Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Odds and Ends

Just a few things worth noting this week...

New beer from Big Sky Brewing has been released, this one being the Summer Honey Ale. It is basically a lighter version (4.7% abv)of their Scape Goat Pale Ale, with a lower ABV and of course the addition of honey. Big Sky beers are very good when fresh but it seems that, aside from Moose Drool Brown Ale, their line has not sold that well and there is some not-so-fresh tasting Big Sky IPA in area stores.

Also new in town are the 2009 Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale and 2009 Rogue Double Dead Guy. The Dead Guy was first released last year and is a 10% abv version of Rogue's best selling beer. Since they don't use the rip-off ceramic bottles for this beer, the 22 oz. bottle is almost affordable at $10.99. Sierra's Southern Hemisphere is made with hops from New Zealand, but somehow still manages to taste a little like every other Sierra. Gotta hand it to them for consistency.

Speaking of Sierra Nevada, have you noticed a change in their packaging recently? The longtime yellow Stout six-pack holder and beer label has been replaced by a orangish-burnt sienna (or Sierra) color. I don't know exactly what they call it but the beer inside is still the same.

And I was remiss in not writing about Chama River's May beer dinner that happened on the 19th. I totally forgot about it, and am sorry if you missed out on the Double Wit, Altbier, Imperial Pils and Anastasia RIS that were poured. Not sure if I am sorry if you missed the fennel pollen, watermelon au poivre, and octopus and chorizo pairing with the scallion buttered rusk.

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