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American Craft Beer Fest

It’s been a while! In case you have forgotten my name is andy and this is a blog about beer and sausage.

Liz and I have just gotten back from the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. We tried lots of great beers. This was our first beer festival to go to and I was not disappointed.

We woke up nice and early yesterday morning, grabbed some coffee, and hit the road. We were a little upset that the festival had to fall on this day because it was also NECI’s graduation for the classes above us and Alton Brown was the guest speaker. A few friends of ours got to have their pictures taken with him, lucky.

Anyway, I got stuck with driving while Liz slept so I got to see some pretty sights going through southern New Hampshire in I-89. This was both of ours first time in Boston and it was pretty cool. We didn’t get to check out any of the historical sites but we took some nice strolls through the city.

We arrived at the Seaport World Trade Center about 15 minutes before the event and found a nice long line. We got in fairly quickly, were handed our 2 ounce tasting cups and immediately saw hundreds of different beers for the taking. 45 different beers with an average of 7.4% alcohol and 3 1/2 hours later our first beer fest was over and we were more than satisfied. For a complete list of the breweries and beers that were at the event click here. Below is a list of everything we tried.

Anchor Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Anchor Porter – Porter 5.6%

Anchor Steam – California Common 4.9%

Atwater Block Brewery – Detroit, MI

Detroit Pale Ale – Altbier 6.2%

Teufel Bock – Weizenbock 10.9%

Brewery Ommegang – Cooperstown, NY

Hennepin – Saison 7.7%

Ommegang BPA – Belgian Pale Ale 6.2%

Cisco Brewers Inc. – Nantucket, MA

Pechish Woods – American Wild Ale 4.9%

Summer of Lager – Munich Helles 6.5%

Heavy Seas Beer – Baltimore, MD

Holy Sheet – Belgian Strong Dark Ale 9%

Marzen – 5.78%

DL Geary Brewing Co. – Portlan, ME

Hampshire Special Ale – English Strong Ale 7%

Summer Ale – Kolsch 6%

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery – Milton, DE

Robert Johnson’s Hellhound on My Ale – Imperial IPA 10%

World Wide Stout – Imperial Stout 18%

Lagunitas Brewing Co. – Petaluma, CA

Hop Stoopid – Imperial IPA 8%

WTF (the bartender said that this was a “surprise” beer and left it at that. brown, hoppy, and delicious)

Lawson’s Finest Liquids  – Warren, VT

Acer Quercus – Rye Beer 9%

Double Sunshine – Imperial IPA 8%(my favorite!)

