Somewhere in America

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.
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#181 Highland Brewery Black Mocha Stout (ABV 5%) and #182 Green Flash Hop Head Red (ABV 7%)
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#183 Sam Adams Octoberfest (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%)
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#190 Bridgeport Hop Czar Imperial IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Complete balance of hops and citrus. A house favorite. Thumbs Up.
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#191 Samuel Smiths Brewery Oatmeal Stout (ABV 5%)
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#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
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Beers 193-194 are compliments of the Bloomington, MN Double Tree
#193 Summit Brewing Company Extra Pale Ale (ABV 5.2%)
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#194 Odell Brewing Company IPA (ABV 7%)
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#195 Fulton Street Child of Vine IPA (ABV 6.4%)
My farewell beer at the Minneapolis airport.
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#196 Bridgeport Brewing Company India Pale Ale (ABV 5.5%)

#197 Budweiser Black Crown (ABV 6%)
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#198 Boulevard Grainstorm Dark IPA (ABV 7.7%)
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#199 Miss Fancy’s Tripel (ABV 9.7%)
Sunday Funday trip to Avondale Brewery.
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#200 Nero’s 1st Century Double Dark Malt Ale (ABV 8%)
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#201 Lagunitas Maximus Ale IPA (ABV 8.2%)
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#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.
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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.
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#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)
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Thanks to CB for the birthday presents, beers 210-211.
#210 Ommengang Three Philosophers (ABV 9.7%)
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#211 Urthel Samaranth Quadrium Ale (ABV 11%)
Made the mistake of drinking this entire bottle in one night. Wooo!
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#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!
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#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!
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#219 Three Taverns Craft Brewery A Night In Brussels IPA (ABV 7.5%)
Decent. Yep, that’s about it. 10 o’ clock.
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#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.
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#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!
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#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.
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#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!
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#224 Red Brick Brewing Co Brick Mason Series #8 Vanilla Gorilla
Heavy vanilla aroma and flavor, slight smokey finish. Nice job! Thumbs Up!
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#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!
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#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.
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#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!
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#229 Good People Brewing Company Fatso Imperial Stout (ABV 9.3%)
Robust, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Amazing stout! Thumbs Up!
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#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!
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#231 Rouge Captain Sip’s Northwestern Ale (ABV 6.2%)

It was just ok, nothing great. 10 o’clock thumb.
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#232 21st Amendment Brewery Back in Black Black IPA (6.8%)
A hodgepodge of an IPA and a stout. Thumbs Up!
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#233 Green Flash Brewing Co Palate Wrecker Imperial IPA (ABV 9.5%)

LOVE! Thumbs Waaay Up!
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#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.
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#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!
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#236 Brew Dogs Libetarian Black Ale (ABV 7.2%)

Hoppy stout is the best way to describe it. Nice! 11’o clock!
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#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!
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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!

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Blogging live from Porter Beer Bar in Little 5 Points, Atlanta!  Well it won’t be live by the time I publish this post, but you get my drift. I’m using my weekdays off to explore the bars I’ve never had the chance to visit. I’m not sure if drinking and writing is going to be one of my best ideas, but we won’t know until I try.

#190 Moinette Blonde (abv 8.5%)
Hoppy bite at first taste with huge flavors of floral and citrus. The only reason why I didn’t give it a complete thumbs up is because I wasn’t digging the tartness (if that’s a word). Would be an excellent beer for summer. 11’o clock thumb.
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#191 Avery DuganA (abv 8.9%)
Recommendation from the bartender.  This is everything you want an IPA to be. More than enough hops to keep you happy, a citrusy grapefruit kick, and hints of pine. The description also listed pineapple.  Even though I couldn’t taste it, I could definitely smell it. Honestly, I was too hung up on the hops to pay attention.  In love… Thumbs up!
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#192 New Holland Imperial Hatter (abv 9.4)
Another fantastic IPA recommendation from the bartender. Light on the hops, grapefruit and pine note, a little orange hiding in the background, but I could smell it a little more than I can taste it.  Another good IPA! Thumbs up!
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Three years of living in Atlanta and this my first visit to Porter Beer Bar.  I have been missing out! The beer list is insane, the service is amazing, and the mac n’ cheese may or may not have magic sprinkled in the cheese. Overall it was a great experience from beginning to end.

