Archive | January, 2014

Head Czech

29 Jan
good to the last drop

good to the last drop

I don’t often put stock in “end of year” or “best of” lists, mainly because I rarely agree with them…especially when it comes to beer.  That’s nothing more than a function of my taste, but occasionally something good can come from them.  A year-in-review post this past December on Beervana mentioned the Hop Valley Czech Your Head Pilsner as a favorite and it kinda stuck with me.  Can’t really say why.  Maybe it’s because I really enjoy a good pilsner.  I didn’t run out to look for it, but when I did see it, I immediately placed it in the basket.  Truth is, I am going to place a few more in there the next time I see it.

I am going to assume most people who read this site have had a good pilsner before.  I am not going to bore you with a appearance/smell/taste thing here.  It was damn good in all those categories…that’s really all that needs to be said about that.  What I really wanted to say was how impressed I was with how “drinkable” it was.  By that, I just mean that it was light without losing anything.  Often, even a pilsner can sit heavy on my stomach.  I am not sure if that is a product of the malt bills in some craft beers, but they do often settle heavy with me.  You can still drink (obviously) but you don’t feel like you’ll have the room for more than two.  With this beer, I felt empowered to drink another right away (but couldn’t, because I only bought one) and could have easily had 3 or 4.  It was probably the best beer I have had out of a bottle since…well, since I started drinking beer.  Again, it’s not doing anything special.  It’s just insanely drinkable.  So this is just me saying that this particular best-of list got it right and if you like pilsners I think you’d be pretty crazy not to try it.

morning wood

22 Jan

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Between this post and the camel toe post, our blog is going to get a whole lot of hits for all the wrong reasons! A little while back, Taphandle attended a small beer festival / fundraiser. At the event, they had a wall of mystery beers. For $5 you picked a random brown bag and you got to walk home with whatever beer was inside your bag. I walked home with Kassik’s Morning Wood IPA. Although the past event planner in me criticized that event pretty thoroughly, I do think the mystery wall of beer was a brilliant fundraising idea and fun for beer enthusiasts. Continue reading

Christmas 2013, Beer #1: Propolis Brewing

15 Jan

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Once again Brian presented us with a wonderful collection of beers for Christmas this year.  From this, I selected the Propolis brewing Prunus, a dark ale brewed with herbs and aged on cherries to drink tonight. I had noticed this brewery at many of the fine drinking/bottle shop establishments I frequent. I have to say, the simple yellow label with a honey bee on it always catches my eye. It bugs me, as I know this is purposeful to get me to buy the beer even though what’s inside matters.

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Drink this beer now!

3 Jan

This weekend I was passing through Hood River on the way home, when I decided it was close enough to lunchtime to stop at Double Mountain. Because I still had an hours drive I had the difficult task of picking my one beer. I passed up their standards, as I usually do, and selected, The Black Perle. A mighty fine choice my friends! Sorry, I do not have a picture but this beer was so good a had people know.
The Black Perle is a big rye stout, clocking in at 9.5% ABV and 65 IBUs. The Perle hops in the hop back adds so much to the stout it is one of my favorite Double Mountain beers, right up with the Clusterf#uck.
When I first brought the glass to my nose I noticed the sweet-spicy hops that melded perfectly with a notes of dark unsweetened chocolate. I first noted how different this beer was from many of Double Mountain’s standard beers, the body was full, rich and soft. This fit perfectly with the initial dark chocolate malts with a very light sweetness. This gave way to the rye and the sweet-spiciness if the Perle hops, which finishes the beer perfectly.
When I talked to the barkeep he did not know if this beer was to be a one off or will it return some day. Either way if you happen to find yourself in Hood River soon, drink this beer!

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