Live blogging is supposed to be when you are blogging as something is happening and your are posting as it happens or immediately afterward. When live blogging meets a blogging conference it resembles a speed dating exercise where you have five minutes to meet a brewer and taste their beer before meeting the next one. Obviously I am not very good at this exercise because if you know me, I am a sip and savor kind of gal who likes to establish a relationship with my beer. I was introduced to a beer or two during the live blogging that I wanted a long term relationship with.
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
65 % of all of the beer made at Ninkasi is this flagship ale, which registers at 65 IBU. This is the number one selling 22oz bottle in Oregon. Ninkasi is here as Darth Vader because the winter 4 pack will feature the Imperial Stout, which will only be available in the 4 pack. The Imperial Stout is for another day, today Portland feels like summer and we are tasting the Imperial Ale. This Imperial Ale is golden amber with lots of body and nicely balanced bitterness.
It is Christmas in a glass!. This Deschuteswinter seasonal is released in Oct. A wee bit of lacto in the wort gives it some nice dried fruit flavors. Black licorice on the finish is making me happy! The hoppy notes are from the 100% EKG hops, those hops build in layers as you empty your glass.
Oakshire Brewing Overcast Espresso Stout
This is one of three year around Oakshire Brewing beers. Their other beers are three seasonals, plus one off on draft and just started a barrel program. No mistaking that this beer is an espresso stout. The Wandering Goat coffee is a cold water steep that helps keep the tannins in check. Ten gallons coffee goes into 400 gallons of beer to make the Overcast Espresso Stout. The coffee bitterness replaces the expected hop bitterness on the finish. I am not a coffee fan but I know some of the other bloggers at WBW would be seriously loving this beer
Breakside Brewery Gin Barrel Sour Double Wit
The name of this Breakside Brewery beer is a mouthful, in more ways than one. BUT I will keep saying the name over and over as long as Ben keeps pouring it. They brewed a double wit to 6% then the beer was placed into a Ransom Gin barrel with a pinch of lacto to create the sour. This is mama’s kind of beer. I love the sour orange and juniper notes of this beer. Many sour beers are delicious but not that drinkable. One will do you but I could have drank the Breakside Brewery Gin Barrel Sour Double Wit the rest of the day.
Widmer Brothers Reserve Prickly Pear Braggot 2010
A treat from the cellar, this is not the current release of the Widmer Brothers Prickly Pear. This beer has a bit of a personality disorder, but in a good way. This is a beer with mead and wine overtones. Meads aren’t usually stored for long and this Braggot is losing a wee bit of the prickly pear characteristics. A year old, this Prickly Pear Braggot is a lovely smooth drinker right now. Clocking in at 10% ABV, this is a sipper with refreshing fruitiness and luxurious honey notes on the finish.
Karl Strauss Coastal Reserve Boardwalk Black Rye
This is not a session beer. Ryan calls it a San Diego style rye ale but people at my table wanted to poke at the Cacadia Dark Ale (CDA) controversy. Spicy black caramelized rye is used to give this beer flavor and not just the gorgeous color. Ahtamura hop is used all the way through on this beer. Pair this milk chocolate or blue cheese or go complementary with a Rueben sandwich.
Blue Moon Vintage Ale
This is another beer with a personality disorder. What do you get when you mix grain and grape?
The Blue Moon Brewery Vintage Ale answers that question. This beer won in the fruit category at GABF last year. The Vintage is 100% white wheat beer brewed with Chardonnay, resulting in a beer composed of 51% white wheat 49% Chardonnay grape juice. This is designed to be a crossover and introduction beer. The acidity from the Chardonnay gives a great tartness and intriguing aromas. It really does smell like Chardonnay but it tastes like a beer with a bit of acid twist.
New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale
New Planet only makes certified gluten-free beer because the New Planet CEO has celiac disease. Every batch of beer is is tested to ensure that there is no cross contamination and the beer is truly gluten-free. Each New Planet beer has a specific environmental cause that it supports. The New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale tastes like a rye based beer but it is made from brown rice. Most important it tastes like a real beer! The other New Planet beers made from corn.
I was impressed by the variety of beers presented from yet to be released beers to cellared beers to flagship brews to one-off beers. I loved how Ryan shared
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