Random Notes

March 26th, 2009 · 6 Comments · Beer & Food, Beer Releases, Beer Reviews, Events, General Beer News, Notes, Washington Breweries

As I sit here drinking a Three Floyd’s Brian Boru after watching my Purdue Boilermakers lay a big egg in the Sweet Sixteen, I thought I’d throw a few tidbits up on the blog.

The Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti is FINALLY here (thinking that beer review I did of it in the P-I a month ago is pretty useless by now). Check your usual local spots. It sounds like supplies are limited, so get on it…it’s a good one. According to Bottlework’s blog, they also got in the Avery Brabant and a new batch of New Belgium La Folie.

I finally got to try a couple of beers I’d been looking forward to: New Belgium/Elysian The Trip and Hale’s Supergoose Imperial IPA. Both were pretty damn good. The Supergoose was on the lighter side for an imperial IPA, but that is right where I like it.  Hale’s is known for their session beers, and this is more extreme than most of what I’ve had from them. Nicely done. The first thing that struck me about the Trip was that it’s amazingly beautiful in the glass. It was a radiant, bright amber pour with full white head. This mix of Belgian Trippel and American IPA leans more towards the Trippel end of the spectrum, but the floral/citrus hops add a nice dimension.

Don’t forget there are two great looking events tomorrow:

  • Herbert’s Legendary Ale Showcase at Brouwer’s Cafe. Try all 10 of the Herbert’s beers in advance of Saturday’s cask fest.
  • WAHA Educational Speaker – Wyeast’s Brian Perkey at Big Al Brewing at 7pm.

See the events calendar for more details on both of these.

Chris over at The Beer Retard has a nice writeup on a tasting of the new De Proef Lousberg Ale and the Het Hinkelspel Cheese that it was made to pair with. Since I didn’t make it to Uber for the tasting, I’ll be looking forward to buying some at Whole Foods sometime soon.

In case you haven’t noticed, my favorite WA beer festival of the year is this Saturday. See you there.

Damn it, Boilers. Why’d you go and ruin my night?

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • +Russ

    Mmmm, looks like I’ll be hittin up Bottleworks tomorrow. Can’t wait to try the espresso YETI, love the normal oak aged……

  • MAS

    I’m going YETI hunting today!

  • MAS

    The hunt was good. Bottlewerks has a 2 per customer limit. They are $12.

  • Rick Green

    Love the Washington Cask Beer Festival too. There will be a bus of 20 CAMRA Vancouver members showing up for the afternoon session. You’ll recognize us by our black & white CAMRA BC buttons.

    Coincidentally, I bumped into four WABL members at the Alibi Room tonight where I gave a toast to Michael Jackson. They happened to meet my friend who works in a private beer store. He recommended they visit the Alibi; they didn’t even know about it. Personally, if I were them, I would have picked a different weekend to visit. It’s a shame to miss out on the Cask Fest.

  • ethan.john

    How’d you get the gig for the PI? Sounds cool, if a bit sad at this point.

    Do you have a favorite pub in the area? Would be nice to meet other folk that are writing about beer in the area. We’d love to have you on a podcast too, if you’re willing.

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