My Trip to a Bottle Shop
This week I went to a bottle shop. Yes, this is a big deal. During Christmas 2010, I had just found out that I was pregnant. I also recieved a gift certificate to Full Throttle Bottles located in the Georgetown hood of Seattle.
That gift certificate has been posted on our refrigerator for 8 months. This was a reminder, that some day, I will have my pick of bottles to drink or age.
Since I am a mere two weeks away from my due date, I decided I was going to cash in this certificate to get ready for life after pregnancy. I wanted to share with the world my choices and why I made them.
Stone/Iishi/Baird’s Green Tea IPA: First this beer was brewed to provide relief to the disaster in Japan. Second, this beer includes many hops: American Warrior, Crystal hops and a New Zealand Pacifica hops for the flavoring addition. On to the first dry-hop addition which featured those same flavoring hops plus a brand spankin’ new hop variety from the Alsace region of France called Aramis. The second dry-hop addition features Sorachi Ace hops, which were originally developed in Japan. This beer is finished off with Sencha tea.
Reasoning: Hops, innovation, good cause, collaboration.
Great Divide Belgium Style Yeti: Chocolate Yeti, Espresso Yeti-yes and yes! Two amazing stouts. So you can only imagine my intrigue when seeing a Belgium Style Yeti. This Imperial Stout is limited/seasonal (only brewed onceonce a year). Great Divide describes their beer below:
Belgian Style Yeti is a delicious new blend of brewing traditions–all the malt-driven roastiness of our Yeti Imperial Stout with characteristic spice and fruit notes imparted by our special Belgian yeast strain.
Reasoning: I am interested to taste the roastyness of the stout with the funky flavor of a Belgium yeast. Also, my love for all things Yeti.
Stone Brewing Co. Russian Imperial Stout with Belgo Anise: I’m sure most of you have heard of Stone’s Russian Imperial Stout. I had this beer on tap last year and it blew my mind. Add some Anise and “BAM”:
This 2011 Odd Year release pours pitch black with a deep tan head, with aromatic notes of anise, coffee, and cocoa jumping from the glass. Coffee and dark roasted malt flavors dominate, with a robust complement of anise and oak, which leave a lingering blend of vanilla, licorice, and dark malt on the palate. This one will age nicely for several years
Reasoning: As mentioned above, the Russian Imperial Stout is one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Also, I went for aging qualities and complexity with this one.
Boulevard Smokestack Series Collaboration No. 2 White IPA: The second collaborative beer on the list is between Boulevard Brewing Co. and Deshutes Brewing. This beer will combine the best of these two breweries: the expertise of Boulevard’s Belgium Wit beers and Deshutes’ knowledge of how to make a damn good and hoppy IPA. A description from Boulevard’s website reveals all:
One of the most unique characteristics of Collaboration #2 is its aroma. Sage and lemongrass were added to the vessels post-fermentation, as well as three varieties of hops, all of which contribute solely to aromatics. The Belgian-style yeast strain adds hints of bubblegum and clove. The other main feature that should be specifically pointed out to consumers is the beer’s lingering hang. It is no more bitter than Single-Wide I.P.A., but something about the combination of herbs and hops creates an almost spicy, peppery quality in the finish.
Reasoning: First and foremost, the two breweries involved. I want to know more about Boulevard and I already adore Deshutes’ special rotation beers. I presume this will be no exception.
Stillwater Cellar Door: I am intrigued. I have never had a beer from Stillwater but have heard only good things. Below is a description from Stillwater’s website:
Starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. to pull this all together and to complete the ‘cleansing’ aspect of my vision i gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. of course let’s not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish.
Reasoning: pure intrigue, awesome bottle/labeling, love me a farmhouse ale.
So, we have two innovative IPAs, two Imperial Stouts with a twist, two collaborations and a Farmhouse Ale. Cant wait…
Soon, I will unveil to the world my experience with my first beer after 9 months. Cheers!