In 2011 I added 67 new posts to the Boa Beer Blog, or a little better than fives posts per month. And I’m way behind! As I look at my running list of potential blog topics, I see more than 20 beer experiences that should be logged. So I’m going to write a catch-up post and pull in a bunch of 2011 brews who deserve a rightful place at the Boa Beer Blog table.
Random Beer Tasting headlined by Dogfish Head
A trip to Total Wine in McLean, Virgina resulted in a random beer tasting with several Dogfish Head brews that I was trying for the first time. I’m a big fan of Dogfish Head (DE) so this was a favorite 2011 beer moment. The tasting included:
- Saison du BUFF, a collaboration between Dogfish Head, Stone Brewing Co. and Victory Brewing Company (6.0%). ‘Nuff said.
- Miles Davis Bitches Brew, a unique dark beer with an interesting story as described on the Dogfish Head web site (9.0%).
- Burton Baton, an “oak-aged gentle giant” that is a blend of a an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA (10.0%).
This was an interesting four-beer tasting:
- Humming Ale, Anchor Brewing Company (CA), a summer release from Anchor (5.9%).
- Imperial Porter, Southampton Publick House (NY), a robust Black Ale
- Yakima Glory Ale, Victory Brewing Company (PA), a well-balanced Double IPA (8.7%)
- Organic Imperial Brown Ale, Bison Brewing (CA), a strong Brown Ale at 7.0%
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Old Dominion Brewing Company (DE) beers were on sale at Magruder’s, so I picked up a couple of cases of mixed six packs, including:
- Oak Barrel Stout
- Dominion Lager
- Dominion Ale
- Big Thaw Bock
- Hop Mountain Pale Ale
- Millennium Ale
Another random big beer tasting in 2011 featured:
Southern Hemisphere Harvest, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
“a beer with fresh-picked hops from the southern hemisphere”
Coffee Stout, Long Trail Brewing Company (8.0%),
available as part of the limited release styles brewed in small batches.