2013 (and the end of 2012) came and went and apparently so did my will to write. To make the situation even worse, I lost ALL my notes and pictures from the past year, then miraculously recovered the first set of notes I lost from 2012. With the help of Instagram and the magic of screenshots I was able to put the pieces together for the first post of the year. Warning: This post will look kind of dicey due to the lack of pics and descriptions, but the numbers are all that matter right now. Enjoy!
#180 Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat (ABV 5.2%)
My first pumpkin beer (I think). Light pumpkin and hint of spice. That’s about it. 11 o’clock thumb.
#181 Highland Brewery Black Mocha Stout (ABV 5%) and #182 Green Flash Hop Head Red (ABV 7%)
#183 Sam Adams Oktoberfest (ABV 5.3%)
#184 Jailhouse Breakout Stout (ABV 7.8%)
#185 Thomas Creek Brewery Up The Creek Extreme IPA (ABV 12.5%)
#186 Founder’s Breakfast Stout (ABV 8.3%)
One of my favorite stouts EVER! Strong chocolate flavor, a hint of oats, with a coffee finish. It sounds crazy, but I almost wanted to chew it, I think it was the oats tricking me. Thumbs Up.
#187 Sierra Nevada Harvest (ABV 6.7%)
Honestly can’t remember if it was the Northwestern or Southwestern.
#188 Lagunitas Hop Stoopid (ABV 8%)
#189 Samuel Smith’s Brewery Organic Best Ale (ABV 5%)
#190 Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Complete balance of hops and citrus. A house favorite. Thumbs Up.
#191 Samuel Smiths Brewery Oatmeal Stout (ABV 5%)
#192 Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA(ABV 7.2%)
This was the first beer I drank last year. Yes, I’m that behind. Another house favorite. Thumbs Up
Beers 193-194 are compliments of the Bloomington, MN Double Tree
#193 Summit Brewing Company Extra Pale Ale (ABV 5.2%)
#194 Odell Brewing Company IPA (ABV 7%)
#195 Fulton Street Child of Vine IPA (ABV 6.4%)
My farewell beer at the Minneapolis airport.
#196 Bridgeport Brewing Company India Pale Ale (ABV 5.5%)
#197 Budweiser Black Crown (ABV 6%)
#198 Boulevard Grainstorm Dark IPA (ABV 7.7%)
#199 Miss Fancy’s Tripel (ABV 9.7%)
Sunday Funday trip to Avondale Brewery.
#200 Nero’s 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale (ABV 8%)
#201 Lagunitas Maximus Ale IPA (ABV 8.2%)
#202 Goose Island 25th Anniversary (ABV 6.4%)
If never had a Goose Island beer that I didn’t like. The awesome mac n’ cheese at Keystone and hanging with my snow made it even better.
Side Note: If I was on my game at the time I would’ve written a post about the Cincinnati beer scene and Jungle Jim’s Beer Festival. The Jungle Jim’s Beer Festival put every beer festival (I’ve attended) to shame. Slightly cheaper and a meal, pretzels, and water were included in the price. Step it up, Atl.
#203 McGuire IPA (ABV ??%)
Mini vacay to P-cola. Decent IPA.
#204 Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor (ABV 8%) and #205 Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail (ABV 13%)
Mid-week trip to Brick Store Pub with CB. We met a few creeps, but the beers were great as usual. Sorry, no pic.
#206 SweetWater Brewery Lowrider IPA (ABV 6.2%)
#207 Flying Dog Brewery Snake Dog IPA (ABV 7.10%)
#208 Samuel Adams Double Agent-IPL(ABV 5%)
#209 Tap Room 21 Amber Ale (ABV 4.8%)
(Beers 206-209, along with a few favorites)
Thanks to CB for the birthday presents, beers 210-211.
#210 Ommengang Three Philosophers (ABV 9.7%)
#211 Urthel Samaranth Quadrium Ale (ABV 11%)
Made the mistake of drinking this entire bottle in one night. Wooo!
#212 Mother Earth Sunny Haze (ABV 5%)
#213 Monday Night Brewing Eye Patch Ale (6.20%)
PLEASE SEE PREVIOUS POST FOR 214-216
#217 Evil Twin Brewing Yin Imperial Taji Stout (ABV 10%)
Exceptional stout. Thumbs up!
#218 21st Amendment (collaboration with Elysian Brewing) He Said Baltic-Style Porter (ABV 8.2)
Awesome beer for the fall. Pumpkin, spice, and cinnamon. Thumbs Up!
