Belgian Beer Fest, so far

Posted by Jim on Mar 8th, 2010
Mar 8

For 48 hours this weekend, I was able to drink some incredible beers as part of the Lion’s Pride first annual Belgian Beer Festival, as well as a couple of American Reds during a glorious Sunday afternoon session.  Reading page after page of my tasting notes may not appeal to everyone, but I can’t recount the events of the weekend without expressing how I felt about each beverage I sampled, so I ask you to stick with me.  I entered the Lion’s Pride feeling like a kid in a candy store.  I knew that everything available was going to be great, and had even seen the master list of all the beers to be oared over the week-long event, but still did not know what selections were to be made available on opening night.  I was also curious as to how the BBF’s glass club would operate (and if its benefits would encompass the entire festival or just the night I joined).  Before I could even ask, my friend Robin told me to just get the glass as it was exactly what someone like myself would want.  I trusted her and asked for my glass.  It is a beautiful goblet/snifter that could probably hold 12-14oz of fluid, but is designed for a 10oz pour, leaving room to swirl and smell you drink of choice.  One side of the glass has text mimicking the sign out front, stating The Lion’s Pride Brunswick, Maine.  The reverse has a carefully place Lion (also visible on the sign in front of the pub), whose extended tongue precisely marks the height of a 10oz pour.  The bottom of the goblet, where it meets the short stem, is flatter than other glasses, making the vessel sit comfortably in my hand.  It’s an excellent glass that will see use long after the festival is over.  Later on, I learned that this glass cost me $10, but provides a discount on every draft beer I order throughout the week, assuming I bring my glass back.  There are two levels of pricing; each pour will be either $7 or $10, and which price is clearly marked by each beer on the tap list.  My membership paid for itself the first night.

After getting my glass, the big question was what to order first.  Do I go for a BFM, a Cantillion, a triple or something else?  Something else is only way to describe what I ordered, an Italian/American collaboration Imperial Pilsner.  It was far cry from the styles associated with Belgian brewers, but it was very tasty.

Birra Del Borgo/Dogfish Head My Antonia
A / 4.3
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

It has a very pretty tarnished gold color. It is very clear, as a good pilsner should be. It had a large foam head that was pure white; it left behind lots of lacing as I drank it. Surprisingly, I couldn’t see any carbonation rising within the glass. It had a musty yeast aroma with some sour citrus mixed in as well. My impressions of the flavor were creamy, malty, and a bit fruity. There was a touch of crystal sugar I could taste, a nod to the imperial nature of this beer, but it was subtle. It had a medium body and a medium level of coating. It felt good, but was not remarkable. I found it to be very drinkable. I thought it would go well with a pork dish. I could see myself enjoying a few glasses of this over a great meal.

After this beer, I was ready for a real Belgian ale.  I decided to go with a beer I had never tried, from one of my favorite Belgian Brewers.

De Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelique
A- / 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

This dubbel has a light brown/dark orange hue with a think skim of off-white bubbles. There is a bit of a coat that clings to the walls of the glass as I swirl the beer around. There is a bit of Belgian yeast in the aroma, but mostly I smell sweet and sour apples. I like it a lot. The flavor is crisp and slightly sour. I can taste green apples. I think I could also taste some caramel malts. It also had a slight nuttiness. The body was of medium intensity and there was a good amount of sharp carbonation that played on my tongue. It left a slight coat, but nothing too big. I found it to be pretty drinkable. There was a tartness to the aftertaste that may be a limiting factor as one approaches the end of a bottle. This would be an excellent beer to split with a friend, especially if you were both fans of the style.  It’s not my favorite dubbel or De Glazen Toren beer, but I am glad I ordered it.

I wanted to try another rare beer at this point, so I went with an entry in Brooklyn’s Brewmasters Series that I had not tried before.  I had been impressed with other beers in this series, so I had high hopes for this next pour.

Brooklyn Flemish Gold
B+ / 3.95
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

The Lion’s Pride had been sitting on this keg since the beer was first released, so it does have a few months of age on it. The beer has a glowing dirty yellow color. It reminds me of a slice of lemon meringue pie. The thick white foamy head helps complete the analogy. Patchy lace is left behind. The aroma is full of yeast. It’s crisp and dusty. It reminds of the beach, if that makes any sense; it doesn’t smell like the sea, but something in the nose makes me think of sitting in the sun, oceanside. The beer is slightly sweet up front. This turns to a biscuity taste that last throughout the swallow. There is a hint of sweet citrus thrown in for good measure. It has a light body and a bit of carbonation. Between the tiny bubbles and chill of the serving temperature, the beer has a great crispness. It’s a pretty drinkable beer, but I don’t think I’d order more than one.

