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DaFace
08-15-2009, 09:56 PM
I've heard that they were for the past few months, but it wasn't until tonight that I finally found them in a liquor store. Colorado, generally, has Kansas beat when it comes to good brews (IMHO), but I've always missed a good Boulevard Wheat.

Before moving out here, I hadn't really branched out into many of the craft brews, so before today I hadn't tried any of their beers OTHER than the Wheat. So I picked up the sampler, which includes the Wheat, the Pale Ale, Single Wide IPA, Lunar Ale, Bully Porter, and Zon.

Sampling the Lunar Ale currently. It's not too shabby. I like the unfiltered taste, and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

Anyway, just thought I'd share in my excitement over something a majority of you all have had for years.

Reaper16
08-15-2009, 09:58 PM
Now locate the Smokestack Series aka the real reason for Boulevard to exist. (Well, Bully! Porter is a great reason for it to exist, too).

kstater
08-15-2009, 09:58 PM
Congrats.

Even backwoods AR has had Blvd. What does that tell you about Colorado? Huh? I thought so.

JuicesFlowing
08-15-2009, 09:58 PM
Boulevard has some great seasonals. Irish Ale (Spring) and Nutcracker Ale (Winter) are great IMO. Also love Bob's 47, their Autumn brew ...

DaFace
08-15-2009, 09:59 PM
Congrats.

Even backwoods AR has had Blvd. What does that tell you about Colorado? Huh? I thought so.

It tells you they were too scared to try and break into this market in the past because there are too damn many competitors! :p

JuicesFlowing
08-15-2009, 10:05 PM
Colorado has some damn fine breweries. I like Breckenridge and Great Divide.

Stanley Nickels
08-15-2009, 10:06 PM
Outside of the Smokestack series, if you live in Colorado, don't even WORRY about Boulevard.

Reaper16
08-15-2009, 10:07 PM
Congrats.

Even backwoods AR has had Blvd. What does that tell you about Colorado? Huh? I thought so.
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

Reaper16
08-15-2009, 10:08 PM
Outside of the Smokestack series, if you live in Colorado, don't even WORRY about Boulevard.
Not quite. Nobody in CO makes a better porter than Bully! Porter, and Single-Wide IPA is a better American India Pale Ale, imo, than any CO brewer puts out.

DeezNutz
08-15-2009, 10:09 PM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

...Coors.

JuicesFlowing
08-15-2009, 10:10 PM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

Have you tried their red ale? I hear it is fantastic ...

cdcox
08-15-2009, 10:10 PM
Boulevard and New Belgium started showing up in my grocery store on the same week.

kstater
08-15-2009, 10:11 PM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

Eh, I don't disagree, but I think you missed my point. Have you tried Altus' wine?

Reaper16
08-15-2009, 10:14 PM
Eh, I don't disagree, but I think you missed my point. Have you tried Altus' wine?
What was your point? Also, I have no idea what Altus wine is.

JuicesFlowing
08-15-2009, 10:17 PM
Boulevard Zon is one of the worst beers I've had. I just didn't like it at all.

Reaper16
08-15-2009, 10:18 PM
Boulevard Zon is one of the worst beers I've had. I just didn't like it at all.
Was that the first witbier that you've had?

kstater
08-15-2009, 10:20 PM
What was your point? Also, I have no idea what Altus wine is.
Being a smartass. And being a smartass points out that there are Arkansas wineries that produce "alcohol".

Buehler445
08-15-2009, 10:49 PM
Congrats.

Even backwoods AR has had Blvd. What does that tell you about Colorado? Huh? I thought so.

It tells you they were too scared to try and break into this market in the past because there are too damn many competitors! :p

Don't fuck with DaFace on the competitive aspects of craft breweries in the Colorado. Dude's done his research.

DaFace
08-15-2009, 11:08 PM
Boulevard Zon is one of the worst beers I've had. I just didn't like it at all.

Is it something about the Zon itself that you don't like, or witbiers in general? I'm personally not a huge fan of witbeirs myself. I can deal with New Belgium's Mothership Wit, but I like something heavier.

Bully Porter gets the nod of approval. I'm currently sampling the Pale Ale. Decent beer, but nothing too special as pale ale's go.

