Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Enjoy By, Enjoy for Years

Beers worth talking about have hit the stores recently. Here's a few random selections for your drinking pleasure:

Joining one of the many breweries who have deemed New Mexico worthy of imbibing their beers, Idaho Springs, Colorado's own Tommyknocker has added New Mexico to its 22 states of distribution. Welcome, folks. Enjoy this week, the one where it rains. We won't be getting six kinds of IPAs from this brewery; instead, expect to find a good old traditional Doppelbock style beer (Butt Head Bock, 8.2% ABV), and an Imperial Nut Brown Ale (9.2% ABV). If it's hops you're looking for, they do offer Hop Strike Black IPA (6.5% ABV, 78 IBUs). Great price point, $3.99 for 22 oz. bombers, available at Wyoming Kellys and other fine stores.

25 years of Black Butte Imperial Porter?? I think I missed a few along the way! The recipe has changed from year to year, with #25 including figs, black currants, and Medjool dates. Probably the best thing Deschutes did for this release was increasing the bourbon barrel-aged portion by 20%. This 11.3% ABV annual release retails for $12.99 and up at local stores. It also cellars well, so pick up an extra for aging after the booze mellows out.

Well, Stone Brewing Co. promised us if that if we got the most tweets, we would get Enjoy By again. But we haven't received it since...what? The Enjoy by 2.15.13 release?? Forget stupid tweet contests, just give us the damn beer every release. Enjoy By 8.2.13 is here, $7.99 for a 22 oz. bomber. Whatever, it's back, and I'm happy to have it. It's not going to rot your teeth if you drink it after August 2, but it is meant to be consumed while the hop flavor is at its freshest. Very limited release, so get out there and get yours.

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