Having just experienced one of the biggest and best beer events in Imminent Liquidation V (my first time attending), I felt the need to give a shout-out to Grain + Verse for providing the location and Ffej Herb for putting the whole thing together. Had some phenomenal beers, met even better people, and ate one of the best Cubano’s I’ve ever tasted. A fantastic event that I will make an annual one and highly recommend anyone in the Central PA area attend (it’s free!). I’ll make sure to stock up on even better beers for next year (I brought Parabola 2015, Sammiclaus Barrique 2013, and Stone’s Fyodor’s Classic 2014), but really you can bring any of your favs to share. Full list of beer I imbibed is below.
Back in March, I was asked to visit a local brewery on the cusp of opening its doors and write an article for The Fly, a local night life magazine. I met with the three homebrewing friends, now owner’s of Miscreation Brewing Co. on the square of Hanover, PA, to see the culmination of their efforts and sample their beers. It was published and I held onto it for the content equivalent of a rainy day.
Well, after several weeks of more work than beer, today is that day. If you have some time, give it a read, maybe leave a comment, and stop by Miscreation for their signature beer, Frank-n-Stout, a roasty stout brewed with jalapeños.
Brewery: The Lost Abbey
Style: Strong Ale (Barrel-Aged)
ABV: 13.5 %
My Cost: $22 (375 mls)
Actual Cost: $15 (375 mls)
Glassware: Snifter, Teku
Purchased@: The Loft at Iron Abbey
Quick Take: It’s been a long time since I had a beer that really blew me away, but I’ve finally found one. Among the many stellar beers in Lost Abbey’s lineup, this is a bourbon-aged beer to be reckoned with, only lacking a stronger kick of coffee to put it into the stratosphere. To that point, I’m not even sure this beer was shown a picture of coffee beans let alone brewed with them. Regardless, this is the first Ultimate Box Set beer I’ve had, but it won’t be my last.
Brewery: Founders Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout (Bourbon-Aged)
Cost: $6.50 (10oz)
Purchased@: Bulls Head Pub
Previous Review: KBS 2014 Review
Quick Take: For those that love KBS unconditionally and without a care of my opinion, I’ll sum up the 2015 edition thusly. The newest take has upped the Russian Imperial (tobacco, anise, bitter cocoa) and coffee elements, but at the cost of the barrel qualities that make BB beers great. Everyone that already loves KBS will still find plenty to love, but I’m still waiting to be blown away by this highly sought after treat.