Out on the town today trying a new (to me) beer. Anchorage Brewing – The Tide and its Takers. This is a barrel aged triple aged in Chardonnay barrels. The beer is quite dry with distinct spice notes an a slightly sour finish. Quite refreshing on a hot day.
This is the Troubador Sorachi Ace Belgian Triple India Pale Ale. What a mouthful. It has all the hallmarks of a good tripel. Citrus notes with a sharp hop note and high alcohol. A quite refreshing brew. It’s competing with the Tripel Karmeliet which is my current favorite tripel.
The mailman was kind enough to just deliver a 3 pack of Brew Dog San Diego Scotch Ale.
I’ll give you impressions later tonight. My laptop is currently undergoing surgery. Or will be after I finish copying files to the new drive.
I promised you an impression and here it is: yum! The beer is a dark, creamy brew that hints of coffee, caramel and rum. The rum flavor comes from the aging in rum barrels but it is quite distinct from whiskey barrel aged beer. It’s a shame there are no US distributors (that I have found.)
The first bottle of this was awesome and as described. The subsequent 2 bottles weren’t the same. The smoky flavor was over pronounced and tasted almost burnt. I must have had 2 batches represented in those 3 bottles.
So here’s the deal; next week, on May 7, 2013 I’m going to start my Northern California beer tour. Planned stops will include:
- Russian River Brewery
- Bear Republic Brewery
- Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
- Mendocino Brewing Ale House
- Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
- North Coast Brewing Co. Tap Room
- Eel River Brewing Tap Room
- Lost Coast Brewery
- Redwood Curtain Brewing Company
- Mad River Brewing Company – Tasting Room
- Wildcard Brewing Co.
- Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Here’s a map:
Stay tuned for updates.