Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Beers Tried in 2013

In 2013, I kept track of every new-to-me beer I drank. Samples/tasters did not count. I had to drink 8 ounces or more for a beer to make the list. Somehow, I made it all the way to 365 for the year. It was a giant pain in the ass to keep track of this shit, but I guess I’m glad I did.

In the next day or two, I plan to write up a Top 20. These won’t necessarily be the “best” beers I had, just the most memorables ones from my foggy, alcoholic recollections. Here’s the entire list:

January
001. Cascade Blueberry
002. Georgetown Le Roger
003. Georgetown Lovely Reida
004. Bear Republic Cafe Racer XV
005. Local Option Schmetterling Gose
006. Old Schoolhouse Uncle Big’s Brown
007. Fremont Super Duper IPA
008. Reuben’s Roasted Rye IPA
009. Urban Family Le Vagabond
010. Odin Sigrun IPA
011. Bellevue Oatmeal Stout
012. Elysian Doom
013. Reuben’s Imperial IPA
014. Avery Nineteen
015. Stillwater Premium
016. Stone Enjoy By IPA
017. Coronado Idiot IPA
018. Coronado Bada Bing Porter
019. Naked City Brute Force
020. Machine House Bitter
021. Triplehorn Ol Du Vin
February
022. Old Schoolhouse New School ESB
023. Flyers Low Vis White IPA
024. Rainy Daze Alt
025. Alesmith My Bloody Valentine
026. Engelszell Gregorius Trappisentbier
027. Port Board Meeting
028. Boneyard Notorious
029. Triplehorn Blockhead
030. Pike How Now Brown Ale
031. Fremont Trifecta IPA
032. American Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale
033. Airways Pilsner
034. Cascade BW XLV
035. Pike Octopus Ink
March
036. Machine House Gold
037. Machine House U Name It
038. Good Life Sweet as Pacific
039. Pelican Keg Monkey Zwickel
040. Flyers Younts Small Beer
041. Pfriem Mosaic Pale
042. Pfriem Blonde IPA
043. Logsdon Cerasus
044. Pfriem IPA
045. Pfriem Little Saison
046. Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye IPA
047. Sierra Nevada Blood Shot Imperial Red
048. Green Flash Hop Odyssey
049. NB Rampant Imperial IPA
050. Fremont The First Nail
051. Fremont SBW Pale
052. Deschutes River Ale
053. Double Mountain Project 48
054. Epic Big Bad Baptist
055. Maui Bak Tun
056. Pfriem Super Saison
057. Populuxe Burke-Gilman Bitter
058. Peddler RyePA
059. Urban Family Nelson Muntz
060. Southern Tier Eurotrash Pils
061. Bear Republic Black Racer
062. Georgetown Craigalicious
063. Wingman Maori Warrior ISA
April
064. Big Time McGrupp Pale
065. Ninkasi El Dorado Single Hop Pale
066. Flyers Brouwer’s VIII Anniversary Strong Scotch
067. Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale
068. Elysian Cap Hill Pale
069. Epic Springy Beer with Citra
070. Elysian Breadwinner Toasted Amber
071. Pike Morning After Pale
072. Fort George Tender Loving Empire NWPA.
073. Bison Hop Cuvée
074. Brouwerij West Saison Extra
075. Double Mountain Dirty Deeds Alt
076. Elysian Superfuzz
077. Amnesia London Calling Bitter
078. Green Flash Saison Diego
079. Airways Chocolate Stout
May
080. Standard CDA
081. Standard Pale Ale
082. Black Raven Nothing But Flowers
083. Black Raven Corvus Kriekus
084. Dirty Bucket Filthy Hoppin
085. Triplehorn Intervention Dbl IPA
086. Brickyard Masonry Oatmeal Stout
087. Seapine IPA
088. DFH Sixty-One
089. Ninkasi Sterling Pils
090. Schooner Exact Gen-X IPA
091. Upright Kopstootse
092. Airways Oatmeal PSA
093. Amnesia Kill Switch IPA
094. Evil Twin Ryan and The Beaster Bunny
095. Black Raven Session IPA
096. Stillwater Cellar Door
097. Reuben’s Balsch
098. Reuben’s Red
099. Widmer Green & Gold Kolsch
100. Airways Spring Bitter
101. Amnesia Damnesia
102. Denali Twister Creek IPA
103. 10 Barrel Swill
June
104. Boneyard Shotgun Mosaic
105. Boneyard Nefarious
106. Anderson Valley El Steinber
107. Seapine PNW Pale Ale
108. Cains Dark Mild
109. Pfriem Pilsner
110. Elysian Diprohopus
