Saturday, June 8, 2019

Beer Bus Tour CT June 2019


Met for a brief breakfast at Black Pond brews; time for a quick beer also. 



Did bring some pre-mixed yeast as yeast has the enzyme alcoholdehydrogenase… well look it up…


Black Pond    |   Pondering Problems    |   Ale, Pale, Classic   |   [5.0]   |   7.8
Start Beer 10,906

Once on the bus, the beers were broken put rather quickly, on the way to Essex Wine and Spirits; any beers with an "*" asterisk we brought!

[brewer]     |       [brand]           |       [style]                          | [ABV]    | (score on 0-10)
Allagash    |   Pick Your Own   |   Ale, Belgian Kriek style   |   [6.0]   |   9
Woodland   |   Ruby Slippers   |   Ale, Wheat, Berliner Weisse, Fruit   |   [4.6]   |   8.2
Long Live    |   Prissint    |   Ale, IPA, Imperial   |   [8.0]   |   7.8
Trillium   |   Peach Super Soak*   |   Ale, Sour, Wheat   |   [7.1]   |   9.6


Wormtown   |   Citrus Sunshine   |   Ale, Pale, Wheat   |      |   6.5
Mast Landing   |   Gunner’s Daughter vanilla beans    |   Ale, Stout, Milk, Sweet   |   [5.5]   |   7.8

Essex Wine and Spirits had some good stuff we can’t get in the Quiet Corner



Springdale    |   Parcha   |   Ale, Farmhouse   |      |   7
Armada   |   Notorious Gypsy   |   Ale, Sour, Fruit   |      |   7.5
Front Porch and Hoax   |   Strawberry Crop Circles   |   Ale, IPA, Imperial, Milkshake   |      |   8.4
Heavy Seas    |   Citra Cannon   |      |   [6.0]   |   7
Kent Falls    |   Walking Away in slow motion as the car explodes behind you    |   Gose, fruit   |      |   9
Ommegang   |   Three Philosophers 2019   |   Ale, Belgian Quadrupel   |   [9.7]   |   9.2



Got to Alvarium, had some food there as well. A dog friendly place that sells Dog Beer!

[brewer]     |       [brand]          |       [styl        | [ABV]| (score on 0-10)
Alvarium    |   Summer Fling   |   Gose, fruit   |      |   7.8
Alvarium    |   Lit Smoked Helles   |   Lager, Rauchbier   |      |   7
Alvarium    |   Starman   |   Ale, IPA, American   |   [8.0]   |   7.8


Filled the Untappd board

Alvarium    |   Pie Curious   |   Ale, IPA, Sour    |      |   [8.0]
Alvarium    |   Clusternutter    |   Ale, Porter, Sweet   |      |   8.5
Alvarium    |   Moist   |   Ale, Brown, American   |      |   8

A short trip dpow the road towards 5 Churches
Kent Falls   |   Apricot Gose   |   Gose, fruit   |      |   8.2
When we got there I was amazed how the driver Lee threaded the needle to park the bus.



Arrived at 5 Churches, had some nice pretzel bites; regret not trying the brick oven pizza.


5 Churches   |   Früit Jüs   |   Ale, Fruit   |      |   7.5
5 Churches   |   Das Froot Guave with Key Lime   |   Ale, Fruit   |      |   8
5 Churches   |   Das Froot with Key Lime   |   Ale, Fruit   |      |   9.5
5 Churches   |   Amburlance    |      |      |   7
5 Churches   |   Pew Pew   |   Ale, IPA, American   |      |   7.6
5 Churches   |   Someday they’ll be laughing outside    |   Ale, IPA, New England    |      |   7.9


5 Churches   |   Steeple People    |   Ale, IPA, Imperial   |      |   7
5 Churches   |   When Stouty met Paddy   |   Ale, Stout, Dry (Irish)   |      |   7.5

Then to Still Hill
Oxbow   |   Cherry Jackpot   |   Ale, Saison   |   7.5   |   8.5
Founders   |   CBS Canadian Breakfast Stout   |   Ale, Stout, Imperial   |   [11.7]   |   8.8

Next brewery was Still Hill




[brewer]  | [brand]  |       [style]                    | [ABV] | (score on 0-10)
Still Hill   |   APA   |   Ale, Pale, American   |      |   7.5
Still Hill   |   Red Storm Rysing   |      |      |   8.2
Still Hill   |   Sluggy Buggy   |      |      |   7
Still Hill   |   Mommas little helper   |   Ale, IPA, Double   |   [8.2]   |   5
Still Hill   |   Patersbier summer Belgian ale   |      |   [5.2]   |   8.5
Still Hill   |   I caved    |   Ale, IPA, American   |   [8.2]   |   7.8


