Showing posts with label Sierra Nevada. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sierra Nevada. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 15

Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Coming to Town

If you haven't yet heard of the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America release, you're about to have your mind blow. Sierra Nevada did a collaboration with 12 other US breweries and made a mixed 12-pack out of the results. The list of breweries they teamed up with is nothing short of amazing and the brews sound fantastic. (Of course, how could you expect anything less from those that invented American Pale Ale?) Here are the beers included in the case:

3 Floyds - Chico King - Pale Ale
Allagash - Myron's Walk - Belgian Style Pale Ale
Asheville Brewers Alliance - Tater Ridge - Scottish Ale w/ Sweet Potatoes
Ballast Point - Electric Ray - India Pale Lager
Cigar City - Yonder Bock - Tropical Maibock
Bell's - Maillard's Odyssey - Imperial Dark Ale
Firestone Walker - Torpedo Pilsner - Hoppy Pilsner
New Glarus - There and Back - English-Style Bitter
Ninkasi - Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout
Oskar Blues - CANfusion - Rye Bock
Russian River - Yvan the Great - Belgian Blonde
Victory Brewing - Alt Route - Altbier

The 12-packs hit the shelves in KS yesterday but are super limited. I'm unclear about what's happening on the Missouri side so far. I believe the cases were supposed to be delivered yesterday as well, but I haven't heard anything about them actually being out yet. (See the update below.)

However, you can guarantee yourself a taste tomorrow at Barley's on Midland! They're rolling out all the beers in 3 flights through the night. Flying Saucer will also be hosting an event next Monday, July 21st with all 12 of the beers on tap.

If we hear anything else about the 12-packs in retail on the MO side, we'll let you know! Happy beer hunting!

UPDATE: North KC Beverage has confirmed that the 12-packs will be hitting liquor store shelves starting Wednesday on the Missouri side. It sounds like all the cases shipped out in KS are already gone. Good luck!


Friday, April 11

Free Tasting Event at MDL Tomorrow

I only found out today about the free Spring Tasting Event that MDL on 95th & Antioch is putting on tomorrow. (I know, I know...slacking.) I don't have a lot of details, but here's what they've posted on their FB page:

Our Huge Spring Tasting Event is happening This Saturday from 1:00-4:00pm! We'll have 5 incredible beer tables to sample from, plus 8 wine tables and 6 liquor tables. What's even better- we are showcasing Patron, Boulevard, Tallgrass, Sierra Nevada and Malibu products. Bring your friends AND your tastebuds!

I haven't ever been to one of their tasting events, but it sounds pretty good. At least the price is right! I kind of doubt they'll have much in the way of special stuff, but you never know. Not too bad of a deal to get some free samples if you're in the area though. And seeing how it's supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny tomorrow, I might just be riding my bike down there to check it out. Just watch out for me on the roads as I swerve home...

Have any of you been to MDL's other tasting events? How were they?

Monday, June 17

Short Pours - 6/17/13

Terra Incognita to hit shelves tomorrow

Boulevard's collaboration with Sierra Nevada, Terra Incognita, will begin hitting store shelves around Kansas City tomorrow. The beer, which was originally brewed exclusively for the 2012 SAVOR Festival, was brought back to life by the two breweries for a 2013 release...with a few tweaks. This year's Terra Incognita is a blend of three variations of the beer: Terra Incognita aged in Templeton Rye barrels (30%, roughly), Terra Incognita aged in a 2,000-gallon foudre (45%, roughly), and fresh Terra Incognita dry-hopped with East Kent Golding hops (25%, roughly). And just prior to bottling, a dose of Brettanomyces was added to the beer before it was aged for over 3 months.

In addition to the release of the beer, you can watch and chat live with Sierra Nevada's Steve Dresler and Boulevard's Steven Pauwels on Wednesday from 1-1:30pm by going to terraincognitabeer.com.


Wednesday, June 12

My Strange Addiction: Beer Vines

My name is Pat, and I have a problem. It's not the beer. I mean, yeah, I drink a lot of it. But I've got a handle on that. I'm still totally functional and a mildly respected member of society (okay, not really). My issues arise when beer meets technology and social media. Guys, I'm addicted to making beer Vines.

When the video app Vine was finally released for Android devices (go on, laugh away, Apple addicts) last week, I didn't think much of it. Really, most of the Vine clips I had seen on Twitter were 6 seconds of inane, useless crap. Why would anyone want to use this? With my curiosity piqued, though, I went ahead and downloaded. And my eyes were opened up.