I didn’t really know what I was ordering when I chose this beer.  I saw the word Flemish in the name and assumed that it would be tart or sour.  The beer was actually a farmhouse style ale, and it conformed to that style commendably, but it was not quite what I wanted.  Any disappointment I felt was quickly washed though.  Word began to circulate amongst the BA’s in attendance that although it wasn’t on the menu, you could inquire about a certain blend of Black Albert and Kate the Great.  In exchange for twelve American dollars, your friendly bartender would disappear into the back room and return with a small pour of a beautiful black liquid served in a wine glass.  This was my first “Oh Wow!” moment of the weekend.

A / 4.45
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5

This elusive beer is what is left over from a special mix made for last summer’s Belgian Beer Fest at Ebenezer’s.  It is made up of 2009 Portsmouth Kate the Great Imperial Stout and De Struise Black Albert, two stouts that rate very high in my book.  A small pour was all that was allowed, as there were only a few gallons available (if that).  It is unknown if this blend will ever be made again.  It appears black as night, with a thin tan head.  There is lots of coating and lace left behind as I swirl the beer around.  The complex nose was full of alcohol, coffee toffee and dark chocolate aromas.  My initial impressions of the taste had me picking out flavors of sweet malts, alcohol, chocolate, coffee and raspberries.  I could distinctly pick out the Kate and the Albert, which was quite surprising.  It had an amazing flavor.  I classify the body as being medium, but the heftiness of Kate shines through, making it feel fuller.  It leaves a stickiness on my lips, also reminiscent of the Kate that I tried earlier in the week.  There was hardly any carbonation, but it didn’t feel flat; It worked.  For a strong stout, this is so drinkable.  The only factor holding me back from enjoy glass after glass of this sublime beverage is the incredible rarity of it.  I hope other get to try it, for this beer is great.

I was so honored to be able to try this beer.  I never thought I’d get the opportunity to try something this rare and wonderful.  The Lion’s Pride never disappoints.  After this great strong, malty stout, I was nearing the end of my night.  I still needed to drive home, but I had one last round in me.  To offset all those malts, I wanted to leave with a bitter hop bomb.

‘t Smisje IPA+
A- / 4.2
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap as part of the Lion’s Pride Belgian Beer Festival. The beer has an opaque peach color with a thin soapy white head. The Belgians know what a good strong IPA should look like, that’s for sure. The nose was full of floral hops and orange citrus, proving they also know what big IPAs should smell like. The taste begins with some floral hops up front, followed by some sweetness and a strong bitterness that goes strong until I swallow, and lingers on after that. The flavor also has a bit of peppery spice to it that adds a nice, strong Belgian touch to this style. It has a medium body and an average amount of carbonation. The sharp hop flavors feel good. I find the beer to be quite drinkable. Someone who isn’t into hoppy beers would probably not make it through one glass, but really, why would someone not into hops order this beer? If this one sounds good to you, seek it out.

So ended my first night at the BBF.  Saturday found me right back at the bar though.  I was there to celebrate my friend Robin’s birthday.  She and I were the first customers to arrive that morning, about 15 minutes after the bar unlocked its doors.  The lights were off and there was no one behind the bar.  Anna, the only staff member around, quickly came out from out back and took our orders.  Within minutes, more members of our party and separate group of beer lovers had entered the bar.  Within 30 minutes, the place bar area was nearing capacity.  I got the impression that this was far from normal for a Saturday morning at the Lion’s Pride.  Our bartender Leigh later told me that Jen, the owner, called her frantically to tell her the place was full of BA’s and that she needed to get in as soon as possible.  I love that BA’s have that kind of reputation.  We’re not mean or rowdy, we just want good beer; and when there is stuff as good as the Lion’s Pride was pouring, we will fill your bar before noon.

