Hill Farmstead Arthur - From last week. The Floras, Normas, and Civil Disobediences are obviously amazing beers, but there is something about the simplicity of Arthur I just love. A truly great beer.

Hill Farmstead Arthur - From last week. The Floras, Normas, and Civil Disobediences are obviously amazing beers, but there is something about the simplicity of Arthur I just love. A truly great beer.

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 - finishing up my last bottle of this batch. Really good a week out from its “expiration date”

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 - finishing up my last bottle of this batch. Really good a week out from its “expiration date”

Upstate Brewing IPW - Upstate started canning a while ago but today was the first time I saw cans in a store. I’ve had this on tap, in a growler, and in a can now and have enjoyed it each time.

Upstate Brewing IPW - Upstate started canning a while ago but today was the first time I saw cans in a store. I’ve had this on tap, in a growler, and in a can now and have enjoyed it each time.

Ommegang Fire and Blood Ale - gave in to the GoT marketing. Basically no noticeable flavor from the anchor chilies. Label art was interesting at least.

Ommegang Fire and Blood Ale - gave in to the GoT marketing. Basically no noticeable flavor from the anchor chilies. Label art was interesting at least.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) - A special midweek treat.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) - A special midweek treat.

Duvel - One of the standouts from when I really got into beer. I’ve had a couple of bottles in the door of the beer fridge for at least a couple years now. Not necessarily exciting, but still very good.

Duvel - One of the standouts from when I really got into beer. I’ve had a couple of bottles in the door of the beer fridge for at least a couple years now. Not necessarily exciting, but still very good.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2012) - Aging gracefully.

Stone Imperial Russian Stout (2012) - Aging gracefully.

Founders KBS - Went to Food & Fire for their first big beer event that I can remember. They tapped KBS promptly at 5 PM. Not a huge crowd, but it is a Monday night. Pretty much everyone I saw in the bar area seemed to be drinking KBS. As you can see in the picture it came in a fairly dirty glass. Didn’t go as far as sending it back, but really expect better from a beer bar. Beer still tasted as good as always.

Food was as good as I’ve had there. The burgers have had pretty good reviews and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d gladly try one of the more adventurous ones. We also tried the new corn fritter appetizer too which was good.

The North Brewery God Complex - First bottled offering I’ve tried from The North. This is billed as a stout with Serrano peppers, mocha, and hazelnut.
Pours almost completely flat. Tastes very under attenuated to me, extremely sweet. Peppers provide a good level of heat - not so much that it’s hard to drink, but there is no way you are going to miss them. Don’t pick up a ton of coffee or hazelnut flavor - the other two adjuncts listed in the description.
Overall a pretty big miss for me especially at $10 a bomber. Glad I only bought one. A little less time on the label art and wax, more focus on carbonation and fermentation would be a good trade off.  

The North Brewery God Complex - First bottled offering I’ve tried from The North. This is billed as a stout with Serrano peppers, mocha, and hazelnut.

Pours almost completely flat. Tastes very under attenuated to me, extremely sweet. Peppers provide a good level of heat - not so much that it’s hard to drink, but there is no way you are going to miss them. Don’t pick up a ton of coffee or hazelnut flavor - the other two adjuncts listed in the description.

Overall a pretty big miss for me especially at $10 a bomber. Glad I only bought one. A little less time on the label art and wax, more focus on carbonation and fermentation would be a good trade off.  

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 - Grabbed the last couple bottles at Wegman’s last night. This is 3rd batch I’ve of this and enjoy it quite a bit more. Considerably less oniony. 

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.14 - Grabbed the last couple bottles at Wegman’s last night. This is 3rd batch I’ve of this and enjoy it quite a bit more. Considerably less oniony.