Friday, May 25

The Shelf Report


Since I haven't done a Shelf Report in a good decade or so, and we've had quite the swarm of great beers coming in over the past week or so, I thought I was due for an update. Now this doesn't go all the way back to the last Shelf Report I did, but just covers some of the very recent releases, and notes a few upcoming beers that will hit this summer.

Now On Shelves
Avery Nineteen
Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout (VERY limited)
Deschutes/Hair of the Dog Collage
Deschutes Hop in the Dark
Founders Old Curmudgeon
Grand Teton Snarling Badger
New Belgium LOF Tart Lychee
New Holland Black Hatter
New Holland Black Tulip
New Holland Farmhouse Hatter
New Holland Oak Aged Hatter
New Holland Rye Hatter
Odell St. Lupulin
Ommegang Art of Darkness
Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest
Southern Tier Creme Brûlée
Southern Tier Jah-va
Southern Tier Mokah

Blink And You May Have Missed It
Goose Island Juliet
Goos Island Lolita (although bottles are available for purchase at Waldo Pizza)

Coming (Relatively) Soon to Shelves
Boulevard Love Child No. 2
Boulevard Saison Brett
Firestone Walker Parabola
Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown (availability around the US expected to begin in early July)
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale
Mother's Brewing lineup: Three Blind Mice, Lil Helper IPA, Towhead (availability mid-July?)
Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary (release date TBD)

If anything else comes to mind, I'll be sure to update this post, and feel free to leave comments below with beers you've spotted or are looking forward to. Everyone have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Thursday, March 22

The Shelf Report

It's been a little while since we've done a Shelf Report, so here are some updates on what's out there, what you might have missed and what's coming up.

You May Have Missed

Boulevard Rye-on-Rye (probably not likely to find bottles still lingering around, but it's starting to show up on tap at many places)
Founders KBS
Goose Island Bramble Rye (did anyone actually see this?)
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum (still being spotted at some stores)

Now On Shelves

Free State Brinkley's Maibock
HE'BREW Hop Manna IPA
Left Hand Smoke Jumper
Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (
New Holland El Mole Ocho
North Coast Old Stock Ale 2012
Schlafly Special Release Export IPA
Schlafly Yakima Wheat
Unibroue Grande Reserve 17

On Shelves Soon

New Belgium Shift Pale Lager - This new year-rounder in 16 oz. cans is expected to start rolling out in markets across the country on April 2nd.

Odell Footprint - I confirmed with Odell that Kansas City is due for our shipment of Footprint in early April. Though it's well after the 2/13 brewery release date, I'm still glad to hear that it will be coming. It seems like we typically get Odell special releases a month to a month and a half after brewery release.

On Shelves Eventually

Odell Shenanigans - A beer that was actually the result of a few barrels that were a Woodcut mishap, they enjoyed their mistake so much that they decided to play with it a little more and bottle it. They noted on Monday that it will start shipping out next week, so I imagine the Kansas City shipment may not get here until May. Excited to try this one, though.

Friday, March 16

A Collaboration to SAVOR

It's safe to say we were all a bit suspicious when Steve Dresler and Scott Jennings from Sierra Nevada came to visit Kansas City, and more specifically, Boulevard Brewing Company, a few weeks ago. While a collaboration was what most of us assumed was the reasoning for the meeting of minds, both parties kept mum and no details were provided on what was going on.

Well finally, the proverbial dam of information has broken, and we now have details on the upcoming Boulevard/Sierra Nevada Collaboration beer. The beer, which will be called Terra Incognita, is going to brewed exclusively for the 2012 SAVOR event in Washington, D.C. For those that aren't aware, SAVOR is a craft beer and food event held each year in the nation's capital. This year, there will be 60 breweries attending the event, which you can view here (props to Tallgrass on being chosen).

The beer description, courtesy of beerpulse.com, is intriguing:

"Sierra Nevada brewed a batch that Manley described as a dark ale. Maltier than an amber but not quite a stout. They brewed it with Estate malts out of Chico and wheat, the latter as “an homage to the longtime staple crop of the Midwest.” The beer then traveled to Kansas City. Boulevard brewed another component, blended the two beers, dry-hopped it with East Kent Goldings and are now aging it in Missouri oak barrels that previously held wine and spirits. The beer will soon go into 750s where it will be bottle-conditioned with Brettanomyces."

