Posted by BoaBeerBlog on February 4, 2013
My brewery of choice for Super Bowl XLVII: Victory Brewing Company from Downington, PA. Sure, I savored some Baltimore brew while watching my beloved Ravens beat the 49ers to win their second Super Bowl. But when I saw the Variety of Victorys mixed 12-pack at the beer store, I had a premonition of celebrating a Raven’s victory with a Victory beer.
I’m superstitious about football, and I didn’t want to anger the football gods by drinking Victory before the win was sealed. But as soon as the clock hit 00:00, I popped open a Golden Monkey, a strong Tripel (9.5%) worthy of a Super Bowl celebration.
So what did I drink during the big game? For my Baltimore brew, I had only one beer in mind. Loose Cannon Hop³ IPA from Heavy Seas. At 7.25% ABV, Loose Cannon is not exactly a football-watching session beer, but a special game calls for a special beer, and Loose Cannon is one of my favorites. Coincidence that the Loose Cannon label is purple? I think not!
We hosted my sister and her family for the Super Bowl, and my brother-in-law Rich brought a home brew – his Groaning Ale, a strong beer at 10%+. We also shared a bomber of Double D, a Double IPA from Dominion Brewing Company in Dover, DE – another 10%+ ABV brew. I don’t have a pic, but the guys will want to check out the bottle label on the Old Dominion web site.
Finally, we also drank a growler of Cornerstone Copper Ale (5.9%) from Chocolate City Brewing Company in Washington, D.C. I filled the growler at the brewery the day before the Super Bowl, but more on that in a later post.
I had some awesome beer during the Super Bowl, but my favorite drink of the night was the shot of Blackberry Brandy I did to celebrate the fact that…
THE BALTIMORE RAVENS ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPS!!
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Posted by BoaBeerBlog on January 31, 2013
Continuing my list of the blog-worthy beers from last year that didn’t make it into a regular blog post – the (almost) overlooked beers of 2012.
I’ll kick-off Part 2 with the best brewpub not to have its own blog post in 2012: Haymarket Pub and Brewery in Chicago. I had an awesome visit to Haymarket during a business trip in October 2012. Haymarket had an amazing selection of both house beers and guest taps. The place was loud and crowded but friendly, and I heard a funny quote at the bar that night:
One bartender to another: “We gotta lot of beer geeks in here tonight – no one is drinking the Pilsner.”
Haymarket draws a fun beer-loving crowd who are served by top-notch bartenders. I’ll be back.
I took the official Samuel Adams Hop Tour through their mixed 6-pack above…
…and the unofficial Sierra Nevada Hop Tour through the custom-built flight of beers below. What a line-up!
Lake Front Brewery Variety 8-Pack
I’ve had plenty of variety 6-packs and variety 12-packs, but never a variety 8-pack until this mixed box from Lake Front Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Beer of the Month Club – September 2012
Atwater Brewery from Detroit, MI and Blue Blood Brewing Company from Lincoln, NE
Beer of the Month Club – October 2012
Coastal Fog Brewing from Concord, CA and Thomas Hooker Brewing Company from Hartford, CT
The Beer of the Month Club was one of my beer highlights of 2012. I loved getting beer delivered directly to my door. I enjoyed a two-month gift subscription in early 2012 and a four-month gift subscription in late 2012. Both gifts were from professional colleagues, and I’m eternally grateful. As I said in my Very Beery Christmas post, anyone who knows me knows that a gift related to beer is one that I’ll enjoy!
It’s also cool when you can drink a beer at home in its proper pint glass. And here’s my Coastal Fog brew in the Coastal Fog pint glass that Beth brought back from a trip to California and a visit to Tied House Brewery. Enjoyed on a sunny October Saturday.
Finally, I’ll end with one of the five Barleywines that I sampled in 2012 – Heavy Seas Below Decks Barleywine from Baltimore, MD. I don’t know why I only had a few Barleywines last year but I’m going to make up for it in 2013 by attending the Mad Fox 3rd Annual Barleywine Festival, February 23-24. As of this post, they have 30 Barleywines already on hand!
To Be Continued…
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