Sunday, September 15, 2013

Best Beers Sampled June - August

Since it is raining today and I am not on a bike, it is a great time to catch up on the blog and I have 3 months to write up.  The highlight was a family trip to Tennessee and two weeks off from work – very nice.  I was able to sample some of the offerings from the states we visited too.  During this time we also visited a few tap rooms with friends.  The following are the beers I enjoyed the most: 

Avery – 20th Anniversary – Imperial IPA (9.7 ABV)
Funkwerks – Tropic King – Saison (8% ABV)
Odell – Celastrina – Saison (7.5% ABV)
Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum – Imperial IPA (10.4% ABV & 100 IBU)
Stone – RuinTEN 2013 – Imperial IPA (10.8% ABV & 110 IBU)
Stone – 17th Anniversary Gotterdammerung – Imperial IPA (9.5% ABV & 102 IBU)
Stone – R&R Coconut IPA (7.7% ABV & 90 IBU)
Stone – Farking Wheaton Woot Stout – American Double / Imperial Stout (13% ABV)
Strange Brewing Co. – Cherry Kriek – Kriek (4.7% ABV & 15 IBU)

The list has a number of IPAs and Stone brewed some excellent beers in this time frame.  The Farking Wheaton Woot Stout was a collaboration with Will Wheaton and Fark creator Drew Curtis with Stone Brewing – it was not easy to find in stores and I tried it on tap at Parry’s Pizzeria and Pub in Highlands Ranch.  I would have loved to obtain a few bottles for aging - the one glass was excellent.  Many of these are limited releases and some have limited distribution.  Hoptimum should be available nation-wide.