Thumbs Up and High Fives

  1. One of my best friends/college room mate/ass of my jokes, Jess and Bobby on the birth of their first child Lincoln Dash.  Not only did they make a cute kids but, I want to applaud my friends for continuing to act like normal people (i.e. Making noise during football games and talking at above inside voice level). Congrats, ya’ll!
  2. The Alabama Crimson Tide football team. 2-0 so far, although the game last week nearly had me tearing my hair during the first half.
  3. My friends! Regardless of who or what you love, you’re my peeps forever! (This is why you shouldn’t drink and write)

WTF’s and Thumbs Downs

  1. The sorority/rush controversy at The University of Alabama. It’s sad, but not surprising.
  2. The girl who is talking crap about the bums in Little Five Points while I’m blogging from inside Porter Beer Bar… Bums are people too! Can they live!

Side Note: The beer numbers are not posted in order, but 180-189 will be posted sooner than later. J/K…probably later. Cheers!

What Rhymes With Wednesday?

The “Pro” in Procrastination: Part 2

My peeps, what’s up! I took a couple month… heck who are we kidding… it was a year hiatus.  In the mist of this break. I lost my beer list. I have no idea what number I’m on or half the beers I’ve had in the past 8-9 mos, so I’m out here wing’n it. I found this lost post that I never published

#170 Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale ( 6.9% ABV )
Lemony hops is all I have note. Thumbs up. Warning: Do not pair with Fireball Whiskey! It won’t end well.
Karaoke night with the bf courtesy of Comcast OnDemand.

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#171 Lagunita Lucky 13 Anniversary (8.80 % ABV)
Lemons, hoppy, bite, brassy. I’ll let you be the judge. Thumbs up.

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#172 Chattanooga Brewing Company Imperial Pilsner ( 5.50% ABV)
I usually stray away from pils, but this one was better than I expected. Lemony, malts, slight hops. No pic, but mid-thumbs up.

#173 Brooklyn Summer Ale (5.0% ABV)
Kinda watery. I think it was suppose to be a citrus, hoppy number, but that didn’t happen. I’m going to assume there were some issues going on. No pic. Mid-thumb down.

#174 Oscar Blue G’Knight (8.70% ABV)
All I have written for this beer is the word “Bold”. I gave it a thumb up, so I guess it was good.
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# 175 Clown Shoes Stupa Hero India Pale Ale. (8% ABV)
I planned to publish a post on IPA day. Clearly that didn’t happen. No description listed in my phone, but the pic indicates that I enjoyed it. Thumbs up!

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#176 Unita Detour Double India Pale Ale (9.5% ABV)
Ditto from previous beer. Thumbs up!
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#177 St. Bernardous Prior 8 (8% ABV)
I remember this being boozy. Possible hints of dark fruits. Not going to lie, I can’t remember the details. Thumbs up.

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#178 Bud Light Platinum (6% ABV)- No pic, same ol’ attempt from Bud to compete with craft beer. Keep trying guys! (No pic)

#179 Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat (5.30% ABV)
I only remember that it was cherry and delicious. Guest staring thumb (and fabulous accessories): A. Stone

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Shout Outs and High Fives
1. 18 days til the return of Alabama Football! (pop locking)
2. CB for gifting me with my first set of “adult glasses”. I’m growing up one day at a time.
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Thumbs Down ans WTFs
1. Myself. I recently turned 29 and have over 110 beers to drink in 357 days. Pressure is on!

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The ‘Pro’ In Procrastination: 1

In typical BeerLaughLove.com style, I drink more than I write which leads to posts, such as this.
#159 Red Hare Imperial Red IPA (ABV 9.4 %)
Nah, it was ok.  Nothing fany to remember. No pic. Mental side thumb.

#160 Country Boy Brewing Lazy Rye Pale Ale (6.2%)
Hoppy with slight caramel taste. Thats all I wrote in my phone. Thumbs up.
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#161 Country Boy Brewing Brown Chicken, Brown Cow (ABV 4.8%)
Water, chocolate, and toffee. I don’t know if that was a bad batch or what, but I was not a fan. No pic. Thumbs down. All the way down.

#162 O’Fallon Brewery Hemp Hop Rye Amber Ale (ABV 5.50 %)
Decent. Mid-thumb.

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#163 Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilz (ABV 5.2 %)
I was intrigued by the name “Eurotrash”. I should’ve left it on the shelf.  Not bad, but not impressive. Side Thumb.

