|Enjoying hops with my link.|
Nothing too exciting this week. Just making my way through a collection of 12oz singles. I've been sticking with mostly run-of-the-mill beers during the week. I tend to keep "special" beers for special occasions. The problem is my beer fridge, which is a regular sized fridge, is at full capacity with beers I'm saving. I need to come up with a special occasion very quickly in order to make room for more. Aside from the crazy bottle selection at home, I also visited Link N Hops in Atwater Village earlier this week, adjacent to the nice beer & wine bottle shop 55 Degree. Link N Hops has been a favorite for the Wife & I since they opened, and they offer some great exotic meat sausages, as well as the full gamut of taps. I went for an excellent wild boar link, and some unique selections: The BALLAST POINT HABANERO SCULPIN - Beer #116, spicy, delicious, with a slight burn that doesn't linger, and it's not overpowering at all; The NEW BELGIUM / CIGAR CITY COLLABORATION CHILE BEER - Beer #117, not awesome in spite of the fact that Cigar City is one of my favorite brewers in the country; And lastly, the FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN 3rd ANNIVERSARY IMPERIAL OATMEAL STOUT - Beer #118, tasty but not mind-blowing. That evening at home, I went for some standbys: STONE LEVITATION ALE - Beer #119 and JOSEPH JAMES RED FOX RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT - Beer #120, the latter of which really excites me... it's the first beer I can recall enjoying from Nevada, just outside of Vegas, in Henderson. Only recently have I been hearing great things about this brewery, and this stout lives up to the word on the street. Oily, dark, inky, delicious, and crazy affordable at $8 for a four-pack. Can't wait to try the other Joseph James brews.
I also have the usual Tuesday evening INFEST practice, which as of late means a visit to The Snug, which means even more beer. Although I'm about 2 weeks away from exhausting all of my options at this sleepy Burbank hangout which hasn't rotated its taps since I started going there. I went for their best selection this week with the CHIMAY ROUGE - Beer #121, followed by some of their lesser taps, the BASS PALE ALE - Beer #122 and the STELLA ARTOIS - Beer #123, both of which are palatable at best.
I rounded out the week with several everyday-but-tasty singles at home:
SHIPYARD MONKEY FIST IPA - Beer #124: I've avoided this one because it seemed like a novelty beer. Not incredibly memorable, but decent, and worth drinking if it's the best option available.
GOOSE ISLAND MATILDA - Beer #125: These days their distribution is ridiculous, thanks to new parent company Anheuser Busch. Thankfully they haven't compromised the quality of their product.
NEWCASTLE WEREWOLF - Beer #126: A seasonal red ale I've hoarded since my Wife's uncle brought it over during the holidays. So much better than the standard Newcastle brown ale.
FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN HURRICANE DECK DIPA - Beer #127: A gift from my pal Matty B., by far the best brew in the Fig Mtn roster.
SIERRA NEVADA BEER CAMP #95 IMPERIAL RED ALE - Beer #128: Another one I've been hoarding since last year, just so I can enjoy it this year. One of the better offerings from the largest indie brewer, and somewhat limited.
SIERRA NEVADA NARWHAL IMPERIAL STOUT - Beer #129: A seasonal release, and so glad I grabbed a 2013 before they disappear. My favorite Sierra Nevada brew, hands down. A superior imperial stout, but not sold at beer nerd prices.
|Now my kid can enjoy "beer" with me. Stay classy, America.|
#1: My friend Lily Thai forwarded me info on a new Jelly Belly flavor called Draft Beer. Wow. When there's a jellybean that tastes like beer, you know craft beer has "jumped the shark". Let's all hang it up now, shall we?
#2: My buddy Steve Enders told me about his trip to Portland. Of course, this is already a major beer hub, but nowadays you can fill a growler at the gas station! This is a state which doesn't allow you to pump your own gas, and yet you can fill up a 64oz jug of beer while they're filling your tank?
I say "WTF" only because I'm jealous.
|Incredible action shot of beer sitting on my kitchen counter!|