Stone smoked porter run through a DFH Randall filled with knob creek soaked vanilla beans. Very nice, smooth and subtle.
Also Stone Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine was really nice. I wasn't sure what to expect but it turned out great!
This weekend I finally got my hands on my first cask ale. Titletown Brewery's IPA with cardamom, F-ing delish. That's a Sno-Cap chillin' in the background too.
Thanks to(mod) Matt for the heads up on where to find 'em.
BTW, I was right----they don't advertise the cask ales at all. They aren't on the beer list or chalkboard above the bar.
My buddy Jeff started a brewery here in DC - DC Brau - and I finally got a chance to try it last night. Smooth hoppy flavor, very very tasty. If y'all are in town, stop by Meridian Pint on 11th in Northwest - they've got it on tap.
Biggups Jeff & Brandon!
Just had this Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers. Deeelish. 8.6% Will be getting this one again.
A couple weeks ago I had this collaboration beer from New Belgium and Elysian called Trip 8. It was an imperial IPA too if I recall. That one was like 10.5% and you could taste the alcohol a bit but it kinda just increased the bitterness. This one was surprisingly smooth.
Just had the Imperial IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. Very tasty imo. Another good cali beer. Just waiting on that extra special imperial ipa from Sierra Nevada to make it's way this way...
And it looks like I have a couple pages to catch up on.
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Oh ya, support your local brewery above all else.
and a lot of it has to do with what it takes to remain a craft brewery. in the US, they can't exceed 15,000 US beer barrels. otherwise, taxes, as well as other things, take a significant hike.
we can thank the beer lobbyists in washington who fight for the "big three" when craft beers make up such a minuscule percentage of the market, in comparison. Beer Wars really helps understand this concept if anyone hasn't seen it. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1326194/)
welcome to the layer cake
I can't speak for other breweries, but Allagash and DFH are both adding in new fermenters and expanding production as fast as they can.
that reminds me, i finally grabbed a case of Sierra Nevada Glissade. i missed it the past two years, and i'm definitely glad i managed to get some this year. so much so, i'll definitely be buying more! incredibly good.
i wish i could afford to not buy from the big ones, but being a broke job-hunting college grad means i have to make do with natty light until i can afford good craft beer all the time.
welcome to the layer cake