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#164 Bluegrass Brewing Company Saison (ABV 4.9%)
Awesomeness in a bottle.  You can never go wrong with a saison. Thumbs Up!

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Originally there was suppose to be a sepearate post just for  my trip to KY and the breweries. Clearly that didn’t happen, but here are a few scenes from the tour.

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Samples after brewery tour at Alltech’s Lexinton Brewing and Distilling Company. Hands down one of the best brewery tours I’ve experienced so far. Awesome beer!

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Flight at West Sixth Brewery. Top: Dead Heat Wheat (ABV 4.5%), Right: Deliberation Amber (ABV 5.5%), Bottom: Smithtown Brown (ABV 5.5%), Left: West Sixth IPA (ABV 7%).

#165 5 Seasons Centennial IPA (ABV ???%)
Floral and grassy with bold orange and grapefruit flavors. Smelled bread and my burps smelled like flowers. Love! Thumbs Up!

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#166 Oscar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale (ABV 6.5%)
Lemon, orange, grapefuit, and hops. Surprisingly good. I would have taken a pic, but we were at Sound Table observing the snobs. Thumbs up.

#167 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA (ABV 6%)
90 Minutes little brother. Still just as good. Thumbs up

#168 Red Brick Brewing Company Hoplanta (ABV 6.7%)
Pretty good. No details written and of course I can’t remeber any deatil. Thumbs up I guess.

#169 Unita Brewing Company Hop Notch (ABV 7.3%)
It got a thumbs up so I guess I liked it?
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High Fives and Shout Outs
1. University of Alabama Football is back baaybee! Prepare for domination. Roll MF Tide!

2. Newman’s Own has wine! I haven’t tried it yet, but I love almost (the frozen meals were not a hit for me) anything made by the company. Plus, all profits go to charities. Drinking for a cause? Yes, please.
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3. Lindsey’s first craft beer! Leikengule Summer Shandy was a semi-winner.
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Thumbs Downs and WTFs
1. The price of premium gas. You regular gas peeps are living the dream.

2. The Rep/Dem, Mitt/Obama Facebook Beefs. I’m all about freedom of speech, but some people need to chill. In the words of Bad Boy’s former golden boy Mase… “East, west, every state, c’mon bury the hate.”

Oh… and special s/o to Tammy! An amazing lady I met at the Great Atlanta Beer Festival who tried to convince me that Montgomery isn’t a scary place. Roll Tide, girl!
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Good Problems

So, I have been so engulfed with playing Dope Wars on my Android and complaining about my life that I published a post in over a two months. I’m so far behind that I forgot about most the beers and relying on the Inkpad app and the pics saved in my phone. With that being said (or written), here goes beers 153-158.

The Place: My Apt
The Peeps: SGC, Star, and Honored Guest CB
The Beers: #153 Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock (ABV 7.5%) and #154 Widmer Pitch Black IPA (ABV 6.5%)

#153 Breckenridge Pandora’s Bock (ABV 7.5%)

Caramel and malty. That’s all I have written down in my phone, so I guess that all I felt about it. Thumbs up!

#154 Widmer Picth Black IPA (Abv 6.5%)

Ha! I don’t have anything written about this one. Too much fun and pizza I guess? I gave it a thumbs up though.

This was my  first time purchasing a growler and the very nice man working at Moondogs Growler made my first experience an awesome one. Check ’em out!

The Place: CB’s Crib and Mi Casa
The Peep: GA Snows and Bear
The Beer: #155 21st Amendment Brew Free or Die IPA (ABV 7%)

Forgot the details, but I do remember that I liked the beer and the can. Oh well… Thumbs up!

The Place: Terminal Brewhouse- Chattanoooga, TN
The Peep: Toyo
The Beer: #156 Belgian White (ABV 5.3%)

I had to shoot up to Chatty to volunteer at my church’s annual health fair and I met up with Toyo (The BFF) for lunch. Even though she doesn’t like beer (I’m still working on that), she was kind enough to take me there so I can get a new beer under my belt. The Belgian White was the suggested beer that went with my sandwich (The Fru Fru. Its to die for) so I went for it.  Surprisingly, I actually remember this beer. Light hint of hops and wheat and (word) orange peel. Thumbs Up! Toyo tried it.  Still a “no go” for her.

