Saturday, January 16, 2010

What we're drinking tonight: Good People Belgian Strong Dark

Here's a text message exchange earlier today between a friend and me:

Him: What's on tap at Highland?
Me: Check Great site! =)
Him: That guy's a hack!
Me: Lemme know if they have the GP Belgian tapped yet
Him: They got it. You wanna try it?
Me: Yeah.
Him: They just tapped it.
Me: I'll split with ya

And that's how I came to owe $5 on a half-gallon of some seriously good beer. 

I'm not usually a Belgian fan, and I don't normally like high-gravity. But this Good People Belgian Strong Dark  could just change my opinion. After pouring my first glass, the beer's fragrance quickly caught my attention. It's hard to describe, but sweet and nutty with a hoppy undertone gets close. The color of this beer is gorgeous. Held to a light, the center is a dark crimson, with the edges of the glass almost brown with almost no head. 

Being a 10.25% alcohol beer, the first taste is overwhelmingly sweet alcohol. But a recent Beer Advocate review sums up well the following sips: "Moderately sweet. Spicy Belgian yeast character. Dark fruits - plum, raisin, grape. Almost red wine like, but better of course, since beer is better than wine."

Highland Package Store (HiPS) just tapped the GPBSD keg, but we bet it won't last long. Hurry over to get a half-gallon for yourself.

Friday, January 15, 2010

BYOB in (manly) style

As a single guy, I had no problem showing up at parties with my six-pack of beer still in the cardboard packaging. But apparently that's frowned upon in some circles. That's probably why my wife got me a stylish little six-pack carrier. And why my neighbor's wife got him a nice neoprene one like this

And, because they usually contain good beer, we don't mind showing up at parties with what might at first look like purses. 

But a Dutch design firm has come up with a six-pack carrier that is both functional and won't threaten your manly reputation.  They gave the steel-framed carrier the catchy name, "Sixpack."

Unfortunately, as far as we can tell, it is not yet available for sale. But it doesn't look that complicated. Anyone want to make up a bunch for us?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What we're drinking tonight: Terrapin Wake 'N' Bake

Terrapin Brewery may have created a new beverage category: Breakfast Beer. Yeah, I know. You created that category back in college by finishing off a case of Schaeffer before going to class. That's more a continuation of the previous night's fun than Breakfast Beer.

Terrapin's Wake 'N' Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout is almost a complete breakfast in one glass. There's coffee ("a premium blend of Costa Rican, Guatemalan, & Zimbabwe" according to Terrapin's Web site) and oats. Dunk a donut in there and you're done!

But hold tight to that pastry! One slip, and it's gone forever in Wake 'N' Bake's dense, dark body. It'd take ground-penetrating radar to peer beneath the dark brown, thick, frothy head. Don't worry. A mere donut will do little to alter WnB's overwhelming coffee flavor.

Well, if anything, the donut might make the beer a bit sweeter, but probably not. Its aftertaste is already a bit on the sweet side for us. In fact, Wake 'N' Bake ends up tasting more like a Starbucks Frappuccino than a hearty cup of joe. As far as Russian imperial stouts go, this one comes in a distant second to Good People's Fatso.

But Fatso can be hard to find at times, and this Terrapin is available right now at Highland Package Store (HiPS) for $9.99 a half-gallon.

And, if you end up not liking it, Terrapin offers what sounds like a great recipe for Wake 'N' Bake Chocolate -Coconut Dessert Bars. Not only is there WnB in the bar, but an icing of beer, butter and chocolate finishes it off. If there's enough left in our half-gallon, we're definitely trying it out.