 10

Malheur 10 a Belgian Strong Pale Ale 10.0% ABV from Brouwerij De Landtsheer NV 

 

Third Course

petite filet; Chimichurri sauce, served with roasted baby carrots with golden raisins and balsamic reduction, garlic mashed potatoes paired with:

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA

Terrapin Hop Karma IPA an American Brown Ale 6.00% ABV by Terrapin Beer Company 

 

Fourth Course

chocolate stout cake; Cake infused with double chocolate stout, served with Chantilly cream paired with:

Young’s Double Chocolate and Stout Cake

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout a Sweet Stout 5.20% ABV Wells & Young’s Ltd. 

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Belgium Barge Re union

Between Courses we had a brief overview of the beer we were drinking and the chef explained how he paired the meal with the beer.  As you can see, we decided to try the same beer for the first pairing as the previous night, in order to do a comparison of appetizer/beer pairing for this beer, just to try something a little different.  This Kellerweis is what I consider the perfect example of this style.

 After Dinner we returned to the hotel for another round of beer tasting, but the 1st order of business was to settle our dispute as to which cartoon dog, Muttley or Snuffles, was the one which would jump up and then float down in air on his back like a feather after receiving a treat.  To our surprise it was both!

Muttley vs Snuffles

Saturday Night after Dinner Gathering

This evening we finished what was left of:

Sierra Nevada Hoptimum – Double IPA – 10.4% abv

Funky Buddha Lounge’s Ginger Lemongrass Wheat, So Thank You Music

Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout – American Stout – 6.0% abv

As well as the following:

St. Bernardus Christmas Ale – Belgium Strong Dark Ale – 10.0% abv – Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Southern Tier Crème Brulée – Imperial Stout – 10.0% abv – Southern Tier Brewing Company

Paníl Barriquée – Flanders Red Ale – 8.0% abv – Paníl

The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments – Belgium Strong Dark Ale – 9.0%abv – The Lost Abbey

Saturday Night’s Beers

An old cigar factory

On Sunday morning after a leisurely breakfast we enjoyed a perfect day for our guided historical walking tour of Ybor City (the original “Cigar City”).   

A little piece of Cuban Soil found in Ybor City during our walking Tour

The old Florida Brewing Company Building

Our guide informed us that Ybor City is also the home of the 1st brewery in Florida, the Florida Brewing Company (after prohibition it was re-named Tampa Florida Brewery, Inc)In 1896 the construction of the Florida Brewing Company started; when it was finished, it was the tallest building in Tampa at six stories.   They used the water from a natural spring which ran under the building to make their La Tropical Beer.  The Florida Brewing Company exported more beer to Cuba than any other brewery in the USA.  Unfortunately this Brewery closed in 1961.

“Count” Bon Beer Voyage

Then was back to the hotel to say our goodbyes and check out.  Overall, an amazing weekend with a fantastic group of people and great beer to match!  Can’t wait until our next one!  Looks like the  Saint Augustine Beer Safari Weekend will be coming up in September…make sure you are on the BEERmail list to keep up to date on the latest with our Beercation Beer Tours and Weekend Beer Safari beer trips! Cheers!

Recap of the 3rd annual Jupiter Field of Beers

Jupiter Field of Beers 2011

Roger Dean Stadium 

 This was the 3rd annual Jupiter Field of Beers and I was fortunate enough to be at all 3 events.  Like the last 2 years, Fran, from Brewzzi, did an outstanding job of putting together this event.  I’m already looking forward to next years!

Roger Dean Stadium, the view from the 1st base side

 This year there were 16 mouthwatering food and beer pairing stations.  2 were alongside 1st base & 3rd base; 3 were found inside each dugout where you could eat and drink while sitting on the dugout benches and the other 6 were scattered along the backstop behind home plate. 

 Here is the list of beers, as they were presented on the Field of Beers, not necessary in the same order as consumed.

 Behind 1st Base

 #1 Wood Fired Flatbread
Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina

 Local Loxahatchee, Florida goat cheese and fresh fig compote on toasted whole grain flatbread with fresh basil.

