Throughout the year, our beer friends will get together about 3-5 times to try a wide variety of beers. This past Saturday we had the privilege to host a tasting. Even with the weather not cooperating, we were still able to grill, drink a wide variety of beer and enjoy excellent company.
Here’s how our tastings work. Usually a few days before we make a note of who is bringing what to eliminate any duplicates. On the day of, everyone breaks out their bottles and we create a line-up. Starting with the lighter beers and ending either with the “whales” or pallet crushers. At this past tasting here was our line-up:
- Devoir Saison from Penrose
- A cider called Mitten from Virtue
- Maria’s Tears from Marz Community
- La Beire Fantaisie from Side Project
- Cuve Diable from 4 Hands
- Black Angel Cherry Sour from Wicked Weed
- Goose Island Grimm Vicar
- 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine
- Madagascar from 4 Hands
- Downfall from 4 Hands
- Black Ops from Brooklyn Brewery
- Fyodor’s Classic from Stone
- 2014 Bourbon County Stout Proprietor’s from Goose Island
- Elevated IPA from La Cumbre
- Imperial Red from Marble
- Serenity from Wicked Weed
- Big Hugs Imperial Coffee Stout from Half Acre
- Pancho Verde Chile Cerveza from Rio Grande
There’s nothing better than trying samples of beer with your friends. It’s a great opportunity to sample a few rarer beers and to try out different styles. For this tasting we had a few sours but mostly stouts and barleywines. I will say, I did try everything, even if it was just a sip. This allowed me to confirm that I do not like sours but I do like stouts and a few barleywines. And since we do such small pours, sometimes you get lucky and can get a second round of your favorite.
From this tasting my top three favorites were the Bourbon County Stout Proprietors from Gooseland followed by the Mitten cider from Virtue and then Downfall by 4 Hands. They are all delicious. Now I just have to wait for the next tasting!