111. Backwoods Log Yard IPA
112. Breakside Lardo Helles
113. Full Sail Phil’s Existential Alt
114. Migration Dry Hop Pale
115. Agrarian Coalescence
116. Sasquatch Healy Heights Pale Ale
117. Double Mountain Clusterfuck
118. Bear Republic Racer 5000
119. Rock Bottom Thunderdome IPA
120. Boneyard Alpha Queen Experimental IPA
121. Laurelwood Megafauna
122. Elysian Oblivion IPA
123. Elysian Nevermind Pale Ale
124. Bale Breaker Top Cutter IPA
125. Elysian Humdinger Pale Ale
126. Ommegang Fleur Houblon
July
127. Victory Headwaters Pale Ale
128. Green Flash Citra Session IPA
129. Naked City Beer Garden Summer Pale
130. Pfriem Summer IPA
131. Big Al Lowman Brau Kolsch
132. Amnesia Two Stroke Summer Ale
133. Bale Breaker Bubba’s Brew
134. Logsdon Far West Vlaming
135. Logsdon Aberrant
134. Sky High Freewheel IPA
135. Upright Schwarzbier
136. Burnside Lower Case IPA
137. Gigantic Hi-Fi Pale
138. Lompoc LeeLoominai
139. Crux NW Session Ale
140. Commons Madrone
141. Pfriem Topaz Single Hop IPA
142. Ale Industries Golden State of Mind
143. Boneyard Shotgun SImcoe
144. Anacortes/Old Schoolhouse IPL
145. Celt Bleddyn 1075
146. Two Beers ALS Pale
147. Drakes Omega Session
148. Mikkeller Tenderloin Pils
149. Mikkeller TenderBrown
150. Discretion Free Day IPA
151. Discretion Uncle Dave’s Rye IPA
152. English Ales Black Prince Porter
153. Santa Clara Electric Tower IPA
154. Peter B’s Cal’s Session Ale
155. Peter B’s IPA
156. Moonlight Just Enough Rope
157. Anchor California Lager
158. Drakes Aroma Coma
159. Drakes Aroma Prieta
160. Sante Adairius Anais
161. Triple Rock SHE Leadbelly
162. Speakeasy Butchertown Black
163. 21A Gigantes IPA
164. Ale Industries East Bay IPA
165. Port Townsend Friday Black IPA
August
166. Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 99 IFA
167. Gigantic/Fort George/Lompoc 3-way IPA
168. Bellevue 425 Pale Ale
169. Boneyard Bone Light
170. Almanac Biere de Chocolat
171. Andechs Vollbier Hell
172. Victory 4hop Bock
173. Iron Horse Decision Maker
174. Bale Breaker Double Bubba
175. Horse Heaven Hills Delta Pale Ale
176. Elysian Bauble Experimental Pale
177. Alvinne Morpheus
178. Green Flash Symposium IPA
September
179. Ballast Point Fathom IPL
180. Ballast Point Reef Rye Brown
181. Atlas Rowdy
182. Union Craft Blackwing
183. Narragansett Lager
184. Butternuts Moo Thunder Stout
185. Devil’s Backbone Striped Bass Pale Ale
186. Monocacy Riot Rye
187. DC Brau The Corruption IPA
188. Peekskill Eastern Standard
189. Radiant Pig Junior IPA
190. Barrier Frau Blucher Helles Rauch
191. 16 Mile Inlet IPA
192. Birreria Larunda
193. Smuttynose Rhye IPA
194. Barrier Money IPA
195. SingleCut 18-Watt IPA
196. Carton Boat Beer
197. Crooked Stave St Bretta
198. Alvinne Cuvée Freddy 2012 Zymatore Blend #2
199. Barrier Oblong
200. Bronx Rye Pale Ale
201. Barrier Medulla
202. Barrier Greenroom
203. Atlantic Brewing New Guy IPA
204. Founders All Day IPA
205. Shiner Premium
206. Hardywood Park Hoplar
207. Devil’s Backbone Vienna Lager
208. Buxton Axe Edge IPA
209. Ommegang Scythe and Sickle
210. Reuben’s Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale
211. Big Al Fresh Hop
212. Elysian Prairie Rose Wet Hopped
213. Elysian Moon Unit IPA
214. Stillwater Debutante
215. Pfriem Secret Single Hop Pale
216. Snipes/Black Raven
217. Evil Twin Bikini Beer
218. Kulshan Orange Blossom IPA
October
219. Pike Wolf of the Woods
220. Elysian 50 Shades of Green
221. Amnesia Mother Plucker
222. Anchorage Bitter Monk
223. Bend Ching Ching
224. Ninkasi Hop Fraiche
225. Bale Breaker Piled High
226. NB Love Leopold
227. Prost Pils
228. Prost Kolsch
229. Crooked Stave Hop Savant 462
230. Upslope Brown Ale
231. Black Shirt Pale Red Rye
232. Black Shirt Red Saison
233. TRVE Death Ripper
234. Avery 4.2 Session Pale
235. Elysian The Fix
236. Lagunitas Fusion 16
