Yet another one falls prey to the Dark Side. RateBeer now joins my boycott list alongside Ballast Point, Elysian, Goose Island, Karbach, Kona, Lagunitas, Mill Street, Wicked Weed, and Widmer Brothers.
Well, I’m ready for December 1! Looking forward to another year’s advent calendar starting in less than 10 weeks. For reference, here are the origins and strengths for the 2016 calendar:
And as soon as I saw that there might be IPAs and lagers in there, I tore it open and stuck ’em all in the beer fridge. Didn’t look at any, though: I put ’em in a box with labels for 1-24 without looking – I like my daily surprises. However, a cardboard IPA that’s been sitting at room temperature for three months isn’t the kind of surprise I like!
I made a thing!
It was marinated for about 10 days. The first pass was through cheesecloth, and the milk solids that squeezed out looked like vanilla pudding. Quite edible, too, though very strong.
The liquid was still pretty thick at that point, so I did two passes through coffee filters to polish it up. Made a huge difference to the appearance, though really not a lot to the taste or texture.
So, now I’ve got a golden-coloured milk and citrus liqueur. And, in the immortal words of Homer Jay, “It passed the first test: I didn’t go blind.”
Latest revision of the one-handed bottle opener. Revision 6 or so failed after a few weeks’ use, but you can see that the problem wasn’t completely solved with my current daily use one (revision 8 or so) because the stress crack is starting in the same spot. In-progress photo of the latest revision (10 – I don’t print all of them) shows how I hold the flat neodymium magnet in the slot with another magnet so the magnetic auto-level probe doesn’t suck it right back out again. This revision is a couple millimetres thicker through the region that habitually cracks, so we’ll see how it stands up.
The beer cellar as of 2014-10-17. (The foil-wrapped lumps are dark fruitcakes marinating in booze. That counts, right?)
Belgium 2014 roundup. Here’s the final tally of new beers before going to the airport in the morning:
Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Kriek
Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Gueuze
Brouwerij De Ranke – XXX Bitter
Brouwerij Huyghe – Delirium Red
Brouwerij Alken-Maes – Maes Pils
Brasserie Piedboeuf – Jupiler
*Brasserie Cantillon – Iris
*Brasserie Cantillon – Single Barrel 3 Year Lambic
*Brasserie Cantillon – Rosé de Gambrinus
*Troubador – Magma Tripple IPA
*Brouwers Verzet – Oud Bruin
Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren – Trappist Westvleteren 12
Duvel Moortgat – Duvel Gefilterd (Green)
Brouwerij Bosteels – Kwak
De Halve Maan – Brugse Zot
Brasserie de la Senne – Zinnebir
Duvel Moortgat – Duvel Tripel Hop (2014)
Brouwerij Mort Subite (formerly De Keersmaeker) – Faro
Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Martin’s IPA
Brouwerij St. Bernardus – Tripel
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck (Castle Brewery) – Kasteel Donker (Bruin-Brune)
Brewery John Martin & Brewery Timmermans – Bourgogne Des Flandres Ambrée
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste (Bockor) – Vanderghinste Oud Bruin
Brouwerij Oud Beersel – Oude Geuze (Vieille)
Brasserie Dubuisson – Cuvée des Trolls
Brouwerij Bosteels – Tripel Karmeliet
Brouwerij van Hoegaarden – Hoegaarden Grand Cru
Brasserie Dubuisson – Bush Ambrée (Scaldis Amber)
(* No photo)
That’s, what, 27 new beers in five days? And small-ish tasters (250ml) and/or spread out so that I have not been drunk once. Fairly well-behaved, I’d say…
Blue Star. Words fail me.