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Hard road ahead... - May 2017 Archives

travels with ender

skeleton of day 2...
Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 by ender

day 2 involved the brewery that produces Duchess de Bougerone (sp), that was a nice and unexpected surprise and deviation from the last tour i took with that tour company... They produce a good amound of beer for export and a small handful of beer for their own region. The tour led us thru their fouders and brewhouse that they use... very traditional brewing system with a nice modern flare for piping and very nice brand new fouders... The belgians are very of the mind that if your fouders haven't held wine they aren't worth the time in using... as i know a bit about fouders, they leak like a mug if you dont prep and keep them full of something, to maintain the seal on the fouders...

Tasting duchess fresh was a very big sidestep from tasting it imported... was very carmel rich, and nutty, where here it's more rounded with the wine character and the sweetness is intergrated making a finished amber sour. This was a beer that was nice to finally have fresh instead of the 4 to 6 month version we get from the folks in belgium.

after that we stopped at a very small brewery, ^^^^ of which had on their front door... no ab products allowed... of which i took many a gag photo... The place had a very jolly pumpkin feel to it as more than half of his brewing vessels were dairy vessels being used for brewing... but very nice ones (alpha laval, less than 3 years old...) The brewer had a english accent and a very chipper demeanor, very altruistic and passionate about what he did... it was one of those, this guy reminds me of me in my younger days... and then i cursed myself for thinking i was old... :) His beers were all over the place and a lot of them had esters that gave the beers a high fermentation even tho that woudn't have been to style for some of them... the saison was all over the place, where the porter had a grape thing going on that i wouldn't have expected... not unpleasant... little roast with chocolate and a round redwine grape taste is good... almost as if it was rochefort yeast, but he said it wasnt... he used an english strain and that made sense too...

the third and last brewery of the day was castle brewery van (cant remember without my pics) they produce beers like brigand...

This place was huge and the brewing system was all krones... ALL FUCKING KRONES... it was like seeing a porsche go from 6th to 7th gear flawlessly... so beautiful a brewing system, it might turn you to stone if you were to look on it too long... half chub thru most of the tour, just saying... 50bbl system so i could understand it all at a glance, but that wasn't the efficent part, when i say all krones... not just the brewing but the bottling system... every step... i was in love... from every step to the ovens they used for pasturization, it was a fucking shitshow of efficiency.

Now the beers on the other hand... weren't the greatest to drink... the gueze and kriek were wheaty and sugary. the goldens were boozy and boozy... the beers overall were unsatisfying... so just cause you have a kickass brewing system, doesn't mean you know how to run that shit... it's another classic *we've done it this way for so long, that's the taste they expect... disappointing yes, but what can you do. Had dinner there and beers, i ate horse for the first time... it's gamey, like venison. and i felt bad.

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Computer is screwy at the airport, but i have some time to kill, so theres that.
Posted Sunday, May 14th, 2017 by ender

the post is being an asshole... the dinner we had at the bottom was at a place called cafe de kring... 

 

My most recent trip involves, belgium, stockholm and copenhagen, three places i highly recommend if you have the time. The belgium part is what ill start with and go from there.

So, tour de gueze 2017... a two day event where sour producers open their doors and invite the unwashed into their breweries and blenderies. There's a tour company i use, belgium beer me, which gives an added amount of time, 5 days of various places that you attend up to TDG, and TDG itself. So lets start there...

Boon, (pronounced Bone) is one of the larger producers of gueze and kriek and things in the belgiumland... Got a really nice walkthru there, funny part is we got an 80ish year old man that talks at about half the volume of what i do... which isnt loud to begin with... so listening to him talk about boons history and interjecting a question, of which he wasnt prepared and generally deflected by going back to his speel, was what we got from them. Boon gueze and kriek are generally, to me, very sweet and rough, the mariage parfait, is a bit more refined. Talking with other lambic producers, they easily get frustrated with boon. After that we had a dinner of pig cheeks and potatoes with carrots in them and other things... drank a westy 8 for the first time in a while and was pleased with that.

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Posted Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by ender

So. It hasn't been a year exactly... fuck...