237. Stillwater Why Can’t IBU
238. Midnight Sun Joan of Arctic
239. Gigantic The Future is Now
240. Fremont Bellingham Beer Week Imperial Porter
241. De Molen Vuur & Vlam
242. Lagunitas Fresh Hop
243. Stoup ISA
244. Stoup IPA
245. No-Li Simcoe Red
246. Anacortes Rye IPA
November
247. Island Hoppin’ Elwha Rock IPA
248. Stone Suede Porter
249. Bellevue Fresh Hop
250. Black Raven Raven de Garde
251. E9 Rhubarb Wild
252. Snipes Mountain Sage Trail IPA
253. Lagunitas Fusion 17
254. Fremont Bonfire Ale
255. Barley Brown Turmoil CDA
256. Crux Outcast IPA
257. Commons Biere Royale
258. Commons Pils
259. Commons Grisette
260. Block 15 Sticky Hands
261. Crux Pilsner
262. Ecliptic Procyon Pale
263. Ecliptic Spica Hefepils
264. Barley Brown’s Little Vanuchi
265. Breakside Autumn Gold
266. Breakside Maple Smoked Lager
267. Breakside Toro Red
268. Block 15 Atmosphere
269. Upright Oat Stout
270. Big Time Random Thought Generator
271. Piece/Half Acre Cold and Wet
272. Piece Golden Arm
273. 5 Rabbit Golden Ale
274. People’s Munchner
275. Upland Dis-is-it IPA
276. Triton Railsplitter IPA
277. ATG Brown Note
278. New Holland Imperial Hatter
279. Sun King Fistful of Hops
280. Haymarket Face Anchor Pale
281. Upland Dragonfly IPA
282. Half Acre Daisy Cutter
283. Ale Syndicate Sunday Session
284. Goose Island All Purpose IPA
285. Goose Island Brettanomite
286. Goose Island Deception
287. Atlas Diversey Pale Ale
288. Three Floyds Gumballhead
289. Flossmoor Station Integer APA
290. Revolution Local Hero IPA
291. Three Floyds Jinx Proof
292. Dryhop Hope
293. Upland Komodo Dragonfly
294. Revolution Fistmas
295. Brickstone APA
296. Pipeworks Hyperdog
297. Solemn Oath None More Black
298. Half Acre Golden Tuna
299. Half Acre Space
300. Revolution Anti-Hero
301. Atlas Rongo Rye IPA
302. Goose Island Green Line Pale
303. Begyle Hophazardly IPA
304. Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA
305. Pfriem Christmas Ale
December
306. Lagunitas Fusion 18
307. Green Flash 11th Anniversary IPA
308. Austin Beerworks Fire Eagle IPA
309. Hops and Grain Pale Dog
310. Saint Arnold Icon Red
311. Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap
312. Real Ale Hans’ Pils
313. Real Ale Mysterium Verum Benedictum
314. Austin Beerworks English IPA
315. ABGB Day Trip Pale Ale
316. ABGB Velvet Revolution Czech Pils
317. Uncle Billy’s Road Crew Special Bitter
318. Real Ale Coffee Porter
319. Real Ale Mysterium Verum Scots Gone Wild
320. 512 Five
321. Pinthouse Calma Muerta
322. Black Star High Esteem
323. Real Ale Empire
324. Saint Arnold Sailing Santa
325. Jester King Das Wunderkind
326. Lone Pint Yellow Rose
327. Lone Pint Zeno’s Pale
328. Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel 2
329. Crescent City Pils
330. NOLA Mecha Hopzilla
331. NOLA Hopitoulas
332. Crooked Letter Mystery Romp
333. Bayou Teche LA 31
334. Abita Grapefruit Harvest IPA
335. Bayou Teche
336. Terrapin Hopsecutioner
337. Westbrook IPA
338. Wrecking Bar Pigpen IBA
339. Jekyll Hop Dang Diggity
340. Terrapin Recreation Ale
341. Twain’s Hopanero
342. Twain’s Criminal Sin IPA
343. Three Taverns Single Intent
344. Three Taverns White Hops
345. Three Taverns Feest Noel
346. Three Taverns A Night in Brussels
347. Three Taverns Theophan The Recluse
348. Westbrook Citrus Ninja Exchange
349. Mother Earth Smoked Lager
350. Sweetwater IPA
351. Terrapin Rye
352. Yes Face IPA
353. Breakside Grapefruit Chamomile Sour
354. Breakside Farmhouse Golden
355. Old Town Shanghai’d IPA
356. Upright Jasmine Pils
357. Alameda Yellow Wolf of Thailand
358. Fire on the Mountain Shocks of Sheba IPA
359. Backwoods Clearcut Pale
360. Backwoods Spruce Springsteen
361. Pfriem Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale
362. Crux Half Hitch
363. Crux Impasse Saison
364. 10 Barrel Sparkle Party
365. Firestone Walker XVII