DaFace
08-15-2009, 11:09 PM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

Indeed. I've toured each of those. :)

I'd also add Boulder Beer to the list as one of the really good "major" breweries. Aside from those, there are a ton of little breweries here and there, some of which are great, and some of which are crap.

Bacon Cheeseburger
08-15-2009, 11:51 PM
Boulevard Zon is one of the worst beers I've had. I just didn't like it at all.
Totally agree.

Bowser
08-16-2009, 12:44 AM
...Coors.

Infraction given.

Miles
08-16-2009, 12:47 AM
Now locate the Smokestack Series aka the real reason for Boulevard to exist. (Well, Bully! Porter is a great reason for it to exist, too).

We have the smokestack ones here. I somewhat recently tried the triple and quad and they were pretty damn good.

Pablo
08-16-2009, 01:23 AM
On a side note, I ordered a hot dog at Arrowhead tonight and was delighted to try Blvd's Pale Ale Mustard on my dog...with some sauerkraut and onions...it was delicious.

KCUnited
08-16-2009, 08:00 AM
On a side note, I ordered a hot dog at Arrowhead tonight and was delighted to try Blvd's Pale Ale Mustard on my dog...with some sauerkraut and onions...it was delicious.
I use it to make deviled eggs for the tailgates, topped with crispy bacon pieces, the white trash caviar.

On a beer note, I don't know why but I tried a Boulevard Pilsner yesterday and didn't care for it.

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 08:45 AM
just to chime in....

Colorado has some fantastic brews. Love LeftHand, New Belgium, Avery.

I think Boulevard's Wheat is one of the best wheats around.
I really gotta give the thumbs up for Boulevard's Bob's 47, as well.

Another Kansas beer I thoroughly approve of - is Free State's Ad Astra. Similar to Bob's 47. Very good. I believe Free State is planning on bottling in the near future.

Buehler445
08-16-2009, 08:48 AM
The good news is that I don't have to smuggle DaFace Blvd Wheat from the North Country.

stevieray
08-16-2009, 09:12 AM
my beer can beat up your beer!

:rolleyes:

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 09:25 AM
my beer can beat up your beer!

:rolleyes:

Strong beer is good, too! :D

Stewie
08-16-2009, 09:28 AM
...Coors.

When I was a kid Coors had a very limited distribution. It wasn't available east of Kansas or Missouri, I don't remember which. Anyway, my sister and bro-in-law lived in Louisville, KY and would haul cases back there from Kansas. They could never haul enough for everyone in Kentucky/Ohio who thought it was the nectar of the gods. It's kind of funny how much better beer is when distribution is limited.

"This beer is awesome!"
"What is it?"
"Oh, don't worry, you can't buy it."
"Really? Now I really want some!"
"Yeah, well, I'm special and have the perfect palate. You wouldn't understand the complexity of THIS beer."
"Does it taste like beer?"
"Well, yeah, but, but, but.... Oh, go buy Budweiser you clown!"

DaFace
08-16-2009, 09:39 AM
When I was a kid Coors had a very limited distribution. It wasn't available east of Kansas or Missouri, I don't remember which. Anyway, my sister and bro-in-law lived in Louisville, KY and would haul cases back there from Kansas. They could never haul enough for everyone in Kentucky/Ohio who thought it was the nectar of the gods. It's kind of funny how much better beer is when distribution is limited.

"This beer is awesome!"
"What is it?"
"Oh, don't worry, you can't buy it."
"Really? Now I really want some!"
"Yeah, well, I'm special and have the perfect palate. You wouldn't understand the complexity of THIS beer."
"Does it taste like beer?"
"Well, yeah, but, but, but.... Oh, go buy Budweiser you clown!"

This is true. I always have enjoyed Blvd Wheat, but never thought much of it until I couldn't get it. I still think it's my favorite wheat beer, but I'd guess that opinion was amplified a bit by not having access to it for so long.

BigVE
08-16-2009, 10:46 AM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

I like most of New Belgium's stuff, Avery has some very good beers as well...as for the rest, I have not tried them. Yet.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 10:57 AM
Is it something about the Zon itself that you don't like, or witbiers in general? I'm personally not a huge fan of witbeirs myself. I can deal with New Belgium's Mothership Wit, but I like something heavier.


