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  1. My boy Duce was gracious enough to share some beer he got in trades with me.  This was Lawson’s Finest Liquids Super Session IPA.  It came in at 4.2% ABV.  There were flavors of grass and lemon.  It was full bodied.  This was a great beer!
Beer friends are best friends!

    My boy Duce was gracious enough to share some beer he got in trades with me.  This was Lawson’s Finest Liquids Super Session IPA.  It came in at 4.2% ABV.  There were flavors of grass and lemon.  It was full bodied.  This was a great beer!

    Beer friends are best friends!

     
     
  2. My boy Duce invited me down to his place to drink some brew he’d recently got in trades.  First up was Lawson’s Finest Liquids Knockout Blonde Ale which was 5% ABV.  It smelled like tropical fruit.  The beer had tastes of tropical fruit with pine as a secondary player.  The bitterness was in the background from start to finish.  It was really good!

     
     
  3. A British Beer Company recently opened in Danvers, MA.  I met my boy Tripps there to check it out.

    I started with a pint of Fuller’s Chiswick Bitter at 3.5% ABV.  The initial flavors were malt and celery.  It had a slight bitterness.  As it warmed, a floral taste replaced the celery.  This was really good.  After that, I decided to go with some flights.

    Based on the Chiswick, I decided to have the other three Fuller’s on tap for first flight and rounded it off with a Wychwood Hobgoblin.  From right to left the beer in the first flight were:

    Fuller’s ESB, 5.9% ABV - great!  Fuller’s Porter, 4.7% ABV - good!  Fuller’s London Pride, 4.7% ABV - great!  Wychwood Hobgoblin, 5.2% ABV - I normally love this brew, but after the Fuller’s line-up, this was good but nothing to write home about.

    I decided to have another flight with a mixture of British and American beer.  From left to right the beer was:

    Morland Old Speckled Hen English Pale Ale, 5% ABV - good.  O’Hara’s Irish Red Ale, 4.3% ABV - good.  Long Trail Limbo IPA, 7.6% ABV - great!  Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union IPL, 6.7% ABV - good!

    While there, I tried the beer-battered chicken fingers.  They were really good.  Overall, this is a solid spot if one loves English brews.  Having a true English Pale Ale showed me how far some breweries have to go when brewing something in an English-style.  Too often I get a dominant vinegar flavor from the American attempts where that flavor is far more subtle in a true English ale.

     
     
  4. This was White Birch Berliner Weisse German Style Sour Wheat Ale.  It was 5.5% ABV.  It was tart right off the bat.  There was an initial peach flavor which gave way to lemon as the sip moved through the middle.  There was a bready flavor in the aftertaste.  The carbonation was similar to a sparkling wine.  This was really good!

    This was White Birch Berliner Weisse German Style Sour Wheat Ale.  It was 5.5% ABV.  It was tart right off the bat.  There was an initial peach flavor which gave way to lemon as the sip moved through the middle.  There was a bready flavor in the aftertaste.  The carbonation was similar to a sparkling wine.  This was really good!

     
     
  5. beer-yoga:

Having an AWESOME time at Beer Camp in Denver! Why wasn’t camp like this when I was a kid?! #craftbeer #drinkcraft #instabeer #denver #beerporn #beercampacrossamerica #beeryoga (at Civic Center Park)

I can’t wait for Beer Camp in Portland, ME!

    beer-yoga:

    Having an AWESOME time at Beer Camp in Denver! Why wasn’t camp like this when I was a kid?! #craftbeer #drinkcraft #instabeer #denver #beerporn #beercampacrossamerica #beeryoga (at Civic Center Park)

    I can’t wait for Beer Camp in Portland, ME!

     
     
  6. #FF 6-Pack

    brewgiehowser:

    It’s time for another Follow-Friday 6-Pack! Here’s a few blogs I’ve been into lately. Check ‘em out if you don’t already follow them.

    1. drunksincerity
    2. theprofdrinks
    3. brandonsdrunkagain
    4. bakersbrews
    5. allyouneed-isbeer
    6. pidgemckinney

    Other 6-Packs

    Have a fun and safe weekend.

    Cheers!

    -Josh

     
     
  7. Another solid brew by TwoRoads.  This was Lil’ Heaven Session IPA.  It came in at 4.8% ABV.  There were flavors of grass and unripe citrus.  It was good.

     
     
  8. This was Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale.  This was interesting.  The raspberry was the dominant flavor.  There was a little bit of chocolate, but I didn’t notice a specific pretzel flavor.  It seemed to be a bit flat through the middle.  It was good, but not something that I’ll get again.

    This was Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale.  This was interesting.  The raspberry was the dominant flavor.  There was a little bit of chocolate, but I didn’t notice a specific pretzel flavor.  It seemed to be a bit flat through the middle.  It was good, but not something that I’ll get again.

     
     
  9. I’d been holding on to these Jack’s Abby Framinghammer Baltic Porter versions to do a tasting.  A friend was in town from DC so that seemed as good a time as any to share the beer love.

    Barrel-Aged Framinghammer was up first.  It came in at 10% ABV.  It was boozy but not overly so.  There was some brown sugar and light roasted coffee.  This was great!

    Coffee was second.  There was a more prevalent roasted coffee flavor.  This also made it more bitter in comparison to the Barrel-Aged.  There was some pine in the finish.  This was also great!

    Vanilla was third.  My boy Wally said the vanilla came across like the vanilla extract one uses in baking.  To me, it was a marshmallow taste.  There was a weird bitterness that did remind me of the bite when too much vanilla extract is added to a recipe.  It was good though, but I would go with one of the other two brews before buying Vanilla again.

     
     
  10. This was a treat my boy Duce brought back from Vermont.  It was Fiddlehead Hodad Chocolate Vanilla Toasted Coconut Porter.  It was 5.5% ABV.  The chocolate and vanilla were dominant from the first sip.  There was a roasted flavor, but the coconut was very light in the aftertaste.  It had a medium body and carbonation almost like a soda.  It was pretty good.

    This was a treat my boy Duce brought back from Vermont.  It was Fiddlehead Hodad Chocolate Vanilla Toasted Coconut Porter.  It was 5.5% ABV.  The chocolate and vanilla were dominant from the first sip.  There was a roasted flavor, but the coconut was very light in the aftertaste.  It had a medium body and carbonation almost like a soda.  It was pretty good.