So a blended, dark ale brewed with wheat and Brett, dry-hopped and barrel aged? I can't even wrap my head around what exactly this might taste like, but I'm a little upset I won't be at SAVOR to have that opportunity. I'm assuming that the 'exclusively' means that it won't be hitting retail shelves anywhere, but that is just an educated guess. However, if the beer is successful and well-received, who knows, maybe a version of the collaboration will be brewed again for regular consumer sales.

What do you think? Does Terra Incognita sound good? Are any readers heading up to SAVOR this year?

Thursday, March 1

The Shelf Report


Now On Shelves

Lagunitas WTF
Lakefront Snake Chaser Irish Stout
Nebraska Brewing Company Melange A Trois
New Holland Cabin Fever
New Holland Envious
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Southern Tier Back Burner
Stone Old Guardian

Back On Shelves

Green Flash Rayon Vert has finally been delivered again on the Missouri side, so those of you who have been scratching your heads trying to find it, you should be able to get your hands on some.

No Shelf For You

Though the Stone/Bear Republic/Fat Head's collaboration beer TBA is being distributed by Stone, unfortunately it will not be making its way to Kansas City.

Anything else you are looking for or want updates on? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, February 21

Meet the Brewers

sierranevada.com
Before I get to work on today's Weekly Bar Buzz I want to quickly highlight one of the events it will feature.  Boulevard has some special guests in town this week and now we have a chance to meet them. Tomorrow night at 7pm the Flying Saucer will be hosting a Meet the Brewers event with Steven Pauwels, Boulevard's Brewmaster, and Steve Dresler, Sierra Nevada's Brewmaster. Additional brewers from Boulevard and Sierra Nevada will also be on hand to raise a pint and talk about the craft beer industry with anyone interested. Most of you probably know who Steven Pauwels is and what an impact he has made on Boulevard. Steve Dresler you may be less familiar with. He has been with Sierra Nevada since 1983, when they were brewing 25-30 barrels a week (compared to 786,000 barrels in 2010), so I imagine he has a pretty interesting perspective on the industry. While you're there, don't forget to check out this week's Buy the Beer, Collect the Glass offer on Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA.

Thursday, August 25

Life and Limb Day

We don't get many chances to get Dogfish Head beers around here so you've got to jump on the chance when it arises. It has arisen. The much ballyhooed release of Life and Limb 2 is upon us and bottles are appearing on liquor store shelves this very afternoon.

For those that don't know, Life and Limb is a collaboration between Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada hence the distribution to these parts. It's a strong ale brewed with maple syrup from Sam Calagione's family farm and barley grown at the Sierra Nevada brewery and was very well received last year when it came around. They made it in greater quantities this year so it's a little more available but it's still going to go fast. If you're interested, Gomer's South and Royal on State Line have sounded the trombone that they have it. The other usual suspects should be getting it today as well.

If you miss out on it today, several kegs have been popping up around town, those will eventually be tapped so keep an eye out. I know that Blanc will be having one as part of their rare beer Wednesdays and I'm sure The Flying Saucer will have it as part of their rare beer Thursdays.

Saturday, June 25

Beer Camp

Are you ready for the summer?
Are you ready for the good times?
Are you for the birds and bees -
the apple trees
and a whole lotta foolin' around?*

It's Beer Camp. It's here. Okay maybe not as exciting as the 100th viewing of "Meatballs", but still pretty exciting.

For those that don't know, Beer Camp is Sierra Nevada's version of the Sam Adams Longshot contest. In Beer Camp, lucky people are chosen (based on submitted videos) to spend a day at Sierra Nevada, talk with some brewers, drink some exclusive beers and at the end of the day collaborate with the brewers and come up with a beer. The best of those beers are bottled and sold as part of a variety pack, 4 styles, 3 of each.

In this version of the variety pack is a California Common, Juniper Black Ale, Double IPA and a Weizenbock. Not much of this is going to be around, so if you find it post it on OnTapKC or in the comments section. Royal Liquor on State Line has some if you're near there (as well as some Cantillons and Mikkelers if that's your thing).

*This was the 900th post on this blog and my first mention of "Meatballs". It's shocking that it took this long.

Tuesday, March 22

Ovila Dubbel

The first of Sierra Nevada's Ovila Abbey Ales is hitting KC today, a dubbel. This is, to my knowledge, Sierra Nevada's first foray into Belgian style beers. They will have 2 more in the Ovila series this year, a Saison and a Quadrupel. I love all these styles of beer and I'm interested to taste what Sierra Nevada does with them.