Cantillion Vigeronne
A / 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4.5

Since I didn’t have any sour beers on Friday, I wanted to begin with one of the greats.  Cantillon has never disappointed me in the past.  The beer has a cloudy, opaque peach appearance, like a glass of juice or nectar. There was no head, per se, but I could see some individual bubbles on top that kind of looked like specs floating in the beer.. It coats the sides of the glass slightly. It has an aroma that is both musty and sour. I can smell some peach as well. The taste has some sourness, but not too much. It is a bit cider-like. It tastes aged, kind of like an old oxidized beer, but not quite. There were some ripe fruit flavors as well. It has a light body. There was a good tingling sensation from the sourness. I also felt a slight puckering after I swallowed. It was very drinkable. I could easily go through an entire bottle.

Wild enjoying my Cantillon, I was already thinking about what to order next.  I noticed on the master list that the La Rulles Tripel was brewed with Orval yeast.  Orval is a pretty unique beer, so I was curious if this triple had some of the same slightly funky qualities.  My next round had been decided upon.

La Rullés Triple
A / 4.3
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is colored golden orange and appears opaque. There is a thin skim of large soap bubbles atop the beer. There are lots of tiny bubbles that cling to the sides as I swirl the beer about the glass. It has a funky citrus aroma. There are some great smells from the Orval yeast, but also has great qualities you find in triples. I like it a lot. The taste also has a crisp funk flavor. I can also taste a bit of fruit. For some reason it tastes woodsy. It conjures up images of pine twigs, although I wouldn’t say it tastes like pine. Maybe be it just reminds me of being in a forest. It has a medium body with a touch of creaminess. It finishes crisp. It has an average amount of carbonation for the style. This beer doesn’t feel like it wants to be drank quickly; but it isn’t really a sipper either. I believe it just asks to be enjoyed.

Having enjoyed that triple, I wanted to try another, this time from a brewery whose other products I rather enjoy.

Kasteel Triple
A- / 4.05
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5

The beer has a translucent golden yellow appearance. There is a thin ring of white soap bubbles on top of the beer. After swirling the beer around the glass, it deposits a good foamy film. As the amount of beer in my glass got lower, I noticed that looking straight down through the beer, it was clear; it was only transparent when viewed through the sides of the glass. It has a lemon citrus aroma, with a bit of musty yeast. The taste has some flavors of Belgian yeast, crisp lemon citrus, and both crystal and candy sugars. There is some hops present in the aftertaste. It has a medium body and plenty of carbonation that makes it feel a bit peppery. There is a little bit of mouthcoating, but not as much as the ABV lead me to expect. It’s a crisp beer, but the sweetness and strength would make me limit myself to one pour.

As I was finishing this glass of beer, I got an unexpected surprise.  Ryan reached into the cooler and pulled out a small cask.  He grabbed a mallet and spout and went off to tap an extremely rare cask of ‘t Smisje BBBourgondier.  It is one of only two or three casks produced.  The bottles of this beverage are hard enough to come by, but the casks are virtually nonexistent.  I was really looking forward to trying this beverage and quickly finished my triple so I could order a glass of it.

‘t Smisje BBBourgondier (cask’d)
A / 4.45
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes of a rare cask pour at the Lion’s Pride’s Belgian Beer Festival. This cask was just tapped moments before I was served a glass; it had been stored in a cooler, so it was at a lower temperature than most cask beers are poured. It has a beautiful creamy copper/brown color. There are two fingers worth of white foam. The head settled slowly to an even skim of white. Perfect lace was left behind. This is exactly how a cask beer should look. It has a subtle aroma; a little cidery, spicy and sweet. It’s a good balance of the strong smells you get from a quad and the faint smells from casked beer. The flavor has sweet malts up front, with some crystal sugar and a slight cider taste. There is alcohol and pepper in the finish. It’s very unique and tasty. It has a lighter medium body; surprising for a quad, but right in line with a lot of the cask beers I’ve tried. There isn’t much carbonation, but more than other casks, perhaps keeping the cask chilled helped with this. The beer leaves a great sweet coating on my tongue. There are plenty of alcohol vapors as well. It is slightly stickier than I like; I would rate it a 4.25 if I could. This is supremely drinkable, considering the strength, alcohol and spice. It’s such a unique beer, I can’t really say if it exceeds or conforms to the expectations of any style. It’s just great.

