Gang Bang BIF ~ Part I ~ The Packing Party

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Just another great tasting

As most of you already know that I am part of the Buffalo Beer Advocate users tasting group.  From time to time, we get together for a tasting which allows each of us to try bottles that we may always wanted to try but never acquired.  It also allows us to go into the cellar and open that rare bottle that you have been dying to crack open but just could never justify opening it up for yourself.  All in All, it is a great time to hang out with some good guys and try some really great beers.  Please do not interpret this as a reason to go out and drink yourself stupid because that is really not the case at all.  In most instances, I barely work up a small buzz that can easily be repressed with an hour of sobriety and a bottle of water.

The reason for this gathering was a packing party for a group BIF (Beer It Forward) that we are participating in this summer.  The purpose of this BIF is to send a huge amount of beer, tasting glass and swag to a group randomly chosen for us and in return, we will also receive a similar box from a randomly chosen group.  This particular BIF features 14 groups spread throughout the country that met the criteria of 5-8 members.  As part of our group, we have 8 guys (all Beer Advocate users from Buffalo and one from Albany) where we submitted shirt sizes and beer style preferences to our team leader, who then forwarded all of our information to the guy running the BIF.  The team that was chosen for us as our target is from Montana.  It was group of 6 people (5 men and 1 woman). We had amassed as a group over 500 ounces of beer, 6 t-shirts from assorted breweries, 6 tasting glasses, and 6 glasses also from assorted breweries. The beers chosen were somewhat focused around barleywines and other Wants that the members from Team Montana had chosen. Although the reason for our gathering was packing party…there was no packing done that evening.

Since we have gotten through all the formalities, let’s get into the good stuff which was the beer consumed that night. As some of you know, I am a sucker when it comes to sour ales and also a sucker for Bruery beers, but when you mix the two together, I am in a very good place…so the best beer of the night (in my opinion) was the obvious choice below:
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Okay, I do apologize about the two day delay from original post to completion but unlike most people who punch a time clock from 9am-5pm and sit in front of a computer all day, I do not have that luxury.  Half the time my posts are generated from a smartphone while driving hundreds of miles down an interstate, so it isnt easy to find time to nail these down in a timely fashion.

Anyways, here is the list of the beers tasted during our ‘packing party’:

  • Two Brothers Brewing Bare Tree Weiss Wine 2011 (IL) ~ Wheatwine ~ ABV Unknown ~ 3.68 Rating
  • Two Brothers Brewing Bare Tree Weiss Wine 2009 (IL) ~ Wheatwine ~ ABV Unknown ~ 3.52 Rating
  • Epic Brewing Sour Apple Saison (UT) ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 8.1% ABV ~ 3.30 Rating
  • Grand Teton Snarling Badger (ID) ~ Berliner Weissbier ~ 7.5% ABV ~ 3.72 Rating
  • Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery Czar Jack Imperial Stout (MN) ~ Russian Imperial Stout ~ 9.3% ABV ~ 4.43 Rating
  • Bruery Bottleworks XII (CA) ~ American Wild Ale ~ 8.0% ABV ~ 4.43 Rating
  • Lift Bridge Irish Coffee Stout (MN) ~ Milk/Sweet Stout ~ 8.0% ABV ~ 4.13 Rating
  • Alaskan Brewing Birch Bock (AK) ~ Dopplebock ~ 8.5% ABV ~ 3.52 Rating
  • DC Brau On The Wings of Armageddon (DC) ~ American Double/Imperial IPA ~ 9.2% ABV ~ 4.42 Rating
  • Bootleggers 79th Anniversary (CA) ~ American Barleywine ~ ABV Unknown ~ 3.50 Rating
  • Bruery Provisions Cuadruple (CA) ~ Quadruple ~ 10.0% ABV ~ 3.57 Rating
  • Upright Brewing Six (OR) ~ Rye Beer ~ 6.7% ABV ~ 3.96 Rating
  • Bells Brewery Harvest Ale (bottle #3 of 500)(MI) ~ American Pale Ale ~ ABV Unknown ~ 4.00 Rating
  • Bootleggers Imperial Black Phoenix (CA) ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ 10.0% ABV ~ 4.10 Rating

We also popped open sliverX’s Braggot Ale made with Buckwheat Honey and Dogfishandi’s IPA made with fresh citra hops (so fresh it was bottled that day and he left the flowers inside the bottles).

Keep your eye out for the Part II – The Surprise Box Tasting.

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Comments
  1. fuj says:

    I love “surprise box”.

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