No, it's not a personal attack on Zon, I just don't like witbeirs. I guess my statement was misleading, but even Boulevard couldn't make Zon good for me, so it's not their fault. I drank Great Divide's Hades belgian-style ale and I didn't like it either. So belgian-style ales or witbeirs just aren't my thing I guess.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 10:59 AM
CO is one of the very best beer states in the nation. I might not be able to count on two hands the number of great craft breweries from that state. Great Divide, Avery, Odell, Left Hand, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, etc.

Great Divide has one of the largest selections of beer styles I have seen from any brewer outside of Sam Adams. Unfortunatley I can't find half of them in the stores.

DaFace
08-16-2009, 11:02 AM
Great Divide has one of the largest selections of beer styles I have seen from any brewer outside of Sam Adams. Unfortunatley I can't find half of them in the stores.

Not sure where you are or what types of liquor stores you have around, but a majority of their beers are only sold in bombers, so you won't find them in your typical cooler case. If you have a liquor store that has a decent "top shelf" beer selection, you might find some there.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 11:06 AM
Not sure where you are or what types of liquor stores you have around, but a majority of their beers are only sold in bombers, so you won't find them in your typical cooler case. If you have a liquor store that has a decent "top shelf" beer selection, you might find some there.

I'm in Wichita, KS. We have a few stores here that have pretty awesome selections. Then there are some that have smaller selections, yet they'll carry 2-3 different kinds of Great Divide, and various other micros from Colorado. I haven't seen the bombers yet.

Stewie
08-16-2009, 11:10 AM
I'll throw in the Estes Park Brewery for a couple of decent beers. Their Stinger Honey Wheat beer is quite good as is their Hefeweizen, but it's not always available. They both go especially well with their Buffalo Burger. That's a damn fine burger. It's always a go-to place for lunch/dinner when I'm out that way. Not a fancy place, but good eats.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 11:24 AM
my beer can beat up your beer!

:rolleyes:
What?

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 11:29 AM
No, it's not a personal attack on Zon, I just don't like witbeirs. I guess my statement was misleading, but even Boulevard couldn't make Zon good for me, so it's not their fault. I drank Great Divide's Hades belgian-style ale and I didn't like it either. So belgian-style ales or witbeirs just aren't my thing I guess.
'Belgian-style ales' is a remarkably broad categorization. What Hades is is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. And I don't care for it much, either. Please don't let that one beer convince you that you don't like any Belgian style.

I'm in Wichita, KS. We have a few stores here that have pretty awesome selections. Then there are some that have smaller selections, yet they'll carry 2-3 different kinds of Great Divide, and various other micros from Colorado. I haven't seen the bombers yet.
Great Divide's bomber selection is where its at with that brewery. Hercules Double IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout, etc. They really shine with their bigger beers.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 11:48 AM
'Belgian-style ales' is a remarkably broad categorization. What Hades is is a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. And I don't care for it much, either. Please don't let that one beer convince you that you don't like any Belgian style.


Great Divide's bomber selection is where its at with that brewery. Hercules Double IPA, Yeti Imperial Stout, etc. They really shine with their bigger beers.

I'd like to try that. I'm not cutting off Belgian style from my options, but I'm rarely in a mood for them. Just like any beer style, I'm sure there is one out there I'd like, just haven't found it yet, but then again, I haven't had very many.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 11:56 AM
I'd like to try that. I'm not cutting off Belgian style from my options, but I'm rarely in a mood for them. Just like any beer style, I'm sure there is one out there I'd like, just haven't found it yet, but then again, I haven't had very many.
Here's what I mean about not letting Hades' vague labeling as a "Belgian-style ale" deter you from Belgian beer:

Belgian Dark Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/119)
Belgian IPA (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/174)
Belgian Pale Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/54)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/56)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/55)
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/141)
Bière de Garde (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/127)
Dubbel (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/57)
Faro (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/15)
Flanders Oud Bruin (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/52)
Flanders Red Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/53)
Gueuze (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/14)
Lambic - Fruit (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/10)
Lambic - Unblended (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/50)
Quadrupel (Quad) (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/142)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/129)
Tripel (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/58)
Witbier (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/48)

Those are all of the recognized, seperate & distinct Belgian beer styles. Great Divide Hades is a beer of exactly one of those styles (Belgian Strong Pale Ale).

kregger
08-16-2009, 11:58 AM
Good for you and the rest of the state. I recently travelled to CO and couldn't wait to get to a liquor store to stock up on the local brews. I got a twelve of O'Dell's 5 Barrel Pale Ale. I was very impressed. I was less than impressed with the local pubs and their availability of hand crafted drafts available. Maybe that speaks to the Vail Valley though. Too much of the Bud/Miller product and the obligatory Fat Tire selections.