Terminal Brewhouse has an impressive list of in-house craft beers. It’s awesome to see Chatt progressing in the brew world!

The Place: My Humble Abode
The Beer: #157 Sweetwater 15 (ABV 10.0%)

Hints of fruit, spice, hops. That’s all I got.

The Place: Noddle- Midtown, Atl
The Peep: CB Coupon Queen
The Beer: #158  Allagash White

As written in Inkpad for Android: Lemons, zest, wheat, yeasty, spice. Thumbs up. No pic  😦

High Fives and Shout Outs

  1. The University of Alabama Women’s softball team winning their first NCAA National Championship.
  2. The University of Alabama Women’s golf team winning their first NCAA National Championship.
  3. THe University of Alabama Gymnastics team on their sixth NCAA  National Championship

Thumbs Downs and WTFs

  1. ABC for canceling GCB. Not ok!
  2. The closing of Mulberry Street Pizza.  I mean, the owner couldn’t send a public notice in the mail to let me know it was going out of business. Now  I have to go down the road to NY Pizza Exchange for overpriced pizza. Not ok!

Side Note: I had the pleasure of attending the Atlanta Summer Beerfest.  Amazing beer. Food Trucks. Decent cover band. Need I say more? While I was out boozing it up in the sweltering ATL heat I met some cool peeps. S/o Nicole Willis living it up at O’Dempsey’s booth. Check out her blog thewitofahophead.com. Another s/o  Ari Fleisher the founder and president of Frozen Pints, delicious craft beer flavored ice cream.

My peeps!

S/o to all the craft beer loving black women out there! We’re coming up in the world! High Five!

This is by far the absolute worst post I’ve ever published in the history blogging. I am more than ashamed of myself. I pledge to do better… maybe.

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Late as usual… Tah Dah!

I figure it was time for me to get of my fat patty and finally pump out my first post of 2012.  As usual, I’ve been drinking (responsibly) way more than I’ve been writing, so I’m extremely behind (like thats a surprise). Anywho… Lets get to it!

The Place: Ormsby’s- Atlanta, Ga
The Peeps: Bear, CB & J, and other party goers
The Beers: Monday Night Drafty Kilt (ABV 7.2%) and St. Bernabous Abt 12 (ABV 10%)

#145 Monday Night Drafty Kilt (ABV7.2%)
I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a Monday Night beer for a minute.  I couldn’t ask for a better first beer of 2012.  It has a wonderful taste of roasted malts, dark fruits, and a hint of caramel and brown sugar.  Awesomeness in a glass!  Fist pump for local brews!  Thumbs up!

#146 St. Bernardus Abt 12 (ABV 10%)
Didn’t know what to get for the second round, so I went for whatever was available with a cool name and the highest alcohol content (I like more bang for my buck). Fruity, slighty sweet, hints of spice, and the hops gave it some bite at the end. In a nutshell it was decent.  Thumbs up.

The Place: Beer Fest International Beer House- New Orleans, LA
The Peeps: Bear, The Mess, and Bobby
The Beers: Voodoo Bengal (ABV 5.50%)  and Hopitoulas IPA (ABV 6.0%)

Back in the Nola for the BCS National Championship to cheer on The Tide (Ahem… who whooped LSU’s a**, btw). I only had two requests for this 24 hours rendezvous. 1. Char-grilled Oysters from Drago’s. 2. Visit to Beer Fest International Beer House.  We had an amazing time and Bear snapped an awesome pic of Nick Saban on the team bus while I ran through the crowd trying to find the nearest bathroom to potty.

#147 Tin Roof Brewing Voodoo Bengal (ABV 5.50%)
Not gonna lie. I don’t remember anything about this beer. I was so caught up in the excitement I didn’t even take a pic (which usually jogs my memory). My bad…

#148 NOLA Brewing Company Hopitoulas IPA (ABV 6.0%)
Hops and citrus is all I remember about this one, which is usually a given with IPA. Per Beer Advocate its combined with 6 malts and 6 hops with an additional dry hopping for 3 weeks and it takes a month to make each batch. Fancy huh? Thumbs up! The pic is missing in action.

