Eric: Oh, hello. This weekend was a pretty great one… this was mine:
Friday night I FINALLY drank my (very old) Stone Enjoy By 9.13.13. It was still great.
Saturday the BrewBoyz went to The Jeffery, a new bar on the lower Upper East Side. It was their official opening celebration (even though it had been able for a while already), so they had some great stuff on tap. I had a Russian River Blind Pig (first time ever on tap), and a Russian River Damnation (first time ever ever). Both were very great, but still not even close to the draft Pliny the Elder I had in Portland.
Then we got a bit crazy with their bottle list, getting a Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic. But that obviously wasn’t enoiugh, so we next got a Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic. I’d never had anything Cantillon before. They were both absolutely mindblowing. Super sour and complex. And the Kriek had a really strong, amazing cherry taste. After the bar, I had a Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA from my Portland trip, and a Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15.
Sunday was a lot less crazy, but still very good. I went to Bierkraft in Park Slope and bought a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA (in a really cool looking can) and a Stillwater Classique (to save). I also got a taste of Local Action Bourbon Barrel-Aged Kentucky Common. It was unlike any beer I’ve had. It was dark and had the chocolate and coffee tastes of a stout, but also had the sourness of a wild ale. It blew my mind. If anyone lives in Chicago, please send me some. K thnx bai.
I ended the weekend with my first Double Dose IPA. It’s a collaboration between Lawson’s and Otter Creek, both in Vermont. It smells really strongly like orange and grapefruit, and was really smooth and not too bitter. I don’t think it will replace Heady Topper for me, but it’s close.
And now to sleep…perchance to dream.
- Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic (craftbeerhaven.wordpress.com)
- Cantillon – Kriek 100% Lambic Bio (beerscout.wordpress.com)
- SaveOnBrew Interviews Russian River Brewing Company’s Vinnie Cilurzo (prweb.com)
- Craft Beer Review: Russian River Pliny the Elder (twinsandthen.wordpress.com)
- Trip To Portland, OR – Part I (wheresthebeerny.wordpress.com)
- Brewery Visit – Russian River Brewing Company (humuluslupulusmaximus.wordpress.com)