Feb 21, 2011
Wow, long time no write! That's what having a kegerator at home does... Here's an absolutely delicious beer to break the drought!
A trip or two ago here in Atlanta I found an awesome beer store with a terrific, always changing selection. That's JUST what I needed to make things more bearable - the 4 'acceptable' beers at the Kroger were boring the crap out of me!
This time I stumbled across The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery from Farmville, North Carolina. They've gone so far to print 'The Dark Beer Specialists' on the bottle of their Milk Stout - pretty bold!
The bio for the Milk Stout:
The Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout is a traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black color.
So how's it taste?
This is a DARK stout meaning lots of rich, toasted hoppy flavour. MOST beers in this family have quite the edge. This Milk Stout has all the flavour of a heavy stout but with a delightful finish. I guess if you were to describe drinking a normal stout this dark, the flavour would be like Evil Kenevil doing a crazy jump over a dozen school buses, where you hold your breath on the landing, see a little wiggle from the bike but it turns out ok. The Milk Stout is exactly the same thing except somewhere over the 11th bus Evil Kenevil sheds his motorcycle, clothes and lands in a hot tub full of naked Suicide Girls instead. Yes, it's that smooth.
I want, nay, NEED to try some more beers from Duck-Rabbit. Seriously. Check them out!
Oct 27, 2009
YES, I have found the best beer thus far in Atlanta. After much sampling of countless "average" beers this one really stands out as something special.
As always I've been poking and sampling, trying out whatever I can find that I haven't had before. There's been a few things here and there worth buying but nothing that's "inspired" me enough to write up a blog entry, until now!
Weyerbacher Brewing Company hails out of Easton, Pennsylvania and has an absolutely HUGE beer library, practically one of everything. Believe me after having the Old Heathen I'm DEFINITELY going to be sampling a bunch of the others!! If you ever find these guys at a beer festival or the like try them out!!
You might have noticed by now that I'm definitely a dark beer fan. Stouts and Porters all the way, especially at this time of year when it's a bit colder outside. So I find myself here today with a Fort Collins Brewery Chocolate Stout, a Rogue Mocha Porter and the Weyerbacher Old Heathen - that's not exactly a lightweight competition to find yourself in. But there is absolutely NO competition here, the Old Heathen wins hands down.
Given that it weighs in at 8.0% this beer naturally has some body to it. Unlike most beers in this class it's really smooth drinking, not harsh at all. Really if there's a single word you could use to describe it really SMOOOOOTH is it. Like a lot of stouts in this class it's got a nice taste of chocolate, although not as much as a true "chocolate stout" like the Fort Collins. But the Fort Collins can't even hold a candle when it comes to flavour!
Really it almost reminds me of a slice of Black Forest Cake. It's too good to put down, but you don't want to eat a whole cake (or 6 pack) to yourself - there's just too much body to it! I'll happily take a slice or two though! Just watch it doesn't knock you on your butt... ;)
Jul 22, 2009
What can I say, I couldn't resist picking up a beer with a name like that!
I'm in Atlanta drinking beer from North Carolina!
This time around I'm sharing Highland Brewing Company's Oatmeal Porter. I'm a big fan of dark beers though I usually tend to avoid them at this time of year... Summer is more for IPA's than Porters! But HBC's Oatmeal Porter is a bit different from most...
A lot of porters tend to be a bit on the bitter side - the flavour of the Highland is quite smooth though with that great almost coffee finish and a well balanced taste. Definitely an easy drinker! It doesn't have as wild a body as some Porters, but I think a strong Porter is really an acquired taste. This beer is a great place to get yourself started in the world of beers you can barely see through!
Highland Brewing Company has a few other interesting titles in their library - if I had more time here I think I'd be seeking out their Black Mocha Stout for a taste. Next trip to ATL perhaps!
Mar 10, 2009
This year I'm going up to Pentiction for the Fest-of-Ale!
Can't have all our fun here in Vancouver, right?
In a few weeks I'm heading up to Pentiction for the Fest-of-Ale - it's a pretty good deal, $20 for a ticket and then beer tokens are $1 each. Most beer samples are only one token, and as an added bonus a lot of the food is only a couple of tokens too! $2 burgers anyone?
Here's this year's brewery list:
Alpine Brewing Company Inc. (US)
Big Al Brewing (US)
Boundary Bay (US)
Bravo Beer Co.
Cannery Brewery Company
Central City Brewing Co.
Corby Distillers Ltd.
Dead Frog Brewery
Fernie Brewing Company
Granville Island Brewing Company Inc.
Hells Gate Brewing Company
Lost Coast Brewery
Mikes Hard Lemonade
Mt. Begbie Brewing
Old Schoolhouse Brewery (US)
Old Yale Brewing Co.
Paddock Wood Brewing
Shuswap Lake Brewing Co.
The Tin Whistle Brewing Company Ltd.
Tree Brewing Co.
Whistler Brewing Co.
Yanjing Beer Group
Just a few there eh?
Anyhow, check out the event home page here: http://www.fest-of-ale.bc.ca
Feb 16, 2009
Whenever I travel I always try and find some beers I've never had before. I'm in Vegas right now, and stumbled across Sierra Nevada brewing!
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is definitely worth checking out. If you're ever in Vegas, for god's sake stay away from the casinos when you buy beer! You absolutely do not need to pay $7 for a Coors Light. Go find yourself a grocery store or whatever that sells beer - there's lots of them on the east end of the strip. They're still pricey for the US - you'll pay about $11 - $12 for a 6-pack so pretty much "normal" prices for Vancouver.
Anyhow, on to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's a nice bitter Pale Ale with a really tasty flavor, and quite a nice finish. They pre-treat the bottle with a yeasty beer mixture so there's usually a touch of yeast in the bottom of the bottle, but that's how you know you're getting something besides plain old ordinary boring beer.
If I had to choose a local Pale Ale that had the same kind of flavor, I'd go for Nelson Brewing. The Sierra Nevada is better though - it's got more body and really has a much fuller taste. Lots of hoppy flavour much like Nelson, but there's just more to it. Check it out!