Stewie
08-16-2009, 12:02 PM
Good for you and the rest of the state. I recently travelled to CO and couldn't wait to get to a liquor store to stock up on the local brews. I got a twelve of O'Dell's 5 Barrel Pale Ale. I was very impressed. I was less than impressed with the local pubs and their availability of hand crafted drafts available. Maybe that speaks to the Vail Valley though. Too much of the Bud/Miller product and the obligatory Fat Tire selections.

You were too far in the mountains. Most of the small brewers are in the flat lands or front range. Besides, no one drinks beer in Vail.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 12:04 PM
Here's what I mean about not letting Hades' vague labeling as a "Belgian-style ale" deter you from Belgian beer:

Belgian Dark Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/119)
Belgian IPA (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/174)
Belgian Pale Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/54)
Belgian Strong Dark Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/56)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/55)
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/141)
Bière de Garde (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/127)
Dubbel (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/57)
Faro (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/15)
Flanders Oud Bruin (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/52)
Flanders Red Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/53)
Gueuze (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/14)
Lambic - Fruit (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/10)
Lambic - Unblended (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/50)
Quadrupel (Quad) (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/142)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/129)
Tripel (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/58)
Witbier (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/style/48)

Those are all of the recognized, seperate & distinct Belgian beer styles. Great Divide Hades is a beer of exactly one of those styles (Belgian Strong Pale Ale).

I've had the lambic style ... I get your point, Belgians are quite diverse. Have you ever watched Three Sheets? Lane Lamprey goes to the Delirium Cafe in Belgium. Their beer menu is literally the size of a phone book.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 12:12 PM
I've had the lambic style ... I get your point, Belgians are quite diverse. Have you ever watched Three Sheets? Lane Lamprey goes to the Delirium Cafe in Belgium. Their beer menu is literally the size of a phone book.
I've seen that episode, yeah. Zane had a drink of the best beer in the world (Trappist Westvleteren 12), said that it was like "beer syrup" and didn't seem to enjoy it. I don't think that Zane is a beer guy.

Also, while I have a lot of knowledge about beer, I am nowhere close to being as annoying as that beer-hunter guy that was stealing Zane's drinks during that episode.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 12:19 PM
I've seen that episode, yeah. Zane had a drink of the best beer in the world (Trappist Westvleteren 12), said that it was like "beer syrup" and didn't seem to enjoy it. I don't think that Zane is a beer guy.

Also, while I have a lot of knowledge about beer, I am nowhere close to being as annoying as that beer-hunter guy that was stealing Zane's drinks during that episode.

That was amusing. I don't think Zane is a beer guy either, I think he's just there for the moment, the fun. Afterall, he is a comedian originally. I like the show Beer Nuts much better, but they don't have that anymore.

Stewie
08-16-2009, 12:20 PM
I've seen that episode, yeah. Zane had a drink of the best beer in the world (Trappist Westvleteren 12), said that it was like "beer syrup" and didn't seem to enjoy it. I don't think that Zane is a beer guy.

Also, while I have a lot of knowledge about beer, I am nowhere close to being as annoying as that beer-hunter guy that was stealing Zane's drinks during that episode.

Those "beers" have as much in common with beer as the really good balsamic vinegars have in common with the vinegar you clean the coffee maker with. Totally different animals that are processed so much they lose their original traits and become something completely different.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 12:28 PM
Those "beers" have as much in common with beer as the really good balsamic vinegars have in common with the vinegar you clean the coffee maker with. Totally different animals that are processed so much they lose their original traits and become something completely different.
Are you saying that Belgian quadruppels are not beer?

StcChief
08-16-2009, 01:05 PM
moving in on the NewBelgium market there. Good for BLVD.

Stewie
08-16-2009, 01:21 PM
Are you saying that Belgian quadruppels are not beer?

