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Beer Review 64: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we returned to a favorite brewery of ours... Brooklyn Brewery, to try not a six pack, but one of their bottled beers, Sorachi Ace.  Sorachi Ace is one of Garrett Oliver's Brewmaster Reserves that the Beer Friends seem to LOVE.  Sorachi Ace didn't disappoint and because of limited available we suggest that you get this ASAP.  Check out below the video for more Brooklyn Brewery reviews! Brewmaster Reserve!  Catalogue of Beers!  Brooklyn!


Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Local 1

Brooklyn Dark Matter

Brooklyn Pilsner

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brooklyn Black Ops

Brooklyn Pennant '55

Daily Beer Calendar February 8-13


Hello Beer Friends Nation! These next few days the Beer Calendar racks up the miles in multiple countries and multiple styles... vote and check back often for results.

February 8th - Twisted Thistle IPA for Belhaven Brewery Company in Dunbar, Scotland.  Last time we visited Dunbar for the Belhaven Brewery Company it was for a malty brew that reminded you of a good highland scotch whiskey - now it's for a IPA.  Challenger and Cascade are the main hops used but the full malt flavor is what stands out.

Twisted Thistle IPA

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February 9th - Provo Girl Pilsner from Squatters Pub and Brewery in Park City, Utah.  What else would you expect from Utah but a basic beer! Although the state of Utah mandates that beer be kept around 4% ABV, this Bavarian style Pilsner has enough taste to forget all that.

Provo Girl Pilsner

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February 10th - Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Kostritzer Schwarzbier Brewery in Kostritz/Thuringen, Germany.  That was a mouthful and the beer description doesn't get any better "a black beer with a blonde soul"... What?!?!  Guess we'll have to try one to figure it all out. (Check out the brewery link for a awesome way to drink away your sickness!)

Kostritzer Schwarzbier

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February 11th - Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewery in Juneau, Alaska.  This brewery is always impressive and continues to upset me that we can't get there stuff in NYC.  This session beer is dominated by the malts but not the bitterness of most Kolsch beers.

Alaskan Summer Ale

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February 12th - Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Canada.  The Beer Friends enjoyed a afternoon drinking Unibroue brews and this pale gold beer is one of their staples.

Blanche De Chambly

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February 13th - Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Canada, Toronto, Canada.  If you're a hockey fan, click the "I've had this beer" box.  Enough said.

Molson Canadian Lager

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Sierra Nevada Blind Tiger Extravaganza Recap


Finally it has returned: The Sierra Nevada Blind Tiger Extravaganza!  One of The Beer Friends favorte breweries has come back to take over almost all of the Blind Tigers taps.  This night started as just one Beer Friend headed down to one of his favorite NYC beer bars to sample some of Sierra Nevada's finest offerings.  It quickly turned into something bigger.  How could one man attempt to tackle so many fine himself?  The choices were tough, but they were made.  Here's the best attempt by one man at recapping a truly epic event. Numero One - Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 6.7%. - One of the rumors surrounding this event was that this will be one of the places that Sierra will unveil this years Harvest Ale. A fall brew from start to finish, this pour offers up hearty malts, seasonal spices reminiscent of October and a big hop character.  I could definitely see myself drinking this one or the usual Harvest that comes to us New Yorkers throughout the fall season.  It warms you, without taking away the drinkability or versatile flavors. Number Dos - Chico IPA 7.2%. - Do not confuse this with the Pale. It is a different hop animal unto itself. Crisper brew with a lighter malt presence and a very interesting borderline herbal/citrus hop flavor and aroma. EASILY drinkable. I'd have three if I wasn't on a one man Sierra Nevada mission.  Unfortunately this one is hard to find in the New York area.  This is one of the brews that Sierra claims to have hardly made it to the East Coast.

The Third - Sierra Nevada & Rattle n' Hum's Black IPA 8.9% - And here's where things start to get interesting.  I have to come clean. I've been toying with you up until now. Holding back the big ones. I needed to make sure you could handle it. Well, whether you like it or not we're here. This is a collaboration between the brewers at Sierra Nevada AND the owner of NYC's Rattle n' Hum, Patrick Donagher. In fact this keg is a relic donated by Mr. Donagher, from his own collection,  for this event.

Let me be the first to say: Thank you Mr. Donagher. Thank you Sierra. Thank you beer.

Super hoppy - three different New Zealand hops and 'torpedoed' with a fourth. Super dark. Burnt and roasted malts to the max. Easily drinkable, wildly flavorful and an artistic masterpiece of a brew.  This beer has so much flavor that you'll put the whole thing down without even noticing, it compels you to keep sipping.  If it wasn't for the necessity to press on into Sierra's collection, I could see myself drinking this one all night.

Fourth Buck - Jack and Ken 30th Anniversary 1o.2%- This beer makes me nervous. I've been looking at it in front of me now for three minutes. Can't think how to approach it. It's rumored to be a barleywine/imperial stout mix. I don't even know who Jack is. Alright fine, I'll stop being a wimp. Here goes!

No one survived the last post. If you find this brew proceed with caution and have two. But really though, you couldn't handle two.  Seriously though, I can't even begin to describe this one.  The flavor range is so crazy that all I can say is if you have a chance to try Jack and Ken's 30th Anniversary, you try it.  You try it good.

Since I'm only a one man army, and since the Jack and Ken's was so amazing, I decided to leave the jungle after those four before things started to get really hairy (like Predator hairy).  However I did leave behind some good men.  Here's a memorial to their honor:

Soldiers I left behind: Bigfoot 06' and 10', Best Bitter (never arrived), Tumbler, Kolsch, Limb and Life, Estate Harvest, Pilsner, Vienna Lager, Fritz and Ken 30th Ave Stout.

Blind Tiger Sierra Nevada Night

Blind Tiger Sierra Nevada Night