As most of you have heard already, beer is not my favorite thing The rest of my family feels differently and they have lots of great activities which would make great posts. However writing about beer is very hard for those who don’t drink or enjoy beer. Thankfully my Mother in Law is willing to write these posts for me. Thanks Andrea!

Beer Camp 2014 12-Pack

So, it’s hard for me to post this entry since I’m not a beer fan. But my husband says that this Beer Camp tasting was a big deal, so here goes…

During the Patriots game on Saturday (opening day), Dave, his mom and my dad and sister tasted their way through the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp 12-pack. Although they researched ways that others had lined up the tastings, they opted for the easy, reach-into-the-box-and-grab-one method. Someone online had described this approach as enjoying every beer as you would your gifts on Christmas morning. They were quite happy with their technique.

The Beer Camp sampler was purchased on release weekend in July at Winooski Beverage during the Vermont Beer Fest weekend at a cost of $24.50. It’s been on ice, waiting for just the right moment to break it out. Their order and findings are below. You might think that they get a little less descriptive/specific as they got further into the tasting, but who could blame them? It was an ambitious task for a Sunday afternoon!

Beer Camp

3 Floyds – Chico King

Fruit in the middle. Dried fruit. Prune/apricot.

Victory – Alt Boute

Malty with rich color. Balanced mouth feel.

Cigar City – Yonder Bock

Like pineapple juice. Smoky at the end. Almost a dessert beer.

Russian River – Yvan the Great

Smells like bananas! Tastes like lemon. Lingering (bad) aftertaste. Aftertaste you wish would go away.

Allagash – Myron’s Walk

Nondescript. Aroma good but taste lacking. Blah, blah, blah.

Ballast Point – Electric Ray

Solid lager flavor. Not exceptional. Not great.

New Glarus – There and Back

Nondescript. Bitter. Good thing there was only one of these. Clean finish — meaning we’re cleanly finished with this one.

Oskar Blues – Canfusion

Dales Pale Ale but sweeter. Please stick to your traditional line-up of beers!

Ashville Brewers Alliance – Tater Ridge

Cancel the sweet potato and marshmallow casserole for Thanksgiving and serve this — or maybe not.

Firestone Walker – Torpedo Pils

Described by many online as their favorite. We almost saved this ’til last. Thank goodness we didn’t. Only an OK Pilsner.

Ninkasi – Double Latte

Smelled fabulous. Chocolaty. Tastes like homemade — in a good way.

Bell’s – Maillard’s Odyssey

Less chocolaty and less coffee than Ninkasi. We preferred the Ninkasi.


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