Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Seattle...



Business has me in Seattle.

The beer scene here is tremendous. Unfortunately, work has restricted me to only visiting BJ's Brewing, but their choices are good.

Among the most memorable has been the Mac and Jack's African Amber. BJ's house-brewed Hopstorm IPA was also good. Via conversation with the barstaff, I discovered that it consisted of centennial hops, which explains the familiar taste.

Perhaps the highlight has been the beer pictured. I am discovering that I am becoming a fan of saisons and I had been told that DuPont is as good as any saison. And it was certainy delicious:


 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

A Continuing Education in Beer




A long day of good drinking, and it is currently continuing.

After the gym, kicked off the day with a tour of a local brewery:



The Blue & Gray Brewing Co., near my current hometown of Fredericksburg, VA.







Red ales are a crap shoot. About the only thing consistent amongst most red beers is that they are, well, red in hue (mostly... lol). That said, Blue & Gray's offering, the "Fred Red" was very good. I didn't take the time to record a proper review, but I recall the beer being refreshing, smooth and, to my enjoyment, not totally simple, (yet, unfortunately, not quite as complex as, say, some red ryes I really like). "Fred Red" is a good beer, and I ordered one in the brewery's intimate brewpub:



The highlight of the visit, though, was the sample of Blue & Gray's saison. It wasn't offered in the tasting room, but I ordered a sample at the pub on a whim. I very rarely drink beers like this. But I found this particular Belgium Ale strikingly good:



I was so impressed that I ordered a bomber on the way out, as will be apparent in this post's final pic.

After, I paused at a preferred watering hole to catch the tail-end of Tiger's round at The Open Championship. While there, I maintained the local brewery theme and had a Devil's Backbone "Vienna Lager":



Another good beer; refreshing, with more layers than may be anticipated from a lager. Satisfying choice to accompany some good golf viewing.

So, I ventured home. Here is the selection I have to choose from presently, including the delicious Blue & Gray saison:



A nap may be in order at some point, but I intend to catch the UFC card tonight. My sports bar of choice has another local offering on tap that I greatly enjoy: Legend's Brown Ale. Great day. And more to follow; I travel to Seattle next week.

Cheers!



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Craft Beer Club - Fredericksburg Virginia




As a fellow advocate of delicious beer, Brad, the bar manager at the 909 Saloon in downtown Fredericksburg, floated tonight the idea of a craft beer club.

Given the success of the Capital Ale House and local breweries, I think this is a great idea.

The goal would be, simply, to promote kinship amongst craft beer lovers.

If the club were to come to fruition, Brad has some fun ideas. As do I. For example, based on the club's preferences, Brad can order craft beers accordingly at the Saloon. I was thinking, so long as the club draws interest, that I would be certainly willing to donate funds, if others are willing to match, to set up events at local breweries. For example, I would think we would be able to rent a day at, say, Starr Hill in Charlottesville.

As a disclaimer, I will tell you that I have no affiliation with Brad's bar, other than being a big fan. And this is not a promotional event of the 909 Saloon. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you visited 909, and indicated your interest in the club, and ordered absolutely nothing, Brad would still love to take your email address and add you to the club. This is simply a product of his passion; which I totally echo!!

Please feel free to comment and suggest how we may be able to make this club a success. If you are interested, please visit 909 and submit your email address to Brad, or send it to me here.

Thanks!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Samuel Smith's, Stone, and others...



I prefer beers that do not violate the Germany purity laws.  For that reason, I tend to stray far from chocolate, vanilla, wheat, and fruit-flavored beers.  That being said, I can not help myself from ordering the beer pictured below (from a visit tonight at Fredericksburg's Park Lane Tavern), because it is simply delicious; perhaps the best dark beer I have ever sampled: 



More traditionally (for my tastes), my choices for tonight, and the nights that follow: 



I am as excited to try the 10th anniversary Stone as I have been any beer because of the solid reputation it has amongst beer advocates I trust (and HERE). 

Cheers to me; and to you!! 

Reviews to follow in an upcoming post.