Our New Years plans were a little unique – our friends Frank and Larianna got married at midnight on New Years Eve. The event was relatively small, with only close friends and family attending. We were excited to be there for Frank and La.
The event also provided a chance to hang out with old college friends – Andy and RJ.
Things got started at the wedding with some Sam Adams Winter Lager, Bud Light, and Crown Royal. The after-party involved heading back to our room at a local bed and breakfast and proceeding to get absolutely smashed. Before getting completely brain-dead, the three of us co-reviewed a couple of beers…
The first was White Birch Wrigian. White Birch is a small brewery out of Hooksett, NH. The beer is a Belgian style ale. There is no questioning it’s Belgian-ness. Yeast and a strong flavor of lemon dominate. My buddy RJ was picking up honey flavors too. At 9.4% ABV, this stuff can get you in trouble. Super easy drinking and delicious.
The pictured bottle of White Birch Tripel was bunk. The cork wouldn’t come out of the bottle, and eventually ripped. We didn’t have access to a cork screw, so we were shit out of luck.
Lucky for us we also had a bottle of Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru. This American Strong Ale is hoppy…floral and grapefruit flavors. A loooooong hoppy aftertaste. I enjoyed this brew quite thoroughly. You know that’s saying a lot given I’m not big into hoppy beers.
We then switched into power-drinking mode. When I went beer shopping earlier, I had no idea I would be partying so hard. Thus, I bought the delicious Harpoon Winter Warmer. Awesome beer – spicy with dark fruit (cherry?) notes. One of my favorite winter warmers. HOWEVER…not a chugging beer.
Great times with old friends. It’s nice to pretend that you’re 18 again…at least for one night a year.