Posts Tagged ‘strong beer session’

naja’s barrel night, select beer store, strong beer session #3

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

after a few weeks of ho-hum beer activity, the year really kicked into gear with a trio of events.

           

           

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).

strong beer session #1: barleywine

Monday, December 14th, 2009

the lineup

work and the holidays has been cramping my blogging style as of late, so my apologies for the less-than-daily postings.  hopefully this week we’ll get back on track!

last friday the overcarbed.com team (me and AP) hosted our first strong beer session, inspired by the holiday season.

  • we focused on barleywine, one of my personal favorite styles and a great way to warm up during these cold months.
  • after procuring barleywine-centric foods such as stilton cheese, savory sausages, and some sweet desserts, bottles began to get cracked and the taps started pouring.
  • the lineup was pretty varied, with many states (and a few countries) being represented.  the brews included:
  • the session peaked with a three year flight (2007-2009) of lagunitas’ brown shugga, and was followed by a bomber of my own 2006 homebrew barleywine and CB’s 2008 homebrew barleywine.
  • I also had my 8-month belgian date barleywine on draft for people to sip between tastings.
  • crowd favorites included the doggie claws, the ’07 brown shugga, and my ’06 homebrew (yes!).  an honorable mention went out to the 120 minute, which drank like a liqueur and had everybody talking (at 20% abv it was easy to see why).  I wish I had another one to put down for about 5 years…
  • overall, there was great company, beers, and food.  look for individual reviews of standout brews from the above list in the future.

the belgian date barleywine keg

the brown shugga flight

the aftermath, part 1

the aftermath, part 2