Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Baird Brewing Rising Sun Pale Ale: May The Sun Rise Again

I was buying a bottle of this year's impossible-to-find Kentucky Breakfast Stout at Armanetti's Beverages and ran squarely into a store policy that required me to buy multiple bottles (based on the purchase price minimum) if I was paying with a credit card.  I decided to purchase a single bottle of Baird Brewing Rising Sun Pale Ale as a tribute to Japan's recovery effort from the recent earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.  Baird hails from Numazu, Japan and claims to brew their beers at the "foot of Mt. Fuji."  This pale ale is quite unique.  I gave it a pour last night.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Founders Brewing Imperial Stout: Oops or New Recipe

Founders Brewing rarely misses with their beers, and they are pretty much flawless when it comes to brewing dark beers.  So, when I first tried the Imperial Stout out of a 12 oz bottle in the fall of 2009, I thought to myself that this was as sure of a thing as the sun rising in the east, Jordan dunking, or Katy Perry exposing the top 15 percent of her breasts during a nationally televised awards show.  Was I ever disappointed.  Make that bitterly disappointed, as in the Imperial Stout was rather bland, chalky, oddly bitter, and grainy.  It wasn't bad; it just did not live up to Founders' lofty expectations, especially considering their well-documented dark beer craft genius as expressed in their Porter, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout (and, as I found out recently, the Black Biscuit, a Baltic porter).  So, when I saw the Imperial Stout listed at Local Option recently, needless to say I was not apt to run behind the bar and pour one for myself.