I like these blogs and like to keep up on them. There's a certain catharsis that keeps one mind in a better place and dispels the good travel info on to the would be future travelers... so that being said, this may be either long or short... but more than likely long. Get a beer.

and i'l start most recently and work backward... it's easier to do with the pictures.

i won't recap sf beer week, if you've been to a beer week and it's just seemed meh... you need another beer week to measure it to... philly's an exceptional beer week, but cold temps where i live dictate that i go visit warmer weather... especially when it coincides with my birthday... sfbeerweek fills the void.

Lots of new places everywhere, and cali's no exception...

mikkeller bar - bring your wallet.

but know you'll want to drink a lot of beers, because their taplist was really diverse and for beer week it changes by mid day. Loons there were 60 bucks a bottle, but they had 5 to choose from. The art on the wall is interesting and eye catching... and the taps are very cool. they use those adjustable valve taps with the smaller spigots for better flow control, less foam, less waste. Drank loverbeer beers here, drank commons beers, drank laffler beers, drank many beers.... felt poorer, but is the way of the privelage of craft beer.

woodfour brewing - santa rosa area.

 

really cool spot... out the way... maybe 5 miles from russian river. and during beer week...

russian river is impossible to get into...

i came to drink, not wait in lines taking a page from our own wimperpoo.

woodfour's space is nice and open, small kitchen that does a small menu in the afternoon, closes for an hour, and then a larger more lavish dinner menu... local sourced all that stuff... but you get that from all the shops around woodfour...

the berliner was OUTSTANDING... lemony citrusy acidly delishous... the more subtle sour farmhouse was... more subtle... not as harsh on the bacterias but providing a punch in the mouth sour that didn't disappoint. Went thru the other beers too... all clean, nothing lowbrow, tho styles were explained as simple by doing bartenders. Good bartenders and good beer and good food and no lines... all day.

Whole foods santa rosa area...

 

holy shit... picture speaks for itself. drank 3 beers, RRx2 and another RR. then my stomach felt like it would fall out... so i bought some tums told it to stfu... and went on drinking. Don't discount the power of the west coast whole foods.

Sour barrel - berkeley AND Sierra nevada taproom - berkeley.

two very distinct places, very different vibes...

 

i really liked the feel at the sierra nevada taproom. it's very sierra nevada... classy but not snobby, clean and as you'd expect professional... they had a lot of fun test beers in bottle and on tap... things you don't see. things you can enjoy... sour quad with raspberries... nitro stouts... good ass beers... great store, buncha little stuffs... they had knitted bottle coozies... dorky, yes... but equally awesome.

Sour barrel... bruery brewery turnt renegade... runnin shit up in berkeley... only open a few days a week... get up in there.

the beers there for first time sours, were awesome... but knowing that you can't keep a good sourmaker down... they're not as acedic as bruery beers... little less, much easier drinking but great sour character none the less... worth your time, but plan on this... it's not open much and short ass hours, so get in and get drinkin... figure when i go back next year, it'll be assclown central three floyds line kinda shit.

Cellar maker... Fuck you, best cbu units beer i had on the trip.. what the fuck is a cbu... citrus bitterness units... duh.

Ruity pebbles (say it slow and think breakfast cereal..) a collab with berryessa brewing (someone else you should know...) was one of the most refreshing beers i've had in a while... specially when you're the old man in the beer game... now i'm not the beer hunter but i've had a few with a few after a few... and it's hard to be surprised by innovation... this did that.

 

Oh and... i walk into their pub... a block down from city beer store... and they had a ipa on that had finished processing 2 hours before i got there... poured like a milkshake... drank so good i had many...

They had some berliners there which were interesting, not as good as woodfour to beat a dead horse, but good.

now all these places were great... had great conversations at all... really great experiences, chatted people up, drank down, bought beers at the bar... lifes good.

and then there's Sante Adarius rustic ales...

they had 3 ipa's on... all solid...

they had a porter. vanilla/coffee porter and stout on... all solid 

and they had saison in bottle... super solid...

Usually one of them fail in cali... Not here.

drank here for 3 hour session wed, and 4 hour session thursday, had a great time.

