Saturday, June 12, 2010

Week 18 and 19: A Carnival Ride for the Palate

1. Dogfish Head Festina Peche
2. Dogfish Head Immort Ale
3. Victory Brewing Co. Pursuit of Pale Ale (Hand Pump)
4. Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
5. Ommegang Hennepin
6. Bear Republic Hop Hod Rye
7. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
8. Ithaca Apricot Wheat
9. Lagunitas Pale Ale
10. Dogfish Head/ Stone Brewing/ Victory Brewing
Saison du Buff
11. Furthermore Fatty Boombalaty
12. Coronado Idiot IPA
13. Stone Ruination
14. Sly Fox Pikeland Pils
15. Philadelphia Brewing Co. Newbold IPA
16. Coronado Islander IPA
17. Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

Philly Beer Week came and went. It's over. I have realized one thing about beer week and that being that next year I need a budget. I need a well thought out plan for what events I will attend, and I need to buy some beer dinners and reservation spots ahead of time so that I don't end up saying, "Awww I missed that." Or, "Yeah, I am totally going to go there." This is what happened the majority of the week. I blew it this past week. I tipped over the pint on the bar. I shoud be fired from this blog.

The list above has a lot of favorites. And with it being a scorcher outside, I even put a wheat in the mix. I don't even think I can find it in me to write about half of these brews. There are a few amazing Dogfish Heads mentioned. With it being summer you should try to develop a taste for Festina Peche. It's more like a sour to me, but incredibly refreshing. It's peach flavored and that can turn most beer lovers' flavor switch off. I find the best complement to Festina to be the collaboration beer, Saison Du Buff. This is probably the most unique and best beer that I have had all year. Three great brewers are all part of this one. You can find a Stone Brewing or Victory beer on my lists, just as often as a Dogfish. Saison Du Buff is brewed with parsley, thyme, sage and rosemary. It is totally earthy, fruity and of course herby. It is pretty amzing that the ingrediants compliment each other throughout. A summer saison for the earthworm in all of us.

Coronado is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries this summer. Their Idiot and Islander IPAs are both super clean, well balanced. Coronado made their way to Manayunk during Philly Beer Week and some of my haunts still have it available on tap.

Cheers until next week.


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