They're "beers" without adequate CO2. It's difficult to get over the lack of a decent head and thickness on the palate.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 01:32 PM
They're "beers" without adequate CO2. It's difficult to get over the lack of a decent head and thickness on the palate.
I can't argue against your preferences for mouthfeel; you like what you like. But there is a style-appropriate level of carbonation and density for quads. I've had quads that do have nice heads with lively carbonation.

And quads are most certainly beer.

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 04:23 PM
I'm in Wichita, KS. ....


The Anchor is having a beer tasting put on by Merchant du Vin this Wednesday at seven.

They are tasting the Ur-weisse and the Brau-weisse from Ayinger, The Oatmeal Stout and the Organic Lager from Samuel Smith's, and the Westmalle Tripel and the Dubbel.

Stuff to make your taste buds sit up and take notice.

Archie F. Swin
08-16-2009, 04:25 PM
The promotion of Boulevard has been strong in Oklahoma and north Texas over the last several months. I dont know if its the work of the distributors or if Blvd is encouraging the promotion, But I'm seeing a lot of signage in taverns and casual eateries. Went to the Warren Theater in Moore, OK yesterday and one of the 4 beers they had on tap was Unfiltered Wheat.

There once was a time where the only Boulevard logo you saw within 40 miles of my house was on my Boulevard ball cap.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 04:27 PM
The Anchor is having a beer tasting put on by Merchant du Vin this Wednesday at seven.

They are tasting the Ur-weisse and the Brau-weisse from Ayinger, The Oatmeal Stout and the Organic Lager from Samuel Smith's, and the Westmalle Tripel and the Dubbel.

Stuff to make your taste buds sit up and take notice.
GO TO THAT

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 04:30 PM
The Anchor is having a beer tasting put on by Merchant du Vin this Wednesday at seven.

They are tasting the Ur-weisse and the Brau-weisse from Ayinger, The Oatmeal Stout and the Organic Lager from Samuel Smith's, and the Westmalle Tripel and the Dubbel.

Stuff to make your taste buds sit up and take notice.

I freaking love The Anchor. I don't go out much, but when I do, I go THERE. Unfortunately 7:00 is past my bedtime, I'm an early riser due to work ... but I'd love to be there.

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 04:32 PM
There once was a time where the only Boulevard logo you saw within 40 miles of my house was on my Boulevard ball cap.

You, sir, are a trend setter!


GO TO THAT

with bells on!

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 04:35 PM
I don't go out much, but when I do, I go THERE.

My God!! He's the Most Interesting Man...

Unfortunately 7:00 is past my bedtime, I'm an early riser due to work ... but I'd love to be there.

..uh..nevermind. :D

I'll taste one for ya.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 04:38 PM
My God!! He's the Most Interesting Man...


..uh..nevermind. :D

I'll taste one for ya.

Thanks. Tell me how it goes. I'll trust your judgment.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 04:41 PM
Thanks. Tell me how it goes. I'll trust your judgment.
I can tell you how it will go right now just looking at the lineup. It will be spectacular. Those are three great breweries. Ayinger just executes the hell out of German styles, Sam Smith make benchmark beers in their styles, and Westmalle is one of the world's seven Trappist breweries.

Zebedee DuBois
08-16-2009, 04:43 PM
I can tell you how it will go right now just looking at the lineup. It will be spectacular. Those are three great breweries. Ayinger just executes the hell out of German styles, Sam Smith make benchmark beers in their styles, and Westmalle is one of the world's seven Trappist breweries.

I don't care what you say...I'm still going! :D

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 04:43 PM
I love Samuel Smiths ...

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 04:45 PM
One of my friends brought a 2007 Westmalle Tripel to the beer tasting at my house on Thursday. It was grand.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 04:52 PM
One of my friends brought a 2007 Westmalle Tripel to the beer tasting at my house on Thursday. It was grand.



You know what I need? A good goblet for drinking such fine beers ... I still haven't found one yet.

PS I'm not being sarcastic.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 04:55 PM
You know what I need? A good goblet for drinking such fine beers ... I still haven't found one yet.
http://shop.belgianshop.com/acatalog/Page_1.html

Choose from, like, all of them.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 04:58 PM
PS I'm not being sarcastic.
Oh, I didn't think that you were. Glassware makes a stunning difference in the drinking experience. I am a glassware fiend. I've got all manner of goblets, tulips, snifters, pint glasses, globe glasses, pilsner glasses, weissebier glasses, etc.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 05:00 PM
http://shop.belgianshop.com/acatalog/Page_1.html

Choose from, like, all of them.