I couldn’t top that final beverage, so this is where I ended my second day of the festival.  Sunday brought the signature event, the Belgian Beer Dinner.  I’m not a food critic, so I can’t rightly critique what I ate.  All I know is that it was amazing.  The courses are described here, as are the beers paired with each course.  I was unable to review the new beers I tried during the meal, as there was a lot going on, but I made sure to jot down some notes on the final beverage of the night, which constituted the first Russian River brew to cross my lips.

Russian River Consecration
A+ / 4.55
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4

It is a clear beer with a dark plum color. There isn’t much head, just a thin off-white ring of foam where the beer touches the glass. The nose is just amazing, with notes of port, sherry and a bit of wild, sour yeast. I can taste sour grapes, both white and red; each has a distinct flavor profile. There is a warm alcohol ester aftertaste. It tastes incredible. There is a medium body with a ton of carbonation. The alcohol vapors feel great. The carbonation and sour flavors leave a little tingle on my tongue after I swallow. As a single glass pour, the beer is very drinkable. If I ever found myself in possession of a full bottle, I’d want to split it with a friend.

That certainly is a lot of great beer I’ve been able to try over the past three days.  The rest of the week should be no different.  On Tuesday, the Lion’s Pride welcomes Rob Tod, Jason Perkins and the other folks at Allagash for a night full of rare beers and something entirely new.  It’s a can’t miss event, along the lines of the Gargamel and Vagabond releases.  Thursday, owner Chris Lively returns from Belgium with what I can only assume will be an amazing collection of nearly impossible to obtain beer.  Luckily, he’s very generous with his rare finds.

A near perfect meal

Posted by Jim on Feb 9th, 2010
Feb 9

Nissa and I took advantage of locals night at the Lion’s Pride yesterday.  The special pricing includes $12 for a large plate of shrimp scampi or generous cut of prime rib.  I guess it’s called locals night because not many tourists are still in Brunswick on Mondays.  We drove up from South Portland for the meal, and I certainly found it to be worthwhile.  It’s amazing to me that more people aren’t taking advantage of this offer.  I know we are all experiencing tough economic times, but if you are able to afford a meal out, this should be near the top of your list.  The steak I ordered was very tasty.  It had been way too long since I ordered a piece of prime rib.  I wouldn’t say that the cut I had last night is better than the sirloin tips that are always on the menu, but I am still very happy with my choice.  As soon as Nissa and I decided to have dinner here, I was picturing what find beer I would order to accompany my meal.  For me, it was a no-brainer: a glass of Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale.  This s one of my favorite beers.  It’s high cost and rarity makes it a special occasion beer for me, and this nice dinner seemed like a good opportunity to order one.  here’s my impression of this terrific brew.

Pannepot Old Fisherman’s Ale

A+ / 4.65
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 5

Reviewed from my tasting notes. Served in a snifter at the Lion’s Pride. The beer is colored a very dark shade of brown; it is too dark too see anything through it except for a faint glow caused by a bright light. There was a small head of tiny tan bubbles It quickly settled to skim of foam. There was a little bit of lacing left by the settling, but a great amount of lacing occurred as I began to drink the beer. The Old Fisherman’s Ale smells nothing like an old fisherman. It is mainly sweet, with plenty of spices. I think I can detect aromas of clove and date, but identifying smells is one of my weak points, so I can’t do this aroma justice. I find it be very pleasant and a perfect compliment to the amazing flavor this beer possesses. I taste plums and dates. It is a bit sweet, but not as sweet as other Quads and high alcohol brews. In fact, there is just a hint of alcohol, mostly in the finish. You can feel and taste it evaporating after you swallow. For a spiced beer, this is taste perfection. The body is of medium consistency, while the level of carbonation is on the lighter side. There is some mouth coating, but it is very slight. It is not syrupy or sticky; as I described above, it feels like it is just a thin layer of alcohol the pleasantly disappears. This is especially impressive, considering the strength and style of this beer. This quality mouthfeel lends itself to making Pannepot incredibly drinkable. The spices never get overwhelming. If you order a glass of this, or pop open a bottle, you could sip it slowly for a long time, or just as easily, you could order round after round. The alcohol never impedes the drinkablity (the Old Fisherman’s Ale is dangerous that way). I would drink this beer all the time, if it wasn’t so rare (and expensive). It’s an exceptional product that I can easily call my favorite Quad.

