Monday, September 17, 2012

A Beer Worthy of Its Name

First off, I have to say that I love Alpine Brewing's IPAs. There is something distinct about them that when you drink one, you know you are drinking an Alpine beer. And I'm not going to lament the fact that Alpine is yet another brewery that we don't get distribution from here in New Mexico, as we are one of the 49.5 states that don't get their beers (southern to mid-California is as far as it goes). But thanks to the collaboration craze, you are able to get a taste of what you have been missing. Alpine teamed up with New Belgium to create Super IPA (a play on the original name, Lex Lupulin...which, while a cool name, made the people at Odell Brewing nervous that it might confuse people into thinking that it was the same beer as their St. Lupulin. Which is ridiculous, as one is biblical on the other comical. But anyway...). Super IPA is super to me because New Belgium's brewers seem to allow the distinct Alpine flavor to shine through without turning the beer into "Hoppy Fat Tire". Of the Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, and Centennial hops used, the Amarillo is most prevalent, with the tropical fruits dominating with nary a hint of the 99 IBUs or the 9% ABV the beer carries. In fact, the beer reminds me of Alpine's excellent Pure Hoppiness DIPA. And I know I said I wasn't going to lament, but lamenting is kind of what I do- while we got the beer just a few days ago, I was drinking it all the way in South Carolina nearly two weeks ago. I-25, distribution people, I-25!
Jubilation has these 22 oz. bottles for $8.99.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

You Don't Call, You Don't Write...

It's true; I haven't gotten in touch with you in awhile. But I hate talking on the phone, and I was away on a non beer-related trip that I didn't think you would want to read about.

But I'm back, and have some actual beer news to write about. O'Niell's Nob Hill location will be hosting a Sierra Nevada tap takeover this Saturday, Sept. 15. From the time they open the doors till the time the beer runs out you can enjoy the likes of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (but why would you go to the tap takeover and order a beer that even bowling alleys carry??), Tumbler Brown Ale, Torpedo IPA, Kellerweis, and the speciality Beer Camp series Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Pilsner, and Floral IPA. a Sierra rep will be there from 7-10 with merchandise to hand out and wisdom to pass on. Be the first to ask the story of how Torpedo got its name. Find out which Grossman brother is the least miserable. Or just go up to the rep and say, "I'd like something better than a keychain, please."