Thanks. Interesting selection there. My fav glass is the Imperial pint, with the appropriate beer of course. I'll find a goblet one of these days.

Reaper16
08-16-2009, 05:01 PM
Thanks. Interesting selection there. My fav glass is the Imperial pint, with the appropriate beer of course. I'll find a goblet one of these days.
I use this glass: http://shop.newbelgium.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=GW more than any other. Found a two-pack of them at Lukas.

JuicesFlowing
08-16-2009, 05:03 PM
I use this glass: http://shop.newbelgium.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=GW more than any other. Found a two-pack of them at Lukas.

That is exactly what I was looking for ... 1554 just asked me to purchase.

Zebedee DuBois
08-19-2009, 09:28 PM
For JuicesFlowing and Reaper16.

I am just back from the Tasting at the Anchor tonight. I met a couple buddies for the tasting and dinner. The Anchor had a special for the evening - skewered shrimp and chicken breast with a glaze made from the Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout with a salad with a vinaigrette made from Same Smith's Organic Cherry Ale. It was quite tasty. I had a Pilsner Urquel, which was a good clean drink to clear the palate between the tastes and the meal.

First - they had ~200 people show up for this tasting, and the wait-staff was initially a bit overwhelmed. We had to wait for our meals and drinks for quite a while, but as the evening went on, things went smoother.

Now for the beers. They served them from light to dark, and the representative from Merchant du Vin, importer for these brews, stood up and spoke about each one as they brought them out. They served about 2-3 oz. of each in a disposable plastic cup.
In order:
Samuel Smith's Organic Lager. This was a very clean tasting lager, with a crisp feel on the tongue, which I associate with carbonation. Not a strong flavor.
Ayinger Brau-Weisse. This beer had some very fruity flavors - a strong ester note, that some people associate with banana. A creamy feel. A stronger flavor.
Ayinger Ur-Weisse. This beer was very similar to the Brau-weisse, only with roasted hops. I really liked this one. The flavors from the brau were there, but they seemed more harmonious. The ester flavor didn't 'pop' as strongly. Creamy feel. Definitely recommend.
Westmalle Tripel. A stronger, more powerful drink, with a noticeably higher alcohol content. A rich feel and flavor.
Westmalle Dubbel. A maltier taste, and a little less alcohol. I really liked this one, as well.
Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. I didn't like this one as much, but to be fair - I have been 'off' stouts for a few months, after having a particularly bad one from the River City Brewery. The smokey flavor reminds me too much of the "Liquid Smoke".

Reaper16
08-19-2009, 09:31 PM
Cool report.

I could never imagine being "off" stouts. That would kill me.

Dottefan
08-19-2009, 09:43 PM
I HATE DENVER, I HATE COLORADO, AND I HATE THE DONKEYS....BUT I LOVE THAT WHEAT BEER

Reaper16
08-19-2009, 09:44 PM
I'm reasonably sure that your sig is in defiance of size regulations.

DaFace
08-19-2009, 09:48 PM
I'm reasonably sure that your sig is in defiance of size regulations.

Affirmative. Please fix it, unless you'd like me to take care of it in my own little way. :D

CosmicPal
08-19-2009, 10:24 PM
:cuss:

I can't begin to tell you how many f*cking times I contacted Boulevard Brewery to distribute the Boulevard Wheat in Colorado and they always came back with a resounding "NO" They didn't want the "quality" to be diminished by the distribution.

And now that I'm in Florida and no longer living in Colorado, they have the audacity to distribute it in Colorado!

I suppose now, I'll have to petition them to distribute to Florida.

Miles
08-19-2009, 10:34 PM
Thanks. Interesting selection there. My fav glass is the Imperial pint, with the appropriate beer of course. I'll find a goblet one of these days.

Chimay goblets seem somewhat easy to find at larger liquor stores for a reasonable or even cheap price. I picked up on a few years back pretty much for free in a sampler pack of their three varieties.

Dottefan
08-19-2009, 11:20 PM
Affirmative. Please fix it, unless you'd like me to take care of it in my own little way. :D

no