A birthday party is a great excuse to break out some rare-r beers and have a tasting – so thats just what transpired. With everyone in attendance bringing a bomber or growler of their choice, we all got to experience a rollercoaster of brews – covering a collection of sour and wild ales alongside some impressive stouts. This one was fun!
Oatmeal Yeti by Great Divide (2015): This is one I had been saving for a while, and was a tad disappointed. The beer was still quite pungent and strong tasting – not my favorite Yeti, but still a good beer. If you’ve got a bottle cellared, I’d recommend giving it a bit more time.
Doppel Weizen by Lagunitas: I picked this up on the way to the party, and I’m sure glad I did. I haven’t tried too many doppel weizens, so I don’t have a good feel for the style. This beer, however, was delicious. At only $5.99 per 22oz bottle, its a no-brainer.
Bourbon Aged Mother’s Milk by Keegan Ales: Another of my contributions – a 2015 edition of this collab with Widow Jane distillery. Having tried a large (and growing) number of oak aged stouts, this one was quite mild. The standard Mother’s Milk is a delicious milk stout with a great balance of sweetness, and it still shines through in this. I think they could’ve let it age a bit longer in the barrel, but still good nonetheless.
La Folie by New Belgium (2015): This beer nearly stole the show. It was the first sour we tried, and it was a hit. The beer has a cool story to how it is created – I encourage you to check it out. A blend of wood-aged Flander’s-style brown ales, this beer managed to really stand out in a collection of really good beer – bravo!
Rosabi by Dogfish Head (2014): This beer was by far the most unique – a wasabi-packed punch of imperial ale. The panel of drinkers were unforgiving on this one – hate is a strong word that was thrown around liberally. The beer was unique, but unfortunately overpowered by the quite strong wasabi taste.
Waldo’s Special Ale by Lagunitas (2016): IPAs were underrepresented in the collection of beers at this gathering, but we did get a special treat from Lagunitas in the form of the 4/20 special edition. We had some self-proclaimed hop heads at the tasting, and this one threw them for a loop. This beer is hoppy – like seriously f*cking hoppy. We had to take an intermission to get the resin out of our mouths – like damn. A great hop flavor existed somewhere in there, but my palate was overwhelmed from the first taste. You’ve been warned.
Beard Beer by Rogue Brewing: I’m a beautiful bearded man, and I’ll admit – the idea that beard yeast made this beer was a tad strange. It was actually quite tame (unlike so many beards), with a touch of sour. A novelty more than a great sour, but still a highly enjoyable beer. Bonus – I managed to get some growth out of the yeast cake – looking forward to brewing with them.
Lolita by Goose Island (2015): A Belgian Framboise style wild ale, this beer had incredibly bright carbonation and a sweet tart taste nearly identical to the candy. It was a bit to fruity for my taste, but it was a great beer that was widely enjoyed. The special edition Goose Islands continue to impress – Pepe Nero was also sampled at this event, but we’ve already covered that in our Beer for Thought.
Big Bad Baptist by Epic Brewing: I’m a huge fan of the series of stouts from Epic Brewing, and this one was my gold medalist of the night. This beer is what I imagine the perfect BIG stout being – dark, roasty, semi-sweet, and coffee added. I’d like to find a few bottles of this to age for a bit – this one is a keeper.
Coconut IPA (Sub Rosa Series) by Flying Dog: A part of the Sub Rosa series, these beers are only available at the brewery in Frederick, MD as they are brewed on their “small” 15 bbl system (a laughable concept for most breweries). This one was a little weird for me – the coconut flavor didn’t mesh well with the hoppiness (admittedly, I am not a coconut fan anyway). The growler was emptied, but my impression was the group wasn’t as satisfied as they had hoped.
Bad Luck Banana Porter by Fin City Brewing: Another local Maryland based growler that didn’t live up to expectations for me – the banana was very over-the-top and in your face. It tasted too artificial for me – but others didn’t mind.
In closing, the event was a smashing success that ultimately accomplished the goal – celebrating a birthday while getting everyone mildly (heh) buzzed on great beer. Check back for our next Bomber party soon, and thanks for reading!
Bonus beard picture from the guy that brought the Beard Beer