February 20, 2009


Took an unplanned break there to divest myself of anything and everything in that complex and suddenly ruthlessly efficient system of parts between my esophagus and intestines for the greater part of four days. You can get cleaned out the fashionable way, take that all-lemon diet or other methods, or just acquire some bug that won't let go of you for a few days.

No hospitalization necessary, fortunately, but I don't wish that on anyone.

Still a bit weakened but hopefully back on the beer kick in a few days here. Onward.

February 13, 2009

Off to Max's Belgian Beer Fest

Doors open at 11 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Free Belgian buffet Friday AM.

I know several of the regulars at Frisco Grille will be there in the AM. This really is one of the beer events of the year in the U.S. Max's will be hopping but its fun and lively and some great beer is available all three days. I advise going for taster glasses the entire way, as chalices will limit just how much you can "try" unless there's something you just absolutely love or are ordering bottles.

The tap list is available online, with the bottle list printed on the beer lists at the event. I've done a decent amount of homework, enough to know almost everything there is special or close to it, while marking a good 20 or so beers most desired. The tap list is very heavy with Belgian Dark/BSDA's, tons of winter/Christmas beers among those, spicy and potent.

Personally I've always favored pale malts and yeast/hops for flavor, so the Belgian Pales, Tripels and Saisons are much higher on my list, maybe mixing in a malty Dubbel somewhere. Oh and Belgium's famous, puckery, fierce lambics, fruit beers and Flanders style ales. So much to choose from!

As always be safe if you make your way there, man is not equipped to handle so much potent brew, and I'll certainly be pacing myself, however frustrating that is at least the fest runs several days, enough to derive immense enjoyment even if I can't try everything I've targeted.

Whatever "reporting" is to be had, I'll try and provide. Basically: lots and lots of people drinking great beer, shoulder-to-shoulder, for three days straight.

Update: Pretty darn cool, was able to procure a bar seat at opening and meet some regulars from Beer Advocate's Mid-Atlantic forums. I'll post what I drank on another entry maybe, add my one picture I took and whatever other details come to mind. Doubt I'll go back Saturday, was able to hit a LOT of what I had targeted and its been a week of solid drinking, the body needs a rest. Sunday sounds tempting though.

Feel free to comment with your experience. Today wasn't too bad until right around when I was leaving at 2 PM when things started getting more crowded. Saturday is likely to be a zoo though, good luck if you're going.

February 12, 2009

The Beer Events Are Coming! The Beer Events Are Coming!

Winter will be around on and off for another 1-2 months, but I can see the future and I see many exciting beer events rapidly heading our way. Hopefully warm weather comes with them.

SAVOR in D.C., this week's Belgian Beer Fest at Max's, Fells Point's beer fest, and many, many others. More details as I assemble everything.

February 11, 2009

Nugget Nectar Firkin at Frisco Grille Tonight

But you knew that already.

Update: Very, very good stuff. The cask kicked in 90 minutes.

February 2, 2009

Back to the Real World

IPA week at The Judge's Bench, Monday is Randallizer night at Frisco Grille and I need to replace a broken Brewer's Art chalice -- not naming names but it wasn't me.

February 1, 2009


Before ... and after.

My drinking companions fell off pace. Its about enjoyment anyway, not inebriation. The taste buds are still intact and this Torpedo is popping, so no harm.

Quinto er, Sesto

Another Sierra Nevada Torpedo, wrapping things up. Camera happy much?

Quarto er Quinto

Flying Dog Classic Pale Ale, not quite as good as on tap, but a nice refresher.

The Fix Is In

Is there any doubt?


Sierra Nevada 12th Release Harvest Wet Hop Ale. Eh ... skunked, perhaps?


Sierra Nevada Torpedo, brand new in bottle.


Brewers Art Green Peppercorn Tripel, just bottled.

DELICIOUS, they toned down the peppercorn from last year's tap version, much more aromatic "blond" this time.


Brought this back home from San Diego, one of the last Sculpin bottles available at the source. It lost a little something in transport but still delicious and great aroma.


Super Bowl Sunday, a little less lonely this time around.

Aforementioned beers, plus Brewers Art Resurrection, Bear Republic Racer 5, Lagunitas Cappucino Stout, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Sierra Nevada Wet Hop Harvest, 2x Flying Dog Classic Pale, and a six pack of the brand new bottled Sierra Nevada Torpedo DIPA.