The Place: Brick Store Pub- Decatur, GA
The Peep: CB
The Beers: Bell’s Brewery Inc. Hopslam (ABV 10%), Founders Brewing Company Double Trouble (ABV 9.4%), Brasserie de Silly LaDevine (ABV 9.5%)

#149 Bell’s Brewery Inc. Hopslam (ABV 10%)
For a few weeks most of the beer peeps I follow on Twitter (@BeerLaughLove, btw) were losing their minds about the release of Hopslam, so I had to see what the fuss was about.  First off, the aroma of hops and grapefruit was amazing.  This beer definitely lives up to its name.  At first all I could taste was hops, hops, grapefruit and hops, but as I drank more of it I could taste hints of caramel, which toned down the bitterness from the hops.  Not going to lie.  My expectation for this beer were way to high, but I did like it.  Thumbs Up!

#150 Founders Brewing Company Double Trouble (ABV 9.4%)
This was the bartender recommended for Round 2.  It has an awesome balance of citrus fruits, grapefruits (I know it’s a citrus fruit, but it stood out), and hops with hints of floral and the malts give a sweet finish at the end. I’m probably going to get punched in the face, but I liked Double Trouble a more than I liked Hopslam.  Thumbs Up.

#151 Brasserie de Silly LaDevine (ABV 9.5%)
We switched over from IPAs to a Tripel.  I think we picked this solely off the name and the ABV (that how we roll).  It was fruity and sweet with hints of spice (like nutmeg). It was a good ending to our Sunday Funday. Thumbs up! Sorry folks, no pic.

I’ve lived in Atl for two years and this was my first trip to BrickStore Pub.  Clearly I’ve been sleeping under a rock.  It was everything CB said it would be (she’s a regular) and more. Good food, good beer, nice people.  I can’t wait to go back!

The Place: Cheeseburger in Paradise
The Peeps: Bear and friends
The Beer: #152 Kona Brewing Company Fire Rock Pale Ale (ABV 5.9%)

I straggled along with Bear for one of his work functions.  Wasn’t hungry or in the mood to drink, but since he was buying what the heck.  In true Kit fashion, I ordered a beer with cool name (Well, the coolest name I could find on that menu anyway).  Interesting blend of grassy hops and tangy citrus taste.  I wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing.  I gave to the mid side thumb, because it paired well with my fried pickles.

S/O and High Fives
I’ve been so lazy with putting up my post that all my the good s/o and high fives are super late, but (word)

  1. 2012 BCS National Champions The University of Alabama Crimson Tide.  It was the perfect start to my 2012. ROLL TIDE!
  2. This year’s NCAA Tourney!  My bracket is in shambles as usual, but I’m loving every minute of March Madness.
  3. Dope Wars game on Android. Who knew pretending to sell drugs could be as addictive at now as it was in 10th grade.

Thumbs downs and WTFs

  1. People who write in all caps on Facebook.  Are you yelling at us? Do you not know how to take disable cap lock? I don’t understand.
  2. The phrase “You aint about this/that life”. I wish it would go away, along with “That’s what’s up” and “It is what it is”.

Side Note: apparently while I was in The N.O. I added another beer to the list, but didn’t document it in my phone.  I gave it a thumbs up, so I guess it was good. Still trying to decide if I should add “Mystery Beer” to the list.

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Christmas Shenanigans in a Glass

I’m super late as usual, but that’s just how this kid rolls.  At least I got a post up before the New Year. Enjoy!

#140 Anchor Steam Merry Christmas and Happy New Year (ABV 5.5%)

My contribution to CB’s Tacky Christmas Sweater Party. I was originally going to take a couple bottles of Crispin Hard Cider, but the Anchor Steam bottle was more festive.  Heavy foam head, but I blame that on my terrible pouring. On the upside, the foam gave off a nice spicey aroma. This beer really did taste like Christmas in a cup! Rich, spicey (like nutmeg, not tobasco), and toasted malts with a woodsy finish. According to the Anchor Steam website the label and secret recipe changes every year. Thumbs up!

Safety first!

 

#141 Sierra Nevada Gillsade 2011 (ABV 6.4%)

I went to a company Christmas party with a friend in Downtown Atlanta. It was everything a you can ask for in a fancy work function.  Good food, open bar, drunk inappropriate co-workers. The beer selection wasn’t great, but you can’t beat free. I drank it straight from the bottle, so I don’t know the color. I’ll take a stab in the dark and guess its golden? Crisp, light hops, and slight bitter after taste. Not gonna lie, I was too busy playing Blackjack to pay close attention to taste details or take a picture. Mentally, I gave it a 9 o’clock (midway point between side thumb and thumbs up).