#219 Three Taverns Craft Brewery A Night In Brussels IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Decent. Yep, that’s about it. 10 o’ clock.
#220 Evil Twin Brewing Ryan and the Beaster Bunny (ABV 7%)
I bought it, because of the name. It took 220 beers for me to realize that I’m not into farmhouse ales. With that being said, it was just ok.
#221 21st Amendment (collaboration with Elysian Brewing) He Said Belgian- Style Tripel (ABV 8.2%)
I had to try both styles of He Said. Another hit! Thumbs Up!
#222 Weyerbacher Brewing Co. Seventeen (ABV 10.5%)
The first beer I’ve ever poured out. I gave it the side thumb, because I dug the banana and spice notes. Other than that, no thanks. Another farmhouse fail for me.
#223 Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (ABV 7.5%)
One of my new favorite IPAs. Heavy with sweet fruits, with a citrus and hoppy finish. Thumbs Up!
#224 Red Brick Brewing Co Brick Mason Series #8 Vanilla Gorilla
Heavy vanilla aroma and flavor, slight smokey finish. Nice job! Thumbs Up!
#225 Good People Brewing Company Snake Handler Double IPA (ABV 10%)
Citrus, grass, and pine with bitterness from the hops. Thanks, Good People! Thumbs Up!
#226 Good People Brewing Company Brown Ale (ABV 5.4%)
I couldn’t get a good taste of the beer, because it was ice cold. 11 o’ clock thumb, just cause it wasn’t bad.
#227 Oskar Blue Brewing Ten Fiddy Imperial Stout (10.5%)
#228 Green Flash Brewing Green Bullet Triple IPA (ABV 10.1%)
On point! Thumbs up!
#229 Good People Brewing Company Fatso Imperial Stout (ABV 9.3%)
Robust, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Amazing stout! Thumbs Up!
#230 Terrapin Beer Co. Wake N’ Bake Coffee Oatmeal Stout (ABV 8.6%)
Recommendation from the bartender at Hop City Birmingham. Black coffee, oats, and a hint of cocoa! Another amazing stout! Thumbs Up!
#231 Rouge Captain Sip’s Northwestern Ale (ABV 6.2%)
It was just ok, nothing great. 10 o’clock thumb.
#232 21st Amendment Brewery Back in Black Black IPA (6.8%)
A hodgepodge of an IPA and a stout. Thumbs Up!
#233 Green Flash Brewing Co Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA (ABV 9.5%)
LOVE! Thumbs Waaay Up!
#234 Left Hand Brewing Co. Milk Stout Nitro (ABV 6%)
Since this is America’s Stout, I’m going to compare it America’s Team the Dallas Cowboys. You expect it to be good, but it’s a total let down. Side Thumb.
#235 MOA Brewing Co Imperial Stout (ABV 10.2%)
Aged in Pinot Noir Barrels! Heavy pinot noir flavor with hints of malts and cocoa. Better than I expected. Thumbs up!
#236 Brew Dogs Libetarian Black Ale (ABV 7.2%)
Hoppy stout is the best way to describe it. Nice! 11’o clock!
#237 Kasteel Rouge Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck (ABV 8%)
Belgian ale brewed with cherries. It wouldn’t be a beer that I drink all the time, but it is pretty good. Thumbs Up!
High Fives and Thumbs Up
1. The beginning of what hopefully is another fun filled year.
2. The return of Workaholics on Comedy Central.
3. Smyrna Beer Market! That place is going to get me in trouble.
4. Al Rocker for going in on the local and state government for their lack of preparation before the “ice storm”.
5. The Good Samaritans that pushed my car up the ice Cumberland Blvd hill 2 weeks ago.
Thumbs Down and WTFs
1. The Atlanta “Ice Storm” of 2014… or as I like to call it FAilTL. I’ve already gotten on my soapbox about this issue, but I’d like to state again how ridiculous this whole thing is. I put quotes around ice storms, because I have driven in worse conditions. 2 inches shut down a whole city? C’mon!
2. Myself, for failing to rate most of the beers in this post.
3. Sharing beer when you don’t really want to. I offered my uncle beer without thinking and had to fork over a Bell’s Expedition Stout. He didn’t like it, but finished it anyway. S/o Uncle Rick!
Oh, and s/o to the IG handles featured in the post!