BCAA: Last, But Certainly Not Least

Well…the journey is at an end.

Frankly, I am proud of myself for making it last as long as it did.

Beer Camp 2014 has come to a close for this guy.

The last beer I drank does not have any special significance.  It just ended up being the last one in the box.

Myron’s Walk.  Belgian-Style Pale Ale brewed with Coriander.

Yeasty as a motherfucker, this one.  Brewed by Sierra Nevada in collaboration with Allagash out of MAINE, of all places.  West Coast Hops meet Belgian Yeast for a mildly tart pale ale with a legit profile for a hybrid such as this.

Based off of the two Belgian styles ales in this pack, I’m going to have to give the style its due.  I usually avoid it like the plague, but going forward, I plan to be much more open-minded.

Well done Sierra Nevada and all of your collaborators.  You have brought something to the people that deserves respect.

I hate goodbyes…


Beer Camp: Across America “What about elevenses?” Edition

Sierra Nevada plus New Glarus equals There and Back English Style Bitter.

This one could have tasted like stale Newcastle (I have yet to taste an unsatisfying ESB) and it would still have held a special place in my heart.

I love Tolkien.  The reference alone gives merit to this collaboration.  I had never heard of New Glarus Brrewing Co. before now.  Sadly, they have not made it out to my neck of the west coast yet.  If I ever make it to Wisconsin, I will stop in to pay my respects as There and Back is evidence they know their craft.

I could drink this beer all day.  I’m a hop guy six days of seven, but the toasty nutterific malts used in this recipe go down so smoothly, I’d be willing to convert at least two days a week.

“It comes in pints?!”

1, 2…10! Brrrrrrappp! Beer Camp Across ‘Merica

Shout out to Home Alone.

Yvan the Great.  Sierra Nevada and Russian River collabo.  In honor of a mutual friend/renowned Belgian brewer Yvan De Baets.

The beer is yeasty and Belgian in flavor as advertised.  However, the use of American HOPS balances this out for me.

I am not a fan of the farmhouse style saison beers normally.  Too sweet for this guy.  I have not yet tried any legit Belgian Sours, though.  They are on my list, rest assured.

This beer was very enjoyable for me.  It was refreshing and flavorful.  I almost wanted to gargle with it just to prolong kicking it around my taste buds.

A keg of this would be welcome in my house on a warm summer evening after a long day of work.  I cannot say that for the majority of Belgian beers I have sampled.  Please note my own personal tastes are to blame.  I am not out to slander an entire style of beers.


#BeerCampAcrossAmerica 9th Wonder Edition

Beer number nine from the superb Beer Camp Across America collaboration project features Sierra Nevada Brewing Company mixing it up with Victory Brewing Company straight out of Downing, PA.

Christened Alt Route, this altbier packs a wallop at 6.6% ABV.  My exposure to the style is limited (I could drink Alaskan all day) but I can say without question the two breweries did it justice.

A good after work beer and certainly a potential fall seasonal release, the slightly sweet maltiness of this beer demands another round.  I would be curious to know which hops were used to support the delicious malt core I tasted from start to finish.

I would pit Alt Route against any of its German predecessors and be confident of a respectable representation.

A probst to Victory and Sierra Nevada!

Beer Camp Across America: Home Front Edition (8 of 12)

Full disclosure: I am a native Oregonian and take extra pride in products from my home state.

Double full disclosure: I had a loose idea of the order I was going to drink these beers in.  I divided them up mostly by style and ABV.  Point being, the fact that I am trying the Sierra Nevada offering brewed in collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company straight out of EUGENE, OREGON is random and has no significance.

Final full disclosure: Treat yourself to the “Hip-Hop BBQ Radio” station on Pandora.  You will not be disappointed.

Without further adieu I give you Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout Ale w/ Coffee and Lactose added.

If there is one thing Oregon is famous for other than its domination of Craft Brewing in the United States of America, it is artisan coffee.  Enter Stumptown Coffee Roasters.  I love that I can taste the cold brew finish as I have had quite a few cold brew coffees courtesy of Stumptown.

Double Latte is a superbly done milk stout.  Just shy of transcendent, it never the less represents Oregon to the fullest and I really appreciate that it delivers on its promise to be a rich and toasty treat.

Well done, Oregon!

Bier-Camp in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika Sieben

I love Google Translate.

Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale brewed by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in collaboration with Bell’s Brewery.

Before today I had never heard of Bell’s Brewery from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  After today their name is forever seared into my cortex.

The flavor riot burning and looting in this beer belies the smooth liquid dessert this ale embodies.

Named for the Maillard Reaction – which apparently is the browning of sugars and amino acids, the description on the bottle states that you will get flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and DARK FRUITS.

All I tasted was a roasted toffee flavor and I couldn’t care less.  Do yourself a favor and skip dessert.  Drink one of these puppies and you will be just as satisfied, especially when that 8.5% ABV cluster bomb drops into your bloodstream.

Maillard’s Odyssey is one smooth operator.

Beer Camp Across Amerikkka Part 6

I stuck with the bock theme this time around, selecting CANfusion rye bock brewed by Sierra Nevada in collaboration with Oskar Blues out of Colorado.

All I can say is that it was nearly as good as the Yonder Bock.  Maybe half a percentage point lower, but oh so smooth!  The rye and hops profiles mellowed the shit out of this beer.

For the amount of ingredients in the mix, I was expecting something a bit more nuanced, but I’m not complaining.  Definitely surprised this didn’t have a bit more kick, but again…I’m not complaining!

This one actually tastes like something I could session, but at 7.2% ABV that could get dangerous very quickly.

I guess it’s a good thing that DANGER is my middle name…