Paired with: Lectio Divina:  

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewery: Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.   website

Country: USA

Region: Tarpon Springs, Florida

ABV: 8.0%  

Unfiltered amber colored ale combining elements of fruity sweetness and a pleasant tartness along with classic Belgian spiciness.

Bob of Saint Somewhere holding a bottle of Lectio Divina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 
 
 
 

Inlet's Monk in the Trunk

  #2 Grilled Kobe Beef Slider

Presented on a soft potato slider roll with horseradish cream sauce.

Paired with: Monk in the Trunk  

Style: Belgian Amber Ale

Brewery: Inlet Brewing Company   website

Country: USA

Region: Jupiter, Florida

ABV: 5.5%

A unique copper colored ale with a fruity, slightly spicy aroma and subtle nutty/malty sweet flavor brewed with fresh organic hops. 

Monk in the Trunk

 Inside the 1st Base Dugout  

  

First Base Dugout

 

Tequesta English IPA

 #3 English IPA Battered Fish & Chips (Florida Snapper)

Served with smoky chipotle aioli in a paper cone.

Paired with: English IPA

Style: English IPA

Brewery: Tequesta Brewing Company

Country: USA

Region: Tequesta, Florida

ABV: ???%

Golden colored, medium body IPA, subtly balanced with floor malted Maris Otter and English Challenger and East Kent Golding Hops.

Fish and Chips in the 1st base dugout

Gordon Biersch Sticke Alt

 #4 Homemade Watercress Gnocchi

In shiitake mushroom ragu, prosciutto, roasted garlic cream and sprinkled with basil and fresh parmigiano reggiano.

Paired with: Sticke Alt

Style: German Altbier

Brewery: Gordon Biersch Brewery   website

Country: USA

Region: Miami, Florida

ABV: ??%   

A bigger version of the traditional Northern Altbier made with all German malt. Sticke Alt  means “Secret Ale” made in appreciation of loyal local brewery patrons.

Enjoying the Field of beers

 #5 Wild Pheasant and White Bean Chili

Served over a white cheddar and jalapeno biscuit with fresh oregano, tomatillo, green pepper and garlic.

Paired with: Helios Ale

Style: Saison

Brewery: Victory Brewing Company   website

Country: USA

Region: Downingtown, PA

ABV: 7.5%  

Starts with an earthy flavor and aromatic hop aroma, and turns to hints of lemon peel and pepper in the invigorating and quenching finish.

 Behind Home Plate 

 
 
 

Stone Smoked Porter

 

#6 South Florida Style Grilled  Apalachicola Florida Oyster “Rockefeller”

Topped with crispy pancetta, spinach, pernod cream with a hint of garlic and anise 

Paired with: Stone Smoked Porter

Style: Smoked Porter

Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.   website

Country: USA

Region: San Diego, California

ABV: 5.6%

A smooth, deep-mahogany colored ale with chocolate and coffee like flavors balanced with the subtle smokey quality of peat-smoked malt.

Stone Smoked Porter

Brewzzi Darkhouse

 #7 Ziggy’s Cheese Shoppe Fondue with Homemade Bretzel

Creamy imported limburger, pickled carrot and beets on a caraway, rye “Bretzel”.

Paired with: Darkhouse

Style: Belgian Dark Farmhouse Ale

Brewery: Brewzzi   website

Country: USA

Region: West Palm Beach/Boca Raton, Florida

ABV: ??%   

American take on a traditional Belgian classic. Full-bodied, slightly tart Brown Ale well balanced with fresh American hops.

“At Brewzzi, our beer’s journey doesn’t end at the bottom of the glass.  The spent grain from our brewery goes to a Loxahatchee company which uses it to make organic worm castings…yes, worm poop.  The result is an all natural, 100 percent organic fertilizer which is then sent to an organic farm to help grow vegetables we intended to use in tonight’s beer and food pairings. 

