There is a saying that goes “You can’t unring the bell,” you can’t go back to not experiencing something after you have experienced it. You can’t go back and watch your favorite movie for the first time and re-experience all the wonder and thrill of that first viewing. It may be just as good the second time around, but that first viewing is special because you didn’t know yet that you would love it.
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Mixing different styles of beer can often lead to a great marriage of the best features of each style. My current favorite “hybrid” style is the wheat-IPA, the intersection of IPA and Hefeweizen. Browsing around a beer store in Maine I stumbled upon a beer of this style that I had to try, the Weiss Principal from Peak Organic Brewing company based in Portland, ME.
Oxbow Brewing Company out of Newcastle, Maine is a relatively new brewery to me. I’ve heard about them through various conversations and online forum postings, but only had the opportunity to try a few of their beers within the past month. I acquired a bottle of their Stillbow Oxtisanal, a collaboration with Oxbow and Stillwater Artisanal Ales. This is billed as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale aged in blueberry wine barrels for 20 months.
Recently my beer adventures have been dominated by large bourbon barrel aged beers and big Double IPAs. After bombarding my palate with that stuff it is nice to sit back and sip on a good ole’ IPA. Still looking for something new, I decided to give the Hoppyum IPA from Foothills Brewing a shot. This IPA concentrates on the Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade hops. These hops clock the beer in at 78 IBUs and 6.25% ABV. This information is listed on the bottle for your convenience.
It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and Goose Island has released their 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout along with its variants. Mike is in town to join us for our early morning Black Friday drinking tradition. We’re sampling the beer that is said to be the original bourbon barrel aged stout, Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve got one, crack one open and enjoy with us!