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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.

Featured Brewery: Breckenridge Brewery


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Breckenridge Brewery LogoThe Breckenridge Brewery is a favorite of Colorado folks with a few locations all over the state.  While the Original Brewery and Pub is located on South Main Street in Breckenridge, they have a location on Blake St. Denver across from Coors Field, a BBQ joint and brewpub in Denver, and a Ale House in Grand Junction.  Known for delicious beers, Breckenridge has a firm foothold in the brewery rich Colorado beer scene and doesn't look to be letting up any time soon.  On the recent Beer Friends Colorado Brewery tour we visited the Blake Street location to try a few beers and chat up a few bartenders.

A few details on the beers:

Avalanche Ale is one of their most popular beers and for good reason, this amber ale gives the famous Fat Tire a run for it's money in the amber scene across Colorado.  While Fat Tire is more readily available, strike up a conversation about Avalanche Ale with a bartender and prepare yourself for a detailed argument.

Vanilla Porter is a smooth porter with a heavy vanilla taste.  While overall smooth, the vanilla overpower many of the other flavors and is hard to tell what else is happening in this beer.  While not a awful beer, the main taste - and I realize it's called a VANILLA porter - is too overpowering for this Beer Friend.

Christmas Ale is a special beer during the seasonal brewing schedule.  Available during the winter months in bombers and 750mL, this is a fantastic present for any beer drinker you know.  This beer always gives enough of the holiday spices without tasting like a pine tree.

The Main Breckenridge Brewery is located at: 600 S. Main Street, Breckenridge, CO 80424 [googlemaps,+Breckenridge,+CO+80424&sll=39.756791,-104.991381&sspn=0.009056,0.020835&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=600+S+Main+St,+Breckenridge,+Summit,+Colorado+80424&z=14&ll=39.475659,-106.043712&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tasting Room is open:

Daily at 11am

The Breckenridge Brew Pub in Denver that the Beer Friends visited is located at: 2220 Blake St., Denver, CO 80205 [googlemaps,+CO+80205&sll=39.761575,-104.992561&sspn=0.069146,0.166683&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2220+Blake+St,+Denver,+Colorado+80205&ll=39.756417,-104.991372&spn=0.009056,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Tasting Room is open:

Daily at 11a

Daily Beer Calendar - January 17 and Results


Hello Beer Friends! Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day!  Please take some time to reflect on all our freedoms and values today - what people have fought for us and continue to fight today.  Many of the Beer Friends get involved in social issues on their own time and we encourage you to as well.

Results for the past week:

January 8 - Bavaria Holland Beer - 28.57% have tried it

January 9 - Drie Fonteinen Kriek - 0% have tried... come on people!  Travel and drink a little! (Beer Friends included)

January 10 - Jerome Cerveza Rubia - 0% have tried... again - travel to Argentina for this Belgian White Ale

January 11 - Compass IPA - 66.67% have tried this beer - Colorado breweries!

January 12 - Belhaven Wee Heavy - 0% have tried - next time I'm in Scotland this is on my to-do list.

January 13 - Hades Belgian Style Ale - 50% have tried - Great Divide is very easy to get to in Denver... hint hint.

January 14 - Arabier - 0% have tried - granted it's a Summer seasonal - so for the Summer to-do list

January 15 - Boscos Hefeweizen - 0% have tried - there is no excuse... Memphis is a quick drive or flight - grab a Boscos and some BBQ

January 16 - Alaskan Oatmeal Stout - 100% have tried!  There we go!

January 17 Daily Beer Poll

Barons Lager from Sydney, Australia is described as a "full-flavored" lager.  Wonder what that means - try it! Then vote!  Down Under!  Beer!

Barons Lager

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Recap from the Blue Point Brewery 4/2


Hey Beer Friends, Blue Point Brewery LogoYesterday two of The Beer Friends headed out to Patchogue, Long Island to visit the Blue Point Brewery. We sampled all their craft brews in the Brewery Tasting Room with their incredibly friendly bar staff.  The Tasting Room quickly built up a constant crowd, as Blue Point is a South Shore Long Island favorite.

Many people rolled in with a few growlers to get filled with Blue Point craft brews for the gorgeous weekend ahead.  Some of our favorites were the Pale Ale, Oatmeal Stout and the Black & Blue, which is an Oatmeal Stout/Blueberry Ale mix.  We took off with a 20 oz. bottle of the Old Howling Bastard Barleywine which will age nicely for a year in our apartment. Old Howling Bastard Label

All-in-all Blue Point Brewery is a short train ride away from the city and a definite for a day trip during the summer ahead.

Blue Point is also having a Cask Festival April 17th, a quick LIRR train ride is well worth the 15 other breweries-in addition to Blue Point.

Look for more updates and brewery tours in the future. A very special thanks to the Bar Manager Jessica that was always available for these two Beer Friends with refills and knowledge.

Remember to vote for the Beer Friends Final Four beer found here!

For information on the artist for the Old Howling Bastard can be found here.