Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Upcoming Beer tasting

Here's what Church Key and i recently picked up at Corral Liquors in Illinois last week.

Mad River Steelhead Extra Stout
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
Anderson Valley Booneville Pale Ale
Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre
Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
Three Floyds Pride and Joy Mild Ale
Founders Centennial IPA
Three Floyds Robert The Bruce Irish Ale
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
Great Divide Hibernation Ale
Avery 14'er ESB
De Stuise Tsjeeses (TSJ No.11 X-mas brew)

I'd love to hear from anyone who has had one or more of these to get a picture of what i can



  1. Never tried any of these...keep buying the ales! Where did you go in Illinois?

  2. Granite City, IL, very good selection.

  3. we bumped into several like minded buyers. One was a scout from beeradvocate, we talked.

  4. i have some thoughts:

    Anderson Valley Booneville Pale Ale - i remember liking this, but it paled in comparison to the Hop Ottin and some other philly beers i tasted near the same time. i do remember thinking that i would like a six pack of this to sip on for a night or two. i look forward to the beer club collective review.

    Dogfish Head Raison D'Etre - had a sample of this. dogfish head should be praised for their ambition, not necessarily the results of the ambition. i remember that the complexity of this was too much for a tiny sample, and it did not move me enough to pay 10 bucks a four pack to resample in larger quantities.

    Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale - i have long wanted to try this. seth haines convinced me of the glorious riches to be found in brown ales. since dogfish head takes a leap off every pallatable cliff, i'm anxious to know how far they toss the caramels and nuts in a brown ale. the "indian" bit there in the title, does that indicate double-up hops? there are some beers that do not need huge hoppage. brown ales might be one.

    Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA - i have a love/hate relationship with this beer. the local fox and hound has 90 Minute on tap, and they have their taps running at 2 bucks a draw every thursday. the selection at the fox and hound is lacking, and i always feel that i need to do something more adventurous than miller lite on pint nite. so i do the 90 Minute often. i think it's the enormity of the malty biscuits in this overly hopped ale that throws me off at times. there is zero balance here: the onslaught hits hard all over. this is a demanding beer. i go back and forth on my opinion of this. and my comment here was gratuitously long.

    i will exercise brevity from here on out.

    Great Divide Hibernation Ale - love it. my favorite winter beer last year. made me mindful of barleywine. great stuff.

    Avery 14'er ESB - forgettable. not much to remember here. avery is a hit or miss brewery.

  5. thanks hamster.

    we will talk on these soon...

  6. I've had Anderson Valley IPA and then I had it again...and again...I liked it a lot. Nice and smooth, but plenty of hop flavor.