Take the black is to be shipping this month. It is the second of the Game of Thrones beers. Has anyone seen it on shelves yet?
Supposed to hit Denver next week according to my buddy. So anytime I guess? I'm having him grab me a bottle to go with my Blonde. I think I am going to cellar every release until they are done then have a tasting of every single one with some of my craft drinking friends.
On a side note getting some more harder to find beers next week. Pliny The Elder (it will be my 2nd time having this wonderful wonderful beer), 2 bottles of Rumpkin from Avery (very excited to finally get my hands on this) and a bottle of Evil Twin Biscotti Break. It is definitely porter and stout season for me (we got our first snowfall for the fall/winter just yesterday). Also on my last trip to Denver I picked up:
Avery Momi Hiwa (Barrel Aged Coconut Porter) *This was a trade with my buddy since this is long gone.
Avery Uncle Jacobs Stout
New Belgium Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Hefe - I had this on tap in August at NB, very different and it exceeded any and all expectations for me. Not much of a coconut taste on the palate but the spice of the curry made this a very different wheat beer.
New Belgium Lips of Faith Yuzu - This one is a sour and pretty basic in terms of that style.
New Belgium Le Terroir - Dry Hopped Sour. I've recently become more intrigued with this style and supposedly this is one of the best ones out there. They don't brew this very often so it is fairly uncommon.
Bruery Batch 1000 Bryeian - My buddy from college actually brewed this one. He and his co-brewer won a contest and got flown out to The Bruery in Orange County and made this beer. It is pretty damn amazing.
More info on the beer here: http://www.thebruery.com/batch1000/
Anyways it is essentially a Dark Rye IPA but since the Bruery doesn't really do hoppy beers and my buddy snuck one in on them, they classify it is as a Hoppy Rye Ale. Tomato To mato
On the tasting front I recently tried:
Avery Dugana - IPA in a 22oz bomber. This was quite the treat. I normally get their IIPA (Maharajah) but I think I have been converted. This was just delicious and will be my go to IPA for a while. Too bad it is a once a year release rather than a year round one. Guess I have to hoard it.
Avery's Beast Grand Cru - A monster at 18%. I was not properly prepared and gravely underestimated this beer. Drinks a lot like a whiskey in my opinion. Got a raisin and date flavor with a lot of alcohol taste. I had to split the 12oz bottle because drinking the whole thing would have given me bad heartburn
New Belgium Trip XVII - This is a collabo with Elysian out of Seattle. I assume it is only released in Seattle and Fort Collins. This one was a Segal Ranch Cascade Rye IPA. It was not what I was expecting. That is a good thing though. This one wasn't really citrusy but more earthy and a tiny bit spicy. I rather enjoyed this, too bad the trip series are all limited and I probably won't get my hands on another bottle. :(
I have poker night tomorrow with a few of my buddies so I don't know what I am going to bust out of the cellar to try... Probably a stout or porter though