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New Beers Tried: March

During March, I tried 28 beers I’ve never had. The highlight was the Pfriem beers I drank during their welcome-to-Seattle events. All of their stuff was good with the Mosaic Pale and Little Saison standing out as favorites. Locally, I was impressed by the Machine House beers I had at their Grand Opening party and Fremont Brewing’s Seattle Beer Week beer. Also, the First Nail (made by Fremont for Pine Box’s 1 Year Anniversary) was a cinnamon-y ass kicker meant to be sipped. I feel sorry for anyone who drank several at the Box’s anniversary party. The hangover must’ve been memorable. Here are the beers I tried:

01. Machine House Gold (draft at Machine House Brewery)

02. Machine House U Name It (draft at Machine House Brewery)

03. Good Life Sweet as Pacific (draft at Tippe and Drague)

04. Pelican Keg Monkey Zwickel (draft at Bottleworks)

05. Flyers Younts Small Beer (draft at Brouwer’s)

06. Pfriem Mosaic Pale Ale (draft at Brouwer’s)

07. Pfriem Blonde IPA (draft at Brouwer’s)

08. Logsdon Cerasus (draft at Pine Box)

09. Pfriem IPA (draft at Pine Box)

10. Pfriem Little Saison (draft at Pine Box)

11. Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye IPA (draft at Pine Box)

12. Sierra Nevada Blood Shot Imperial Red Ale (draft at Pine Box)

13. Green Flash Hop Odyssey Black IPA (draft at Bottleworks)

14. New Belgium Rampant Imperial IPA (12 oz. bottle)

15. Fremont The First Nail (draft at Pine Box)

16. Fremont Seattle Beer Week 5th Anniversary Organic Session Pale Ale (12 oz. can)

17. Deschutes River Ale (12 oz. bottle)

18. Double Mountain Project 48 (draft at Pine Box)

19. Epic Big Bad Baptist (draft at Pine Box)

20. Maui Aloha B’ak’tun Belgian Stout (12 oz. can)

21. Pfriem Super Saison (draft at Stumbling Monk)

22. Populuxe Burke-Gilman Bitter (draft at Populuxe)

23. Peddler RyePA (draft at Peddler)

24. Urban Family Nelson Muntz IPA (draft at Urban Family)

25. Southern Tier Eurotrash Pilsner (draft at Pint Defiance)

26. Bear Republic Black Racer IPA (draft at The Red Hot)

27. Georgetown Craigalicious Black Lager (draft at Parkway Tavern)

28. Wingman Maori Warrior ISA (draft at Wingman)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Song of the Day: Weeks 1-3

