Saturday, June 28, 2008


Photo by NYTimes

So last week I put up a post on cellaring....a week later.....nytimes runs an article on the same subject. Ok.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008


You like beer. I like beer. It's pretty apparent. Why else would you be here? Eventually a love for beer turns to one of two things or both. The first being homebrewing. The second, cellaring.

I've thought about staring to hombrew many times. I've read the books, websites and forums. I've been to Austin Hombrew Supply a number of times, only to walk out empty handed. I've even started collecting bottles. Everything up to the point of buying a system and getting it going. But I always talk myself out of it. Apartment's too small. Not enough time. I suck. Whatever. Maybe one day down the road.

I have started cellaring though. I don't have much right now, but I plan on slowly building it up. Cellaring beer in TX is a bit tricky. I am not sure how it will work out. I have them sitting quietly in a dark closet. I hope that will do. In time I may change to a fridge apparatus. This is my short (very) list:

Saint Arnold Divine Reserve 6
2007 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
2007 Fuller's Vintage Ale
2007 Wychwood Bah Humbug

Remember, my apartment is wee.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Big Boy News

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Belgian Brewer InBev is offering a big payday to
shareholders of Anheuser-Busch Cos. (BUD) (BUD) Inc., but its bid to create the world's largest beer company is already facing a major obstacle - U.S. election-year politics.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


Today I picked up a couple sixers of the muched talked about Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve #6. This barleywine is full of hop flavor and aroma. It reminded me a lot of a Double IPA, which many others have thought as well. Pretty good. Not sure how much I am going to save or try to trade. Either way, I'm gonna wait a few weeks to decide.

Recently I've also had a chance to sample a few cans of Southern Star Pine Belt Pale Ale. I was quite surprised by this one. Hop aroma and a malt flavor. I've read that this is a result of their needed recipe change. I liked it. I was a flavorful, unique pale ale. And in a can no less.

Monday, June 2, 2008


Yesterday was the June Austin BeerAdvocate Tasting. Once again it was held outside at the Draught House. And it was sweltering! This was my first time out and I look forward to many more. I was only able to stay for about 30 minutes though, ughhhh. This was the list of beers (other than the fine beers purchased from the bar):

Stone Bourbon Barrel Stout
Captain Lawrence Captains Reserve Double IPA
Houblon Chouffe Tripel IPA
Bells Two Hearted Ale
Hoppin Frog Mean Maraluchi
Full Sail Bourbon Barrel Age
Port Old Viscosity
Unibroue 17
Flat Earth Belgian Pale Ale
Green Flash Double Stout
Pelican IPA
Lost Abbey Avant Garde
Ommegang Witte
Rock Art Magnumus Ete Tomahawkus ESB3
Hanssens Oude Geuze
Stone Vertical Epic 07.07.07
Stone Old Guardian 08
Sweetwater Happy Ending
Legacy Hoptimus Prime
Midnight Sun La Maitresse Du Moine
Duck Rabbit Barleywine
La Rulles Triple

I was there long enough to sample the Stone Stout and the Captain Lawrence DIPA. The stout was straight bourbon. The DIPA was really good, suprisingly smooth.

I supplied the Ommegang Witte. First because it is a good beer for 98 degree weather and second because it is a NY beer where we just moved from (cheese enough). Anyway, I hope they enjoyed the refreshing aside.