Just finished a couple beer trades before I left for this here vacation. They were fairly legendary. If you’re interested, you can always hit me up at enosarris at hotmail. It’s not really great on the pocketbook, but it’s great for the gullet.
My Firestone Walker Parabola, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA, and Port Brewing Wipeout IPA for his Bell’s Oberon Ale and Two-Hearted Ale.
Good god was this an All-Star game of beers. Parabola is the sweet sweet nectar for stout heads. This is how serious it is. It’s a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged for 8 months in circa 1990’s Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Willow Market didn’t even advertise that they had it. A little birdy told me I could get one — and only one — from the register, and then I went back and got another for myself. The Wookey Jack didn’t make it into national distribution this year, but it might be my favorite of the rye IPAs out there, and the blackness of it helps soothe the ryeness of it. But the star of this group (sorry Oberon heads) is probably the Two-Hearted Ale, which might now be a top three beer for me suddenly. If Firestone’s Double Jack IPA is so great because it packs so much punch while being well-balanced, the Two-Hearted is its’ fairer cousin. My wife doesn’t like my hoppy IPAs, but she loved this one because it was just… a great beer. It’s a pale ale, but it just drinks exactly like you want. A hint of sweet, a little bitter, effervescence, and finish with an ahhhh. If you can find it, drink it.
My Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA and AleSmith Speedway Stout for his Founders’ Breakfast Stout and Victory Golden Monkey.
This is a serious group of beers. The Speedway Stout is a coffee porter to end the coffee porters — it doesn’t leave you cracked out like three shots of five-hour energy, it doesn’t burn out your palate, and it’s really smooth with a slight caffeine kick. The name is appropo. I have yet to drink the beers I received back, but both come highly recommended, if with asterisks. Apparently I shouldn’t drink too many of them, especially the Golden Monkey. That’s okay — I can’t find them in my neighborhood. But a 98 from beer advocate for the Breakfast Stout makes me excited.
The average beer advocate rating for the beers on this page is close to 95.