So far, Royal Liquors and Gomer's South has these in stock, but they should be everywhere in the next couple of days. It shouldn't be that difficult to get your hands on one if you're so inclined.

Monday, February 28

Barleywine Week

Can you feel it in the air? The crisp cool air, mixed with the faint smell of Spring mixed with an overwhelming desire to drink strong ales can only mean one thing. That's right it's Barleywine Week!

The Flying Saucer is celebrating Barleywine Week by tapping a current or vintage barleywine every night at 7 PM. As if the tappings weren't enough, Saucerites will receive a punch card that will be stamped with each visit to Barleywine week. The lucky SOB that has the most punches (on the card, not in the face) will get his pickings of the rare barleywine bottles for sampling, most come, first served.

The action starts tonight at 6:55 with a Barleywine Week address by Beerack Obama with the tapping of Great Divide Old Ruffian following. The rest of the lineup is 2009 Schlafly Oak-Aged Barleywine on Tuesday; Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale on Wednesday; Anchor Old Foghorn Ale on Thursday; Lagunitas Brewing Company Olde GnarlyWine on Friday; Sierra Nevada Jack and Ken’s Black Barleywine on Saturday; and Sunday will feature 2010 Big Sky Olde Bluehair Barley Wine and 2009 North Coast Barrel-Aged Old Stock Ale.

The Matts are keeping tight lipped about the rare bottle selections on Sunday but, if every previous Saucer experience is a guide, it promises to be quite exciting. Get thee to the Saucer this week and get your punches. This may be your only chance to get some of these barleywines on tap.

Barleywine Week is a creation of The Flying Saucer, there will be no Barleywine Week address by Beerack Obama. Beerack Obama is a creation of Bull E. Vard. DOB's are also eligible for getting the most punches.

Thursday, January 27

Hoptimum

I was surprised yesterday afternoon on my Gnarly Wine quest to find Sierra Nevada's newest limited release beer, Hoptimum sitting around at my liquor store of choice, Tipsy's. After I grabbed my bottle, Tipsy's had 2 left. I wouldn't expect those 2 bottles to still be on the shelf today. On Tap KC only has it listed at 2 other stores right now, Gomer's South (which has a 1 bottle maximum per person) and Lukas in OP. My guess is every other store in town will be getting theirs.

Hoptimum is Sierra Nevada's Imperial IPA
A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
It was all I could do to not open my bottle last night after I finished the Gnarly Wine, but the 10.4% ABV would have been too much. I'm looking forward to drinking it tonight so I can decide whether I want to spend another $8 and the time finding it to get another bottle.

Wednesday, January 26

Gnarly Wine and Hairy Eyeball

The new Lagunitas is here! The new Lagunitas is here! Hairy Eyeball and Gnarly Wine are hitting store shelves in KC this morning. Hairy Eyeball is a nice winter warmer that kind of set me on my way to loving everything Lagunitas. Eyeball is also, like most Lagunitas brews, high in the ABV at 8.7%. But, it's nothing compared to the 22 oz. bomb Gnarly Wine which is in the 10-12% range. Priced at $3.50-$4 a better value can not be had (unless it sucks).

I haven't had the Gnarly Wine since it didn't reach these parts last year. I'm not a fan of most barley wines, but, I'm going to try this one tonight and skip Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot (also hitting or has hit store shelves by now) yet another year.

The arrival of these 2 Lagunitas seasonals signals the departure of Brown Shugga'. It will be missed, you should pick it up if you see it. And, as always, if you go to a liquor store without Lagunitas or Lagunitas seasonals, ask for it. The liquor stores often don't know what's good and Lagunitas needs us.

Monday, January 3

Fresh Hop


3 years ago Sierra Nevada Fresh Hop Harvest was probably my first beer quest. I don't think I'd ever sought out a beer that wasn't in my local liquor store. It's kind of weird to think about now when I'm pretty informed on what I'm going to find at any liquor store in town. But, back then I just didn't know that much. When I finally found it I really loved it and had 3 or 4 bottles while it was out.

Many beer quests later including the Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale and I decided to revisit the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest. I hadn't had one since November of 2007 and Tipsy's has had 4 cases stacked by the beer coolers for several weeks now. For only $3.50 how could I not try at least 1 bottle. The problem with trying many different beers all the time, you kind of forget some of the really good everyday beers.

