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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!

Saturday
Oct122013

Day Two - GABF

-Contributed by Ms Duck

I'm a little behind this morning thanks to a wonderful breakfast at Pete's Kitchen of Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs followed by a lovely bike ride through Denver City Park. The weather has been outstanding for all this outdoor activity.

Friday was our chauffeured brew tour day. The goal was four breweries in five hours with drive time and by golly we made it. Here's the breakdown:

Brewery #1: CopperKettle Brewing
This place was wonderful! We were able to do a 'pick your own' flight and I tried - a White Stout (very old style, 17th - 18th century) that was interesting; Barleywine 2012 - very distinctive whiskey flavor; Barleywine 2013 - same recipe as 2012 but completely different with almost a spice note; Mexican Chocolate Stout - 2011 Gold Medal winner and oh my is it good, the chili peppers warm your chest as you drink.

Brewery #2: Strange Brewing
This one we all did a flight of 10 beers plus 4 extra. Several of these were more hoppy so not my style but Duck enjoyed them. I liked their Pumpkin Porter and their Cherry Belgium Stout. I managed to logged all of them on Untapped if you want to check them out. This place also had a food truck outside that made outstanding sandwiches!!

Brewery #3: Renegade Brewing
Stop 3 was the first location where we didn't beat the crowd. The beers were ok but these weren't anyone's favorite. I liked their Sunday Morning and Conspirator. Both had a strong coffee flavor without the standard thick feel. The food truck, Matt's Snack Shack, was amazing. We enjoyed their New Mexico Green Chili and wings.

Brewery #4: Breckenridge Brewing
This is the location where all their distribution comes through and we watch the bottling line while we enjoyed a Vanilla Porter on a Nitro tap - seriously smooth! They serve a full BBQ menu here and the place smells fantastic. Some of the group tried flights as we finished up our schedule. The place was packed but totally worth the drive.

That concluded our tour and then we headed back to chill. Although the evening ended with more brews I'm not 100% sure which ones I had.

Now we are hanging out at The Irish Snug watching the Mizzou game. We are only hours away from the big event! Wish us all luck!

Until next time, cheers!