Need a reason to look forward to Fall? Check out these two Re-Released Collaborations

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Man, there are some good announcements this week on the collaboration front. Creek and Lawson’s are releasing their Double Dose collaboration, and it should be out in Mid to late September. I walk past it last year and I am still kicking myself for not trying it. I will no make that mistake again this year.
 that’s not enough, Confirmed via a twitter post today – Epic Brewing and DC Brau will also be re-releasing their Pumpkin Stout collaboration No Fermentation without Representation soon as well! Around here at least you can still find a few bottles from the first round around. I only had it last year but I loved it, and would really like to see how it was fresh, as I am not sure if it could be much better.

IPA Day 2014 is today – This year I am sticking local

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Ah another IPA day is upon us, cant it be Saison Day, or Kolsch day?

Pending that ever happening (Stout day is I think about 3 months out I do believe), I might as well hop in and pick something new to try.  Recapping last year I went with an extremely fresh (for getting it on the east coast at least) Bear Republic Racer 5.

For this year I wanted to try something that I haven’t had yet (which of the IPA world there are many) but to try and stay local.,c_limit,q_85,d_beer_def.gif/beer_118144.jpgFollowing those search terms the choice was easy: Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice Double IPA.  Yes, Yes, I know I would rather have the ambrosia of the stout sea that is Exit 1 (Oyster Day was Tuesday after all), but this one had always been on my list of to tries but I had never gotten around to.   So when I found a fresh bottle sitting on the singles shelf it was an easy choice.

Why I picked it – Well it is giving props to the swamps of Jersey I commute to work every day to and uses one of the words we must not use when talking about craft beer ingredient  (whisper  rice /whisper).  That and being most definitely local and something I have never had.

Cheers! Happy #IPAday14


The Session: The worst beer you forced yourself to drink the whole bottle of

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The Session, a.k.a. Beer Blogging Friday, is an opportunity once a month for beer bloggers from around the world to get together and write from their own unique perspective on a single topic. Each month, a different beer blogger hosts the Session, chooses a topic and creates a round-up listing all of the participants, along with a short pithy critique of each entry.

 The premise for this month’s is this:

Have you ever drank a beer that became a battle, more than an enjoyable experience? Maybe a beer that was far bigger than you had anticipated? Something you felt determined to drink, just so you can say you conquered that son of a bitch, and you are all that is powerful. Or perhaps it is something that is just so bad, all you want to do is slap it around a bit. Or maybe you were on the verge of passing out, but you just wanted that one last beer, and the valiant struggle between taste bud fulfillment and the velvety embrace of sleep that ensued.

Sure there are plenty of beers that were finished by sheer force of will, (or dumped if warranted)  but the one that comes to mind was not a result of it being a portion size issue – say a bomber of something that maybe a 12oz serving of would have been perfect – or if it had legitimate defects or infection – or maybe even some spiced up beer designed to be an endurance drinking challenge, like a chili pepper eating contest.

No the beer that did it to me had none of that, it was as the brewer intended and it was bad from the first sip through the last.

The beer: Stone’s Vertical Epic 12-12-12 (served around 7-7-13) . It drank like they decided to dump someone’s entire spice cabinet into the bottle. It wasn’t a full pumpkin pie bomb, or something cohesive, it had something else going on. What it was I still don’t know.

It was random, clashing, really overall jarring. Maybe I missed the crowd source campaign that would have had them limit the spice dumps if they raised enough money to by some Ketchup for the World Bistro?

If you ever needed proof that ratings could be effected by limited releases or rarity, look no further. This release is currently holding at 97% rating on Rate beer and 88% on BA.