after a few weeks of ho-hum beer activity, the year really kicked into gear with a trio of events.
- last thursday was barrel night at naja’s place. AP, ML, and I joined ML and a long line of imbibers at the start of the night off but demand trickled off after an hour or two, leaving a full lineup of tasty rarities at our fingertips. pours of smog city’s BA OE barleywine, lost abbey’s cuvee de tomme (delicious, unlike the last bottle of ’11 I had that tasted like a loaded diaper), deschutes’ ’09 abyss, firestone’s 15, russian river’s ’10 consecration, sierra nevada’s 2×4 and BA bigfoot, new belgium’s ’11 la folie, and the bruery’s sour in the rye (which tasted very similar to my sour rye saison) all made appearances and contributed to next morning’s fog.
- on friday, AP and I met up with the MLs at redondo beach’s newest spot, select beer store. located right next to riviera (a great seafood joint), SBS had a strong selection, good prices, and friendly service (thanks largely in part to the great attention given by david, who helped out out when we were over at beachwood’s sourfest). I enjoyed a pour of lost abbey’s red barn as well as a bottle of sierra nevada’s ruthless rye, and will definitely be back to see what new beers and draft selections they can come up with.
- that saturday, AP and I pulled off a hat trick by hosting the third strong beer session. in the same spirit of the first two sessions, we focused on flights, with an ’07-’10 brown shugga flight, an ’08, ’09, and ’11 doggie claws flight, an ’07, ’09, ’10, and ’11 old stock flight, and a pannepot series that included ’07 pannepot, ’07 pannepeut, ’08 pannepot reserva, and ’05 pannepot grand reserva. we also knocked out ’09 vintages of mirror mirror, stone 13th, and hairy eyeball and a bomber of ’11 knuckle sandwich, all accompanied by some killer charcuterie, pastitio, and devil’s food cake. I feel a little sick after writing all this…