Lagunitas Sucks - there aren’t a lot of beers I’d consider buying a quart bottle of, but this is one. Didn’t hit the high point it normally does, but still enjoyable. Picked this up at Sam the Beer Man who normally has the best prices around, but then saw it at Wegman’s for 2 bucks cheaper - a little odd.

Allagash Saison - A classic clean / non-Brett’d saison. Not that you’d expect anything less from Allagash.

Allagash Saison - A classic clean / non-Brett’d saison. Not that you’d expect anything less from Allagash.

Jack’s Abby Leisure Time Lager - Seemed like a fitting beer to finish off our week of vacation. An enjoyable, straightforward lager.

Jack’s Abby Leisure Time Lager - Seemed like a fitting beer to finish off our week of vacation. An enjoyable, straightforward lager.

Abandon Farmhouse IPA and Berliner Weisse - The Abandon growlers from earlier in the week. Neither were as good as the 4 beers I sampled in the flight.

Farmhouse IPA - this had good flavor, not really too much of a Belgian kick too it. Incredibly cloudy. Had to be near the end of the keg. The last pour must have had half an inch of sediment in it.

Berliner Weisse - lacking any real tartness. Bland and disappointing. I knew this was a big risk without tasting it, but the desire to try something new made me take the leap. In hindsight maybe trying the dubbel would have been the better option.

Smuttynose Bouncy House IPA & Great Lakes Spacewalker American Belgo - Two beers that highlight why I love mixed 6 packs (and Finger Lakes Beverage Center).  Both of these were decent, but didn’t need multiple bottles of either.

Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout - This one has been a long time coming. Originally it was going to be opened to celebrate the birth of the baby. But it turns out when there is a newborn in the house and a busy work schedule it’s hard to pin down a time to enjoy something like this. So instead it waited for the first day of our 2014 vacation.

So onto the beer. It’s very good. Great even. But with all the hype can I really say this is head and shoulders above any of the other great imperial stouts (ie. GI BCBS, GI BCBS Vanilla, HF Damon, HF Madness & Civilization, etc..)?  Honestly, no. I may have to break out a regular BCBS soon just to make sure my taste buds aren’t deceiving me. Thrilled to have tried it, but would warn against anyone trading half their cellar to acquire one.

Green Flash Citra Session - We’ve been starting to get better coverage on Green Flash releases recently. This is the first time I’ve seen something from the Hop Odyssey series. As long as you don’t go in expecting something overly hoppy you’ll probably enjoy this.

Green Flash Citra Session - We’ve been starting to get better coverage on Green Flash releases recently. This is the first time I’ve seen something from the Hop Odyssey series. As long as you don’t go in expecting something overly hoppy you’ll probably enjoy this.

Grassroots Convivial Suarez, Hill Farmstead Florence, & Hill Farmstead Fear and Trembling - From Labor Day. A holiday weekend isn’t complete without a couple beers from Greensboro, VT.

Trip to Abandon Brewing - A rare semi timely post. Made the trip to Abandon Brewing in Penn Yan yesterday. Have heard some good things on the web so was interested to check them out.

If I hadn’t seen some pictures online I would have been very put off by the complete lack of signage, both off the main road, and even to turn into the brewery. Pulled into an empty parking lot - not surprising for a Monday afternoon after Labor Day. The bartender hinted they might need to look at revising their hours now that the Keuka lake vacation crowd is gone.

I had a “Flagship” flight with the peppercorn saison, rye saison, pale ale, and porter. The saisons were both alright and featured some spice notes as you might expect. The pale ale was ok - a balanced version, not overly hoppy. The porter was the best of the bunch featuring just enough roast flavor to make it interesting without being overpowering. I skipped the “Woodshed” series as they were a little pricey and only the double IPA really interested me. 

I did fill up 2 32 oz growlers - one with the farmhouse IPA and the other with the Berliner Weisse. I was torn on the Berliner, but figured having driven that far $7 was worth taking a shot on another new beer. On merit alone that fill should have been the porter.

So overall, the location is great, but not sure I’d make the 1 hr 45 min trip again for the beer alone. Would be very interesting to see how they operate in the winter time - the old barn they are located in didn’t seem to have any insulation at all. Abandon has recently started showing up on tap in Ithaca so that might be the best option to try something in the future without making the trip all the way to Penn Yan.

The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Have wanted to try this one for a long time and got a bottle for our anniversary. It has always sounded interesting, but had concerns it could be a trainwreck. Ended up loving it. Only the slightest touch of dark malts in the finish. Body is absolutely sour-like as opposed to stout-like. Would make a very interesting beer for a true blind tasting.

The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Have wanted to try this one for a long time and got a bottle for our anniversary. It has always sounded interesting, but had concerns it could be a trainwreck. Ended up loving it. Only the slightest touch of dark malts in the finish. Body is absolutely sour-like as opposed to stout-like. Would make a very interesting beer for a true blind tasting.