Uinta “Bourbon Barrel Aged Sea Legs” Baltic Porter, Track 7 “Equinox” Fresh Hop Double IPA, Monkey Paw “Lab Monkey” Cascadian Dark Ale and New Belgium “La Folie” Sour Brown Ale: Made a trip out to Final Gravity today in Roseville to check it out. Pretty cool spot. Decent bottle selection and tap list given there wasn’t anything special going on (as far as a tap takeover or something).
Sea Legs: When I ordered this I thought it was the regular one, but apparently they had a bourbon barrel version of it. For whatever reason though the beer started to sour. I can’t imagine why other than maybe because it’s a Baltic Porter? I don’t know how those age. Not overly palatable.
Equinox: So fresh, so hoppy. Super dank and juicy with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit character. Medium bodied with ample bitterness and carbonation. Very Palatable.
Lab Monkey: Apparently a rotating style of beer, this Dark Lab Monkey is a CDA with pleasant, moderately-roasted malt character with subtle, clean, floral hop notes. Well balanced with a lean towards malt. Medium bodied with moderate roast and bitterness and a lingering finish. Palatable.
La Folie: Num Nums. Highly palatable.
On December 13th Final Gravity is having an all Stout tap takeover with lots of limited releases and barrel aged stouts. I’ll definitely be requesting the day off. Maybe even the day after.

Uinta “Bourbon Barrel Aged Sea Legs” Baltic Porter, Track 7 “Equinox” Fresh Hop Double IPA, Monkey Paw “Lab Monkey” Cascadian Dark Ale and New Belgium “La Folie” Sour Brown Ale: Made a trip out to Final Gravity today in Roseville to check it out. Pretty cool spot. Decent bottle selection and tap list given there wasn’t anything special going on (as far as a tap takeover or something).

Sea Legs: When I ordered this I thought it was the regular one, but apparently they had a bourbon barrel version of it. For whatever reason though the beer started to sour. I can’t imagine why other than maybe because it’s a Baltic Porter? I don’t know how those age. Not overly palatable.

Equinox: So fresh, so hoppy. Super dank and juicy with plenty of citrus and tropical fruit character. Medium bodied with ample bitterness and carbonation. Very Palatable.

Lab Monkey: Apparently a rotating style of beer, this Dark Lab Monkey is a CDA with pleasant, moderately-roasted malt character with subtle, clean, floral hop notes. Well balanced with a lean towards malt. Medium bodied with moderate roast and bitterness and a lingering finish. Palatable.

La Folie: Num Nums. Highly palatable.

On December 13th Final Gravity is having an all Stout tap takeover with lots of limited releases and barrel aged stouts. I’ll definitely be requesting the day off. Maybe even the day after.

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Happy Stouterday! Made a trip up to Roseville with my buddy Derrick to have a little funday on our day off. Went to the Yard House for lunch, then to Final Gravity to check it out and finally a BevMo! on the way home. Picked up these lovelies while I was out; Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room, New Belgium / Perennial Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout and another 4-pack of Sierra Nevada Narwhal.
Gonna cellar half of this one too, giving me 4 Narwhals total. Might try to get another 2; we’ll see. Also gonna set aside those Evil Twin bottles at least until December 24th.

Happy Stouterday! Made a trip up to Roseville with my buddy Derrick to have a little funday on our day off. Went to the Yard House for lunch, then to Final Gravity to check it out and finally a BevMo! on the way home. Picked up these lovelies while I was out; Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room, New Belgium / Perennial Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout and another 4-pack of Sierra Nevada Narwhal.

Gonna cellar half of this one too, giving me 4 Narwhals total. Might try to get another 2; we’ll see. Also gonna set aside those Evil Twin bottles at least until December 24th.

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aaronandthebean asked:

Hair of the Dog is like that. It's a literal one man operation. Every batch, every bottle is slightly different. Bottle conditioning isn't always consistent. But like cask conditioned ale some times it is amazing and some times its a little off.

Brewgie Howser, Craft-Beer Enthusiast Answer:

Ok cool I feel a lot better now. I know bottle conditioning can be hit or miss, but I wasn’t sure if I bought some bad bottles cause the bottle shop I was at was kind of warm. I’m still excited to try more from them, especially now I know what to expect.

My craft beer cork collection is coming along nicely. I know I want to do something crafty with them, but I’m not 100% set on any one thing.
I’d like to do some sort of lighting fixture with them.

My craft beer cork collection is coming along nicely. I know I want to do something crafty with them, but I’m not 100% set on any one thing.

I’d like to do some sort of lighting fixture with them.