For the last three weeks, I’ve been posting a Song of the Day on my Twitter feed. I’ve managed to do four a week. Here’s a recap of the first twelve:

Week One:

Caballo Tripode (Valencia, Spain) - “El Rey Sayón

Yellowgoat (Los Angeles, CA) - “Cross Damnation

Wimps (Seattle, WA) - “Slept in Late

The Gary (Austin, TX) - “Innocent Bystander

Week Two:

Krupted Peasant Farmerz (San Jose, CA) - “Memories of Death

Batillus (New York, NY) - “Concrete

No Weather Talks (Hamburg, Germany) - “Privilege of Procrastination

Satanic Threat (Cleveland, OH) - “Small God, Big Cross

Week Three:

Office of Future Plans (Baltimore, MD) - “Solipsist

Wax Idols (San Francisco, CA) - “When It Happens

Tenement (Appleton, WI) - “(Messy Endings) in Middle America

Cascadia (Vancouver, BC) - “Yours

Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Beers Tried in February

It’s mid-March, so I guess my new beers tried update for February is long overdue. Here’s what I had, where I had it and a sentence or two about each (which may or may not have anything to do with how the beer tasted):


01. Old Schoolhouse New School ESB (draft at Stumbling Monk) - Had several pints of this over three separate visits to the Monk and was pleasantly surprised by how solid it was.

02. Flyers Low Vis White IPA (draft at Stumbling Monk) - For the most part, I’m not a fan of mixing Belgian styles with IPAs. This did not change my way of thinking on the subject.

03. Rainy Daze Alt (draft at Wurst Place) - I honestly don’t remember how this one was, but I tried it because I was in the neighborhood and it was from a brewery in Silverdale that I’d never heard of. I do remember that I didn’t get a sausage when I was at Wurst and that’s a damn shame.

04. Alesmith My Bloody Valentine (22 oz. bottle split 2 ways) - Malty, hoppy, pretty good. I could say that about a lot of beers.

05. Engelszell Gregorious Trappistenbier (draft at Stumbling Monk) - Probably should’ve had more respect for this beer from the newest addition to the Trappist brewery club, but I had it at the end of the night after a long day of drinking and dice-throwing. All I remember is that it was too sweet and I wished I hadn’t ordered it.

06. Port Board Meeting (22 oz. bottle split 2 ways) - Enjoyed a glass of this, but it’s not something I’d go back to again since an 8+% imperial brown ale with coffee and cocoa is not a go-to type beer for me.

07. Boneyard Notorious Triple IPA (draft at Pine Box) - Boneyard’s contribution to the Pliny The Younger-inspired hoppy arms race. Yes, it was hoppy as fuck and pretty tasty, but do we really need beers like this? I wouldn’t miss them and would much rather drink a couple pints of the brewery’s RPM IPA.

08. Triplehorn Blockhead IPA (draft at Pine Box) - Not the I-wanna-drink-it-every-day WA IPA I’m always hoping to find, but a pretty solid one from one of Woodinville’s new breweries.

09. Pike How Now Brown Ale (draft at Pike Brewing) - It was a beer I drank after work one day.

10. Fremont Trifecta IPA (draft at Brouwer’s) - I love a lot of what Fremont does and I wanted to love the new house beer they’re making for Brouwer’s/Bottleworks/Burgundian. Thing is, I tasted a touch of butter (diacetyl) in this on the night of its premiere. I’m guessing it needed to rest a bit longer or something like that. I’m sure Fremont will dial it in and subsequent batches will be great.

11. American Flying Monkey Dogfight Pale Ale (draft at Brouwer’s) - Despite the fact that this was made for this year’s Emerald City Comicon, I have nothing bad to say about it.

12. Airways Pilsner (draft at The Dray) - This is a beer I drank after work one day.

13. Cascade Bottleworks XIV (draft at Bottleworks) - I’m counting this even though I drank only 6 or so ounces and that goes against my 10 oz. minimum thing. Hey, they weren’t pouring 10 ounces at a time. I know, I know…I could’ve had more than one.

