Monday, May 28, 2012

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout At Map Room

Ultimately, the tables were turned.  I had a week-long debate with a buddy of mine, J, about the quality of Kentucky Breakfast Stout, easily one of my 5 favorite beers on the planet.  He has a fantastic palate for beer; and for all things, really - wine, cigars, food, you name it.   Having tried KBS from a bottle and once on tap, he had branded it a lesser ale, claiming it as not even in Founders top 5 offerings.   Them's fighting words to me. I'll sit there and take it if someone says they hate beer.  Even dissing my precious IPA's won't stir me.  But when a known beer lover who's a die hard stout and barleywine fan starts ripping KBS as an also-ran, it's on.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Firestone Walker Walker's Reserve Porter

Let's talk about fire.  That is, let's discuss a brewery on fire, namely Firestone Walker Brewing.  Few brewers nail it as often as Firestone Walker up and down their lineup of offerings.  Name them.  Double Jack, Union Jack, Parabola, and the Anniversary Ale are all winners.  I'm sure Abacus is great too.  Tack on Walker's Reserve Porter, a beer that I finally tried last week at Sheffield's.  

Friday, May 25, 2012

Favorite New Seattle Beer Spots

Mark's post (and my lack of posting) has inspired me to jot down a few of the newest craft beer bars in Seattle I think are worth checking out.

1)The Pinebox. This is my favorite new spot on Capitol Hill! They have 30 taps of craft beer, excellent wood fired pizza and olives, and always have something fun running through a Randall. They're in the old Chapel location on Pine and Melrose. It's a much warmer and brighter place then it was when it was Chapel. It's an excellent atmosphere with great bartenders and you're guaranteed to have someone interested in beer sitting next to you for instant conversation. The best part is they have a mobile site with a live feed of what's on tap. So I can instantly look and see if there's something special I must have.

2) The Wurst Place. Clever name aside this is a brand new craft beer and brat place that has great potential on Westlake next to Guitar Center. The have 3 things: Beer, Brats, Fries. They have a nice broad selection on tap and some secret stashes of bottles (*cough*HOD Bourbon Fred*cough*). They have interesting and unique brat combos (Spicy Bison, Jalapeno Elk) and great fries. It's a quite place right now but will, no doubt, gain popularity and give Brave Horse a run for their money.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Avery DuganA Imperial IPA

    Chicago Craft Beer Week 2012 has treated me quite well as I've gotten to try some stunning offerings from local and out-of-town brewers. There have been quite a few high points, and I hope to touch upon some of them in this blog in the coming days.  Surely, one of the week's highlights was having Avery DuganA IPA on tap at The Norse Bar in Edgewater.  Norse, a quiet tap room behind a modest storefront in the 6300 block on Clark Street, has become one of Chicago's hidden craft brew gems.  They consistently offer terrific beers on tap, often pour unusual ones, and maintain clean lines.  Naturally, when I found out that Norse was hosting Avery Week featuring the top tier Boulder, Colorado brewer, I knew that my CBW travels would take me to the outer reaches of Edgewater at least once.  I'm a huge Avery fan and find their beer roster to range from good and solid to breathtaking.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Green Flash West Coast IPA

With both Shaun and I lacking in the posting area this year, it behooves me to start firing off some posts.   I usually only write about a beer when there's an event surrounding it or if it really catches my attention, in a good or bad way.   I went to the Twisted Spoke not too long ago and had a Green Flash West Coast IPA.  I needed a reminder of the goodness that is San Diego brewing and that's this beer. The locals out there love it.  They're proud of it. I can see why.