Here we go! Here’s the first, a Ballantine Burton Ale from 2015
I did it, I made it in!
Ballantine is OG American craft, glad to see Pabst resurrecting the recipes. I’m curious how authentic they are.
I’m going to have words with the folks in VIP. The image uploader on this isn’t working. Should have tested first. Bad, Kraft. Bad.
The Burton Ale is rich and strong. I could picture myself drinking this in front of a fire on a cold winter night. You know, if cold winter nights existed in San Diego!
Potosi up next. Czech style pils. As someone who was literally just in Plzeň I have opinions.
They are in, surprise surprise, Potosi, WI.
They’re old – from the 1850s originally, burned down in the 1970s, and came back 9 years ago.
They’re a non-profit, 501(c)3 with everything going back to the community and opened as part of a deal to get the national brewing museum.
A nice, crisp lager, but not quite a Czech pils. Lacking the fullness and roundness I’m looking for. Could use a dash of diacetyl too. I can still picture myself drinking a lot of this too.
Wow, a non-profit brewery, all profit gets rolled back into the community.
It wasn’t VIP’s fault. Needed to copy to my PC first, couldn’t go straight from the card.
Third Space Happy Place – mosaic and little cascade. Pale malts, 5.3% Call themselves a midwest PA. Very juicy, nice.
Derek’s browser seems to hate him right now, so he’ll share thoughts later. Maybe.
Next up is Rouge’s Rolling Thunder, barrel aged for nine months with malt and hops that they’ve made/grown.
14% ABV and you taste it. It is hot.
Westallion is next up. Their Six Points Ale with Licorice is next.
We did it, I’m alive again!
Gutenberg caused it. This is why you don’t run beta plugins in production folks.
Surprisingly not super licorice-forward. Interesting menthol/herbal character. ‘sokay.
They use a local tea in making this beer.
Weekend @ Louie’s from MKE. Blueberry and rooibos infused Louie’s Demise Amber. More like Weekend at Blueies…berry. Solid blueberry character, not cloying, but I’m not picking up a lot of rooibos. I guess I don’t what I’d expect from rooibos.
It reminds me a little of a tea-based thing I homebrewed. It wasn’t very good and this is dandy.
Looks like Stone is up next. Never heard of this little tiny place.
O hey, I’ve heard of those peeps!
Looky look, they are canning this now. I’ve only seen draft/bottle previously.
Amazingly I’ve never had Tangerine Express from Stone, they’ve got too many IPAs to keep up with any more. Secret: you actually don’t find Stone too many places in San Diego outside of Stone company stores these days.
The material they gave us says that distribution is CA only, but I’m 95% sure I’ve seen this at my local HEB in Austin, TX.
Megadank hop oil. A bit of tangerine, but it mostly just has that “hop overload” character I get from most Stone hop-forward beers.
It doesn’t taste like 75 IBUs but agreed with Derek, it has the characteristic “this is a Stone beer” hop flavor.
CANS is a CA only thing.
D14 brewing is up next. First sour.
D14 “Barrel Aged Pomegranate Sour”
Only 59 gallons of this exist, so won’t see it in the corner store anytime soon.
An abject lesson in ethyl acetate (nail polish remover). Not mega intense, but above threshold. Common, I find, in a lot of breweries first sour beers. Not bad though!
Lakefront is next with their Fuel Cafe coffee stout.
Smooth stout with some background coffee notes. I get a bit of that green pepper thing that lots of coffee beers have. Once you’ve had Speedway Stout from Alesmith you can never go home again.
Speedway… oh yeah. I had that way too early in my craft beer life and didn’t realize what I had when I had it.
I like it well enough. I like something more along the line of the Shiner Coffee Ale they released earlier this year.
Clutch Cargo from Lakefront is next.
Candied grapefruit and a backbone of bready malt. Not a bad DIPA, would be well received in San Diego, I think.
A citrus-y sweetness to this. For a DIPA, decent example of the style.
Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager the last(?) beer.
Pacific Wonderland from Dechutes is next!
Floral and tropical, bready malt and not overwhelming hop presence. This is the beer you’d give your dad to gateway him into craft beers.
Rocking out cool shirts.
Surprisingly hazy for a lager, I’d give it 2/3 in appearance.
Secret last beer: Redankulous from Founders. Imperial Red Ale.
I think a few more megadank hop-bombs could use a little more malt in the trunk, if you know what I mean. Pine and resin, bready/caramel malt backs it up.
Well, I guess that’s it. Another live beer blogging in the bag! See y’all next year