Still Hill   |   Muga Joe   |   Ale, Stout, Coffee   |      |   7.7
Still Hill   |   Strawberry wit Panty Party    |   Ale, Wheat, Fruit   |      |   7

Then to Forest City which was also next to Stubborn Beauty


Forest City   |   John Beere Kölsch   |   Kölsch   |   7.4   |   7
Forest City   |   Good Sesh session IPA   |      |      |   8
Forest City   |   Barley’s Irish Stout    |      |      |   7.8
Forest City   |   Exp4 IPA   |      |   [7.8]   |   8.5


Forest City   |   Blaubeere sour ale   |   Ale, Sour, Fruit   |      |   7.5
Forest City   |   Odin    |   Ale, IPA   |   [7.2]   |   8
Forest City   |   Riddler    |   Ale, IPA, New England    |      |   7.8

Had already had some of these, but not at the brewery


Stubborn Beauty   |   Secret Agent X9 or #9   |   Ale, Belgian Strong style   |   [10]   |   8.8
Stubborn Beauty   |   Nummy Nummy    |   Ale, IPA, Double   |   [8.1]   |   7.5
Stubborn Beauty   |   The Fist   |   Ale, IPA, Double   |   [8]   |   8.7
Stubborn Beauty   |   Sour Tiddys   |   Ale, Belgian Flanders Brown style   |   [6.5]   |   8
Stubborn Beauty   |   Conqueror   |   Ale, Brown, Imperial   |   [10.5]   |   8


Back on the bus for even more beer; also mercifully stopped for some fast food.
Woodland Farms   |   Blinky IPA   |      |      |   7.8
Trinity Brewing   |   Seven Day, Golden Sour (7 day)   |   Ale, Sour   |      |   8.5
Spencer    |   India Pale Ale    |      |      |   8
Firestone Walker    |   Agrestic batch 4   |      |      |   8
Boulevard    |   Bundle up   |   Ale, Barleywine, American   |   [10.5]   |   8.8
Oxbow   |   Surf Casting   |   Grisette   |   [4.5]   |   8.5
Swing oil   |   Pin Seeker IPA    |   Ale, IPA, American   |   [7.0]   |   7.8

Then Kinsman


Kinsman   |   Wilk Duds   |   Ale, Stout, Sweet   |   [7.5]   |   8.5
Kinsman   |   Dinoswords   |   Ale, IPA, Double New England   |   [8.5]   |   7.8
Kinsman   |   @Kins Diet   |   Ale, Sour   |   [4.0]   |   7.8

Last run back towards Black Pond
Oxbow   |   Abrico   |   Ale Sour Fruit   |   7.5
Stubborn beauty   |   Malcontent   |      |      |   8
OEC   |   Nepenthes batch 3*   |   Ale, Saison   |   [5.5]   |   9
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Then once arrived, off to D&G Pizza for dinner!
Modern Times   |   Dreamspeaker    |   Ale, IPA, American   |   [7.2]   |   7.5
Barrier   |   Kickin’ Knowledge pineapple    |   Ale, IPA, Fruit   |   [7.0]   |   7

Ended with beer 10,970; yes many of these were flights or tastings. Some pedialyte before bed and woke up 100%.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Magic 78 in Minneapolis and no Attack

During a conference, in Minneapolis MN, from 5/18 – 5/21/19. Brought some good beers to share.


Started out 5/18 at the Crooked Pint Ale House, 501 S Washington Ave
[brewer]     |       [brand]  |       [style]         | [ABV] | (score on 0-10)
New Holland   |   Dragon's Milk reserve raspberry hibiscus   |   Ale, Stout, Russian Imperial   |   11   |   9.2 (beer #10,794)
Insight    |   Sunken City   |   Ale, Saison   |   [7.8]   |   7.5


Then to the Stray Dog, 401 E Hennepin Ave. Really nice place with a Belgian beer selection that us quite good. After some beef marrow, tried one of those Ultimate burgers, no meat – amazing.
Bent Paddle   |   Cherry Pomegranate    |   Lager, Pilsner, Fruit   |   [5.0]   |   7.5
Verhaeghe, Brouwerij   |   Duchesse de Bourgogne   |   Ale, Belgian Flanders Red   |   [6.0   |   8.8
Orval   |   Orval Trappist   |   Ale, Belgian Trappist   |   [6.9]   |   9.5



Next day met up with someone I used to work with and his son, started out walking the Town Hall brewpub (it was an Uber day)



[brewer]     |       [brand]  |       [style]         | [ABV] | (score on 0-10)
Town Hall   |   Quadruple Vine   |   Ale, Belgian Quadrupel Style   |   [10.2]   |   8.9
Town Hall   |   West Bank   |   Ale, Pale, American   |      |   7.6
Town Hall   |   Ol’ Blarney   |   Ale, Red, Irish   |      |   7
Town Hall   |   Weizenbock   |   Lager, Bock, Weizenbock   |      |   7.7
Town Hall   |   Sterling Red Lager   |   Lager, Red   |      |   6.5
Town Hall   |   Aces Copper Pale Ale   |   Ale, Pale, American   |      |   7.5
Town Hall   |   Masala Mama   |   Ale, IPA, English   |   [6.4]   |   8.7

Then to Indeed at 711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413, where there was an event with live music.

