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Live Blog Bourbon and Beer Tasting at Idle Hands


It's Wednesday. That only means The Beer Friends are at Idle Hands. tonight's Bourbon and Beer tasting features Anderson Valley Brewing and McKenzies Rye - without further ado... Brad's Pre-Game(s) - Midnight Sun Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - delicious from the largest state in the Union. Complex beer with a strawberry taste from the wheat(?).

Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Stranahan's Whiskey barrel aged - 2 for 2 on the Pre-Game. This is also very complex on the other end of the spectrum. This had a nice whiskey taste in the middle that doesn't linger.

Update: The final taste is like a shot... I dig that.

Paul's Pre-Game - Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Stranahan's Whiskey barrel aged - Absolutely spectacular! I have had IPA's that were oak aged, but I can't remember any that were aged in whiskey barrels. This is seriously great, another win for Breckenridge.

Brad's First - Anderson Valley Imperial IPA - delicious but not over powering. Reminds me of River Horse 2xIPA that might(...) be featured as a review in the next few weeks. At 8.7% it's dangerously smooth.

Paul's First - Anderson Valley Imperial IPA - Brad is right. Very tasty and won't kill you with hops. Very mellow for 100 IBU's. Dare I say "dangerously drinkable."

Brad's Second (just a taste) - Summer Solstice - a smooth cream wheat ale.  Nice taste that goes down smooth.

Paul's Second (just a taste) - Summer Solstice - Very tasty cream ale. It's slightly heavier than I thought for a summer ale, but it delivers. Very impressed by this beer so far, looking forward to the rest of the night.

Brad's Third (just a taste) - Anderson Valley Boont Amber - this is exactly what a Amber should be... Unbelievably smooth that's easy to drink and you don't think twice about.

Paul's Third (just a taste) - Anderson Valley Boont Amber - To call this normal sounds like an insult, but this beer is just what I want out of an Amber. A normal, delicious amber. I have enjoyed this brew before and I always look forward to enjoying it again.

Brad's Last - Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout - awesome... Very smooth for a non-milk stout - easy to drink and delicious - are you sure this isn't a milk stout?

Paul's fourth (FULL POUR!) - Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout - This is a hard beer to talk about. It's a very good stout, but there are so many great Oatmeal Stouts out there and this is one that is light on the oatmeal. I do not mean to disparage this beer, because it is good, but to be called an oatmeal Stout conjures up feelings about other oatmeal stouts, and it is hard to live up to the hype.