But mother nature had other plans. Two months ago, the frost and freezing temperatures ruined a large percentage of crops throughout South Florida, including our veggies.  So, while we were unable to use sustainable vegetables this time around, we promise to try again next year.

 
 
 

Brewzzi Darkhouse

 

Big Bear Imperial Stout

 #8 Stout Braised Bottom Round of Grain Fed Beef

Crusted with pasilla pepper and toasted coriander and slow roasted with a veal demi glace. Carved to order with white cheddar grits.

When they say “grain fed beef” they meant “beer grain feed”!!  “Big Bear brewmaster Matt Cox contributed to both the beer and food in tonight’s pairing.  Matt donates his spent grain to a local cattle farmer in Delray Beach, who has been feeding it to his cows since last year.  The resulting beef is part of this pairing tonight.  It’s a great example of how craft beer and sustainability can go hand in hand.”

Paired with: Big Bear Imperial Stout

Style: Imperial Stout

Brewery: Big Bear Brewing Co   website

Country: USA

Region: Coral Springs, Florida

ABV: ??%     

Big and bold, rich, dark and roasty with a hint of smokiness. Balanced by a slight malt and toffee sweetness with a smooth and creamy mouth feel from the nitrogen tap.  

Terrapin Wake n' Bake

 #9 Coffee Stout Mocha Float

Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Paired with: Wake n’ Bake

Style: Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Brewery: Terrapin Brewing Company   website

Country: USA

Region: Athens, GA

ABV: 8.1%  

Black as night, this Stout is thick, rich and full of real coffee flavor. Brewed with flaked oats, flaked barley and balanced with Chinook and Northern Brewer hops.

Terrapin Wake n' Bake Ice Cream Float

 
 
 

Swamp Head Catherine's Passion

 

#10 Warm Chocolate Beignets

Cocoa and red velvet devils food doughnut with salted caramel dipping sauce.

Paired with: Catherine’s Passion

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery: Swamp Head Brewery   website

Country: USA

Region: Gainesville, Florida

ABV: 9.75%  

Big flavored, dark ale infused with organic cocoa nibs and Fare Trade coffee with a noticeable (9.75 abv) alcohol presence.

The last Chocolate Beignets

 

W
O
W
After tasting
Catherine’s
Passion
My Eyes Swirled
&
My Feet Felt Different!!

My eyes started to swirl

My Feet Felt Different!

Widmer Brothers’ Reserve Brrr

 #11 Fresh Grilled Lamb Sausage

Spiced with rosemary and sage and served with savory minted anjou pear and beer reduction compote.

Paired with: Brothers’ Reserve Brrr

Style: Winter Warmer

Brewery: Widmer Brewing Company   website

Country: USA

Region: Portland, Oregon

ABV: 9.4%

Aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Soft oak flavor transitions to a sweet, slightly dry finish with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Widmer Brothers' Reserve Brrr

 Inside the 3rd Base Dugout

 

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

 

 #12 Chef Carlino’s Lobster Mac and Cheese

Made with sharp aged cheddar fresh chervil and green parsley.

Paired with: Polestar Pilsner

Style: Pilsner

Brewery: Left Hand Brewery   website

Country: USA

Region: Longmont, Colorado

ABV: 5.5%

Light, crisp, elegant pilsner. Brewed with American hops yet delivering a true European Pilsner flavor.

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

Cigar City Jai Alai White Oak aged IPA

 #13 La Caja China

Marinated, roasted whole pig with “Rincon Heat” gourmet hot sauce.

Paired with: Jai Alai White Oak Aged IPA

Style: India Pale Ale

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing    website

Country: USA

Region: Tampa, Florida

ABV: 7.5%  

Amber colored American IPA brewed with six varieties of the freshest northwestern hops with notes of macaroon, vanilla and dill.

 

Blue Point Rastafa Rye Ale

 

 #14 Florida Gator Wontons

Marinated Gator tail with sweet and spicy Florida citrus (Beer Infused) dipping sauce.

