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Friday
Jun132014

Back To Work - Bubba Banana Cream

- Contributed by Ms Duck

Wow it's been so very long since I've written. I'm gonna blame my layoff because there was plenty of beer drinking happening, just no reviews.

It's Friday night of my first week back in the world of the working stiffs. Gotta say it feels good to feel as if I earned this beer and it isn't a salve on my wounded pride. I didn't do it on purpose but not only are two outstanding breweries on my commute home, but I work across the street from Flying Saucer and all her beer selection glory. This is the first time in eight years for me to have an 'office' and boy do I have a great...cubicle. Granted I've never had my own office but my cubi has a great view.

This is the point that I'm going to brag about the true beauty of Kansas City's architecture. I work downtown in the 'Power and Light' District. I drive in through amazing buildings, I work in a gorgeous building and I look out at some of KC's finest views. It really doesn't matter the weather, although today was spectacular, the views are truly inspiring.

So now I sit in North KC at one of my favorite little tap rooms, Big Rip. Josh and Kipp (the owners and brewers extraordinaire) have done a great job with this little gem. I can't say hidden anymore because this taproom is packed. Josh and Kipp helped me out with our first Girls' Pint Out Tour and Tasting back in January. They are awesome!!

The beers they brew aren't too shabby either. Right now I'm drinking my new favorite...Bubba Banana Cream. I haven't had a chance to ask about the Bubba reference, see all their beers and brew tanks are named after references to creepy, odd, classic movies. But it really doesn't matter, this beer is lovely!! This was recently listed as a beer to have in KC this summer and so I believe I shall. It's golden color is appealing to the eye as you lift your glass. The nose has an overall fruit note but I'm not going to go as far as say fruity. And the taste...refreshing, light, slight banana but not too much. It lingers in the middle of your palate and is light enough not to overwhelm.

If you are in the area, I recommend a stop by Big Rip in North Kansas City. They are open Friday- Sunday and you can check their website for what will be on tap. Who knows what movie will be playing or if it's a nice day enjoy their new beer garden.

It's been quite a while since I last wrote but I hope you hadn't given up on me.

Until next time, Cheers!!

Monday
Dec162013

Founders Porter - Trade #3

- Contributed by Ms Duck

Dinner is done, the house is picked up for the cleaning ladies (yep I clean my house to prep for my cleaning ladies), the ducklings are having dessert and watching 'Home Alone' and I'm enjoying a well deserved beer.

Tonight's pick from my trades is Founders Porter. Just like it says on the bottle this brew is dark, rich and sexy. The flavor is full, smooth, malty and finishes with a hint of coffee. This is seriously a beer you should try if you have a chance.

Now I must get back to focusing on the family. The ducklings are enlightening me with all they would get up to if I left them Home Alone and flew off to Paris.

Enjoy your holiday nights!

Until next time, cheers!

Friday
Dec132013

Drop Kick Ale - Weston Brewing

-Contributes by Ms Duck

I must apologize for making this short but I'm crazy frustrated. I had the entire post written on my iPhone and the app crashed just before I saved it. So now I am starting over.

Tonight we enjoyed an evening on the Country Club Plaza. For 84 years the Plaza has been lit with beautiful lights between Thanksgiving and New Years. Although we've seen them before it never gets old.

We had dinner at Blanc Burgers and Bottles and their good beer selection probably accounts for my agreeing to take the ducklings to Zoom Toy Store. While walking around the Plaza you come across many musicians playing anything from bagpipes to a sousaphone to a sax. The bagpipes were wrapped in Christmas lights which the ducklings thought was awesome.

We made it an early night due to icky winter weather that was expected and so now I sit here on the couch, watching Whale Wars (Duck won't watch Christmas movies with me) and having another of my beer trades...

Drop Kick Ale from Weston Brewing in Weston, MO. I wrote about the pub attached to the brewery but now I'm annoyed and don't want to type it again so I will do that another day. Drop Kick is a red ale with a smooth, mellow flavor. Great for a session beer and not overwhelming.

The cold, foggy evening outside my door has me dreaming of Scottish Highlands or Northern Ireland and this Drop Kick Ale tops it all off. If you get a chance check it out.

Until next time, cheers!

Thursday
Dec122013

Christmas Ale - Abita

- Contributed by Ms Duck

I'm typing this up on my iPhone so pardon me for being brief and not including a picture. The phone app doesn't seem to play nice with the picture uploads.

Last weekend we hosted our first Kansas City version of the 'Twas the Beers Before Christmas party. I've blogged about these annual events before and we've always been simple attendees. Hosting is a whole other animal and I want to send kudos to A-Train, Dav-o, Jay-Bo and the Canadian Italian Stallion who created and hosted this major event in PHX for the last nine (?) years. The night went very well and fun times were had by all.