#142 Miller Genuine Draft (ABV???)

I was so crazied with playing Blackjack I made the mistake of telling the waiter to bring me any available beer. MGD tastes like piss, skunk, depression, and tears. This doesn’t even get a thumb. I should’ve given it the finger. I can only blame myself… and Blackjack.

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#143 Bell’s Brewery Cherry Stout (ABV 7%)

I went out for a weeknight Taco Mac outing with some peeps. The beer menu is exhausting so I went with the first name that caught my attention. As I have stated 1000 times stouts aren’t my favorite, but this one changed my life. The cherries, chocolate, and roasted malts all came together and slapped me in the mouth (in a good way). The tart finish from the cherries really set it off. Perfection! No pic, but it get an elevated thumb for awesomeness!

#144 Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale 2011 (ABV 9%)

Believe or not, this was my first time at Trader Joe’s. It was pretty intense. It was like the entire story was frantic for booze. I felt like a big alchy waiting in line with my beer and two bottles of wine, but when I noticed people around me had SEVERAL cases of wine, my shame went away. Anywho… The Vintages Ale 2011 was pleasantly delicious! It was very smooth operatorish. Brewed with noble hops, roasted malts, and spices. Hints of raisins and cloves rounded out the flavor. Thumbs up! For some reason the pic wouldn’t upload. I’m really slacking this post.

High Fives and Shout Outs

1. To me! I added 91 beers to the list this year! It may not be alot to cool people, but it is for us regular folk.

2. All my peeps for reading another year of my shenanigans and my new readers for getting on board.

WTFs and Thumbs Downs

1. LSU everything…

Well kids, we got another year down. Hope 2011 was everything you wanted it to be and more. I would say lets recap, but I don’t remember much of it (in a forgetful Alzheimer’s kind of way, not in a constant hangover way). I wish you nothing, but the best for the 2012. Don’t make New Years resolutions… change when you feel like it (or not). Love your old (insert flaw/sin here) self. Peace and Cheers!

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Yayee Yayheee (in my best Ice Cube voice)!

#138 BridgePort Stumptown Tart (ABV 7.7%)
Brewed with organic strawberries. As I was pouring and heard fizz from the carbonation I knew it was going down… basement.  Basically, this beer is everything the label says it is.  Strawberries and tart with strong boozy finish.  It’s alright in my book.  It gets the slight side thumb for that power punch of booze at the end.  I wasn’t feeling it at the time.

#139 Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider Artisanal Reserves Lansdowne (ABV 6.9%)
Spiked apple cider with a hint of honey.  Excellent for Christmas gatherings or just taking a chill pill.  I would even recommend it to the unfortunate souls that don’t drink beer.  I was considering taking this as my plus one guest to this year’s Christmas parties, but I took something else instead (Christmas party post coming soon).  I’m also a fan of nutrition label! 140 empty calories per serving well spent.  Thumbs up!

High Fives and Shout Outs:

  1. Tim Tebow.  I didn’t like him when he was the QB for Florida (especially in 08 and 09), but he is starting to grow on me.  It’s good to have positive role models in sports, even though the “not so family friendly” athletes are more fun to watch.  (Side Note: I’m slightly still bitter about Bama losing to Tebow and the Gators in the 2008 SEC Championship. Working on getting over it.)

Thumb’s Downs and WTF’s

  1. LSU everything…
  2. The sports world drama.  Between Sandusky and Fine preying on little boys, NBA Shenanigans, and all the other not so manly things going on, I can’t enjoy SportsCenter.  I miss the old days when steroids were a secret, nobody cared if an athlete cheated on his wife, and Stuart Scott was a regular on ESPN.  I just want my life back!

Down on your luck in the love department? So is my #1 Snow Elizabeth (or Jen as I like to call her)!  Read about her dating woes on biggestlosersearch.wordpress.com.  She’s got f#cked up stories for days.

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Brown Bear. Red Hare.

The Place: Red Hare Brewery, Marietta, GA

The Peeps: Rianna, Gabby, and C.B.

The Beers: #134 Chocolate Porter (ABV 8%), #135 Gangway IPA (ABV 6.2%), #136 Watership Brown (ABV 7.25), #137 Long Day Lager (ABV 5.2%)

This was my first adventure to Red Hare Brewery in Marietta, GA.  I read good review about it, so I had to go see what the fuss was about.  Enjoy!

