Discussion in 'US - West' started by BBThunderbolt, Dec 31, 2021.
Another BB offering I look forward to on a yearly basis. Went nicely with Hubby’s and the Celtics.
Hubby's pizza? That's a Tri-Cities staple that I've never had.
Hell Day at GEG is over, and I'm at Perry Street having a new (to me) IPA: Speechless, brewed with Galaxy, Wai-Iti and Vic Secret Hops, pilsener malt and flaked rice.
Moved on to Stone's Throw, an 11.4% English barleywine. Ridiculous drinkability and very little sign of the booziness at serving temperature.
Sadly, the name was chosen because someone threw a big rock through the window at PSB on Monday and grabbed some cash from the register.
Occidental Lucubrator is mighty tasty this year.
Rich, malty, satisfying, and goes great with a nice big bowl of ham beans.
The like was for the beer, and definitely not for the incident it was named for.
Yep! Not too sweet, good malt depth, a bit of roast in the finish to complement the nutty and caramel notes. At the risk of repeating myself: Satisfying.
At Casa Rock.
The day before Thanksgiving = Hubby’s.
Fair Isle - Lora
I always thought of "Red Ale" as a catch-all category based mainly on looks?
Had a Living Haus Bethine Helles last night. They're quickly moving up the list of notable local breweries for me.
My impression as well. I'm not really sure there's any particular style parameters from a flavor standpoint. Only requirement seems to be that it be an ale, not sour and red in color.
Our final camping trip this year. It's a beautiful Thanksgiving Day on the Oregon Coast ... about 55F, bright sun and no wind. There are a LOT of people camping here at Nehalem State Park. Smells of Traeger Smokers, campfires, multi-family meals coming together and people in a good mood all around. Happy Thanksgiving to all !
And, of course...hereessssss Bohdi !
Your post made me drinky. My father in law has me covered. Happy Thanksgiving all!
Yes! We love the beer and the can . It's about the only can you are able to identify down to the brewery AND the beer, all from a distance.
Happy Thanksgiving, BeerAdvocate US-West.
Earlier this afternoon, as Mrs. vurt and I were finishing the Thanksgiving cooking, I opened a ForeLand Cheers To the Land dry hopped lager.
It was quite nice. Crisp and snappy.
Just now, having given the meal a couple hours to settle, we decided it was time for the coconut cream pie Mrs. vurt made from scratch this morning. I wondered if a festive winter beer like Block 15 Ol' Saint Nick would go with the pie.
Turns out the answer is not just Yes, but OH HELL YES. The coconut custard pie filling meets the lush malt and dark fruitiness of the ale, and together they create a rich almond flavor on top. Marvelous.
Cheers! I hope you have things to be thankful for today.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all NWBAs! While not really helles weather, I'm not going to say no to a new one from Heater Allen. Softer, sweeter and less snappy than the regular helles, it was near perfect for the season, and it kept growing on me thru the 3rd pint.
Thanksgiving meal was grilled steak with a fine Columbia Valley Cabernet.
Our after dinner treat is the Pfriem Rye Whiskey Imperial Brown Ale, a superb offering. Our camping trailer is warm and cozy -- tomorrow, the rains begin again.
Doing a "flying" visit to Kennewick later this a.m. for a Thanksgiving On Friday. Not sure if I'd even have the time to look, but is there any place with a decent selection of singles? Last visit to Mid Columbia was mostly a waste because everything was in 4 or 6 pks and they won't let you break them up. Told them they'd make a lot more money off of me cumulatively if they allowed folks to buy singles, but I doubt that will have changed since then.
It has been awhile, but the last time I was in Freddie’s (395 and 10th, Kenn) they had a build your own sixer. Had a cooler dedicated to singles. I can’t speak to the quality of choices, though. I am surprised MCWAS doesn’t do something like that. Missed opportunity.
Normally I find the better stuff at Yokes (however, their beer game at the Kenn store is slipping) and MCWAS.
Watching the ENG vs. USA match with a Grains of Wrath EGA IPA and The Best Sandwich of the Year (not pictured, already eaten).
Enjoying a post match flight of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Rusty Nail over at Belmont Station. It's not the absolutely ethereal GI anniversary stout, but then again, it's only half the price of the anniversary beer as well.
The 2019 is particularly outstanding. Truth be told, even if they were the same price, I'm fairly certain I would prefer the Rusty Nail beers. They're just better.
Brewery-only tripel from Fremont, Scarlett Empress. It's great. And this glass is sooo cool
Frooty. But it was nicely chilled.
Raw and rainy day. Browsing the local news, Mrs Nick noticed that our local (mostly) craft beer source, Crosscut Taproom, has come up with a keg of Chuckanut Kolsch. Beers from them are a rare find indeed down here in SW WA, not to mention our small town of Castle Rock. We ran down and grabbed a growler. It was fresh and quite tasty. Should go well with a batch of crab cakes. And not one bit of leftover turkey in sight.
Undoubtedly, there are better domestic kolsch on the market in the US. I haven't personally tasted one, but I'm convinced there must be one and hope to taste it someday. In the interim, I'm just fine drinking the absolutely outstanding kolsch from chuckant. Such a great beer!
Fremont - Head Full of Dynomite v42
Thanks. The best domestic Kolsch we have had is from Wisconsin, the redoubtable New Glarus Brewing.
Having one from the cellar tonight. Cheers NWBA!
It's so good!
You may find this hard to believe, but pFriem Cherry Brandy Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Dark Ale is really good.
(Actually, there's probably nothing hard to believe about that.)
Settled down in my cozy local with a big pint and f Double Mountain ESB. On nitro.
Not to bad, relaxed drinking.
How's that holding up? 7 year old bbomb.... Not too long in the tooth?
Second tonight a Silver Falls Nut Brown Ale.
Really lovely. Goes well with the weather.
No plans cs as my Moto can't handle this dark place
Not for me. Some beers can hold their own quite well in my opinion. I can’t say it’s necessarily gotten noticeably better, but I certainly wouldn’t say it has gotten worse either.
Home and drinking Oakshire's Ill-Tempered Gnome Winter Ale.
Very good and just as remembered. A darker hoppy winter ale ( kind of like the precursor CDAs)
And under $10 a 4 pack (16oz) in Winco.
I had High Camp on Tap here in Salem. It's a really a nice Winter IPA.
KInda brought sad thoughts to my mind though.
It is very similar to Ice Harbor's IWA(India Winter Ale). Very similar flavor profiles. I miss Ice Harbor's beers down here.
My wife had a flight of B-Bomb at Fremont yesterday, which included a '14. Seems to be holding up just fine, in my opinion.
B-Bomb seems to hold both it's viscosity and flavor profile extraordinarily well. I've been very impressed with older bottles I've opened recently.
In my experience, the beer seems to lose something after 3 or 4 years. It doesn't go bad, but the molasses flavor seems to really dominate and take charge. This makes the beer a bit tiring to drink, at least in my experience. I'm not sure if that's just how it appears to taste for my palate, or if there's something else going on.
That's why I'm always interested in hearing how older versions of bbomb taste to other imbibers.