Mike issued Shane and I a challenge to “Undrink The Beer” in a recent article. The idea of being able to reset my expectations on a beer really made me think of many of the thousand plus unique beers I have had. For this article, I will focus on what I call my Top 5, in no particular order.
Archive January 2015
Portland, Maine has a thriving restaurant and brewing scene and is often overlooked by the uninformed. Breweries in Portland have been churning out some awesome beers for many years. One of those breweries is Rising Tide Brewing and tonight I’m sampling their Ursa Minor stout. The label describes this beer as a Weizen Stout brewed with “wheat-beer” yeast along with dark crystal and roasted malts. That all checks out, time to dive in.
The Bruery – one of the first breweries I admired when I starting drinking craft beer, a year or two after they first opened in 2008. California – the one place on the west coast I have wanted to visit the most since before I can remember. After years of saying “I’ll get there eventually,” I made it happen. My girlfriend and I visited the golden coast this past August & September 2014 and naturally, visited The Bruery too.
It’s something all beer nerds have done – you’re standing in your local six-pack shop holding the latest rare/seasonal release wondering if it’s a good price. So you text or tweet your beer nerd friends and ask, “Is $14 a bad price for this 22 oz bomber?” They then respond with the prices they have seen, and where. Lo and behold your six-pack shop is $4 more expensive, so you have to make a decision: Do you buy there, where it’s more expensive and you have the beer for sure, or do you attempt save a few bucks and run the risk of the next place not having it? A conundrum for sure.