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  1. kings county brewing collective the blork has landed oak aged wild lager lager aged in wine barrels halleratu mittlefrüh, tettnang & saphir hops barley & rice - bottled 8/21, 5.3% abv. this is a solid example of a bretty beer - there’s a bright set of not to acidic flavors that taste more like beer that’s spent time in white wine barrels than anything else. there’s basically one big flavor that not that detailed (lemon meringue, brett, white wine) and I don’t know why they used a lager to make this, but it’s pretty pleasant and so on. 

  2. humble sea brewing co mind over mussels ddh west coast ipa west coast india pale ale double dry hopped with strata, mosaic, and nectaron - 6.8% abv. humble sea is a santa cruz brewery that doesn’t normally send beer to new york, but other half had their ipa festival last weekend and there’s all kinds of out of market stuff at my local beer shop. I don’t really know anything about humble sea and their instagram doesn’t tell me how old this or if it’s a regular release, but I liked what I had at on tap at evil twin recently and an actual west coast ipa is hard to pass up. this is a pretty modern hop bill, and apparently nectaron is a new hop from new zealand that’s closely related to waimea. this is a lighter shade of yellow than a traditional west coast ipa would be and looks more like an unfiltered old beer than a hazy ne ipa. it has a really nice mixture of dank and resin on the nose and is a lot more bitter than the new style west coast ipas that the local breweries have been making recently. there’s a nice set of pineapple and passion fruit with a little citrus and stone fruit underneath along with some sweet malt notes. I don’t know if I would have thought this was a first rate example of a west coast ipa way back when, but now that I’m used to this much bitterness this is pretty enjoyable even if the fruit flavors aren’t that well defined.

    eta: this is definitely one of those beers that taste better when you have more of it blah blah blah. it’s been a while since so had something this bitter I guess.

  3. extraomnes tripel - 8.6% abv. extraonmnes is a brewery outside milan that's been around since 2010, I don't remember when b-united picked them up but the particular beer I'm drinking, which is a few months from it's best by date, seems pretty old. there's a nice version of a lot of the usual flavors - pear, orange marmalade, noble hop spice, clove, sweet malt, which end in a pretty dry finish that has more of the pear/clove thing than usual along with a little vanilla. there's no apparent alcohol, everything works well together, and this has the smooth but a little bit muted character that a good examples of aged beer does. I don't know if this tastes like it's from italy, but it is a little bit drier and less yeasty than normal, still has the full set of fruit flavors you want in the style, and so on and on. recommended.

  4. three floyd’s pillar of beasts barleywine-style ale brewed with salted caramel aged in oak barrels salted caramel barleywine aged twelve months in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs - 13.7% abv. the majority of the barrel aged beer from three floyd’s are among the few beers with national distribution that rival the local breweries at what they do well, although that’s not true of this or the wild ale I had recently. this looks an smells like a barley wine, with boozy malt being the first thing you smell or taste. it’s followed by some bourbon and a lot of sweetness. this amount of sweetness is far from out of place in this style, but while this still tastes Ike malt the adjuncts take over the finish and the salt ruins things for me. this is pretty disappointing, the barrel aged behemoth I had last year was amazing and I really liked their crushing mass. the fact that my regular source of three floyd’s is closing at the end of the month makes this all the more frustrating. 

  5. perennial artisan ales abraxis 2021 ale brewed with ancho chili peppers, cacao nibs, cinnamon and vanilla - 11.5% abv. I wouldn't have thought to age this kind of beer, but I've had a few vintages of this and similar beers at tørst over the last few months and I was interested to see how this would be, although to be honest I thought this came out in the spring and was more than 7 months old. to this is hasn't really changed that much, there's a pretty mellow version of all the adjuncts, the chilies are slightly sweet and work with the rest of the adjuncts to create a nice mexican chocolate profile that's not ruined by the apparent alcohol in the finish. this is really well put together, all of the adjuncts taste good and the end result is refined in a way that very few beers like this are. recommended.