Left Hand Brewing Co. – Longmont, CO

400 Pound Monkey – English IPA 6.7%

Left Hand Milk Stout – 5.2%

Matt Brewing Co. – Utica, NY

Sarnac Adirondack Lager – German Pilsener 5.5%

Sarnac Black Forest – Schwarzbier 5.5%

Narragansett Brewing Co. – Providence, RI

Narragansett Bock – Helles Bock 6.5%

Narragansett Lager – American Lager 5.1%

Odell Brewing Co. – Fort Collins, CO

Myrcenary Double IPA – Imperial IPA 9.3%

Odell 90 Shilling Ale – Scottish Ale 5.5%

Rogue Ales – Newport, OR

Chatoe Rogue First Growth OREgasmic Ale – American Pale Ale 6%

Dad’s Little Helper – Black IPA 5.2%

Shipyard Brewing Co. – Portland, ME

Double Old Thumper Ale – ESB 11.2%

Shipyard xxxx IPA – Imperial IPA 9.25

Shmaltz Brewing Co. – San Fransisco, CA

Human Blockhead – Doppelbock 10%

He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. – Imperial Rye IPA 10%

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA

Kellerweis Hefeweiven – 4.8%

A California Common that was not on the list

Southern Tier Brewing Co. – Lakewood, NY

Mokah – Imperial Stout 11%

Raspberry Wheat Ale – 4.5%

Stone Brewing Co. – Escondido, CA

Highway 78 Scotch Ale – Wee Heavy 8.8%

Stone Imperial Russian Stout – Russian Imperial Stout 10.5%

Three Heads Brewing – Rochester, NY

Blimey English-Style Pale Ale – ESB 6%

Java Sutra Coffee Porter – American Porter 6.5%

Tullycross Tavern and Micro Brewery – Manchester, CT

Silk City Stout – Irish Dry Stout 4.2%

TCT  Pale Ale – English Pale Ale 5%

Uinta Brewing Co. – Salt Lake City, UT

Cockeyed Cooper – American Barleywine 11.1%

Tilted Smile – Imperial Pilsner 9%

Weyerbacher Brewing Co. – Easton, PA

Fourteen Ale – Wheatwine 11.8%

Thirteen – Imperial Stout 13.6%

Randal the Enamel Animal at the Dogfish Head booth full of coffee beans with the World Wide Stout running through it.

Me and the Alstrom Brothers

Getting a Stone brew

That lady ruined my shot

Patiently waiting for some Left Hand

Allagash booth

Cisco

In the can ay?

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Antique shops and Beer of the Day: Theobroma

Me and Liz made our way to the antique shop in Montpelier today. A few months ago I made a post mentioning some steins they had and that I would post pictures soon, well, better late than never.

This stein is decorated with an inscription that read “Endet einst mein Lebenslauf”. According to one of Liz’s friends who speaks German, the person who wrote this is pretty much saying this is the best beer he has ever drank.

This is basically just a picture of a German fella having a good ol time.

This seems to depict a group of folks sitting by a table while one of their mates strums away on some sort of stringed instrument.

“Beer is healthy”

Theobroma

Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE

Chile Beer

9%

This brew came from Hunger Mountain Co-op here in Montpelier. It was an impulse buy. I had heard that it tasted like spicy chocolate so I decided to try it.

Appearance – Two finger white foamy head, amber/ burnt orange color.

Aroma – malt, chocolate, caramel, honey

Taste – Cocoa, sweet, smokey. A little confusinf to explain. It is not a kind of sweet that makes you think “Ah, this is a sweet beer.” it makes you think ” Ah, this is a savory beer with hints of chocolate.” The chillies in this brew add a spice in the back of your throat. Very nice taste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied. Sort of bitter, nice stinging sensation not from the alcohol.

Drinkability – Great for certain occasions, not for everyday use.


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Other News and Beer of the Day: Centennial IPA

So Liz and I just secured our tickets for the American Craft Beer Fest, a nice birthday present from the folks. It is on June fourth in Boston. over 100 breweries and over 400 beers, it should be really awesome. For a look at the line-up click here.

Mississippi is not known for being ahead of the race in anything, including beer. With a 5% alcohol by weight limit to any beer sold in the state Mississippi beer lovers are forced to cross borders to get their hands on delicious world class beers. Mississippi is denied more beer than any other state in the country. There is a group of individuals who are trying to fix this nasty little problem. Raise Your Pints is a grassroots organization that is trying to fix the outdated beer laws and make home brewing in Mississippi legal.

Centennial IPA

Founders Brewing Company

Grand Rapids, MI

India Pale Ale

7.2%

This was my first beer to try from founders. Not bad at all I really enjoyed it. I feel that it really sticks to the style well. I grabbed this one from Carborro Beverage Co. in Carborro NC.

Appearance – Burnt copper with a 1 1/2 finger tan head. Good lacing.

Aroma – Citrus, floral, malty.

Taste – Spicy. A good piney taste in the foreground. Good malts but absolutely hoppy. Great spice.

Mouth Feel – Dry from the hops. Good smooth medium body texture. Gets bubbly when swished in the mouth.

Drinkability – Good IPA. Dry and hoppy but doesn’t leave you parched when you drink it. Good to drink often.

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Beer of the Day: Bell’s 25th Anniversary Ale

25th Anniversary Ale

Bell’s Brewery Inc.

Kalamazoo, MI

Amber Ale

8.5%

I got this beer shortly after Liz was awesome enough to introduce me to the Bell’s line-up. I don’t have much to say about this one so I will tell you what Bell’s say.

