Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gents Showdown - Odell vs. Left Hand

For me Gents started on the ride over to McCoy's where Gents Yuengling, KBS and I struggled to name 3 members on NKOTBSB. I got Donnie Wahlberg which I think is acceptable to know, Yuengling somehow named someone that was in N'Sync. Amazingly this conversation lasted five minutes. Later in the evening a discussion ensued about the different levels of sex offenders. So it goes with Gents.

We had 15 people for this second round showdown of Left Hand vs. Odell. The usual suspects were there with a couple newbies including the new Stone Brewing Regional Rep and Mission resident Nate.

The Scores
Left Hand Haystack Wheat 10 - Odell Easy Street Wheat 4 (Nate was on the phone and didn't vote)
Odell 5 Barrel Pale Ale 10  - Left Hand Jackman's Pale Ale 5
Odell Levity Amber Ale 8 - Left Hand Sawtooth 7
Odell IPA 13 - Left Hand 400 lb. Monkey 2
Left Hand Milk Stout 11 - Odell Cutthroat Porter 4

I'm a little surprised the 400 lb. Monkey didn't do better because it and the Milk Stout are the only 2 beers in the showdown that I buy every once in a while. The rest are good, but nothing special and nothing I drank last night leads me to believe anything different. That's not quite right because Easy Street Wheat was pretty awful. I don't remember it being that bad. It lost pretty badly to really old Haystack Wheat which isn't even made anymore.

Odell Myrcenary 13 - Left Hand Twin Sisters 2

In the battle of big beers Myrcenary was the big winner, but it was pretty close for me. Both beers are pretty fabulous. Odell ends up winning in our scoring system 5 - 2 and gets to move on to the finals to battle the winner of Bell's vs. Schlafly..

The carnage we leave behind
With the showdown over the fun began. We opened up some Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, World Wide Stout and the beer I've been looking forward to since I first heard of it, Fort. Fort did not disappoint, it was like raspberry viagra for me. We opened up Boulevard Imperial Stout and Old Clarence. Old Clarence is a barrel aged Bully! Porter that Boulevard bottled just for employees and such. We opened up some Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, One Hit Wonder and Old Chub. We even opened up some Miller Lite to test out the vortex bottles, Nate from Stone especially liked that. We had other beers like Doodle Dubbel, Brother Levonian and Tallgrass Halcyon. There was a lot and the evening was spectactular.

Thank you to the fine folks at McCoy's for hosting us once again. All photos courtesy of R. Patrick Images (more here).

4 comments:

  1. Not to make anyone jealous BUT on St. Pattys day I was drinking $6 pitchers of Dogfish Head 60 in a bar in Blacksburg, Va.....actually everything was $6 pitchers!

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  2. Not to make anyone jealous but last week I was drinking DFH Palo Santo Marron through a Randall loaded with coffee and vanilla beans.

    Not $6 a pitcher.

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  3. Not to make anyone jealous but I was drinking the fermented milk of a unicorn out of a chalice made from the tusks of wooly mammoths.






    Ok, maybe that didn't happen.

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  4. Great list of beers last night. I'm always surprised and amazed at what people show up with.

    I really enjoyed the Twin Sisters as well, but it had an uphill battle in trying to stand up to a really fresh batch of Myrcenary.

    All in all, it's a good chance to revisit some of the session-type beers that we don't get around to as much with all the special/limited stuff that's so abundant right now.

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