I’m on vacation! I have the next couple of days off and we’re headed to Vermont with our friends Heather and Greg. We rented a house outside of Burlington and we’re going to spend the weekend eating and drinking our way through the city. On tap for tomorrow, is a trip to Otter Creek and Woodchuck, on our way up there. I’m thoroughly excited, and you should be too; the house we rented has a hot tub, which surely will result in more inappropriate photos of me appearing on the blog!
Tonight, I’m drinking a bottle of Abandoned Building Nightshare Stout. This is an American stout, which is aged in bourbon barrels. I do love me some bourbon, and I do love me some bourbon barrel aged beer. Sadly, this beer is utterly off the mark. To start, it’s a bit thin in body. Next, the amount of bourbon flavor that comes through is weak. I get some dull vanilla notes, with an oak finish. There are far better beers out there representing this style. Perhaps if you’re looking for a lighter stout with muted oak flavors, this one would be a good choice?
This past Friday I took part in judging the IPA category for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I judged 15 beers in the first round, and another 11 or so in the finals. The winners for this category were:
- Battle Axe IPA, Kelsen Brewing, Derry, NH
- Juggernaut IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
- Greyhound IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
Congrats to Northhampton Brewing. Gotta get me some of their stuff!!! A full list of all winners from all categories can be found here.
Tonight I’m recovering from watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead with a can of Mispillion River Reach Around IPA. This is the first beer I’ve had from this Delaware-based brewery. My buddy Greg brought this back for me, following a business trip he made to the area a couple months back.
The beer is reasonably drinkable; it’s light in body, even with a 6% ABV. For an American IPA, it’s mildly hoppy. I do get a bit of a funky aftertaste, which is difficult to describe, but I’m not a fan of. The label boasts “huge hop flavor”, which led me to check the can for a canned-on date. May 12, 2015….five months ago. It took 6 years of blogging, but I’ve learned that 5 months is a LONG time for an IPA to sit around. File this review under: shit, I should have checked the label before I started typing 20 minutes ago.