Celebrating 25 years of brewing, this strong amber ale carries on our tradition of flavorful, balanced beers. Brewed with 100% Michigan-grown barley, 25th Anniversary Ale starts with caramel & light toffee flavors. These are paired with generous kettle & dry-hop additions, yielding a crisp, assertive bitterness and hop flavors ranging from citrus, floral, and piney notes.

Appearance – Amber, dark red, one-finger beige head, good lacing.

Aroma, Citrus, Pine, Floral, slightly malty.

Taste – Tastes as it smells. A bit more malt in the mouth than in the nose. nice crisp bite up front with a good bitter finish in the end all the while keeping a good consistent malt presence.

Mouth Feel – Good carbonation and very smooth texture that lightly and pleasantly coats the mouth.

Drinkability – Great brew. Too bad this isn’t a year long brew and only a specialty release.

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Beer of the Day: Old Guardian

Old Guardian

Stone Brewing Company

San Diego, CA

American Barley Wine

11.2%

This is Stone’s Old Guardian. I first had this brew on tap at Three Penny. I can’t really remember what it was like then as it was over a year ago but I do remember that I liked it. This particular bottle that I will be reviewing was drank by Liz and I when we went to her family’s cabin up north Michigan. According to their website Stone states that this beer is “Delicious”. Hmm, thanks Stone. In part of their Odd Years release Stone has introduced us to Old Guardian Belgo, which is nothing more than Old Guardian fermented with a strain of Belgian yeast. I have a bottle of the Belgo put away that I can’t wait to taste.

Appearance – Amber/Red, big foamy cream head that goes away after a little bit. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma – Piney hops, caramel malts, slight chocolate, the aroma gets stronger as it warms.

Taste – Very hoppy, spicy, caramel, chocolate. Just as the aromas, the taste gets stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel – Medium, stings. A nice bite from the hops. Creamy and coats palate.

Drinkability – Third time to have this beer in a year and I don’t think it should be drank too many times in that length. This is a VERY powerful beer. I would love to get another bottle and put it away and see how the hops calm down and give the malts a chance to shine. Great beer

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Beer of the Day: Taddy Porter

The Famous Taddy Porter

Samuel Smith Old Brewery

Tadcaster, England

English Porter

5%

The Porter is probably the most important drink known to London Brits, yes, even more than tea. Porter reigned their pubs for decades. This specific porter is brewed with water from the same well they used to make this beer back in 1759 from 85 feet underground, not as high as an airplane flies but still pretty deep. This is the oldest brewery in Tadcaster and it is no surprise why it has lasted so long. If you see this beer, grab it. Courtesy to Liz for the photos.

Appearance – Dark brown, almost black. Creamy tan head with good lacing.

Aroma – Roasted malts, slightly nutty, caramel, slight hop aroma, hint of coffee.

Taste – Sweet. Roasted malts, another hint of that coffee, nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium to heavy bodied. Slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Drinkability – Great brew. Porters aren’t my favorite but I love this one. Low alcohol makes for a good session brew with the boys when just hanging out after work or for a fun Friday night.

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Beer of the Day: Smoked Baltic Porter

Smoked Baltic Porter

Great Divide Brewing Company

Denver, CO

Baltic Porter

6.2%

I am pretty confused with this brew. It is a porter (Ale) yet on the Great Divide website they refer to it as a Dark Lager. If there is someone who can explain this please, I’m all ears. I got this brew in North Carolina at the Carborro Beverage Center. Porters used to be a lot stronger than todays standards. Well above 7%. The Baltic Porter was created to be shipped across the Baltic Sea. This brew would sometimes often be blended with sour ale. This specific Baltic Porter is given an addition of smoked German Bamberg malts.

Appearance –Beige one finger head. Dark brown with red hues.

Aroma – Light hints of chocolate and coffee. Very malty brew. Hints of the smoke

Taste –Tangy, Citrus. Smokey, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel –Dry. Sharp carbonation and pretty thin.

Drinkability – Not the best brew I’ve had. Fairly easy to drink. It has been a few months since I had it and I feel like my palate has matured so I would like to try it again and see how I take to it now.

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