I had a Boulevard 21st Anniversary sitting around so I decided to drink them both in the same night. I started with the Sierra Nevada and it was better than I remembered. The hops flavor was present but much less muted than in an ordinary Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But the malty flavor was wonderful, almost creamy. For a beer with "hop" in its name it had no bitterness and was a more complementary flavor to the malt. I absolutely loved it.

The Boulevard 21st Anniversary I had right after just didn't stack up. I didn't really think the first one I had was that great which is why I had another one sitting around. I bought 2 when it came out with every intention of drinking both of them pretty quickly but I never really wanted the second one. It just doesn't have a ton of flavor, malty or hoppy and it's has just a bit of a spicy flavor that I could do without.

I know there's more Sierra Nevada Harvest around town but not much. I'm a little late to the party on it, but I'm definitely going to stock up on it my next trip to Tipsy's. Boulevard 21st Anniversary has come and gone so I'm really late on it. If you're upset you missed it, just pick up a Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest and be happy you're getting a better beer at half the price.

Wednesday, September 1

Tumbler, the Tim McGraw of Beers

I have a theory that no one hates Tim McGraw. You might not like his music but I just can't imagine that you could dislike him. I just don't think there's a nit to pick on the guy. He's wildly successful, undeniably talented, has a great looking wife, I can't think of any bad press I've ever read about him, he's in good movies. The only bad thing about him is that he's bald and I think that only serves to endear people to him. Seriously, have you ever had a bad thought about Tim McGraw? He even made a character as creepy and mean as Billingsley's dad in the "Friday Night Lights" movie kinda likable let alone what he did with Sean Tuohy in "The Blind Side". He's the kind of person people would love to hate, I just don't think anyone could find it in their heart to hate him. I can think of only 2 other people in this class, Matt Damon and Greg Kinnear. That's it. Everyone else has their detractors for right or wrong.

Tonight, I had my first bottle of Sierra Nevada Tumbler. It's a good beer. It's not my favorite beer. It's not the most technically perfect beer. But, there's nothing wrong with it and much to like. I think it might be the Tim McGraw of beers. There's nothing bad anybody could say about Tumbler. I think it's very similar to a Newcastle Brown but with a little hoppier finish. In the hands of a beer novice, Tumbler would be a great beer with a lot of malty taste with maybe a little bit too much hop bitterness at the end. In the hands of the geekiest of beer geeks, Tumbler would be a nice session beer but not that complex. But, both ends of the spectrum will drink the hell out of Tumbler if given the chance.

To somehow skirt the divide between novice and geek is difficult in both the celebrity world and beer world is a difficult task. You have to somehow be uncontroversial, yet offer substance. You can't play down to your audience but you can't go all arty on them either. Sierra Nevada has satisfied both bases nearly perfectly with Tumbler.

Monday, August 30

Tumble into Fall

Sierra Nevada is replacing their fall seasonal, Anniversary Ale, with something called Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale. I'm not going to lie, this sounds delicious. I don't recall having feelings one way or the other for the Anniversary Ale and I'm quite a fan of brown ales. This counts as a big win for me.

Wort Hog was able to pick some up Thursday night at Gomer's in Lee's Summit. But, I didn't see it on Friday when I was at the Lukas in south KC. King's Liquor in Olathe (a pretty nice little store with pretty beer knowledgeable employees if you're ever out near Garmin, it's behind the QT on 151st) was expecting it last Thursday so they should have it by now.

I'm really looking forward to trying some Tumbler. If you see it anywhere let us know in comments.

Tuesday, August 17

Showdown - Left Hand v. Sierra Nevada

We got the Gents back together for another beer showdown (you can follow gents talk on Twitter by searching #gentskc). This time Left Hand and Sierra Nevada squared off. We upped the headcount to 9 this time with the usual participants, Chimpotle, Paul A. Ner (who hosted), JJSKCK (or Meat Service, which is what I prefer to call him now), Duff, Yuengling and Yeti with 2 new participants Nate (a newcomer to KC who writes the Thank Heaven for Beer blog) and Josh Eans from Blanc Burgers and Bottles. Yuengling brought some RJ's Bob-Be-Que ribs and jalapeno sausage which was featured on the KC version of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Paul A. Ner provided some cold cut plates, chips and hummus because he hates me. Chimpotle provided a cherry cobbler because he hates me. In proper Gents tradition, the cobbler was eaten as a chip dip.

