In honor of our “Submit a Beer” contest, we have the winning suggestion, Firestone Walker 14. An American Strong Ale brewed for their 14th anniversary, this beer is a blend of six different barrels: 31% Double Double Barrel Ale, 29% Sticky Monkey, 27% Parabola, 7% Velvet Merkin, 3% Good Foot and 3% Black Xantus. In addition, we’re pairing this beer with some homemade toffee/nut chocolate candy, courtesy of Mrs. Hoff. Thanks!
Archive December 2010
Rodenbach Grand Cru, brewed in Belgium by Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V., is one of the top Flanders Red Ales widely available and respectably priced. Fortunately for me, 750 ml corked and caged bottles of these are at my disposal. While my enjoyment for the Rodenbach Grand Cru is large, this is probably best enjoyed if you share the bottle.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, I’m sorry to say, has only recently come onto my beer radar. With the Firestone 14 winning our Suggest a Beer contest and finding the Walker’s Reserve on tap, it’s a name that I’m beginning to see a bit more. Soon after trying the Walker’s Reserve I picked up a bottle of the Pale 31, a 4.8% ABV American Pale Ale.
There’s an old saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” from Saint Ambrose at around the 4th century. In these words, we find a root lesson for cultural respect and conformity. These words ring true in one aspect of the craft beer and food culture — tipping. More specifically, bartenders across the globe have certain expectations, and you should know what they are.
If you are a Pumpkin Ale fan and you see one that you haven’t tried before, you’re naturally compelled to give it a taste. When that beer is also aged in rum barrels for six months, you stop just short of leaping over the bar and pouring a glass for yourself instead of waiting for the bartender.