Catching Up

October 5th, 2009 · No Comments · Notes

There was quite a bit going on this past weekend (Tacoma Craft Beer Fest, fresh hop festivals, Beer Can Derby, etc…), but I opted to take a timeout and recoup from what was a very fun, but long and busy summer. After multiple trips, people in town visiting, and a string of consecutive busy weekends, this was seriously one of the best weekends ever. With the exception of going out to Beverdige Place Pub for a couple of beers for my friend Colin’s bday on Friday and a quick trip to Elliott Bay in West Seattle on Sunday, I managed to put a nice dent in my couch and watch a whole lot of football.

Even this chilled weekend had a couple of beer highlights, though. Over at Elliott Bay, I really enjoyed a schooner of their Hop Harvest Ale. Very nice balance of fresh hops and biscuit malt. It was one of the best beers I’ve ever had from Elliott Bay, and it was still on tap as of yesterday…so go get some. They also had a Syrah Barrel Aged Baltic Porter on tap that sounded right up my alley, but it picked up way too much character from the wine. Hard to tell there was much oak even, and I couldn’t have guessed it was a porter with my eyes closed. That said, I love that they keep rolling out these barrel aged brews (new one the 1st of every month), and I’ll look forward to trying more in the future. At Beveridge Place, they had a keg of double dry hopped Full Sail IPA that was as good as it sounds, and we also split a bottle of the North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout; truly fantastic. If you find yourself at BPP anytime soon, they still have it on the beer list at $28/750ml bottle; it’s worth it.

Here on the blog, I’m going to start rolling out more beer reviews (hopefully). Why? Well, there are a lot of great beers out there if you have noticed. I used to do a bi-weekly review for the Seattle PI (before it stopped printing) and I used to be an avid rater on, but I’ve slowed down as of late. I figure this is a good way to get me back into reviewing beers. So, I keep learning and you hopefully find out about some new beers. If you didn’t notice the first, it was for the new Widmer Brothers Cherry Oak Doppelbock that comes out today. I also managed to update all of my links here on the blog…added some, and cut out the personal pages that I had put together for many of them (way too much upkeep). If you think I missed any, feel free to shoot me an email. I also thought that I had figured out how to center my damn logo at the top/middle of the page (not that any one else really cares), but this AM it seems that it’s back to the left hand column. &$#*. It should be obvious that I’m figuring this blog design thing out as I go…

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