14. Pike Octopus Ink (draft at Pike Brewing) - Chris from the Red Hot said this was one of the best examples of a Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale/American Black Ale that he’s had. Who am I to argue with the owner of one of my favorite bars?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Promising Shows in February/March

One of my goals for 2013 is to try and see 2 shows a month. Only saw the Spits in January, but there’s plenty of chances to make up for it in February and March:

2/09 - Lozen, Brokaw at Rendezvous

2/11 - Enslaved, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder at Highline

2/13 - OFF!, Negative Approach at Chop Suey

2/13 - Graveyard, The Shrine at Neumos

2/26 - Krieg at 2 Bit Saloon

3/03 - Nu Sensae at Chop Suey

3/08 - Helms Alee, Sandrider at Columbia City Theater

3/15 - Milk Music at Black Lodge

3/21 - Iceage at Barboza

3/22 - White Lung at Chop Suey

3/27 - Today is the Day, Black Tusk, Ken Mode, Fight Amp at Highline

3/30 - Merchandise, Naomi Punk at Barboza

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2012 Muriels and 2013 Film Viewing Projects

If the giant fucking banner didn’t clue you in—the 2012 Muriel Awards have begun. I’m fortunate enough to still be allowed to vote. It’s a pretty good group of critics, bloggers and movie nerds. But, damn, it’s a bit of a sausage fest. I think there are 3-4 women contributors at best? There’s gotta be more female film geeks out there who’d contribute. Someone needs to do some outreach. Anyway, the results for Best Supporting Actor and Actress have been posted. Remaining categories (there are a lot) will roll out throughout the month.

I plan to participate in the Muriels again in 2013, but I also have some separate movie-watching goals dialed up. They are as follows:

1. Watch movies I’ve never seen from my birth year—1969. I’ve got a pretty solid list to choose from here: Watchlist: 1969.

2. Watch Criterion titles on Hulu Plus. I pay $7.99 a month for the service and the Criterion stuff is the main reason. It’s time I start making good use of it. I’ll be keeping a list of what I see here: Hulu Plus Criterion Project: 2013.

3. Watch a lot of Warner Archive titles. At one time, the lady and I thought about doing a blog where we’d watch and write up as many WA releases as possible. That’s probably never gonna happen, but I still have an ongoing list of stuff that I want to watch: Warner Archive Titles To See.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Enabling Myself One Beer at a Time in 2013

It’s been a few years since I’ve done this, so why not? I’m keeping track of every new-to-me beer I try this year. The usual restrictions apply. Samples do not count. What does qualify: Pint, schooner, 12 oz. bottle, split of a 22 oz. or 750 ml. Seasonals, different though they may be from year to year, do not count. That’s about it.

I tried 21 beers in January. Nothing life-changing, but a lot of solid stuff. Here’s what I drank (favorites in bold with half-assed observations after them):

001. Cascade Blueberry (draft at Pine Box)

002. Georgetown Le Roger (draft at Beveridge Place)

003. Georgetown Lovely Reida (draft at Beveridge Place)

004. Bear Republic Cafe Racer XV (draft at Pine Box)

005. Local Option Schmetterling Gose (draft at Pine Box)

006. Old Schoolhouse Uncle Big’s Brown (draft at Bottleworks)

007. Fremont Super Duper IPA (draft at Fremont Brewing) - I liked this experimental IPA (with Calypso hops) even more than the regular Fremont IPA. Easy-drinking and low octane with a lot of hop aroma and flavor.

008. Reuben’s Roasted Rye IPA (draft at Reuben’s) - I’ve yet to have a disappointing beer from Reuben’s. They brew a variety of styles that should please almost anyone’s tastes, but I think this may be my favorite of the 5 or 6 I’ve tried. The roasted rye element gives it a little something extra.

