Vertical Epic Tasting
This past Wednesday, on 12/12/12, Stone Brewery released the last beer in their limited edition Vertical Epic series. They’ve released a different beer every year starting on 3/3/03, with instructions to bottle age them for a vertical tasting on 12/12/12. Alewife in Long Island City featured a tasting with all of the beers for one night only, and it was a treat to retry some of these beers and see how gracefully they’d aged—especially 7/7/07 which I loved back in the aughts.
Hopfenstark Boson de Higgs. Cool label aside, this is a tasty low-gravity beer; a little smokey upfront, slight tartness, and some saison spice. It’s not an easy beer to categorize, but at least it’s one a beer nerd and a science geek can agree upon.
I love it when I find surprises stashed away in my liquor cabinet. #beer (Taken with Instagram)
I think a full post on rye beers is in order because I’ve had two in a row that I’ve really enjoyed, Two Brothers’ Cane and Ebel, and Founders Red’s Rye PA. First impressions: these are complex beers, the Cane and Ebel tending toward dark, smooth, and malty and the Red’s Rye more on the spicy, hoppy side. The Red’s Rye also had a nice thirst-quenching effect, perfect for chilling out on a muggy fall equinox. Both available at Top Hops—they just kicked the Cane and Ebel but should be getting more.
Goose Island Matilda
This is all I want to drink right now. Matilda is a Belgian pale ale and tastes just a bit sweet, with honey notes perfectly balanced by mild hops and spicy cloves. It’s well-rounded, but has a saison-like dryness. It was supposedly modeled after Orval, so now I’m on the hunt for that. Matilda is available on tap at Top Hops Beer Shop.