Recently, Mike published an article titled “Undrink The Beer – Five beers I wish I could have again, for the first time” that centered on an introspective look to some beers of one’s past. These beers, as Mike put it, are ones you’d like to be able to experience again for the first time; knowing full well you’ll never quite get that same sort of feeling or experience again.
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.
Prairie Artisan Ales, the relatively new brewery out of Oklahoma, has made a splash in the craft beer community with their farmhouse-style saisons and stouts. In April of this year, they successfully funded their Kickstarter for 100% barrel aged beers. Most notably, their Imperial Stout Prairie Bomb aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers garnered a nearly perfect score on BeerAdvocate (currently 99/100).
While zooming around the Finger Lakes region of New York with my family a few weeks ago on a wine tour, we stumbled upon the best of both worlds – a winery with a brewery attached. The winery was Wagner Vineyards and the brewery is Wagner Valley Brewing. Splitting from the main group with a few others I sampled all the beers that Wagner Valley had to offer that day. One of those was the Sugar House Maple Porter, which I slipped a bottle of it into a mixed six pack planning to review.
Nectar Ales, the once owned brewery by Firestone Walker, makes an appearance on the show this week with Black Xantus. This massive 11% ABV Imperial Stout is barrel aged and infused with local organic/fair-trade coffee from Jobella Coffee Roasters.