Brock returned from his three week trip to Thailand with the Oregon National Guard at 2am today. What better way to celebrate a late Valentine’s Day that with Boulevard Brewing’s Chocolate Ale? I was a little hesitant at first, but at about 8 bucks a 750mL bottle, I thought, why the hell not? Who doesn’t like chocolate? This is the first of Boulevard’s offerings I have tried, but I had heard good things and this beer lived up to my expectations from reading some posts on beer advocate and the bottle itself.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
I’ve been wanting to try this collaboration ale for a while. When it first came out, it was pretty difficult to get ones paws on, but has since become more widely available in single cans or in cute little 4 packs. I say cute because the box and cans are covered in an old-time-y style newspaper print, and it’s, well, cute. According to the legend on the cans, Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi here in Eugene and Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment in San Francisco began their brewing careers together years ago.
With my husband gone in Thailand on a National Guard trip for the next three weeks I made some lofty goals: drink plenty of beer and write about it. I know this doesn’t seem different than my day to day goals, but I distinctly remember making a declaration complete with fist pounding on the table. True to my word, I picked up a fancy bottle at Market of Choice and settled in on Super Bowl Sunday.
My beer selection started by staring at the impressive selection at Market of Choice. There was a lot of walking back and forth, judging bottles by their covers and searching for something I’ve never had before. I decided to go for Russian River Brewing Company’s Damnation for a couple reasons. First, it came in one of those cool bottles with a champagne cork. I don’t like champagne, but nothing says CELEBRATION! like a glass of the bubbly. With my second anniversary coming up I want to try a few of these more effervescent beers before settling on a bigger bottle to celebrate with. Secondly, I want to try more beer from this brewery. Pliny the Elder was quite delicious and it seems that Russian River Brewing Co. is somewhat of a craft brewery darling as of late, and I don’t mind figuring out why. Finally, I am a bit of a sour/fruit beer skeptic. Try as I might I just can’t appreciate these as much as others do. So I am trying to develop my palate a bit more before deciding once and for all that I just don’t like them. I came around on brussel sprouts, so I can on sour beer, right? Continue reading
I’ve been a big fan of Ninkasi since the get go. From the first time I tasted Total Domination IPA and thought, “yup, that’s a beer for me”, to the first time I bought a keg for Brock’s 24th birthday party, to the first time I visited the tasting room, I’ve grown a little more in love with Ninkasi, their beer, and what they’re all about. That being said, I am a little embarrassed to say that I just took my first brewery tour about a week ago. Continue reading