If it seems like I’ve been slacking in my blogging duties as of late, it’s because as of Feb 1st I became a dad the second time over with this 7 pound 9 ounce bundle of distraction. I’ll be resuming beer duties shortly, but my focus is on this tiny handful for now (as it should be!) I will probably bust out a few goodies from the cellar in a small, public bottle share celebration to honor baby Lily, so stay tuned.
As I can’t let this this perfect opportunity for synergy pass by, I’ve paired the birth of my daughter with a can of Other Half’s Baby Diamonds session IPA. Great, near Vermont beer flavors with a decent body for under 5%. Think Lawson’s Sip or Sunshine with less apricot/mandarin and a lighter finish. Perfect for a summer day with an ABV made for child-rearing (but for reals, don’t drink and parent you guys). Cheers!
All You Need to Know
Brewery: Great Divide Brewing
Style: BA Imperial Stout
My Cost: $29 (!)
Availability: Seasonal (Sept)
Purchased@: Friendly Greek
Quick Take: Easily the best beer I’ve had to date from Great Divide and I regularly enjoy their offerings. On just about every level, this beer does huge, chocolate stouts right. It is also one of the few beers I simultaneously consider overpriced and worth it. BA Yeti is on the sweeter side with no dark fruit or savory layers to give it added depth, but it is as close to a perfect BA Imperial Chocolate Stout that I’ve ever come across.
Sierra Nevada has released further information on the 2016 collaboration beers coming to your local distributor later this year in honor of Beer Camp 2016. 30 breweries will participate, working together to brew the 6 styles listed below. The break down of what brewery is working on what is unknown, but the brewers who made each announcement in the brief Sierra Nevada youtube video are given credit for now. Whether the generally disappointing results of 2014’s case can be bested by focusing on fewer styles and more brewers input remains to be tasted. Hopefully these beers will be worthy of the sum of their parts.
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Local Ardmore brewing gem, Tired Hands, is entering the 16oz canned IPA game today with the release of HopHands, their house pale, and Alien Church, an IPA I recently gave a rather positive review. Both are available at the Fermenteria starting today (1/7/16) for $14 a four pack (HopHands) and $16 a four pack (Alien Church).
Customers can buy up to a case of each (that’s $84 and $96 a case respectively for those that don’t like them math numbers.) This is sure to be a hot item, especially in the secondary beer trade market, so head down prior to the 4:20pm launch to secure yours.
It’s Part 2 of DBR’s beer year in review. We’re joined by Oscar, a gassy Boston Terrier, and fellow beer enthusiast Elisha, fresh off a work shift and near comatose. We cast off the bad and focus on the delicious good of 2015. We also take time to do some wild speculating into the year 2016, discussing possible beer trends and our made-up beer innovations of the future. It’s our year in kick-ass beer, 2015.
Warning: This here podcast contains the salty language, so delicate ears need not apply.