Indeed    |   Lucy    |   Ale, Sour   |      |   7.2
Indeed    |   Day Tripper   |   Ale, Pale, Classic   |   [5.4]   |   7.5
Indeed    |   B side Pils   |   Lager, Pilsner, German Pils   |   [5.1]   |   8.5
Indeed    |   Total Banger    |   Ale, IPA, American, Double   |   [8.3]   |   8.8

A short walk at Dangerous Man where I once again extolled the virtues of yeast.
Dangerous Man   |   Raspberry coconut Sherbet Barleywine   |   Ale, Barleywine, Fruit   |   [9.9]   |   9.2
Dangerous Man   |   Dangerous one    |   Ale, IPA, Session   |   [5.1]   |   7.8


Dangerous Man   |   Kölsch style   |   Kölsch Style   |      |   8
Dangerous Man   |   Lemons Almond Frangipane   |   Ale, Golden   |   [4.1]   |   7
Dangerous Man   |   Cherry Milkshake    |   Ale, IPA, Milkshake, Fruit    |   [6.7]   |   7
Dangerous Man   |   Coconut chocolate chipotle milk Stout aged wild turkey barrels   |   Ale, Stout, Milk, Spiced   |      |   8.5

Finished up at Fulton, 414 N 6th Ave, with some


Fulton    |   War and Peace w/coffee   |   Ale, Stout, Russian Imperial   |   [9.5]   |   9.6
Fulton    |   Lonely Blonde   |   Ale, Blonde, American   |      |   8

I went and had a light dinner back at Town Hall.


Town Hall   |   Manhattan reserve grand cru   |   Ale, IPA, English   |   [6.4]   |   9.7

On the 19th met up with someone I used to work with, and stopped at The Local in downtown Minneapolis.
Finnigans   |   Cluster Truck   |   Ale, Amber, English   |      |   6.8
Finnigans   |   Dead Irish poet   |   Ale, Stout, Irish   |      |   7.5

From here we made what would be a great decision, some folks we chatted with on the way to Dangerous Man said Boom Island was rocking Belgian-style beers. They were. Jim was a great host.


Boom Island   |   Brimstone Tripel    |   Ale, Belgian Tripel Style   |   [9.5]   |   8
Boom Island   |   Django Hop Bier   |   Ale, Belgian IPA style   |   [6.0]   |   8.5
Boom Island   |   Hoodoo Dubbel   |   Ale, Belgian Dubbel Style   |   [8.5]   |   7.8



Boom Island   |   Kriek   |   Ale, Belgian Kriek Lambic style   |   [4.8]   |   8.8
Boom Island   |   Lemon Drop    |   Ale, Belgian White Style   |  [5.5]    |   7.6
Boom Island   |   Omen-Quad   |   Ale, Belgian Quadrupel Style   |   [10.2]   |   8.8
Boom Island   |   Witness   |   Ale, Belgian White style   |   [5.0]   |   8

Then back to Fulton
Fulton    |   BlackBerry Wit   |   Ale, Belgian White style   |   [5.0]   |   7
Fulton    |   War and Peace aged on Jameson’s    |   Ale, Stout, Russian Imperial   |   [9.5]   |   9.5



Fulton    |   Patience #14   |   Ale, Barleywine, American   |   [10.8]   |   8.6

A quick stop at Dangerous Man again
Dangerous    |   Belgian Golden Strong    |   Ale, Belgian Golden Style   |   [9.5]   |   8

Went to a meeting that evening, and chatted with a few friends at good ol’
Rockbottoms   |   Winterfell Dark Ale   |   Ale, Dark   |   [6.0]   |   7.7
Rockbottoms   |   No worries Imperial IPA   |   Ale, IPA, Imperial   |   [9.0]   |   8.1

Next day 5/20/19 we started at Surly, which was no mean feat as UMN was graduating that day. When we got there we mentioned to Chris our bartender that it could be a real shit-show in here in maybe 2 hours. We shared the following:

