Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cicerone Certified Server

Hey, did I mention that I am now an official Cicerone Certified Server?

It's true. Passed the test on Friday.  Here's proof:



From the Cicerone website:

"Knowledge Area Responsibilities - The Certified Beer Server requires competent knowledge of beer storage and service issues as well as modest knowledge of beer styles and culture and basic familiarity with beer tasting and flavors and basic knowledge about brewing process and ingredients."

Tasting @Southern Growl, Greer, SC



Ok, left to right, in the photo:
Thirsty Dog Ankle Biter (4.4%abv)
Green Flash Citra Session IPA (4.5% abv)
Green Flash Hop Head Double IPA (8.1% abv)
Lazy Magnolia Timber Beast Rye (8.9% abv)
Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Stout (11.5%) Brewed at Westbrook in Charleston.

Our fave for this tasting was the Timber Beast, hands down. Spicy, great mouth feel and body, well balanced bitter finish.

Lazy Magnolia is in Mississippi and I understand that it's the only brewery in the state.

The Southern Growl is a special place for beer tasting and I recommend it. You can bring you own food in, too!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Saluda Wet Hopped IPA Released by Quest Brewing


Here's the star of the show (Saluda Wet Hop), in a taster size. I liked it, a crisp, dry IPA, not quite the hop bomb you might expect with Cascade hops (hello, Sierra Nevada!), good balance and the yeast from SouthYeast Labs adds a bit of flavor too. Good job for a first timer. 
Two other cask versions are available tonight as well, one with blueberries and one with peppers. I liked the pepper one best, but I'm always a fan of pepper/IPA combinations. These cask versions are the only ones in existence. Don Richardson, Quest Brewmaster, tells me that one or both might be reproduced in the future. Sort of depends on the publics response. 
I know what mine is!

Two other cask versions are available tonight as well, one with blueberries and one with peppers. I liked the pepper one best, but I'm always a fan of pepper/IPA combinations.



Cheers!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Quest Cucumber Jalapeno Rye Saison

Last night at Quest Brewing Company. Fabulous beer, great music (Tonight's Noise w/ Darby Wilcox sitting in). 

Here's a sampling line up; (l to r) Kaldi, Ponce Cucumber Jalapeno Rye Saison, Ellida IPA, Kaldi Bourbon Barrel Aged.



 Pick of the evening: the Saison. Heat, cool, body, all fit together to make this a very refreshing and change of pace brew. I'm thinking this would be a growler full of fun at a party or outdoor concert. Hmmm....

Cheers!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Getting Lucky in Omaha

Some ol' Air Force buddies are gathering in Omaha, NE for a reunion and one sent me this
photo of a beer they were trying. Totally new to me of course, but when I read the description from their website, the love set in.
"After the boil, the hot wort (the beer before it's really beer) is fired through a hop back, a unique four-barrel stainless steel tank filled with a gratuitous amount of raw flower Amarillo, Centennial, and Cascade hops, extracting the aromatic oils and flavor of the hops."


http://www.luckybucketbrewing.com/beer/india-pale-ale/ 


Cheers and thanks to Don Baker for thinking of me!