Last week, I decided to be even more daring and buy three six packs of beers from breweries that I have never been too. As I stood in the Whole Foods beer section, I felt my furrowed brow getting stuck that way as I examined each brew with deep contemplation.
I started to feel like a true beer connoisseur. I had visited plenty of the breweries sitting in front of me. Nearly 20, in fact. What can I say? I love to travel and I love to drink beer.
After evaluating the ales, IPAs, lagers, and hefes alike, I selected three new beers that my lips have never loved up on before. And I must say that this lady chooses well. So well that I have to spill my new found loves for the following breweries and the beers that I tasted:
While I have had several of their beers in the past, I have never traveled to Eureka to experience their beers firsthand. As it is wintertime, Whole Foods had the seasonal Winterbraun available.
This beer is warm, dark, and chocolatey. Oh yes, this is great for a frigid night on the deck. The ale is full-bodied and has this strange, yet delicious caramel finish that I couldn't get over. Kind of the same way when you try an IPA for the first time. Mmm. F**ing good.
Again, another brewery that I have drank a lot of beer from, but have never been blessed with a brewery visit. I am not a fan of pale ales, but when I saw the word 'juniper' on the front of this bottle, I went into gin heaven and couldn't help but wonder if this ale would have the crisp gin finish.
God, am I glad that I am addicted to gin. The crisp and refreshing Pinesol goodness that makes gin so awesome was present all of the way through this pale ale.
The ale is smooth and has a bit of spiciness at the finish. You have got to find this ale and taste it.
Nope, I haven't had time to fly up to Alaska just yet, but this beer might have me convinced to schedule my next vacation at a hotel across the street from the Alaskan Brewing Company.
Hopthermia might have me changing around my weekly staples. Yes, I said weekly staples. I am not a drunk, but I do like to have a beer at work and at lunch, and with dinner, and usually after the lights go down...shut up. Don't judge me. I drink beer the same way that Americans consume soda. I am fit, smart, and attribute my lack of aging to beer.
This double IPA beer highlighted my lunch hour yesterday. This beer is strong and needs a hearty meal to go along with it. Or perhaps a psycho thriller.