Last week, I headed down to National on 17th to hang out with Susie and her mom. I ordered a flight (surprise surprise) and here’s the list:
- Beyond Blonde by Olds College Brewery
- Berliner Weisse by Last Best
- American Brown Ale by Boiling Oar
- Great White Combine by Ribstone Creek
- Old Fahrt (Altbier) by Brauerei Fahr
- Fahr Away (hefeweizen) by Brauerei Fahr
All were pretty good but a couple of them were really only worthy of a taster (FOR ME) because they just aren’t styles of beer that I prefer aka: the brown ale and altbeir. I was pleasantly surprised by the blonde ale from Olds- its had great flavor and a richness to it that I didn’t expect. The Fahr Away hefe was ok, but not the banana/clove flavor I crave.
Later that night, I was lucky enough to stop into Craft and try my first Belgian Dip by Tool Shed. Ummm you guys……find it and drink it all. It’s fruity without the fruit, hoppy without the PNW hop-ness and just around juicy and flavorful. They have been canning the Belgian Dip this week so be on the lookout Albertans! It really is the tastiest. I was really bummed out that I wasn’t able to get my hands on some cans to take with me to New York.
Ok, so I’ve had the White Raven IPA from Bench Creek before (And love!) but I gotta say that I almost equally love their Naked Woodsman Pale Ale. I usually have a had time finishing pale ales because by the time I get to the bottom, it has warmed a bit and almost starts to taste metallic. This one though didn’t do that and was perfect to the last drop. Twice.
Ah and then there’s the Goat Locker Fainting Bock. I first tried it the week before at Oktoberfest and didn’t care for it, but my mind was changed after having a can of it. There was a significant malt flavor (without making my teeth feel fuzzy) and it just tasted subtly sweet. I’m not sure if I would buy it again, but enjoyed this since Tyler bought it for me.
And then Tyler bought a mix pack from GP Brewing. It was a mix of everything hefe, IPA, stout… I only tried the Hefeweizen and found it nothing to write home about. A beer that tasted like….beer. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t have any flavor that would make it memorable.
So that’s it for this week. Now that I’m in New York, I’ve got lots of different stuff to try and share with you guys next time.
PS: Tell me a beer you’ve recently tried! How was it??