Paired with: Rastafa

Style: Rye Ale

Brewery: Blue Point Brewing Company    website

Country: USA

Region: Patchogue, NY

ABV: 7.5%  

A hearty, deep copper ale with just the right amount of rye flavor to offset the spicy, floral characteristics of the hops.

 Behind 3rd Base

 

Brooklyn Local One

 

 #15 Green Tea Cured Salmon

Served with longan berries, basil and yuzu jelly.

Paired with: Local One

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Brewery: Brooklyn Brewery   website

Country: USA

Region: Brooklyn, New York

ABV: 9.0%  

Golden colored ale brewed with raw sugar, as well as German malt and hops. Re-fermented in the bottle with a dusting of Belgian yeast producing complex aroma and flavors.

 

Florida Swamp Ape IPA

 

#16 Florida Seafood Paella

Florida grouper, crab, spicy chorizo (sausage) and fresh cilantro in saffron rice.

Paired with: Swamp Ape IPA

Style: Double IPA

Brewery: Florida Beer Company   website

Country: USA

Region: Melbourne, Florida

ABV:10.0 %

Intense beast of a beer with potent aroma and bite! 10 percent alcohol IPA brewed with five distinct varieties of hops.

Florida Swamp Ape IPA

 My 3 Favorite Beer & Food Pairing of the night were:

(not including the 2 dessert pairings which were both awesome!!!!)

Wild Pheasant and White Bean Chili with Helios Ale

Wood Fired Flatbread with Lectio Divina

Grilled Kobe Beef Slider with Monk in the Trunk

 

My 3 Favorite Beers of the Night were:

(this was difficult as there were many great tasting beers at this event)

Swamp Head Catherine’s Passion

Cigar City Jai Alai White Oak Aged IPA

Saint Somewhere Lectio Divina 

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A Great Time at the Field of Beers

Beer # 148 Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout (2009 Fresh Hop Harvest Edition)

Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout Fresh Hops Edition 2009

 

Name: Beer Valley Black Flag Imperial Stout (2009 Fresh Hop Harvest Edition)

Style: Imperial Stout                                 

Brewery: Beer Valley Brewing Co.  website

Country:  USA

Region: Ontario, Oregon

ABV: 11.0% Abv

How served: 22oz capped bomber poured into a Piraat tulip.              

My Overall Opinion:  Very Good.

I paired this beer with: Lasagna with a hot red pepper sauce. 

Tasted on:  Monday November 15th, 2010   

Note: This is a version of the “regular” Black Flag which is “hopped-up” with 200 pounds of fresh hops and is brewed once a year.    

2009 Fresh Hops Edition

 

 

 This beer poured a dark brown with a tan 2 finger head which left a minimal lacing on the glass. The nose had hints of chocolate, roasted coffee and a mild hop aroma.  The taste was like the smell; it started off with mild chocolate and coffee notes, some mild sweetness from the malts then finished dry and mildly hoppy.  The mouthfeel was a medium body with a nice texture. The drinkability was very good, as this was a well balanced imperial stout with the 11.0%abv not easily detected. I last had this beer in May 2010 and since it was fresher the hops had much more of a presence, however I like it much better today, with the hops slightly muted, as it lets the full imperial stout flavor come through.

On the Label:  Bottle conditioned.  2009 Fresh Hop Edition.

From their website:  Black Flag Imperial Stout, the first beer released by Beer Valley Brewing, is a monstrously huge beer brewed for beer enthusiasts who want to test the edge of sensory perception. Brewed with 8 different malts and 4 different hop varieties to give it depth and complexity, Black Flag Imperial Stout delivers an extreme beer drinking experience like no other beer on the planet.
 

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Impromptu Tasting of 19 Beers.

Saturday night started out as 3 couples (my wife & I, my neighbor and another couple) who planned a mellow evening of grilling steak and drinking only a few beers.  Well it turned out to become an impromptu tasting in which we had the opportunity to taste 13 different beers style from the 19 beers we went through that evening.   

After 19 beers & 24 glasses

Here are almost all the bottles and all of the glassware 6 people went through on the evening.  Having all those beers made cleaning the glasses a little easier.

