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2008-2012 Leap Year Aged Beer: Blog from The Gate, Brooklyn

Graham

It takes a community to build a house but only one man to live blog a fantastic beer event. Or does it? The guys at the Gate have kept six kegs in the deepest dankest part of their basement and tonight this one Beer Friend is drinking his share. Here's the lineup, each one keg aged four years:

J.W. Lees Manchester Star Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Hitachi no Nest Celebration Ale Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Allagash Curieux

Graham's First - Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Let's recap an important conversation:

Me: How's the bourbon barrel scotch ale. Bartender: How is it? It's kinda f$ck%n awesome. Me: Then I kinda f#ck€n want some.

Small pour of epic deliciousness.  Five weeks of bourbon barrel aging already puts it over the top but keg age the brew for 5 years and it really opens up.  Your talking each delectable flavor of the brew: hints of vanilla, sugar, smoke and wood.

Over the top flavors of bourbon. Which I suppose includes all those aforementioned flavors. Did I mention that I love bourbon?

Graham's Second - Allagash 2008 Curieux

Another recap - the last beer was dark. Like the soul of a southern republican. It was bourbon aged with 6 different malts and two different hops. Bourbon/whiskey aged means nothing constant to anything however. The Allagash Curieux proves that. Aged 2 months in Jim Beam barrels at first sip one wouldnt know the difference - until you got real deep into it. The vanilla from the oak/whiskey barrels is dominant. Belgian flavors are reserved but present and the 9.5% ABV is non-existent.

Cloudy (as hell, which is most likely cloudy) and blonde-ish this beer defines what a bourbon aged Belgian should. Awesome.

All-in-all this is one of the most delicious beverages with this much flavor east of the Mississippi.

Graham's Third - Hitachino Nest  Celebration 2008

Apparently one of the rarest breweries on the planet after the tsunami - located right where that terrible wave hit.  This beer was brewed a bit before the disaster and and after four years of aging it was delicious.

This beer gives...er...has great head.  They serve a 10 oz. pour in a pint glass because the head is so active.  And it's not empty fizzy head either - it's packed with the aromatic flavors of the beer. Speaking of the beer's flavors...

This is a light colored, intriguingly spiced winter warmer.  If you were wondering what a Japanese winter warmer would taste like this is it...on four year aged steroids.  Very spicy but definitely verging on sweet at some points.  Flowing in between the orange/vanilla side and the coriander/nutmeg/cinnamon side.  All the while staying incredibly smooth.  One of the best brews of the night.

Thanks to the guys and gals at the Gate! You guys really know how to rock an imaginary type of day in the right type of way!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 26, 2011

Graham

This year is special - you're getting some extra time.  To do what with you ask?  Drink more craft beer of course!  What kind of craft beer should you drink and where should you drink it?  Let's see... Tuesday, February 28 - Dogfish Head Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The over-the-top odd-duck of the beer world is bringing their best brews to one of NYC's best brew bars.  Enter Dogfish Head at the Pony Bar.  We're talking 20 draft lines and 2 casks.  Possibly even some fancy rare stuff.  Although, almost anything Dogfish Head makes tastes fancy and rare.  Chris Valente, of Dogfish, will be on hand to get you through the night, but you should probably set something up beforehand to help get you home.  This is going to be a big one.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest corner of 45th street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Wednesday, February 29 - Flying Leap Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

What better way to spend the oddest day of the year with a trip out to the oddest borough for an offering of brew from an odd(ly decorated) brewery.  Their brew really isn't so odd, just delicious.  What is odd is their devotion to Gonzo styled artistic design on all their 6-packs and bottles.  Hell, for all we know the Leap Day was created in homage to the Gonzo masters themselves.  Either way, hit them up for a memorable February 29 - the day that only exists every four years!

The list:

Doggie Style Pale Ale Garde Dog Biere de Garde Gonzo Imperial Porter K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, February 29 - Leap Year Beer @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

In a throw back to the last recorded Leap Year, the guys and gals at the gate in Park Slope will be serving up some vintage craft brew memories.  Some big and tasty brews that have been stashed and aged since '08.  Maybe we'll discover that craft beer brewed during a Leap Year tastes best after aging it until the next Leap Year.  Only one way to find out...

The List:

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008 Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2008 Allagash Curieux 2008 Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout 2008 J.W. Lees Manchester Star 2008 Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru 2008

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 1 - English Beer Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I'm going out on a limb on this one.  Usually I wouldn't trust much that comes from that Limey island across the Atlantic, but if the guys and gals at Bierkraft are throwing a party than I have no reason to believe it'll be anything but awesome.  This Thursday they'll be featuring English beers, many which influenced the way craft beer is still made here in the United States - of course leading to our complex that we're just going to grow up to become our fathers.  Bierkraft hasn't released the list yet - but again, if they're picking the pours then I got a good feeling that despite the bad accents and crooked teeth, the beer will be great.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Saturday, March 3 - NYC American Craft Beer Festival @ The Lexington Armory, Manhattan:

We love craft beer festivals.  There's a new one hitting the shores of NYC this weekend and there are still tickets available.  Introducing the NYC American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory.  Your general admission ticket will include unlimited tasting of over 150 craft beers from 75 different breweries.  Many of the brewers of the beer you'll be sampling will be standing there with you to guide you through their product.  Imagine sharing your favorite beers with the men and women who brew them.  Now imagine doing it 75 times.  I think that's a challenge.

You can get info and buy all three tiers of tickets here:  http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/

The Lexington Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets, Kips Bay, Manhattan.