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Hair of the Dog “Fred” American Strong Ale (Batch 90): I was a bit hesitant to open this after my experience with Doggie Claws, being that they were purchased at the same time. From the nose I get a sort of raisiny, prune-like character with almost an honey sweetness. Possibly stone fruit; maybe even pear. Subtle caramel and Belgian candi sugar. On the palate I get some of that caramel sweetness from the malt followed by gentle to moderate hop bitterness with a soft, billowy head formation. Slightly floral, slightly spicy. Resinous on the back of the palate, but could also be the rye shining through. Moderate fusel warm, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry finish. Fairly palatable, this reminds me of decayed hops. To be fair, that’s exactly what this is; brewed sometime last year with 10 different kinds of hops, this bottle-conditioned beer has been evolving for the better part of a year (or what I gather from their website). I would love to try this fresh so I could have some sort of basis for comparison. This could be in an awkward maturation stage, but I feel like I should have liked this more for how much hype HotD gets. Next time I find a bottle I’ll pick it up cause I’m still not convinced these bottles are ‘good’ based on my previous experience with them.
I will say that HotD branding is on point. I’m in love with their label art.

Hair of the Dog “Fred” American Strong Ale (Batch 90): I was a bit hesitant to open this after my experience with Doggie Claws, being that they were purchased at the same time. From the nose I get a sort of raisiny, prune-like character with almost an honey sweetness. Possibly stone fruit; maybe even pear. Subtle caramel and Belgian candi sugar. On the palate I get some of that caramel sweetness from the malt followed by gentle to moderate hop bitterness with a soft, billowy head formation. Slightly floral, slightly spicy. Resinous on the back of the palate, but could also be the rye shining through. Moderate fusel warm, but the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Dry finish. Fairly palatable, this reminds me of decayed hops. To be fair, that’s exactly what this is; brewed sometime last year with 10 different kinds of hops, this bottle-conditioned beer has been evolving for the better part of a year (or what I gather from their website). I would love to try this fresh so I could have some sort of basis for comparison. This could be in an awkward maturation stage, but I feel like I should have liked this more for how much hype HotD gets. Next time I find a bottle I’ll pick it up cause I’m still not convinced these bottles are ‘good’ based on my previous experience with them.

I will say that HotD branding is on point. I’m in love with their label art.

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tillhumanvoiceswakeus-andwedrown:

3 FLOYDS GIVEAWAY!!!!!
Hey guys! I’m going to be giving away 3 awesome beers PLUS 3 to be determined extras to one awesome person who Likes and Reblogs this post!
I’m giving away:3 Floyds- Backmasking3 Floyds- Barrel Aged Moloko bottle 40/14323 Floyds- Topless WytchPLUS 3 to be determined extras!
I will be drawing a user randomly who Likes and Reblogs this post by 12:00am (Midnight) EST Monday, October 27, 2014. (You may enter until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 26).
There are TWO RULES:
Rules:
To enter, you MUST reside in the continental United States. I will not ship elsewhere, sorry!
You MUST be 21 years or older to enter. I will require a photo of your face with you holding your VALID drivers license, state issued ID, or passport upon winning. You may black out all information except photo, name, expiration date, and birth date. I’m trying to keep this legit. 
If you are over 21, live in the continental United States, and are interested in winning some awesome beers, go ahead and Like and Reblog this post!
I will announce the winner at 5pm EST Tuesday, October 28, 2014. If you win, I will PM you to get your age verification and shipping information!
THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE WINNER DRAWN COMPLETELY RANDOMLY. GOOD LUCK!

I like beer :3

tillhumanvoiceswakeus-andwedrown:

3 FLOYDS GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Hey guys! I’m going to be giving away 3 awesome beers PLUS 3 to be determined extras to one awesome person who Likes and Reblogs this post!

I’m giving away:
3 Floyds- Backmasking
3 Floyds- Barrel Aged Moloko bottle 40/1432
3 Floyds- Topless Wytch
PLUS 3 to be determined extras!

I will be drawing a user randomly who Likes and Reblogs this post by 12:00am (Midnight) EST Monday, October 27, 2014. (You may enter until 11:59pm on Sunday, October 26).

There are TWO RULES:

Rules:

To enter, you MUST reside in the continental United States. I will not ship elsewhere, sorry!

You MUST be 21 years or older to enter. I will require a photo of your face with you holding your VALID drivers license, state issued ID, or passport upon winning. You may black out all information except photo, name, expiration date, and birth date. I’m trying to keep this legit. 

If you are over 21, live in the continental United States, and are interested in winning some awesome beers, go ahead and Like and Reblog this post!

I will announce the winner at 5pm EST Tuesday, October 28, 2014. If you win, I will PM you to get your age verification and shipping information!

THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE WINNER DRAWN COMPLETELY RANDOMLY. GOOD LUCK!

