Beer Haul: Summer & Fall 2016

I’ve been buying a lot of beer but haven’t done a great job of keeping up with things. You guys can always hit Flickr to see what’s up but here’s everything acquired since my last post

Whiskey Haul, 6-15-2016

Beer Haul, 6-15-2016
Beer Haul, 6-15-2016
Beer Haul, 7-17-2016
Beer Haul, 8-10-2016
Beer Haul, 8-10-2016
Beer Haul, 8-25-2016
Beer Haul, 8-25-2016
Beer Haul, 8-25-2016
Beer Haul, 8-25-2016Beer Haul 9-17-2016

Beer Haul 9-17-2016

Beer Haul 9-17-2016
Beer Haul, 10-4-2016
Beer Haul, 10-4-2016
Beer Haul, 10-4-2016
Cider Haul, 10-7-2016
Beer Haul - 10/14/2016
Beer Haul, 10/24/2016
Beer Haul, 10-29-2016
Beer Haul, 10-29-2016
Beer Haul, 10-29-2016
Beer Haul, 10-29-2016
Wicked Weed Beer Haul, 11-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
Beer Haul, 12-4-2016
There’s probably 12 or so bottles I didn’t photograph that were misc. purchases and I have a lot of Schramm’s mead that is still in Michigan that comes over next Spring. Great year!

Reviews: How’s Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2 Holding Up?

Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2

In short, really well! I had this via the bottle @ Hill Farmstead least week for $35 and split 2-ways (as is required for a bottle this size). Delicious, still a bit of pumpkin left over and loads of great well balanced tart flavor with an incredible mouthfeel. I don’t have any bottles left of my own but if I did, I’d probably open them all before New Years because it’s so good right now!

Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2

Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2

Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2
Hill Farmstead Elaborative #2

Review: Hill Farmstead Vera Mae (Wine Barrel / 2016)

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 2016 - Wine Barrel

4.1/5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20

 

New Entry! YAY! Acquired in August 2016. First year I wasn’t able to help pick flowers. Sorry Shaun. Sat upright at 40F for 2 months and split 2 ways in Teku glassware.

A – Looks like Vera of yore. An orange, golden glow, incredible clarity with a solid white tight bubbly head of 2 fingers that fades to a thin line. Huge whip of air on the cap-pop but no gushing.

S – Smells great even young, Earthy, juicy, orange skins, floral, herbal with a peppery grass-like smell and tart brett.

T – Holy Hell. This is amazing! It’s so wine forward, so tannic, acidic but not sour. Juicy sweet oranges and lemon juice. Tart then the sweetness fades mid-way through and you’re left with this likely tart wheat cracker flavor with hay-characteristics and oak.

M – Fantastic carb, tingly on the tongue but then it thins out at the end.

O – I thought this being so young in the bottle that it wouldn’t develop so many great flavors. I can’t wait to see how this tastes 2 years from now!

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 2016 - Wine Barrel

Hill Farmstead Vera Mae 2016 - Wine Barrel

Events: Zwanze Day 2017 @ Dieu Du Ciel, Montreal QC

This year’s Zwanze Beer was good, it wasn’t great. I’m always pretty disappointed with the Zwanze beer and then I’ll have it from the bottle a year later and it’s just much better. I think time + bottle conditioning always help the Zwanze beers come alive. Since Hill Farmstead did not host an event this year, I decided it was the same driving distance going to Portland Maine as it is to Montreal so I went there instead. 

Draft selection was the still Bruoscella Lambiek and they had bottles of Gueuze, Kriek, Rose and Fou Foune. I ordered one of everything along with a pour of Peche Mortel. Finally, after some food Heather and I had DDC’s Excorciste mixed-fermentation wheat ale. 

It was a great day!

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

 

Eyeing that Zwanze!

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Zwanze 2016  - Dieu Du Ciel

Events: CBC Boston 2016

Since professional cameras weren’t allowed at CBC until Mikkel changed the rule and reached out to me, I had already packed the Canon S110 pocket camera to take to CBC Boston last weekend. His note came too late but the photos were decent. Low-light is awful with the S110, almost no depth of field, colors are faded, muted even and overall, I’m not happy with the photos but it was the best I had. I also went to the Apple Store on Boylston street and grabbed a leather case for my iPhone 7. 

Friday, I rated 80 beers, Saturday morning was around 35 beers and Saturday evening was probably 50 or 60, I’m not sure. Now I have 1 hour of audio notes I’ll need to go through and add to RateBeer. It’ll take a while but like the original CBC in Copenhagen, this was a great line-up of amazing beers. 

Here are a few sub-par photos:

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016

CBC Boston - 2016