 The Aperitif Beers:   

 

Cigar City Jai Alai

Beer #1:  Jai Alai

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing.  Tampa, Florida

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 7.5% 

21st Amendment Hell of High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Beer #2:  Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer

Brewery: 21st Amendment Brewery.   San Francisco, California

Style: American Wheat/Fruit                                

ABV: 4.9% 

Rodenbach Vin de Céréale

Beer #3: Vin de Céréale.  2004 bottle #7392

 Brewery: Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V.  Roeselare Belgium (Brouwerij Palm NV)

Style: Flanders Red Ale

ABV: 10.0% 

Goose Island Sofie 2009

Beer #4:  Sofie

Brewery: Goose Island.  Chicago, Illinois

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

ABV: 6.5% 

Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast

Beer #5:  Beer Geek Breakfast

Brewery: Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Oatmeal Stout w/ Coffee

ABV: 7.5%  

Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

Beer #6:  Just Outstanding IPA

Brewery: Kern River Brewing Company.  Kernville, California

Style: I.P.A.

ABV: 6.8%  

Pisgah Baptista

Beer #7:  Pisgah Baptista

Brewery: Pisgah Brewing Co.  Black Mountain, North Carolina

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 11.5%

 Dinner drinks:

Beers #8 & #9 were paired with grilled Filet Mignon, grilled asparagus and corn on the cob.

Ølfabrikken Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Beer #8:  Abbey Ale Special Reserve

Brewery: Ølfabrikken   Roskilde, Denmark

Style: Dubbel

ABV: 8.5% 

AleSmith 2009 Decadence

Beer #9:  Decadence 2009 Anniversary Ale

Brewery: AleSmith Brewing Company.  San Diego, California

Style: Dunkel Weizenbock

ABV: 9.0%

 Pre Dessert Beers: 

 
 
 

Good Karma Tripel version 5, 6 and 9

Vertical Tasting of Good Karma Tripel Version #5, #6 & #9

(IMHO Version #6 was the better of the three. It is an outstanding example of the classic Belgian Tripel)

 Beer #10:  Tripel #5 (made with Westmalle yeast) 

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #11:  Tripel #6 (made with LaChouffe yeast,  sold as Ardennes yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 

Beer #12:  Tripel #9   (made with Uniboue yeast)

Brewery: Good Karma Brewing.  Boca Raton, Florida

Style: Tripel

ABV: 9.0 %  

 The Dessert Beers, Part 1:

Beer #13 & #14 are paired with chocolate cover strawberries

Southern Tier Crème Brûleé Stout

Beer #13: Crème Brûleé Stout

Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company.  Lakewood, New York

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2% 

Consecration in the glass with Supplication, Crème Brûleé, Older Viscosity & Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Beer #14:  Older Viscosity

Brewery: Port Brewing Company / Pizza Port.  San Marcos, California 

Style: Imperial Stout

ABV: 12.10%

 The Palate Cleanser:  

Beer #15:  Supplication

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 7.0%

The Dessert Beers, Part 2:

Beer #16 was paired with a chocolate lava cake.

 

 Beer #16:  Beer Geek Brunch Weasel

Brewery:  Mikkeller. København, Denmark (Brewed at Nøgne Ø, Grimstad, Norway)

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout w/ Vietnamese ca phe chon coffee

ABV: 10.9%

 The Digestif Beers: 

 
 
 

De Dolle Stille Nacht

Beer #17:  Stille Nacht

Brewery: De Dolle Brouwers.  Esen, Belgium

Style: Belgium Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 12.0%

 

Beer #18: Consecration

Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company.  Santa Rosa, California

Style:  American Wild Ale

ABV: 10.0%

De Proefbrouwerij Boerinneken

 Beer #19:  Boerinneken

Brewery: De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot).  Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

ABV: 9.5%

 My Favorite Brew of the Day:

Vin de Céréale. 

 My Least Favorite Brew of the Day:

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Ale

 
 
 
 
 

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