I like beer :3

Mikkeller / Anchorage “Invasion IPA” Farmhouse IPA: I was lucky enough to come across one of these bottles last month while in Santa Rosa. I love this beer and it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed it fresh. This is a collaborative effort between Mikkeller and Anchorage Brewing to create this Farmhouse IPA bottled with Brettanomyces. The nose on this is wonderful with bright citrus notes coupled with ample barnyard funk. It has a lemon zestiness and orange. Grassy, earthy, hay-like barnyard funk, almost musty, with supporting spiciness of peppercorn, coriander and perhaps even a little thyme. Vinous at times with green grape skin or even a little champagne like. The palate is all about the Brett with tons of spice character. The citrus of the hops follow closely behind. Ample bitterness with a lively mouthfeel and a strong, dry finish. You definitely need to have a firm appreciation for Brettanomyces before tackling this one. I’d love to find a second bottle to tuck away. Highly palatable.

I wasn’t sure from the label, but Mikkeller and Anchorage have released Invasion IPA and Invasion Farmhouse IPA. This one is labeled “Invasion IPA”, but at the bottom it notes “Farmhouse India Pale Ale bottled with Brettanomyces. Maybe they combined the two releases; I’m not sure.

PS love the Keith Shore label on this bottle. He’s one of my favorite artists right now, obviously stemming from my passion for Mikkeller.

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The Bruery “Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla” Sour Stout: My first Preservation offering. I had the base Tart of Darkness only a few months so it was nice to have that for reference. The aroma was noticeably tart with cherry and sour bugs with smokey, sweet-vanilla warmth lingering beneath the surface. A lot more warmth than the base beer, which was unexpected and welcomed. Acetic. Notes of red-wine vinegar and tart cherries dominate the palate followed by an underlying vanilla warmth and smokey malt character. Pleasant dark fruit notes. Sour bacteria / yeast strains were dominating with a lacto / pedio cocktail and a subtle funk. Medium-body with ample tartness and a sweet, semi-wet finish. Highly palatable, like a kriek-y stout crossover.

The Bruery “Tart of Darkness with Cherries & Vanilla” Sour Stout: My first Preservation offering. I had the base Tart of Darkness only a few months so it was nice to have that for reference. The aroma was noticeably tart with cherry and sour bugs with smokey, sweet-vanilla warmth lingering beneath the surface. A lot more warmth than the base beer, which was unexpected and welcomed. Acetic. Notes of red-wine vinegar and tart cherries dominate the palate followed by an underlying vanilla warmth and smokey malt character. Pleasant dark fruit notes. Sour bacteria / yeast strains were dominating with a lacto / pedio cocktail and a subtle funk. Medium-body with ample tartness and a sweet, semi-wet finish. Highly palatable, like a kriek-y stout crossover.

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Sierra Nevada “Flipside” Red IPA: This is only the second release of this Tumbler-killing seasonal offering. I can’t say I look forward to it every year, but I do enjoy drinking it much like many Autumnal beers (with exception to my darling Autumn Maple, which I always look forward to). This Flipside has a pleasant citrusy, tropical aroma with just a hint of amber and a whisper of caramel malt character; very hop forward like a West-Coast IPA. The palate offers a little more on the malt bill with almost a rye-like character with supporting amber malt and caramel sweetness. Not to be outdone, the citrus and tropical hop notes are at the forefront of the palate bringing ample bitterness. Medium body with a dry finish. Very palatable.
PS that pulled pork marinated in Flipside turned out really good. It had enough of the beer character to give it a little extra dimension.

Sierra Nevada “Flipside” Red IPA: This is only the second release of this Tumbler-killing seasonal offering. I can’t say I look forward to it every year, but I do enjoy drinking it much like many Autumnal beers (with exception to my darling Autumn Maple, which I always look forward to). This Flipside has a pleasant citrusy, tropical aroma with just a hint of amber and a whisper of caramel malt character; very hop forward like a West-Coast IPA. The palate offers a little more on the malt bill with almost a rye-like character with supporting amber malt and caramel sweetness. Not to be outdone, the citrus and tropical hop notes are at the forefront of the palate bringing ample bitterness. Medium body with a dry finish. Very palatable.

PS that pulled pork marinated in Flipside turned out really good. It had enough of the beer character to give it a little extra dimension.

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Sierra Nevada releases Barrel-Aged Narwhal and Barrel-Aged Maple Stout

Brace yourselves. Barrel-Aged Narwhal and Barrel-Aged Maple Stout are almost here.

For you lucky folks going to Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild, there will be an early release of these behemoths at our Chico Gift Shop on Saturday. Bay Area folks: Torpedo Room, too!

I am SO ready for this. Gotta bring a mule with me cause I need two of each.

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