Just finished the mural I was painting at Backcountry Pizza and Tap House in Boulder, CO.
That's awesome man! Love it!
Here's some of the last few week's tastings from me, and some possibly exciting news. For me anyway.
I don't go much on the Lambic beers. This one was very sweet with a sour aftertaste. I didn't mind it, but Mrs. NCR thought it was the most disgusting thing she'd ever tasted. Gave me an excuse to use the Gueze glasses from some long defunct Belgian brewery my brother gave me.
Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe.
This is supposed to be a cross between a Hefeweizen and an American Wheat Wine. What it tatses like is an American Pale Ale with bulk dry hop additions. It's ridiculously hoppy, to the point that the bitterness does not match the aroma hops. It's like drinking a normal beer while eating a packet of Motueka pellets instead of peanuts. Despite that, I actually like it, and it's good to see a mainstream brewer doing some very strange beers.
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye.
I like this alot. Very similar to the Green Flash Hop Head Red ale, but with an extra dimension from the rye. I can see a clone of this in my homebrewing future. The very first All Graing brew I did had a malt bill very close to this and the Hop Head. Very keen to do something similar with a New Zealand hop bill.
Here's a picture of the Green Flash Hop Head Red with a burrito. Same notes apply from a few pages ago!
Lagunitas Lucky 13 Anniversary Ale.
A nice US IPA. Very clear comared to the previous offerings. Does not seem as bitter as the claimed 76 IBU's The hop bill tastes very similar to the Green Flash red ale and Hop Rod Rye, Dumb and annoying hipsterish Suicide Grrl label.
Great Divide Old Ruffian Barley Wine
This is not like the last barley wine I had, which was an English one. It's more like a Double (or Tripple) IPA. I wouldn't be surprised if the hop bill matched exactly the bills for the Hop Head Red and Hop Rod Rye. It hides the 10.2abv well though. Getting a bit bored of the same Cascade, Columbus, Nugget, Simcoe, Target etc. hop bills now Thank crom for New Zealand Hops!
In other news, a new brew pub have been looking for submssions from homebrewers to go alongside their existing taps. I think I'm going to submit my Motueka/Pacifica IPA to them and see how it goes. At the worst I'll get some subjective feedback about my homebrew, and at best, I'll have one of my brews made on a commercial scale and served in a trendy bar!