Sunday, March 22, 2009

Texas Tea and You're Welcome

Couple of goodies new in town this week. First we have Full Sail's Black Gold, a bourbon barrel aged stout from their Brewmaster's Reserve Series. This style has become very popular in the past few years, and if you like a liquor presence in your beer, you will like this one. At 10.5%, this is one to sip or share- and at $10.99 per 22 oz. bottle, splitting the cost with someone would be smart. It will mellow out over time as well, so maybe you can set it aside for a year or so, and maybe by then the friend you split the cost with will have moved to another town and the beer will be all yours!

I'm taking full credit for getting this next beer on the shelves. I left a message for Avery's Albuquerque distributor last week, asking if Maharaja Imperial IPA would be making its way into town anytime soon. Now, the guy never got back to me, but I'm sure when he heard that Abqbeergeek wanted a beer in town, he got right on it, and voila! Two days later it is in Albuquerque stores. So you are welcome, my friends. And if you like a piney IPA, you are gonna go crazy over this one. I drank it last night and had to buy two more bottles today. And this is high praise for a beer I had never cared much for in previous years. The problem is that they only release this once a year, and bottles I have had before were too old and had become overtly malty. Up until a few months ago you could find 2008's version, which was way past its prime. The 2009 is fresh as can be and though it is $7.99, you are missing out if you don't get some now!

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