What do these beers have in common? They were all poured at the Gents holiday party. All the regular Gents were there including Original Gent, Weston, all the way from his new outpost of China. We also welcomed Mrs. JJSKCK, Chambord and Mrs. Yeti to the mix. We were also joined by my friend Lee from I Love Beer and his wife Margaret. They were up from Austin for Christmas and were able to peel away from the family for an evening. We partied it up in The Foundry's upstairs party room which is like a cool retro beer lover's basement. It was the perfect room for our get together which was just going to be a beer drinking fiesta. Everyone was to bring whatever they wanted and we got quite the variety of beers.
|Beef O' Brady Bowl and Fireplace|
Then the party started with a little Beef O'Brady Bowl on the tv in the background we popped open all the beers above. I'm not going to make this a 35,000 word post by writing my impression of each beer for a couple of reasons. First, I don't remember more than one or two things about each one. Two, I'd like to publish this thing only a week late rather than February. Three, Not many people would care. But, I can share a couple of highlights and lowlights.
|Ursa Major 2008 and 2010|
|The view from above The Foundry|
At some point in the evening the Nightlife KC cameraman came up to the party room and got some action shots of some of us. I'd like to think I did everything I could to show up on Party People KC, it's my New Year's wish.
The Bruery's 3 French Hens, a Belgian Dark Ale, was very good. The Bruery would be a nice addition to KC. Duchesse de Bourgnonne was a nice sour beer and one of the few I got seconds on. I really loved Voodoo Love Child, it had a great raspberry flavor. I may have been a bit selfish with it as I carried the bottle around and had at least 2 glasses of it. Fantome Choklat was the disappointment of the evening, I thought it smelled like a St. Pauli Girl initially, but when Yeti said it smelled like Worlds of Fun, I had to concur. It didn't taste much better than either of those 2 smells. I really liked the Dogfish Head Sah'tea which Paul A. Ner has described as a gingerry Tank 7. Again, I have to concur. It was really good to me, several people felt the opposite. I think your judgment of Sah'tea would have to depend on your stance on ginger (the root, not the people, I think we can all agree that gingers are the devil's people). Pliny the Elder was indeed sublime.
Overall, it was a great night. I had no idea that when I invited Chimpotle, Yeti and Weston over to try a sample bottle of Boulevard Rye on Rye along with a blind porter tasting that it would eventually turn into something like the Gents we did last week. Most of it wouldn't have happened without Chimpotle scheduling things, Yeti doing blind pours, McCoy getting us rooms at McCoy's, Paul A. Ner giving us someone to ridicule, Fancy Pants bringing great beers, J for documenting all the beers from that night, a couple of drivers etc. Gents night is about the best night of every month and next month's might be the best one yet. Stay tuned.