Now for something completely different: I’m at the Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego this weekend and about to begin their infamous Live Beer Blogging session. The gist of it is a bit like speed dating, every five minutes a different brewery will come to the table and present one of their beers. In those five minutes the brewery will describe the beer, answer questions, and then us bloggers will write a short post/tweet/video about it. Apologies for the loose format, things are coming hot and heavy!
Rough Draft – Weekday IPA
Lagunitas – Sonoma Farmhouse
Stone – Xocoveza
Chris Banker’s collaboration brew (pre-release!). Rich chocolate and spice in the nose. A strange brew for sure, but exquisite. Pepper and chocolate and spice mix together in a beautiful marriage.
Rogue – Marrionberry Braggot
Goose Island – Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout (2013)
Served warm and cold to examine the differences. One of those beers that everyone goes nuts over. Rich coffee in the nose with a bit of caramel and toast. Rich mocha flavor and much smoother than I’d expect. They assure me there is no lactose, but it has that rich character of a milk stout.
Green Flash – Citra Session
Boardwalk Food Company – Beer Bread
Boston Beer Company – Kosmic Mother Funk
Typically blended into their other sours, KMF is finally available on its own. Tart, but not bracing. Back sweetened with candi to IMO too much residual sweetness. It’s a nice sour, plum and a bit of funk.