- This past weekend’s highlight.
- This coming weekend’s plans.
- I review this Gritty’s Halloween Ale.
This past weekend I helped out Norman, who was hosting his second annual Beernut Home Brewing Contest. The event was pretty epic. 61 submissions. Unfortunately I mostly only watched and didn’t partake in much beer (wasn’t feeling well). My contributions did earn LIBA a mention in the Metrowest Daily News though!
This coming weekend I will be in New Hampshire. Every year during this particular weekend me and my old college buddies get together to pretend we are 20 again. The excuse behind the debauchery? Toasting our friend Dan who died in a car accident in 2007. RIP good friend. Dan would be proud of the parties we throw in his honor.
This year is particularly interesting as my Coors Light chugging buddies have made the switch to craft beer (I take some credit for influence here). In addition to the 1/2 keg of Coors Light, there will be a 1/6 keg of Dogfish Head Punkin and probably another 1/6 keg of another craft beer.
I’m very excited for Saturday to come around, but also quite fearful of the Sunday morning hangover!
Tonight, following getting back from class, I’m chugging down this Gritt’s Halloween Ale. I totally bought this beer because of the bad ass label. Well done Gritty’s. Going into the first sip, I didn’t know what the style was – I expected pumpkin or fest. My first impression was “bitter!”. Second impression: “Earthy!”. Still unsure of the style, I Googled to find out it’s an Extra Special Bitter (ESB). YUP! This is definitely a bitter, and a well done bitter at that. As it warms, a little bit of caramel maltiness joins with the bitter earthiness for a great mix of flavors.
This is one tasty beer!