The trip was average and of adequate duration. Time was spent away from this town, away from secular employment, away from responsibility and I find myself mildly refreshed. Yes, a vacation was had by my family. We spent some time with my wife’s sister in Tucson and then we attended a circuit assembly in St George, Utah. I shall express no regret for my lack of posting on this blog, for the time I have spent away from it and all other things has served me well. But do not think that I did not taste beer whilst I vacationed. I did. And I even have some pictures. Well, I have two pictures from the actual trip; the other pictures will be taken here, at home, of beers that I purchased while away.
Before that, though, some ketchup … excuse me, I mean, catch up. On November 19th, I held a party with some friends. It’s called WarpFest. In that post, I mentioned several beers. I never have written anything about them. About a week or two after that some remodeling work began on our local Kingdom Hall and some of my time was spent on that project and I didn’t really get around to beer stuff. So it seems like that would be a good place to start this “catch up” process.
As noted in the WarpFest post, we drank some Oaked Arrogant Bastard.
Ah, it’s a beautiful beer, the color of liquid caramel. It is bold and scary, too. I enjoy the daredevilry of Stone Brewing but, goodness, this beer is hop-mad. The oak and vanilla aren’t shy in anyway, either. It’s a harsh piece of art, a Picasso painted in retina-straining neon colors. One at a time is about all a person can take. All I can recall is the harshness. It’s such a forward beer.
Then there was Jubelale, from Deschutes Brewing.
Doesn’t the glass look lonely?
Lots of head, good color, medium body. It’s warm and spicy, like a winter beer should be. I think it’s my least favorite of Deschutes beers. I don’t care for winter beers.
So, lets mention a couple of beers that I do like a great deal. First, Full Moon … no, I think I’ll save that for its own post. I have some notes on it somewhere. Fine, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter then …
I like porter’s. They are not too thick and heavy; the best ones have a lightly roasted flavor and a good creamy head. This one’s no different, plus there’s vanilla.
Well, this is a classic beer. The vanilla taste is much more palatable than that in Oaked Arrogant Bastard. These are hard to put down. Vanilla soothes the tattered edges of the canvas – er, beer. Very nicely done.
Next I mentioned Franziskaner Weissbier. I might have a picture of it, I can’t recall. It might very well be this one.
I don’t remember much about the beer. It must not have been splendiferous. We also had an Arizona brewed wheat beer. It’s called Fretzy’s.
I wanted to like this beer. It’s brewed by The Phoenix Ale Brewery (I guess the guy doesn’t like lagers; of course, I think that’s a good call, lagers are hard to accomplish out here in the heat of the desert), a new brewery according to the website. It’s a wheat beer, another good call for the desert climate.
It had a good, rocky head and a properly cloudy and yellowish body. But … I don’t know, I was rooting for it but it’s just missing something. An intangible. I hope the brewer keeps working at it, though. Everyone in Phoenix needs to support the brewery.
I think that was about it. These are all worth trying, even Fretzy’s. Maybe you’ll have a different opinion about that one than all of us did.