#134 Red Hare Chocolate Porter (ABV 8%)

Porter aren’t my favorite, but this was a damn (sorry mom) good one. Its kind of hard to explain, but it was like drinking roasty chocholate magic. You have to try it for yourself. Thumbs up!

#135 Red Hare Gangway IPA (ABV 6.2%)

Awesome IPA! I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t expecting it to be THAT good.  It hit all the key flavors of IPA with just a teeny bit of a sweetness. I drank all the first glass and had to get another so I could take the picture.  Thumbs up! 

#136 Red Hare Watership Brown Ale (ABV 7.25)

This beer has more hops than most brown ales I’ve tasted, but not in a bad way.  Hints of sweetness and a roasty finish. Another winner! Thumbs up!

#137 Red Hare Long Day Lager (ABV 5.2%)

Perfect balance of citrus and sweet flavors with some maltyness (Is that a word?).  I haven’t tried many lagers during my adventure, but this is the best so far.  Thumbs up!

As you can tell from the ratings I REALLY liked the beer at Red Hare.  The brewery/tasting room has a laid back “where everyone knows your name” type atmosphere ( Probably because I was chatting it up with fellow Bama alum and fans).  It seems like they are still trying to find a swag/vibe to set them apart from the other local breweries, but  its a new establishment so they’ll figure it out.  In all, it was good adventure with even better beer.  I will definately be back!

High Fives and Shout Outs

  1. The Crimson Tide and the extremely high possiblity of playing in the BCS National Championship! RMFT!
  2. Pinterest! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t go the website.  It will suck you in like a black hole.
  3. Iron Bowl 2011.  Bama 41-Auburn 14. Nothing more to say about that.

Thumb Downs and WTFs

  1. LSU everything.  Yeah, I’m still on that.
  2. All the crybaby hater raiders (especially Kirk Herbstreit) at ESPN and their BCS talk.  If you don’t want to see an Bama/LSU Championship rematch don’t watch.  Maybe you should talk to the BCS King (who in my mind would look like the Burger King mask) and tell him about how unfair it is. 

I hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a good start. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to bust a move and wear tacky Christmas sweaters. Remember to drink responsibly and keep those cabs/taxis on speed dial. Cheers!

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When It All Falls Down

Happy Fall, my peeps (I’m late as usual)! My goal for the rest of the year is focus on seasonal beers. I’m almost positive I will forget. Maybe I will surprise myself.

#129 New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale (ABV 6.0%)
Compliments of Bobby and Jessy D. at Hudson Grille while we were watching the Bama/Florida game.  Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Citrus notes from the hops and hints of fruit here and there. Bobby hated it and Jessy pretended to like it (they’re down with mostly domestic beers).  Mid-side Thumb.

#130 Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin (ABV)
My first pumpkin beer! I’m super late, but better late than never. Not amazing, but decent. I’ve never had anything with pumpkin as an ingredient, so I have nothing to compare it to. Crisp and umm… Pumpkiny? That’s pretty much all I got from it. I would have liked a little more pumpkin flavor, but that is the only downside. According to my #1 Snow Jen, there are better pumpkin beers out there. Do I smell an adventure for the pumpkin beer? We shall see… Thumbs up!

#131 Ayinger Oktoberfest Fest-Märzen (ABV 5.80%)
Authentic Bavarian Festival Lager. I’ve never been to Oktoberfest, but I would be willing to bet all the beers look, smell, and taste like this one. In a nutshell the beer is heavy, has crazy carbonation, and primarily tastes like orange rinds and malts. It makes me wish I was outside with friends, silently janking people. Thumbs up. Love the bottle top.

Cool bottle cap.

#132 Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru (ABC 9.2%)
Oak ( from the barrel, I suppose), caramel, coffee, hops, and vanilla. Lovely dark color with a creamy foam head. I probably shouldn’t have drunk all 16 oz by myself, but I had to take one for the team… Well, I have no team so I guess I’m just plain ol’ greedy. Thumbs up!

Shout Outs and High Fives

  1. Cosby sweaters for the Fall/Winter. I don’t know why, but I need em’ in my life.

Thumbs Down and WTFs

  1. Everything LSU…
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