The acquisition of a “rare” beer is a special treat. But like Uncle Ben once said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. What the hell am I talking about, you might ask. Well, I’m talking about the decision of when to crack open that hard-to-find gem you’ve just spent (usually) a good amount of money on. Do you drink it right when it’s fresh? Or do you set on it for a little bit and save it for a special occasion? Usually I tend to fall into the latter category of beer drinkers. So when we decided to get together for drinks at our house for a close friend’s birthday I saw the perfect opportunity to share one of these special beers.
BLACK TUESDAY is a barrel-aged Imperial Stout from The Bruery. This particular bottle is from 2012 and has a whopping 19.5% ABV. Continue reading
I received this beer as a birthday present in 2013 and it sat in my fridge for several months mocking me, goading me. After taking a recent trip to Orange County and trying several of the Bruery’s sour efforts I felt like the time had come to crack this beer open.
SOUR IN THE RYE (2013) is an 8.7% ABV American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels.
Over the past few months I’ve really been on a Bruery kick. It started with first real trip to their tasting room in Placentia, California (I had been there once before to pick up a bottle of Black Tuesday, but I didn’t get to drink anything that time). Then it was a bottle of Hottenroth on a brew day and my roommate sharing with me a glass of his Rueze. And now here we are. I bought this bottle back in 2012 when it first came out and I’ve been sitting on it ever since. I was waiting for the right time to open it and, as they say, there’s no better time than the present…however if that was true then I wouldn’t have sat on it for a year and a half, but I digress.
FRUET was the Bruery’s 4th anniversary beer and was released in May of 2012. It’s an Old Ale with a massive 15.5% ABV and 45 IBUs. Continue reading
The Bruery is one brewery (that feels redundant, but I couldn’t think of a better way to put it) that keeps reeling me back in. Even if I didn’t enjoy the last x number of beers of theirs I tried, I’ll still get excited when something new hits the shelves/taps. This holds doubly true for anything that could be considered a “one off”. And that is exactly what this beer is.
BATCH 1000 – BRYEIAN is a Cascadian Dark Ale/Black Ale with a 7% ABV that was brewed to celebrate their 1000 batch of beer. Continue reading
After the success of beer number 5, I decided to stick with The Bruery for beer 6.
MOTHER FUNKER is another Provisions Series ale. This American Wild Ale has a 6% ABV.
For beer number 5 I decided to mix it up and step away from the Bootlegger’s beers for a minute. I saw the label for The Bruery’s BURLY GOURD and knew it would be right up my alley. Boy was I right!
Burly Gourd is part of the Bruery’s Provisions Series. This Milk/Sweet Stout has an unholy 6.66% ABV.
Stone has been making some pretty good collaboration beers with a variety of different breweries/brewers lately and what better way to keep this tradition going than by making a pumpkin ale! I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time that Stone has brewed a pumpkin ale (or even an autumn seasonal), but Elysian and The Bruery are both known for their great autumn beers (Night Owl and Autumn Maple, respectively) so I have faith in this beer.
La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado is a pumpkin ale brewed in collaboration between Stone Brewing, The Bruery and Elysian Brewing. It has a mild 5% ABV.