Saturday, April 17, 2010

What we're drinking: Avery The Reverend Belgian Quadruple Ale

© Beermingham 2010
The Reverend is a gorgeous beer. It pours a reddish, golden brown with a beautiful tan head. Light, graceful lace clings to the side of a burgundy glass while the amber ale sits waiting to be enjoyed.

And enjoy you will. The first thing you taste will probably be the 10% alcohol's sweetness. But then you'll catch the abundant malt and caramel flavors. As you swallow, the sweetness returns and lingers like the lace in the glass.

The Reverend is a powerful beer with the nickname, "Sinister Minister." Understandable since it comes on sweet and friendly, but sneaks up on you with Biblical amounts of alcohol.

We got ours at HiPS, but they only have a small amount on tap. Get it before it's gone.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Beermingham is Atlanta bound

No, not permanently. Just for the weekend. Anyway, Beerlanta just isn't as catchy. We're headed over to check out some seriously rare and awesomely expensive cars at the "The Allure of the Automobile" exhibit at the High Museum of Art (They've got a Hispano-Suiza H6C Xenia!)

How does a museum exhibit of old cars fit into a beer blog? It doesn't directly, but there's more to do in Beerlanta than just museums. (Hmmm. Maybe Beerlanta does work.) Take for instance the Sweetwater 420 Festival. Five dollars gets you in the gates to hear about 18 bands and the opportunity to taste 16 of the brewery's products. Too bad we found out about it after making all our plans. Maybe we'll get by anyway. The 420 Fest is Saturday and Sunday and the tasting is Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

But the point of this post is a question we have. Now that Alabama's beer laws have been somewhat modernized, what beers should we be on the lookout for in Beerlanta? Certainly we'll pick up some cans of Oskar Blues, and maybe a 22 ouncer or three from Rogue. But what else should we smuggle across the Alabama/Georgia border?

And one more question. Green's Beverage is our favorite place in Beerlanta, but is it the best place to beerhunt? Let us know in the comments ASAP, please! Thanks.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

What we're drinking at Barber Motorsports today

Sierra Nevada Glissade from HiPS. That's what we're drinking today out on the green hills of Barber Motorsports Park. It's light, cool, refreshing and comes in plastic half-gallon jugs. Which is a good thing since Barber is fine with coolers full of alcohol as long as there are no glass bottles.

It should make for an even more amazing day at one of the most beautiful tracks in the U.S.

Are you going out there? If so, what are you taking to Alabama's inaugural Indy Car race?