We started with a simple premise, 5 beers of the same style being tasted blind by our group of Gents with one big beer from each brewery. Each taster gets a vote on each style and the brewery with the most votes for that style gets a point. The big beer challenge is worth 2 points. The styles were Wheat, Pale Ale, Stout and IPA. We would have had porter as well but one of the no shows was supposed to bring Left Hand Blackjack Porter.

The Scores
Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss 8 - Left Hand Haystack Wheat 1 
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale 6 - Left Hand Jackman's American Pale Ale 3
Left Hand Milk Stout 9 - Sierra Nevada Stout 0
Sierra Nevada Torpedo 6 - Left Hand 400 lb. Monkey 3

This was quite controversial because our pourers were unsure which wheat beer was which. At first they indicated the winner was the Left Hand Haystack, but Josh and I were pretty sure that the Kellerweiss was the one we preferred and the pourers weren't actually sure which was which. Josh and I even shared a Kellerweiss after the showdown was over and our taste buds agree that Kellerweiss was the one we liked more. In the end, it calls our outcome into question. Because each beer in the styles tested were slightly different styles (milk stout v. stout, English IPA v. American IPA) we all had a pretty good idea which beer was which and without doing the tasting double blind (where we don't even know the competitors which is impossible since we have to buy it) we have to accept the limitation. The Left Hand Milk Stout was the big winner with our group and was clearly superior to the Sierra Nevada Stout, but the Sierra Nevada Stout is pretty good. Our score was more an indication that Milk Stout is wonderful. The most surprising result was 400 lb. Monkey losing to Torpedo. The general consensus was that 400 lb. Monkey tasted off and it was probably the beer that was most unlike everything else we had drank up to that point solidifying my theory that when tasting blind, the beer that is different is viewed as bad.

Left Hand Chainsaw v. Sierra Nevada Southern Harvest Ale
Once again our big beer battle came down to a matter of taste and neither beer was viewed as bad. The Chainsaw won 5 to 4. Chainsaw just had more going on, Josh said it had a grape jelly taste on the back end and that pretty much hit the nail on the head. The Southern Harvest is a great beer as well and is quite a bargain at around $3.50.

Our overall winner was Sierra Nevada 3-3 (Sierra Nevada wins the tie breaker of total votes 28-26). We may have to redo the wheat category and add the porters to get the true outcome of this showdown. As an aside as the Gents read this they will know that I didn't do the math right last night after the challenge because I had it 26-25 Left Hand. The moral of the story is, I can't do math after the equivalent of 5 beers.

So after the business of the evening was done, we drank all the rare or fun beers everyone brought to share. Nate brought us Dark Lord which lives up to the hype. It was quite extraordinary, kind of sweet and thick like I was drinking cream. If the bottle wasn't already empty by the time I drank my glass I would have fought for what was left. Nate also brought one of his homebrews, a sour saison that I believe he said he brewed with dandelion flowers (I could be completely wrong about that). On a night where I drank one of the most well regarded beers on the planet, it would be quite a feat to believe that Nate's sour saison was the best beer of the night. But, I'll say it (of course I like saisons better than anything). Nate became everyone's favorite Gent while we drank the saison and all of universally agreed it was a great beer.

Chimpotle brought Weston Hot Pepper Ale for everyone to try. It didn't taste like beer at all, it tasted like drinking the pickling liquid in a jar of jalapenos. Nate said it tasted like a throw up burp, a blurb I don't think you'll read in any of Weston Brewing's sales literature.

I finished off the evening by drinking the Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad that Yeti brought. Even though I've proclaimed my dislike for bourbon barrel beers, I do like the BBQ in a small dose and that is one of the benefits of Gents. We all get to try a bunch of stuff without having to buy it all. Incidentally, Gents is getting to be a large group that makes it a bit unwieldy to host at a house. If you own a restaurant or similar space and would like to host Gents contact me.

Thursday, July 1

Charlie Fred and Ken's Bock

The newest Sierra Nevada 30th anniversary brew has hit the shelves in KC. This one, Charlie Fred and Ken's Bock is an Imperial Helles Bock and should be a welcome addition to any 4th of July or Canada Day celebration. I'll be celebrating Canada Day with a glass or 3 of it tonight.

I found mine at Lukas on 119th. Let us know where you're finding it so your fellow beer travelers can have a good holiday weekend as well.