Firestone Fieldtrip

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and quite honestly, my only excuse is laziness.  I’ve got a few things to catch up on, starting with a trip to Firestone brewery in Paso Robles.

Last month I found myself in Atascadero, CA with Beersoaked Guido.  Atascadero is next door to Paso Robles, which is home to Firestone brewery, and Firestone brewery is home to some of the finest beer I’ve ever had.  We were lucky enough to enjoy a four course pairing in their Taproom restaurant, and this is a summary of it. Continue reading

Slater’s 50/50 Beer Tasting

Hey folks –

Unfortunately, due to the wonderful world of modern technology, my original post had been deleted by WordPress. So here goes off of memory from that evening. I want to say thanks to Erika from Slater’s 50/50 for having me out to the location in HB. I got to see my friend Christina who works for Duvel/Moortgat/Ommegang and she had filled me in on a few of the things being poured. The following will be in the order of beers tasted (and remembered!).

Stone Brewery –  Mixtape Ale-GK & LU’s Blend Vol. 1

Stone - Mixtape

This is a combination of 7 different varieties from Stone. Yes, 7 different beers including: Levitation, LeVariation (small batch of Stone Levitation Ale that was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain), Sublimely Self-Righteous, Smoked Porter, Cali-Belgique, 2011 Imperial Russian Stout, and 2011 Belgo-Anise Imperial Russian Stout with a dash of sage, hot peppers, lemon thyme.  This was quite tasty indeed! What a way to start of the evening!

Ommegang – Rare VOS

Ommegang - Rare Vos

Christina explained this beer to before but I had yet to try it.  It is a bold yet light brew that is not to hoppy or spicy and comes in at 6.5%. ABV and can also be found at Total Wine and Spirits

Ballast Point – Sculipin Habanero

Ballast Point - Sculpin Habanero

Yeah, you read that right, Sculpin with Habanero peppers! This beer had quite a kick. Now I love Sculpin IPA on its own but when you add a kick it takes this wonderful beer to a whole new level. Now the guy from BP told me that this beer wouldn’t be bottled but this was a pic I found on the internet so you could see what it looks like. He said that it would only be available on draft if you are lucky enough to find it! So if you do, I highly recommend it!

Sorry for the short review, next time I will do a better job at saving notes and saving rough drafts!

Cheers and enjoy,

Stew

PS: Thanks again to Erika and the fine folks at Slater’s 50/50 in HB

 

Natty Greene’s

Had some pretty good beer at Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in downtown Greensboro, NC. I sampled their Porter which was not too bad.also had their “General Stout” which was very good. Coffee and chocolate notes and surprisingly not too heavy.



Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.
1918 W. Lee St.
Greensboro, NC 27403
(336) 856.6111

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Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest – June 9

Tickets just went on sale today for the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest taking place this summer on June 9th, 2012 in Paso Robles, CA. This is looking like its going to be a fantastic event. Firestone Walker is gathering together some of the best breweries to pour their beers at the event. There will also be food, music, and entertainment from the locals in California’s central coast. I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s some details from the site… Continue reading