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  1. I had a great night of drinking last night at Backcountry Pizza for their 5th anniversary party last night: Hill Farmstead Dorothy dry-hopped farmhouse ale Firestone Walker 19th Anniversary Ale Alesmith Vietnamese Speedway Stout Off Color DinoS'mores Birrificio Loverbeer Beera Brugna sour ale with plums Breakside Safeword triple IPA Perennial Abraxas De Struise Brothers Rio Reserva quad aged in bourbon barrels (2008) Cannonball Creek Terrible 3 imperial IPA Tilquin Gueuze I also had a bottle of Avery Uncle Jacob's (2013) and a bottle of Bourbon County Coffee. The Bourbon County Coffee was one of the infected bottles from this year that was bottled on 9/17/15. It wasn't terrible, but it had a very noticeable sour cherry and green apple flavors that were fairly off-putting. I didn't even finish my pour of it.
  2. I love Nugget Nectar. Those new cans have to be some of the coolest cans out there. I've always loved that Nugget Nectar logo. I've got a Nugget Nectar sign hanging in my office at home. It's one of those beers that I always buy every year. Nugget Nectar, Nosferatu, Celebration, Breakfast Stout, a few others. Maybe not as trendy as what the tickers are drinking, but ### #### they're just great beers.Nugget Nectar will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the first rare limited release beers that I fell in love with.
  3. I love Nugget Nectar. Those new cans have to be some of the coolest cans out there. I've always loved that Nugget Nectar logo. I've got a Nugget Nectar sign hanging in my office at home.
  4. Grabbed one of these from The Open Bottle. They get it every few months I think. Looking forward to opening it.I'd be surprised if you are disappointed. The coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and chiles are all there, but nothing "takes over." Very well balanced IMO. And the crazy thing is that I actually think that a bunch of Prairie saisons and sours are even better. Not to mention Okie, which might be my ATF brown ale. Just a phenomenal brewery IMO.I got to hang out with Chase Healey, the owner of Prairie, over Vail Big Beers weekend a couple weeks ago. We chatted for about a half hour while waiting in line for Troy Casey's seminar on barrel blending. He was super cool, really funny, and just a remarkably down-to-Earth and self-deprecating guy. Definitely not the type of brewery owner that takes himself too seriously. His brother Colin does all of the artwork for the Prairie labels, which I thought was cool. I've always been a big fan of Prairie, but I'm an even bigger fan after getting to know the man behind the operation. Bourbon barrel-aged Bomb! just hit shelves in Denver, so I need to see if I can find a bottle tomorrow.ETA - By the way, I agree about Okie. I love that beer.
  5. I'm going to the Melvin Brewing 2x4 DIPA release today at Falling Rock. For those that aren't familiar with Melvin out of Jackson Hole, WY, they won Small Brewpub of the Year at GABF last year and have won a number of different awards at various beer competitions, including gold medals for their 2x4 DIPA at GABF, the World Beer Cup, and the Alpha King Challenge. It's always a nice treat to find their stuff on tap on rare occasions outside of the brewery. It should be a cool event.
  6. Despot is, indeed, dope. He's buddies with El-P from Run the Jewels and has a verse on "Blockbuster Night Part 2" from RTJ2 as well as some of El-P's solo stuff. Hopefully, he finally drops a full-length album this year.
  7. I'm seeing Run the Jewels in Aspen tonight at the Belly Up, a 450-person capacity venue. It is going to be an amazing show. There is no one doing rap better than Killer Mike and El-P these days.
  8. I drank a Bourbon County Rare last night. It lived up to the hype, in my opinion. Dark chocolate, caramel, charred oak, bourbon, woodiness, smoke, molasses, vanilla, and toasted marshmallow. It had tons of bourbon and charred oak character without being too hot. I thought it was one of the most enjoyable representations of bourbon barrel character in any beer that I've ever had. I also drank these over the past two nights: BCBS Casey Cherry Inclusion bière de garde with cherries aged in oak barrels The Alchemist Focal Banger IPA with citra and mosaic hops Avery Tweak (2014) imperial stout with coffee aged in bourbon barrels Thirsty Dog Siberian Night imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels Crooked Stave Motif Reserva Belgian dark sour ale aged in whiskey barrels
  9. Found some Regal Rye on tap at a restaurant in downtown Denver for $5. Here goes round two. Also had a Gillian and a Consecration.
  10. Crooked Stave Silly Cybies Belgian dark sour aged in oak barrels with raspberries Birra del Borgo Duchessic Ale saison blended with Cantillon lambic Bourbon County Barleywine Bourbon County Brand Stout Eddyline Crank Yanker IPA
  11. I agree. I've gotten some great laughs out of the first two episodes as a longtime fan, but I was surprised that they went back to the well with another throwback episode to start off the season. I feel like they have to shake it up next week with some more original material.
