Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week 4: WOW

1. Bells Hopslam
2. Weyerbacher Hotel
3. Sierra Nevada 13th Release
Harvest Wet Hop Ale
4. Sly Fox Ichor (Quad)
5. Troegs Nugget Nector
6. Sly Fox Odyssey
7. Sly Fox Rauchbier
8. Sly Fox Oatmeal Stout
9. Arcadia Ales IPA
10. Arcadia Ales Hopmouth
11. Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

You gotta love the weeks where the average night of going out to dinner results in some great beer tastings. This past week was an almost entire Pennsylvania beer week. It is kind-of hard for that not to happen. These are not by any means "default brews." Weyerbacher, Troeggs and Sly Fox have quite a selection, and Sly Fox is coming up with some mighty tasty big bottles as of late.

The week started off at a great little spot in Philly, Varga Bar, where the food and beer pairings were outstanding. The days then rolled into a a quick snack and drink at Johnny Brenda's in Fishtown, a night at Sly Fox Brewing Company with our comrads at The Slingluff Gallery, and a week ending usual dinner in Manatawny (apparently reservations are now very required).

We are never out this much.

Ok, so how did this week pan out. Well....the Bells are ringing. Yes, Bells Hopslam was superb. If you are a lover of their 2 Hearted (I know you are), then you will be taken aback by this. I was fortunate enough to have this served extremely fresh at Varga Bar and then my distributor threw in a bottle for me the other day.

Poured a beautiful hazy gold and a bubbly head, Bells slammed you with honey, pear, maybe peach and few other citrus flavors that I wasn't ready for. Although this sounds as if the aroma and taste were super sweet, it is well balanced with a killer amount of hops. My palate was in awe. If you didn't read that it had an ABV of 10%, you would never believe it. Super clean finish to boot.

I plan on writing about these Sly Fox brews pretty soon. They are well known as a cannery, but their tapped and big bottle beers have a lot going on. I do recommend their IPA, Odyssey.

Cheers until next week.

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