009. Urban Family Le Vagabond (draft at Urban Family)

010. Odin Sigrun IPA (draft at Beveridge Place)

011. Bellevue Oatmeal Stout (draft at Beveridge Place)

012. Elysian Doom (draft at Elysian Cap Hill)

013. Reuben’s Imperial IPA (draft at Reuben’s)

014. Avery Nineteen (draft at Bottleworks)

015. Stillwater Premium (draft at Stumbling Monk)

016. Stone Enjoy By IPA (draft at Noble Fir) - I had this at the Noble Fir on the night they tapped their last keg of Pliny. I was one of the only ones drinking it at first, since everyone was shitting their pants about Russian River leaving the market. People came around, though. I heard a couple guys who tried both Pliny and Enjoy By say that the Stone crushed Pliny. Hated to say I told them so, but I did anyway. One dude from out of town went so nuts for it that he called every beer shop in town to secure some bottles. No beer for him. That shit had long since sold out everywhere.

017. Coronado Idiot IPA (draft at Pine Box)

018. Coronado Bada Bing Porter (draft at Pine Box)

019. Naked City Brute Force IPA (draft at Naked City)

020. Machine House Bitter (cask at Pine Box) - Nothing earth-shattering here, but it’s exciting to have a new local spot brewing true English session ales to style. Not sure how they’re going to go over with the go-big-or-I’m-not-interested Seattle beer geek crowd, but I hope they manage to be successful. I know I’ll be drinking their beer when I see it around town.

021. Triplehorn Ol Du Vin (draft at Pine Box)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Remedy 20-Tea Challenge: Still on Course…Mostly

Still doing the challenge, but have to admit the enthusiasm level has gone down a bit. Returning to my old ways has something to do with it. Went out drinking a few times last week and saw a burlesque show. Not as much time to sit at Remedy and contemplate my navel over a pot of tea. Despite the distractions, I managed to try four teas last week. No mind-blowing standouts, but all were pretty good even if nothing came close to the Precious Jade Dew. Up to ten now, so halfway to the goal. Here are last week’s additions:

Brown Rice Tea (#39)

Silver Needle (#20)

Precious Eyebrows (#34)

Iron Goddess of Mercy (#53) 

There’s a chance of not making it to 20, but I should come close. Have to make sure to have at least one tea each from the Black, Pu-erh and Yerba sections since I haven’t tried any of those yet.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Remedy 20-Tea Challenge: Jade Oz (#51) & Roasted Qilan (#55)

I learned a few things about Remedy Teas this past weekend. First, the place can be just as annoying as any hipster douche coffee spot. My lady and I went on Saturday afternoon to share a pot of tea instead of doing the usual to-go cups. The place was packed and there was a definite feeling of insufferable entitlement in the air. Everyone, including the scruffy wannabe-punk kids in front of us in line, annoyed the shit out of me. Maybe I’m just a disagreeable asshole, but I didn’t enjoy being there. The other thing I learned about Remedy is that they don’t really have 150 teas. Over the weekend, I came across three teas I wanted that were out of stock. I don’t know if this is Remedy’s fault—some teas sell out and others are seasonal. But I’ve gotta admit, I was pretty disappointed that I won’t be able to try Iron Goddess of Mercy this month. With a name like that, I was expecting great things.

On to the teas I did try. It was an oolong weekend. On Saturday, after being denied the Iron Goddess, we shared a pot of Jade Oz on the tearista’s recommendation. It was good, splitting the difference between the subtle flavors of a green tea and the bolder punch of a black tea. It definitely leaned toward the more delicate green tea side. On Sunday, I went with the Roasted Qilan. It was alright, roasty and whatnot, but I think I liked the Jade Oz better. Overall, I think I like greens more than oolongs. I suspect I’m gonna prefer green tea to black tea as well. We’ll see.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Remedy 20-Tea Challenge: Precious Jade Dew (#37)

With the first sip of tea I had last night, I had one of those moments where you know, instinctively, that you’re tasting something amazing. You feel it in your gut or whatever and instantly think “Wow, this shit is fucking good. Really good. I don’t think I’ve tasted anything like this and I really like it.”  I didn’t need to sip the tea several more times, roll it around on my tongue and intellectualize about what made it so great. I just knew it was other-level good.

The tea in question was Precious Jade Dew. For more about what makes this tea extraordinary, check out a post on Tired of Ramen with commentary from the founder of Remedy Teas. When December’s tea experimentation is over, this is one I’ll be returning to again and again. Hopefully, there are more wow teas like this to come.