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Just a little Trip

27 Feb

photo 1Today I am drinking the Taylor Shellfish Farms Oyster Stout,a collaboration between New Belgium Brewing and Elysian Brewing.  A member of their Trip series of small batch beers.

The oyster stout is a fairly rare style but I have managed to try a few and really enjoy the beer.  As soon as I saw this beer at Belmont station I picked one up.  For me in an oyster stout the brine is the key.  I would say number one flaw I have found in some of the beer I have tried is, while labeled an oyster stout, it was in distinguishable from any other stout.  I am looking for a nice ‘sea’ brine, a bit different than a Gose, that mixes effortlessly with the dark malt and a softened the mouthfeel and finish.  Even before tasting, I a a bit concerned, at 7.7% ABV this beer is much bigger than any other oyster stout I have tried.  I hope the extra malt doesn’t lend a bit of sweetness that interferes with the flavors I am looking for.

This beer looks wonderful poured into a glass.  The beer is very dark but not total black and topped with a head of soft, tiny bubbles.  It is almost as if it was poured from a nitro tap, very nice for a bottled beer.

I will admit I am getting over a fairly nasty cold.  Trying to give anyone a reasonable description of the  aroma would be an exercise in futility, so I am just going to jump in as taste this beer.

This is a good oyster stout.  It has a nice brine, although I could ask for a bit more, and rich dark malts start to its nice smooth finish.  What keeps this from being a great beer is the size, confirming my original hesitation.  I believe an oyster stout is much better served by a smaller, say <5% ABV, drier beer.

If you have never had an oyster stout this is not be beer to start your adventure with the rarer beer styles, but for the few enthusiasts out there pick up a bottle and give it a try.  I would love to here your opinions.  Hell, while your at it, let me know your favor oyster stout

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Prepare for Chaos

13 Feb

So I’m sitting at an Irish pub at the Dallas airport. Unfortunately I cannot report on drinking an amazing brew, let alone a local beer. I was hoping for a Lone Star at least but alas, none to be found. So I’m just sipping on a Smithwicks and a Guinness as I kill this three hour layover. But y’all know what those taste like and they are not earth shattering, so nothing to report, but they are good enough with my fish n chips. Continue reading

Weekend Session

9 Dec

IMG_0345I love this beer.  I don’t much like the regular or the black version, but this red lager is great to drink.  And today is one of those misty, cold, Portland winter days that finds me indoors baking (today it’s scones) and hanging with the family.  Hope everyone had a great beer weekend…from the looks of my buddy Chad’s post, he certainly did.  Mike and I brewed on Saturday (Winter Red Ale) and drank some fantastic Upright Apricot Seven and their Pear Wood Smoked Lager after at Belmont Station.  It doesn’t get much better than Portland, does it?

Reader’s Choice 3: Lover Beer

15 Nov

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For the Love of Good Beer. That’s what this blog is all about. And that’s what this beer says right on the label. Those Italians get it right every time, don’t they? Luckily when it comes to craft beer, they are starting to get it right. When Michael first suggested the Italy theme, I was hesitant. It seemed obscure for some of our readers, and I thought y’all wouldn’t know who to vote for. Then I was thinking about the fact that when I lived in Italy in the late 90s, local craft beer was nearly non-existent. But in the last few years, the beer making its way from Italy to the US is a perfect example of how Italy gets it right. I’ve had some really, really good beers from there. And so I got really excited.

LoverBeer’s D’Uva (meaning “of the grape”) from Marentino, Italy. An American Wild Ale. The bottle I happen to pick up from Belmont Station was a 2010. Continue reading

Reader’s Choice #2a: Elysian’s Night Owl

23 Oct

It’s been so long since my last Reader’s Choice post that everyone has probably long forgot about this series. The thing is, our readers were not in consensus on which pumpkin ale I should review. First there was a clear winner, but not that many votes; so I did another call for votes, and then there was a tie. A tie that as soon as it was broken would mend itself back into a tie again before I could make it to the bottle shop. As all this was happening, a close second came from behind to give me a three-way tie. A tie that I hoped would break while we were in Denver, but alas, all those readers that vote, have voted. So, apparently the consensus from the group is that you don’t quite see eye-to-eye in your choice of beers, and that as fall embraces us and Halloween fast approaches, you are interested in many of the pumpkin beer offerings from the craft beer industry. Fair enough. Continue reading

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