The Lion’s Pride always has a bunch of posters up advertising upcoming events and specials, so I was surprised when I saw an announcement on their blog that was not advertised in the restaurant.  The week spanning March 5 through the 13th is the date of the Lion’s Pride First Annual Belgian Beer fest.  Beer nerds far and wide know the reputation of the Belgian Beer festival held annually at Ebenezer’s (the Lion’s Pride’s sister location), so to have a similar event this close to home is something to be very excited about.  Chris, the host of these events, is always very generous with the rare beers he offers to those lucky folks who make the pilgrimage to the event, and this one looks to be no different.  The blog has a number of beers listed, but the event listing at Beer Advocate actually has a bit more information, so I’ll copy that list for you to look over:

On Draught:
A whole bunch of Allagash Goodies will be on draught
De Dolle Mad Bitch Oct.2009
DeDolle Stille Nacht 2007
Tsmije Plus
Tsmije Tripel
Tsmije Kerst
Tsmije Catherine The Great
Tsmije Wostyjte
Tsmije BBB (CASK)
Oude Beersel Framboise
Oude Beersel Unblended Lambic
Pannepot 2007
Tsjeeses 2008
De Glazen Toren Jan De Litche
De Glazen Toren Saison De Epmere
De Glazen Toren Canister
Cuvee De Angelique
Konnenings Hoeven Quad
Chimay Tripel
Cantillon Gueuze
Cantillon Cuvee De Champions 02-03
Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek 2006
Cantillon Vigeronne
La Trappe Brother Isdor
Abbey ST Bon Chien 2006
Abbey ST Bon Chien 2007
Abbey St Bn Chien 2008
BFM Le Muele
BFM Toriple
Brooklyn Flemish Gold
St. Bernardus
And a few other rather interesting things being poured as well 😉

It’s easy to be excited about everything on that list.  Considering that something as amazing as Koningshoeven Quad is the low point (as in, easiest to acquire outside of this event) , I don’t know how a beer fan could not be incredibly excited about this event.  I find it too hard to even list the stand-outs—they are all stand-outs.  But on March 5 I’ll have to decide what to drink first, so based upon what information I have now, I think I would have to order a Kabert.  Don’t go looking for a beer Advocate listing for Kabert, you won’t find it, this beer is too rare.  It’s a special blend of Portsmouth’s Kate the Great and De Struisse’s Black Albert.  Is it possible for two of the greatest beers on Earth to be made even better?  I’ll let you know on March 5th.

The Lion’s Pride, Brunswick, Maine

Posted by Jim on Jul 1st, 2009
Jul 1

This review was written on July 1, as soon as I got home from the Lion’s Pride.  I think I may have just had the best beer experience of my life.  I walked into the empty restaurant and was asked by a server if I wanted I table.  I told him I wanted to sit at the bar and he said I was welcome to.  As I walked to the beautiful copper topped bar, the woman behind the bar said “You’re Nissa’s [my wife] significant other…Josh..or something with a J.”  I told her it was Jim and sat down, amazed that I’m already known by name at a place I’ve never been to before.  [It helps that I’ve been to Ebenezer’s Pub a few times, and Jess, the bartender who recognized me, worked their regularly until Lion’s Pride opened.]

This initial experience showed me that this place is just as inviting and friendly as Ebenezer’s is.  Every patron is a friend and is always welcome.  Within ten minutes of sitting down I was introduced to Chris Lively (the owner) as a Beer Advocate, and he handed me a $600 bottle of 3 Fonteinen J & J Oude Gueuze that he was planning on uncorking for the official opening of the bar on July 3.  You don’t get an experience like that at just any bar.

The Lion’s Pride is laid out in three sections.  As you walk in the front door you enter the dining room.  It’s full of comfortable looking tables.  To your left is a former sun room that provides the closest thing to outdoor seating you’ll find here with its glass walls.  To your right is the bar area, where I spent all of my time and which I will cover in my review.

As I mentioned, there is an L-shaped copper topped bar.  Behind one side of it are the 35 taps, each topped with a custom made blown glass tap handle.  There are no brewery labels on the taps, all you have to go by is the wall-length chalkboard listing all 35 draft selections.  Continuing the no labels theme is the glassware section behind the other side of the bar. Here you’ll find wine, pilsner, tulip and snifter glasses, all unadorned with any markings [No pint glasses!  This is a bar with no pint glasses!].  Later on in the evening, they put up a selection of Allagash glasses; it was the only labeled barware in sight, save one random St. Bernadus chalice that looked out of place on it’s shelf.  I doubt that the Allagash glasses will last much longer than the kegs of Fedelta and White that are currently on offer, unless another Allagash keg is tapped.

