Posts Tagged ‘angel’s share’

strong beer session #2

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

last weekend, the sequel to the first strong beer session went off without a hitch.

  • the plan was to sample brewery to brewery across california, then across the country, and then the rest of the globe.  however, so many breweries were represented that we didn’t even make it out of the state!
  • session brews included (with notes/* indicates a crowd favorite):
  • we also tried to pull off some food pairings as well, so in addition to the stilton and sharp cheddar we had mixed charcuterie including liverwurst, head cheese, and prosciutto, as well as smoked bacon-wrapped brats mopped with brown shugga and some spicy roasted chicken and potatoes.
  • the meal was topped off with desserts including AP’s cheesecake with a belgian date barleywine cream cheese topping and ML’s killer bourbon barrel-aged old rasputin imperial stout pecan pie with bourbon crust and malted whipping cream(!).  both were awesome and complemented the rest of the meal perfectly.
  • despite wrecked palates and tons of food, everyone persevered, and by the end of the night I’m pretty sure barleywines were a little better understood (albeit not on the top of anyone’s drinking list for the near future).

kegging the kolsch/port bottle shop

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

last saturday I managed to keg my kolsch and on sunday I hit up port bottle shop.

  • FYI, when I keg, I just toss in 3 oz. of bottling sugar straight into the keg (no boiling) and rack the beer on top.
  • I use my portable keg charger and a single canister to push PBW and sanitizer through my dip tube, and I use what’s left in the cartridge to seal the top of the keg after filling it.
  • the above method makes for quick and easy keg filling, and I have had great results with secondary fermentation in the keg.  it sure beats force carbing too (if you have the patience to wait another week or so).
  • when I was down at port, the bottle shop was slammed when I went in, as it was the annual carlsbad fair and over 100,000 people were milling around outside.
  • I slipped in and managed to score a bottle of ’10 angel’s share bourbon barrel (anyone up for a 3 year flight?) and a bottle of good ol’ fantome.
  • also, I just picked up a grain mill and the ingredients for my first all-grain batch.  tune in next week for the results (hint: it’s a kolsch rival).

weekend in review 04/16-04/18

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

this past weekend I got back into brewing shape and got around to picking up some interesting bottles.

  • I swung by my new (and surprisingly well-stocked) bevmo in torrance for some goodies and walked out with more than I had anticipated.
  • they had all the new goose island brews, a good lost abbey selection (including angel’s share ’09), and even had the ever-elusive aloha plenty for a pretty decent price (6 or 7 bucks).  to think that i was kicking myself for passing up a bottle at some bootleg redondo liquor store for $12…
  • I brought the goose island sofie and a bomber of lagunitas’ wilco tango foxtrot to PR’s byob bday. I immediately fell for sofie – it had a great complexity, finish, and effervescence.  WTF was great too, it reminded me of stone 13, one of my all time favorites.
  • on sunday I decided to dust off the homebrew gear and whip up a quick batch of kolsch for some upcoming BBQs/get-togethers.
  • I stuck with my usual extract recipe but did my first full-wort boil in a turkey fryer outside.  getting to a boil was a piece of cake but cooling a full 5 gallons with my immersion chiller was an exercise in patience to say the least, especially after seeing CB’s therminator in action.
  • I gave it a minute of O2 at 75F and tossed my starter in, and the airlock was chugging away by the end of the night.

  • oh, and AP and I adopted a new brew assistant – meet the captain, supervising the brew premises:

pizza port bottle shop carlsbad

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

port bottle shop outside

my folks are fortunate enough to live a stone’s throw from pizza port in carlsbad, and whenever I am down for a visit I can’t resist the temptation to stop by.  when the pizza port bottle shop opened next door it just sweetened the deal.

  • the spot is very reminiscent of city beer store, although no food is served (not surprisingly) and there is a back patio to chill out at, although there aren’t any seats inside.
  • there is also no corkage fee here, whereas city beer charges $1 a pop (last time I checked).
  • the place is packed with great beers, and most all are chilled (for better or worse).  they seem to be mostly organized by region, so moving from cooler to cooler is like doing a little beverage globetrotting.
  • as I had hoped, a cooler by the register had plenty of port/lost abbey goodies, including 2 sizes of cuvee de tomme and angel’s share – too bad I didn’t have a wad of cash on me!
  • to top it off, I was shooting it with the cashier and found out he worked at the bruery.  I love how connected the beer scene is in CA (not to mention the rest of the US).
  • all in all, the pizza port bottle shop is not to be missed – it has plenty of bottles that are not available or hard to find up in SF, as well as friendly staff and locals.  I’m actually glad I don’t live nearby, or temptation would attack my wallet with a vengeance.

tables at port bottle shop

some of the booty at port bottle shop

the coolers at port bottle shop

port/lost abbey 3rd anniversary party recap

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

in the barrel room

mother’s day 2009 happened to coincide with port brewing/lost abbey‘s third anniversary party at the brewing/aging facility they acquired from stone brewing in san marcos.  since my parents live in north county san diego, they agreed to head over to see what all the fuss was about.

  • the place was PACKED, as expected, so it took a little while to get a pour (although parking was not a problem, since the brewery is located in a business park).  also, a band was banging it out in the middle of the brew space.  the setup was definitely not for the faint of heart.
  • however, once you sided up to the bar, the selection was worth the wait.  I started off with a round of cuvee de tomme, an oak-aged sour quad that I had heard a lot about.  this beer was GREAT, as it combined two of my favorite beer genres (quads and sour beers) into a highly drinkable combination.  I was in love at first pour, but the keg kicked soon thereafter, so I was left to explore other options.
  • the next round was angel’s share brandy barrel, another great barrel-aged strong.  one word of advice to those with recent carbonation issues with bottles of this beer – place it in a warmer environment for a while and agitate the bottle occasionally.  hey, it works for homebrewers who do in-bottle secondary fermentations…
  • we also snagged a round of angel’s share broubon barrel.  see where this is going? all of port/lost abbey’s greats were available, and  sample sizes were generous.  since others like phunky duck were kicked, a few more angel’s shares got tossed around in their awesome barrel room before we called it a day and got out of there.
  • on a side note, pizza port pizza was being served as well, and although there was a considerable wait for that as well, it too was worth it.
  • note to self for future anniversary parties: 1) bring earplugs, 2) get there earlier and set up shop, 3) take a deep breath before entering and know what you are in store for.
  • also, check out the comment on this blog post for some enlightening information about the details of port brewing.

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