Hi there, world! It’s been forever since I’ve posted, pretty much since school started, and I’ve missed keeping you up with my foodie and beer news from my kitchen and around the city. As always, I’ll aim to do better. However, my job for right now is to update you, dear world, on a few things that are just too good to keep to myself. I’ll start, as I am wont to do, with the beer.
Twenty Faithfull Ale
I like Pearl Jam. I also like beer. Thus, when we saw this in the case at Blue Dust, I knew I had to try it. The brewery’s website describes this beer as a “Belgian-style golden ale…delicately hopped to 20 IBUs and fruit-forward from 10 incremental additions of black currants over a one-hour boil.” I’d agree with that; I’d also add that it’s one of my favorite beers that I’ve had in a long time. It’s a beautiful honeyed color, not cloudy, just rich, clear, gold. The taste was pretty fruit-forward–I imagine it was the currants that I was tasting, and though I’ve never actually had a currant, the fruitiness definitely came through. It wasn’t overly sweet, though. Well-balanced, with a bit more tartness and some of the spices coming through at the end. (As a fun side-note, the head was fluffy and dissipated after the first few sips, but our nifty Dogfish Head glasses have a little dogfish etched into the bottom of the class, which keeps bubbles coming to the surface in a peculiar oval shape in the middle of the glass!) Really, this was just fabulous.
This was a refreshing hearkening back to our visit to the brewery in August. We picked this bottle up while we were there, and we’ve been looking for a good reason to break into it–and some company and a Thursday night Steelers game seemed the perfect opportunity. It’s described as “a Belgian-style White made with dried organic orange slices, fresh cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander…a great summer quencher.” It was light and golden, and a little cloudy, especially by the end of the bottle. It had some hints of citrus, and though it had a little spice and sharpness to it, it wasn’t overly hoppy, making it easy to drink. It was good, but two things impeded my enjoyment of this beer. For one thing, it was winter, and we were hanging out talking about holiday decorations and watching football–it was a little incongruous to be drinking such a light and summery beer. Also, I don’t think we had kept it in the fridge for quite long enough, which meant that although it started off at a drinkable temperature, it got too warm too quickly. I enjoyed it, though, and I would definitely be up for getting it again.
Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew