So I have no one to drink with tonight, but it's been a long week, so the only way I can justify drinking as much as I want to is to write a diary, partially so I remember what I was doing. So here it goes. Don't worry, it'll get more interesting as it goes.
7:24 - I decided to start with a beer battle, Sierra Nevada Summerfest vs. Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat. Good luck to both:
Color: Both are extremely pale, but the Blue Moon is just a bit darker than the Sierra Nevada. Smell: Neither really has a very distinct smell.
Going Down: Blue Moon doesn't blow me away with flavor, which is generally what you want from a summer beer. Sierra Nevada is a bit more carbonated, and I think that's good with a summer beer, and it is also light on flavor.
Aftertaste: Blue Moon has a bit of a honey aftertaste, but something is a little off as well. Sierra is a bit more refreshing, and also has something a little off about it.
The decision: Definitely going Sierra Nevada here. It's not that close
8:08 - Terrible pace - Going with Leavenworth Eight Mile Alt here, mainly because their Dunkel was so good. This one has a nice, sweet caramel flavor. Another winner from Leavenworth.
8:25 - Better - North Coast Old Rasputin - An imperial stout. I expect it to be delicious and very hard to drink fast.
UPDATE: I was right, this is a 7 shyoh beer no question.
8:55 - Slow - Leavenworth Whistling Pig Hefeweizen - extreme change of pace here. Pretty good beer. A lot more flavor than you'd expect from a hefeweizen.
9:15 - Sam Adams Latitude 48 IPA - I've had this one before, but haven't reviewed it. Very good IPA.
9:40 - Saranac Blueberry Blonde - Awesome
10:00 - Shock Top Lemon Shandy - I am not very talkative tonight, but this doesn't taste enough like beer.
10:35 - Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du Buff - too much, collaborations tend to cause people to want to do a lot, when they really just need to do less.
10:42 - I can't do this anymore.