Surrounding the glassware are the bottle coolers, although you could easily call them a beer museum.  In my quick perusal I spied a bottle of Gargamel, numerous vintages of Cantillons, a selection of De Rankes, and some 3 Fonteinens (including the aforementioned 03 J & J Oude Gueuze), and that was jsut the labmic cooler.  At the other end of the bar are a number of Trappist selections, abbey ales and other Belgian goodies.

Elsewhere in the barroom you’ll find a flat screen television, a long upholstered bench on one wall, a number of tables with upholstered chairs that match the bench, and satellite blues music on the loudspeakers.  On the walls are an assortment of bar signs (including a few St. Sixtus ones that were quite impressive).  Even better than the bar signs are the large murals representing a number of different beer labels form around the country.  [Be sure to look up at the ceiling as you enter the restaurant for an impressive but easily missed mural]  The walls are either dark red, yellow or black, representing the three colors on the Belgian flag.  There is a tin ceiling.  I don’t recall what the lighting was like, but it was bright enough to feel comfortable.  There are a few windows that look onto Pleasant street.  It was very cozy and comfortable without feeling forced.

The service was excellent, with everyone eager and willing to discuss beer.  They were also quick to ask you if you wanted a refill once your glass got empty (for both beer and water).  I forget all the names of the people I met, but each of them would be a perfect server; to have a team this prepared and competent on opening day is amazing.

I didn’t try the food, but it looked great.  The beef and pork come from the same farm that provides the meat for Ebenezer’s Pub, and those selections are to die for.  All of the fruit and vegetables are purchased fresh at the local farmer’s market.  I imagine the seafood is local as well.  The cheeses are all artisanal, including some Trappist selections.

One aspect of the bar I cannot review yet is the brewery side.  All of the brewing equipment is visible through large windows in the dining room.  It will be a few months before anything drinkable is produced, but if it is even half the quality of the rest of this bar, then the beers will be something to go far out of your way for.

In summary, I can’t say enough good things about the Lion’s Pride.  Previously, any beer fan would need to go to any of three places in Maine: Ebenezer’s, Novare Res or the Great Lost Bear.  We can now safely add a fourth location to that list, and it may very well enter the list at number 1.  If God were a craft beer drinker, he’s be a regular here.  Do whatever you can to get to the Lion’s Pride.  You will not be disappointed.  For me, it is brewpub perfection.

Thanksgiving Menu: Just the Important Stuff

Posted by Jim on Nov 24th, 2008
Nov 24

Everyone knows the foods you eat at Thanksgiving: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, squash, peas and plenty of gravy.  Nissa and I aren’t being all that different for our first Thanksgiving in our home when it comes to food.  Where our creative tastes will shine is in the selection of beverages.  Here’s what we’ll be pouring:

  • Victory Prima Pils
  • Shipyard Pumpkinhead
  • Ommegang Abbey Ale
  • Westmalle Dubbel
  • Smoking Loon 2007 Pinot Noir
  • Pepperwood Grove 2007 Pinot Noir
  • Oakhurst Egg Nog
  • Randall Orchards Apple Cider

Also, while at RSVP to buy most of these drinks, I picked up a four pack of the rereleased Geary’s Wee Heavy Scottish Ale.  If they aren’t all gone by Thirsday, they will be available to our guests.  Lastly, in case of emergency, I can break out the Moinette Blond I got for my birthday.  If the food Nissa and I cook is half as good as this line up, we’re in for a fantastic Thanksgiving.

Join the Club

Posted by Jim on Dec 5th, 2007
Dec 5

Tonight, my lovely wife Nissa will join me in membership in one of great exclusive clubs: the Shipyard Ale Society.  Feel like joining us for a pint and some free loot?  Just show up at the Great Lost Bear any time after 6pm tonight, we’ll probably be there.  If you can’t make it this month, the Society has regular meetings at GLB on the first Wednesday of every month.  Of course, showing up at GLB only nets you the free goodies (my membership initiation included a pint glass, t-shirt, lapel pin and 2 Sea Dogs tickets); to actually join the Society, all you need to do is crack open and enjoy a fine Shipyard beer.  May I suggest a Prelude?  I say it’s their best beer, and it’s only available in the winter months.