Just A “Quickie”

A “quickie” post. I have a few weeks relatively free, just a few quick local jobs so I promise to write more about my upcoming all-grain batch planned for the weekend.

I just had to write about this beer I poured – an IPA from Odell Brewing Company! Simply, “India Pale Ale, IPA”. The impact was a double whammy – the hop aroma hit the nose and the very mellow bitterness followed! Do a search and locate a sixer. You won’t be disappointed!

I just had to do it quickly. I will apologize now and deliver a more lengthy effort soon!

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Bishop

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We Made It! Firestone Walker the Pub

I have to give Firestone high marks for the beer and also for the food offerings at the Pub. Here I am trying to balance calories in vs. calories out and fortunately Firestone makes it a doable task. I am not going to order a Coors Light, not a bad beer but, after all, I am at a nationally recognized Brewery so I need to take advantage to the opportunity….a full flavored and FULL calorie beer….Like the “Wookie Jack”. Well since I was there I decided to order a 3 ounce taster of one of the very best Imperial Stouts made in America. I have tasted it before and I agree. Dang it…..not on tap on the night of my visit…..I was tempted to order a “Bomber” – 22 ounces to take with me….12,5 % ABV, complex wonderful flavors….sipped and enjoyed like a fine port…BUT $ 55.00 for a bottle…..now way! I suffered, but not much….The Wookie Jack was superb!

The food pairing for me was a very nice piece of Pacific salmon, wonderful steamed spinach underneath it. Portions were just right….allowed me the opportunity to enjoy a great beer and not bust my calorie budget for the evening! On top of that, the absence of the Imperial Stout, barrel aged for a year was mitigated by the fact that I have in my possession the 2011 bottling of this barrel aged stout….waiting for the right occasion to open and share….as is my bottle of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon! I am accepting bids – contact me if you would like to make an offer on either bottle!

I did branch out and try another local beer, Tap It Breweries IPA. Brewed in San Luis Obispo. I was pleasantly surprised….I need to check out more of their offerings on a future trip. My buddy Gary has decided that Firestone’s 805 Ale fits nicely in his wheelhouse……multiple times. I have to admit…It is a good one but my preferences run toward higher IBU’s……International Bittering Units, i.e., HOPS>>>>>I love hoppy beers.

Not me…..but this is a Hop Head I ran into at the 2011 Humble, TX beer festival.

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A real, true Hop Head….Literally!

 

Drink Local – Drink Responsibly

Bishop

 

Firestone Walker Brewery

Not yet there, but I am in my way! I have a few days work planned for the Paso Robles area this next week! I am fortunate to be traveling with a good solid beer drinker from the plains of Saskatchewan – Gary C.

I will post my impressions and my choices at the pub very, very soon!

Drink Local and Drink Responsibly
Bishop