[brewer]     |    [brand]  |       [style]         | [ABV] | (score on 0-10)
Surly   |   Pentagram barrel aged   |   Ale, Sour / Wild, Dark   |   [7.0]   |   8.5
Surly   |   Dark phase   |   Ale, Stout, Sweet (London)   |   [4.9]   |   8.5
Surly   |   Cynic   |   Ale, Belgian Pale style   |   [6.5]   |   8
Surly   |   Osmotar’s Forest Mild   |   Ale, Mild, Finnish   |   4.3   |   8.3




On the rare bottle list what to my wondering eyes should appear, but an Oatwine (Barleywine variant) the likes of which I have never tried.
Surly   |   Eight Oat Wine style ale   |   Ale, Oatwine   |   [12.0]   |   10.2
Surly    |   Darkness    |   Ale, Stout, Russian Imperial   |   [11.5]   |   9.8



Surely    |   The good doctor freak nasty    |   Ale, Stout, Sour   |      |   9.2
Surly    |   Darkness barrel aged    |   Ale, Stout, Russian Imperial   |   [12]   |   9.8

Also left Chris with some New England beer from Treehouse.

Then over to Barrel Theory where Claire got a surprise of some more New England beer (Treehouse again)


Barrel Theory WITH pig ate my pizza   |   Simpler Times    |   Gose, fruit   |      |   8
Barrel Theory   |   Flames of Anor   |   Ale, Stout, Imperial   |   [11.5]   |   10
Barrel Theory   |   Brewers tricks    |   Ale, IPA, Double   |      |   8
Barrel Theory   |   Boat Shoes   |   Ale, IPA, Double   |   [7.5]   |   7.5
Barrel Theory   |   Chazz Michael Michaels   |   Ale, IPA, Double   |      |   8.2


Barrel Theory   |   Midwestern Exotic   |   Gose, fruit   |      |   7.7
Barrel Theory   |   Li’l Sebastian    |   Lager, Wheat, Berliner Weisse, fruit   |      |   7.6
Barrel Theory   |   Gavin’ a good time    |   Ale, IPA, Double   |   8.2   |   8
Barrel Theory   |   Rage Quit   |   Lager, Pilsner   |      |   8

Went to the Bulldog in Lowertown for
Wheatstone Bridge   |   Tin whiskey brewing    |      |   5.4   |   8
Miller   |   Hamms premium lager   |   Lager, Golden   |      |   6
Indeed   |   Wooden Soul Cherry Dust   |   Ale, Amber   |      |   8.2

Lunch on May 21 at Bus Stop Burgers (soon to be brewing)
Pyres   |   Raspberry Sour   |   Ale, Sour, Fruit   |   46   |   7.8



Thence to Day Block
Day Block   |   Mississippico Vienna Lager   |   Lager, Vienna, Amber   |  | 5.8   | 
Day Block   |   Missing Letters   |   Lager, Mexican   |   [5]   |   6.5
Day Block   |   Stadium Blonde   |   Ale, Blonde, American   |   [4.4]   |   7.6



A bacon with beer flight?! Sure
Day Block   |   Franks Red Ale   |   Ale, Red   |   [5.4]   |   8.4
Day Block   |   Citra Pale Ale   |   Ale, Pale, American   |   [5.5]   |   7.8
Day Block   |   Nitro Imperial Milk Stout    |   Ale, Stout, Milk, Imperial   |   [10.9]   |   8.8
Day Block   |   Leonard Day   |   Ale, IPA, American   |   [7.5]   |   8


Met up with my friends and ventured first to Lake Monster in a torrential downpour
Lake Monster at 550 Vandalia St #160, St Paul, MN = a Pizza bus TOO!



Lake Monster    |   True Story Pale Ale    |   Ale, Pale, English   |   [5.0]   |   7.5
Lake Monster    |   Apple Cranberry Sour   |   Ale, Sour, Fruit   |      | 
Lake Monster    |   Imperial Oatmeal Stout    |   Ale, Stout, Imperial   |   [9.3]   |   8.2
Lake Monster    |   Last Fathom Wild Rice Lager   |   Lager, German Dark, Dunkel   |   [5.5]   |   8.2
Lake Monster   |   Murmur Milk Stout   |   Ale, Stout, Milk   |   [6.0]   |   8.1


Where the manager was given a book about – Lake Monsters!

… and BlackStack 550 Vandalia St #160, St Paul, MN
BlackStack   |   Local 755   |   Ale, IPA, New England    |   [6.6[   |   9


BlackStack w/Portage   |   Midnight Marauders   |   Ale, Stout, Spice   |   [10.0]   |   9.5
BlackStack   |   Spare Parts    |   Lager, Black   |   [5.1]   |   7.8
BlackStack   |   Parallel Parking    |   Ale, Wheat, Berliner Weisse   |   [4.5]   |   9  (beer #10,872)

78 beers and no one attacked us!