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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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