  6. three floyd’s brewing battle priest wylde ale liberally hopped and fermented with brettanomyces - bottled in 2022, 7.5% abv. their instagram says that this was bottled in early march. this pours a shade of amber that’s a little bit lighter than a traditional ipa and smells strongly of whatever kind of brett used in orval. this is just as hoppy as orval that’s roughly this old is, only this has some mild citrus and resin which makes it taste like c hops, and it has the kind of malt presence you get in their alpha king. this doesn’t have the kind of detail that the best brett beers do, but it’s clean and the combination of brett and orange marmalade is very enjoyable. the brett ipa is a dead trend and it’s been a while since I’ve had something like this. 

  7. I made my kids "miso" cacio e pepe using his instant noodles. it tasted a lot like the food he was serving at nishi. shit is disgusting.

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  8. finback ultimate beats double india pale ale dipa with coconut and dry hopped with mosaic. brewed in collaboration with j. wakefield - 9.1% abv. I’m not really sure why I’ve posted about the various versions of this beer quite a few times, it’s definitely not the best dipa I’ve had recently, but there’s something about the really simple combination of coconut and newish hops (imagine if they could churn out a version of this with sabro!) that’s endlessly appealing and so on and also on and on.

  9. jolly pumpkin artisan ales oro wild artisan golden ale spicy & peppery with a gentle hop bouquet & the beguiling influence of wild yeast oak aged can conditioned - canned 1/27/2022, 8% abv. frequent readers of this shit will know that jolly pumpkin has long been one of my favorite makers of bretty beer (and were definitely the first beers of their kind that I had) and I never see their beer without at least two years in the bottle. these cans are a lot fresher, possibly because their distributor went bankrupt and anyone else could do a better job or whatever... the older examples of their beer that I like so much scream brett from the moment you open them, but while this is still pretty bretty there’s a lot more grain presence and even a little bit of hops. they’ve made this for as long as I’ve been drinking beer like this and I’ve had it quite a few times over the years. there’s a lot more tart vinegar upfront than the way I remember the older bottles, along with a bunch of white wine, oak, pear, and a little bit of soapy brett in the finish. there’s a pretty solid depth of flavor here, but the older versions of this are usually have a better version of the same thing that’s both richer and more delicious, if a little simpler. I guess I’ll have to start buying this to age the way I have with barley wine.

  10. wheatland spring farm + brewery eyeglass bière de garde - bottled september 2021. 5.9% abv. wheatland spring is a "farm brewery" outside leesburg, virginia that has 30 acres that are mostly used to grow grain for beer. they've been around for a few years but I first came across their beer when they were one of the nine breweries tørst featured on their 9th anniversary. only 25% of the grain used in this was grown on the estate. another 41% was grown elsewhere in virginia, with the balance comes from a single place in bavaria. bière de garde is a traditional style of french farmhouse ales that were made when it was cold and drunk when warmer weather prevented reliable fermentation, which I guess means that this was one of the stronger beers around at the time. this was initially aged in stainless steel with lager yeast, then moved to an oak puncheon before bottle aging. this is mildly sweet with a very clean set of wheat notes followed by a little bit of noble hop spice and some yeast along with a little bit of apple and something I can't quite put my finger on in the finish. this is a very nice example of this kind of beer.

  11. I've been to hometown somewhere between twenty and thirty times. the pre-pandemic meals were always good, but I've only been twice since and it was pretty poor both times. the sides remain the same the but brisket is a shadow of what it once was and it's no longer remotely worth the money or any kind of trip.

    I was in the neighborhood to see the genesis p-orridge show at pioneer works, which needs better curatorial material but has a few pieces that will be interesting to people who already know about their work.

  12. oxbow brewing co. zeit pils lager zeit pils is a german-style pilsner brewed with european malts and noble hops - 5% abv. this is a really nice example of the basic pilsner flavors. there’s exemplary versions of the slightly sweet grainy malt nites, grassy hops, a tiny bit of orange and melon in the finish, and nothing else. this is a lot like a smaller version of their excellent luppolo italian style pilsner, but the malt seems a little better done here and I think this is actually a better beer. this is less assertive than the suarez lagers but equally well made, which isn’t true of most of oxbow’s lagers. highly recommended.

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