Posts Tagged ‘upland’

It is hard to imagine that April has come and gone already, especially given the fact that the temperatures are in the low 40’s and my backyard is a pond….usually by this time of year, I am breaking out the patio furniture, cleaning up the yard and the grill.    After having a chance of getting down to San Antonio last week to slay some Texas turds, I was able to follow it up with a nice trip down to wonderful Central PA…please, hold your applause.  Anyways, here is my highest rated beers for April:

Top 5 Beer Reviews for April (okay, it is 7 again but how is that different from any other month):


The 5 Beer Reviews that screams out how superior sours beers are over common bullshit:

  • Pizza Boy Brewing Hop Test #1 (White Pech) ~ American IPA ~ 6.0% ABV ~ 2.9 /5 Rating
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (Calvados Edition) ~ American Imperial Stout ~ 10.9% ABV ~  2.5 /5 Rating
  • FEMSA Dos Equis XX Special Lager ~ Pale Lager ~ 4.5% ABV ~ 2.3 /5 Rating
  • FEMSA Carta Blanca ~ Pale Lager ~ 4.0% ABV ~ 2.1 /5 Rating
  • And the beer that just proves how superior American beers are over the rest of the world was Kirin Brewing Ichiban ~ Pale Lager ~ 1.7 /5 Rating

As I have stated in my Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Beer It Forward thread, my time on is coming to an end and am just finishing up with my pending trades and remaining Beer It Forwards.  This particular one was my baby from the get go because I am a lactic acid junkie.  I had started this installment of it before started banning many long time users for no reason, so I had to keep my head down so that I could see this one through to the end.

Here was my first haul…


From Left to Right:

  • Almanac Farmers Reserve #3
  • Goose Island Lolita
  • Cascade Brewing Elderberry
  • Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus
  • New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb
  • New Belgium La Folie
  • Tilquin Quetsche
  • New Glarus Wild Sour Ale

…and my second haul arrived yesterday…

From Left to Right…

  • Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Bruery Tart of Darkness
  • Commons Brewery Flemish Kiss
  • New Glarus Serendipity
  • Rodenbach Grand Cru
  • Upland Brewing Cherry Lambic
  • Freetail Brewing Ananke
  • Mystery Bottle to be opened with my tasting group this weekend (Goose Island King Henry)
  • Three Floyds Dark Lord
  • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza
  • New Glarus Wild Sour Ale
  • Pipeworks Brewing Berliner Weiss Glass

Overall, I can not complain about my hauls because there are some decent beers in both of them…and every box is better when there is a bottle of Cantillon included inside.  Unfortunately, as the BIF organizer, this one is not done for me until all of the boxes have been delivered safe and sound….three more to go.

Back in December, I got hit up by a BeerAdvocate user about being in town for the holidays and wanting to meet other local BAs.   Well since then, we keep in touch from time to time and when he comes into town, he usually brings some nice bottles for a bottle share.  The last time he was here in April, we had a really killer bottle share and this time was no different.

We were able to gather up some of the local crew and I gladly opened up the cellar for everyone to pluck their way through.  Its amazing when you get a great bunch of guys together, who are willing to share their great beers…this time was just another one of those examples.  Here was the great beers we cracked open:

Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ 10.5% ABV
Mustang Brewing Brandys Imperial Sundae ~ American Porter ~ 9.1% ABV
Bruery Oude Tart with Cherries ~ American Wild Ale ~ 7.5% ABV
Bruery Bottleworks XII ~ American Wild Ale ~ 8.0% ABV
SARA Adjunct Professor ~ American Wild Ale ~ 9.8% ABV
Upland Brewing Blackberry Lambic ~ Lambic – Fruit ~ ABV Unknown
Southern Tier Cherry Saison (the obvious best beer of the night) ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 10.1% ABV
Firestone Walker PNC Imperial Buckwheat Stout ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ 13.7% ABV
Bruery White Chocolate ~ Wheatwine ~ 14.25% ABV
Bruery Sour in the Rye with Kumquats ~ American Wild Ale ~ 7.6% ABV
Oud Beersel BZart Oude Gueze 2007 ~ Gueuze ~ 8.0% ABV
Brasserie Cantillon 50N-4E ~ Gueuze ~ 7.0% ABV
Allagash Brewing Coolship Red ~ Lambic – Fruit ~ 5.7% ABV
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout ~ Milk/Sweet Sout ~ 9.2% ABV
Hardywood Bourbon Gingerbread Stout ~ Milk/Sweet Stout ~ 10.6% ABV
B. Nektar Black Fang ~ Mead
Brouwerij Boon Oude Gueuze Mariage Parfait 2003 ~ Gueuze ~ 8.0% ABV
Russian River Toronado 25th Annivesary Ale ~ American Wild Ale ~ 8.75% ABV
Upright Brewing Soul Composition Seven (with Brett) Bottle 41 of 114 ~ Saison/Farmhouse Ale ~ 8.8% ABV
Cigar City/Widmer Brothers Gentlemens Club (New Oak) ~ Old Ale ~ 9.5% ABV
Cigar City/Widmer Brothers Gentlemens Club (Rye) ~ Old Ale ~ 10.5% ABV
Alesmith Speedway Vietnamese Coffee Stout ~ American Double/Imperial Stout ~ ABV Unknown
Crooked Stave Surette Reserva ~ American Wild Ale ~ 6.2% ABV
Hoppin Fog BA BORIS ~ Russian Imperial Stout ~ 9.4% ABV
Kuhnhenn Pineapple Pear Pint Grigio Pyment Mead
Kuhnhenn Mexicarmel Mead
Crooked Stave Petite Sour Hibiscus & Cinnamon ~ American Wild Ale ~ 6.0% ABV
Fantome Extra Sour Special Original Creation Black Dark Extra 2013 ~  Saison/Farmhouse ~ 10.0% ABV

Another great thing about having the tasting is that we had two of the members from Big Ditch Brewing in attendance again.  We have had Matt and Corey at several of our tastings so far and it has been wonderful to hear their stories of starting up a brewery.  Plus, it is not bad to have them use us as guinea pigs for some of their liquid creations.  This time they had tried out a Peach Ale and a new IPA.  As much as I would like to comment about the beers, it would be wrong to comment on something that is simply for trial at this point and would be unfair to pass judgment…with that being said, I liked the Peach Ale and the IPA was standard.  Enough Said.    Not to mention that we had given them some great input of ingredients to try, even though some of them might be a little hard to come by.  🙂

After my last Beer It Forward was completed, I was still a little down about the box that I had gotten in it.  For some reason, it got me into thinking about running a BIF myself but I wanted to make sure that every bottle sent out was gonna be something of decent quality and have a decent score on Beer Advocate.

In my previous BIF, I received a bottle of a local Las Vegas Double IPA that only had a score of 76 on Beer Advocate, which is just a below average score.  I had recently opened the bottle and it was the worst Double IPA that I have ever had, just completely devoid of any hop character.  Unfortunately, there was no bottle dating on it so I don’t know if the guy sent me a horrible beer or if it was just an old bottle (an Pale, IPA, or DIPA should be consumed within 3 months of bottling to maintain the hop freshness, after 3 months, the hop character really starts to fade away).

For the Sours for Dummies BIF, I had to set some minimum guidelines for the participants to follow:

  • 75 oz minimum
  • Beers must be listed on Beer Advocate as… American Wild Ale,  Flanders Oud Bruin,  Flanders Red,  Gueuze Lambic – Fruit, or Lambic – Unblended
  • Beers must have a minimum rating on Beer Advocate of 85 or higher
  • Shipping Date will be set for March 4th.

I thought with having the minimum rating, it would prevent anyone from getting a bad bottle (thus preventing a repeat of what happened to me). I opened up a window of 7 days for guys to join in. After the 7 days window, I had a total of 17 participants join in. As you can see above, the shipping window is/was approaching but boxes are on the move and some have actually landed to their respective targets.

After working 3 very long and exhausted days, I only had to do some computer work at the house when my doorbell rang to find a wonderful surprise from Bloomington Indiana…


From the left to right…
25.2 oz Upland Brewing Raspberry Lambic – Want – 90 Rating
25.2 oz Boulevard Brewing Love Child No.2 – 93 Rating
25.2 oz Bruery Provisions Ichiago Highway – 87 Rating
25.2 oz Rivertowne Brewing Lambic – 88 Rating
12oz Sour Homebrew
25.2 oz Upland Brewing Blueberry Lambic – Want – 93 Rating

This is a killer box as I have had several Wants hit and finally get to try some Upland Lambics, which receive great reviews and much deserved praise. Their releases are semi limited and its hard to really trade for their beers, so I am super excited.

Beer Karma has prevailed once again…