Tonight I have finally had a chance to sit down and enjoy my first trade. I started with Abita's Christmas Ale. I actually traded for this beer with a native Lousianan (Lousian-ite?). This brew has a nice smooth flavor with a bit of a bite at the end from the hop. Overall it is a typical Christmas style with hints of spice and overall easy to drink.

The holiday season has been crazy so in case I slack off and don't get another post before the new year I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season filled with amazing brews and a tasty New Year!!

Until next time, cheers!!

Wednesday
Nov062013

Day Three - GABF

- Contributed by Ms Duck

Yep, it has almost taken me a month to catch you up on the final day at GABF.  I was that worn out the next day and that busy since I got back to get this shared.  Let’s start with the overwhelming awe that I was in the first 30 minutes walking about the convention center.  It was downright CRAZY!!  Although I had prepped with my GABF app I was still in stimulation overload.  Eventually I just started stopping at breweries that looked or sounded interesting and then finding them on the app to track that I’d stopped there.  Honestly I probably tracked 80% of what I sampled, which I consider impressive.  We will leave out the fact I got lost from my entire group for a good 30 minutes and I’m pretty sure Duck didn’t realize I was gone.  But I’m an understanding wife and pretty independent when it comes to beer fests so it was all good.

Let’s start with the list of what I sampled, rated on a scale of 4:

brewery

name

rating

notes

Heavy Seas Beer

Peg Leg

3

 

Diamond Bear Brewing Company

Diamond Bear Paradise Porter

4

 

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

Leinenkugel's Creamy Dark

3

Lighter weight

Four Peaks Brewing Company

Kilt Lifter

4

 

New Holland Brewing Company

Dragon's Milk Reserve - Smaug's Breath

4

 

Boulevard Brewing Company

Long Strange Tripel

3

 

Avery Brewing Company

The Kaiser

4

 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Namaste

3

 

Mystery Brewing Company

Queen Anne's Revenge

3

 

Wisconsin Dells Brewing Company

Pumpkin Ale

3

 

Evil Genius Beer Company

Pumpkinstein - Brown Pumpkin Ale

4

 

Circle Brewing Co.

NIGHTLIGHT Dry Irish Stout

3

 

MobCraft Beer

Bat Shit Crazy

3

 

Shipyard Brewing Co., LLC

Pugsley's Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin

4

Told guy I wrote blog-check, spice note not typical pumpkin

23rd Street Brewery LLC

Crimson Phog Ale

3

Gave card to brewer

Gigantic Brewing

MASSIVE!

4

 

Rock Bridge Brewing Co.

Tailgate Brown Ale

3

 

Chama River Brewing Co.

Sleeping Dog Stout

3

 

Gella's Diner & Lb Brewing Co

Oatmeal Stout

4

Nice and light. 2013 small brew pub winner

Atwater Brewing Company

Decadent Dark Chocolate

3

Thin feel

Zipline Brewing Co.

Oatmeal Porter

3

Great intro to dark beer - Trent beer

Evolution Craft Brewing Co.

Jacques Au Lantern

null

Very light pumpkin

Swamp Head Brewery

Darkwater

3

Bit of a hop kick

Big River Grille and Brewing Works

Rocket Red

2

 

Highland Brewing Company

Gaelic

3

 

Highland Brewing Company

Imperial Kashmir IPA

3

 

Pelican Brewing Company

MacPelican's Scottish Style Ale

2

 

Funky Buddha Brewery

No Crusts

3

Kinda really tastes like pb&j

Four Horsemen Brewing Company

Irish Red Ale

2

 

Elysian Brewing Company

Oaked Konishiki Imperial Ale

3

 

SanTan Brewing Company

SanTan Devil's Ale

3

 

New Glarus Brewing Company

Serendipity

4

 

New Glarus Brewing Company

Staghorn Octoberfest

2

 

Laurelwood Brewing Co.

Organic Espresso Stout

4

 

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

iO

3

 

Flying Dog Brewery

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout

3

 

 

Now as I look back through my samples, I’m trying to find some that really stood out.  The New Glarus – Serendipity was amazing and I would be thrilled to have a full glass if ever in Wisconsin.  I also tried The Duck-Rabbit Wee Heavy Scotch Style Ale at the North Carolina Brewer’s Guild booth.  It has a cool label and if I remember correctly I liked it.

Honestly the experience was amazing yet overwhelming.  I’m so glad to have had the chance and I’d be happy to attend again since it gives you the opportunity to try brewers that aren’t normally available but I think I prefer our Friday excursion around Denver.  Friday was more personal, slower and just as exciting.

I’ve attached a few of the pics for your enjoyment.  Now I can get back to focusing on one beer at a time.

Until next time, Cheers!