As you may or may not know, I’ve been crazy busy and haven’t had time write fun brewery headlines or even blog. I’m still busy, but at least I have a little breathing room to make this post.
A quick recap of the past month or so:
Moved from NOLA back to ATL
Lived with parents for 2.5 weeks
New place to live (still have majority of stuff in storage)
Sister’s wedding weekend extravaganza
New phone (this may not seem important, but my old phone has several beer pics that won’t see the light of day)
Now that all of that is out of the way, I’ll catch the 3 people up who actually read this.
Before I left NOLA, I had a mini tasting of sorts with a really good dude I met on beer advocate-egadbananas/Evan if you need names. We had some really good stuff that night, but the stand-outs were this year’s BA Speedway and CW Fifteen. I can now see and taste all the hoopla surround the 15. It was boozy, smooth and delicious. If that’s the only beer that I could drink from now on, I’d be pretty damn happy. Easily a top 5 in my mind. And this was the night before Zwanze, which I missed this year. However, from what I was told, that night eclipsed the beers at Zwanze.
Oh, what’s this? A bottle of Rare in my hand? A stout that sat in 23 year -old Pappy barrels for two years? Yep, that’s the one. And it was glorious. Plus, it was my 1000th on untappd. I know it’s pittance compared to some, but it’s an achievement nonetheless. That’s just one of the gems that were popped that night. But let me back up a couple hours. The weekend after I moved, a couple beer buddies were celebrating birthdays. And clearly the best way to celebrate any beer buddy birthday is to pop some bottles. And bottles we did pop. Some of them are in the panoramic up top. There were A LOT of great beers that night. A LOT. Some of the goodies:
The Westbrook Mexican Cake variants-Damn those were effing good. I want more more more of that. ALL OF IT.
110K+OT 6-Stout with raspberries. This was a good one. Very present berries. YUM
BCBS Cherry Rye, Rare, CW15-Great, great beers. I could drink these constantly and not get tired of them.
And those are just a few that we enjoyed that night. Always a good time with those guys.
The last thing I’ll mention is Hotoberfest, a really fun beerfest complete with specialty casks made solely for this event and a bottle share. Below is a pic from the bottle share. These guys literally drove around the country and dug around in their own cellar to share with a bunch of people. It was fantastic. A little hectic, but fantastic.
Beer is one helluva drug.