  12. I had three very different, very delicious beers tonight: TRVE Red Chaos sour ale aged in oak barrels with montmorency cherries Off Color Dinosmores Russian imperial stout with marshmallow, vanilla beans, molasses, graham flour, and cocoa nibs Pipeworks Lizard King pale ale with Mosaic hops
  13. Vail Big Beers was a ridiculous weekend of drinking. I went to a variety of seminars on different topics like spontaneous fermentation (hosted by the owners of Allagash, Jester King, Trinity, and Prairie), barrel blending (hosted by Troy Casey of Casey Brewing & Blending), and barrel sourcing (hosted by the owners of Avery, the Bruery, Casey, Arizona Wilderness, and the head of the barrel program at Goose Island) -- all of which included several pours of different barrel-aged beers. The beer festival itself was incredible, as there were just so many amazing beers available to drink. Here were some of my standouts from the festival: AC Golden Kriek Noir sour brown ale with cherries aged in wine and whiskey barrels Allagash Nancy sour red ale with Balaton and Montmorency cherries Bell's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Expedition Stout Black Project Kal'mar spontaneously fermented imperial gose The Bruery Grey Monday imperial stout with hazelnuts Casey The Cut: Plum sour ale with plums Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale XVII Firestone Walker Parabola (2014) Firestone Walker Sucaba (2014) Goose Island Bourbon County Rare Goose Island Bourbon County Prop Jackie O's Oil of Aphrodite imperial stout with walnuts and Belgian candied syrup Jester King Funk Metal sour barrel-aged stout Odd13 Walking Phoenix sour blonde ale with gooseberries Renegade Depravity imperial peanut butter cup milk stout Ska Face English-style barleywine aged in bourbon barrels for 3 years Surly Darkness imperial stout (2012) Wicked Weed Angel of Darkness sour ale with boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cherries aged in sherry casks Wicked Weed Black Angel sour ale aged in bourbon barrels with cherries
  14. I had a bunch of good stuff at Crooked Stave's anniversary party (although I missed the Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus): Perennial Abraxas Crooked Stave Silly Cybus dark sour with raspberries (one of my favorite Crooked Stave beers of the year) Crooked Stave Vielle Reserva with Apricots Jackie O's Wood Ya Honey wheatwine aged in bourbon barrels Lots of other Crooked Stave samplers And a Thirsty Dog Wulver when I got home.
  15. I would definitely get the Against the Grain Bo & Luke. I've never had it before, but I think Against the Grain does some great barrel-aged stuff and I wouldn't pass up a Pappy Van Winkle-aged beer. Plus, it has great ratings on BeerAdvocate. I've also never had that Humboldt Nectar Ales Black Xantus, but it sounds pretty interesting having been aged in bourbon, oak, and wine barrels and infused with coffee. I'd go with either Chocolate Yeti or Big Bad Baptist with my third selection.
  16. I'm going over to Crooked Stave's 5th anniversary party when I get off work. They are tapping some of their older, rare beers as well as a number of guest taps, including some yet-to-be-named Cantillon, Bell's Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Note, Perennial Abraxas, Fremont Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star, and some other stuff from Jackie O's and Arizona Wilderness. It should be a cool event. I hope I get over there in time for a pour of Cantillon.
  17. I can't wait for the new season to premiere tomorrow. It's incredible how long Always Sunny has been producing top-notch comedy. They deserve to be in the discussion for the best comedy series of all-time.
  18. That looks like an awesome event. It's cool that, in addition to Funky Buddha's own impressive lineup of beers, they have a guest tap list featuring great beers from Cigar City, J. Wakefield, Wicked Weed, and lots more. Don't miss getting a pour of Funky Buddha's Rye Whiskey Kona Snowed In if you haven't had it yet, as that was one of my favorite beers from Denver Rare Beer Tasting and I thought it compared very favorably to Bourbon County Prop (2014). Keep us posted on any standout beers from MBCP Day and J. Wakefield.
  19. I'm going to the Vail Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines Festival up in Vail this weekend. I went last year, and it was the best beer festival that I have ever been to -- just a ridiculous selection of rare, big barrel-aged beers being personally poured by some of the most legendary owners and brewers in the American craft beer scene (i.e., Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head, Adam Avery from Avery, Adam Firestone and David Walker from Firestone Walker, Corey King from Perennial and Side Project, etc.). Here is the preliminary beer list program for the Big Beers festival.
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