 

    



Posted Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by ender

So. It hasn't been a year exactly... fuck...

I like these blogs and like to keep up on them. There's a certain catharsis that keeps one mind in a better place and dispels the good travel info on to the would be future travelers... so that being said, this may be either long or short... but more than likely long. Get a beer.

and i'l start most recently and work backward... it's easier to do with the pictures.

i won't recap sf beer week, if you've been to a beer week and it's just seemed meh... you need another beer week to measure it to... philly's an exceptional beer week, but cold temps where i live dictate that i go visit warmer weather... especially when it coincides with my birthday... sfbeerweek fills the void.

Lots of new places everywhere, and cali's no exception...

mikkeller bar - bring your wallet...

 

but know you'll want to drink a lot of beers, because their taplist was really diverse and for beer week it changes by mid day. Loons there were 60 bucks a bottle, but they had 5 to choose from. The art on the wall is interesting and eye catching... and the taps are very cool. they use those adjustable valve taps with the smaller spigots for better flow control, less foam, less waste. Drank loverbeer beers here, drank commons beers, drank laffler beers, drank many beers.... felt poorer, but is the way of the privelage of craft beer.

woodfour brewing - santa rosa area.

 

really cool spot... out the way... maybe 5 miles from russian river. and during beer week...

russian river is impossible to get into...

i came to drink, not wait in lines taking a page from our own wimperpoo.

woodfour's space is nice and open, small kitchen that does a small menu in the afternoon, closes for an hour, and then a larger more lavish dinner menu... local sourced all that stuff... but you get that from all the shops around woodfour...

the berliner was OUTSTANDING... lemony citrusy acidly delishous... the more subtle sour farmhouse was... more subtle... not as harsh on the bacterias but providing a punch in the mouth sour that didn't disappoint. Went thru the other beers too... all clean, nothing lowbrow, tho styles were explained as simple by doing bartenders. Good bartenders and good beer and good food and no lines... all day.

Whole foods santa rosa area...

 

holy shit... picture speaks for itself. drank 3 beers, RRx2 and another RR. then my stomach felt like it would fall out... so i bought some tums told it to stfu... and went on drinking. Don't discount the power of the west coast whole foods.

Sour barrel - berkeley AND Sierra nevada taproom - berkeley.

two very distinct places, very different vibes...

 

i really liked the feel at the sierra nevada taproom. it's very sierra nevada... classy but not snobby, clean and as you'd expect professional... they had a lot of fun test beers in bottle and on tap... things you don't see. things you can enjoy... sour quad with raspberries... nitro stouts... good ass beers... great store, buncha little stuffs... they had knitted bottle coozies... dorky, yes... but equally awesome.

Sour barrel... bruery brewery turnt renegade... runnin shit up in berkeley... only open a few days a week... get up in there.

the beers there for first time sours, were awesome... but knowing that you can't keep a good sourmaker down... they're not as acedic as bruery beers... little less, much easier drinking but great sour character none the less... worth your time, but plan on this... it's not open much and short ass hours, so get in and get drinkin... figure when i go back next year, it'll be assclown central three floyds line kinda shit.

Cellar maker... Fuck you, best cbu units beer i had on the trip.. what the fuck is a cbu... citrus bitterness units... duh.

Ruity pebbles (say it slow and think breakfast cereal..) a collab with berryessa brewing (someone else you should know...) was one of the most refreshing beers i've had in a while... specially when you're the old man in the beer game... now i'm not the beer hunter but i've had a few with a few after a few... and it's hard to be surprised by innovation... this did that.

 

Oh and... i walk into their pub... a block down from city beer store... and they had a ipa on that had finished processing 2 hours before i got there... poured like a milkshake... drank so good i had many...

They had some berliners there which were interesting, not as good as woodfour to beat a dead horse, but good.

now all these places were great... had great conversations at all... really great experiences, chatted people up, drank down, bought beers at the bar... lifes good.

and then there's Sante Adarius rustic ales...

they had 3 ipa's on... all solid...

they had a porter. vanilla/coffee porter and stout on... all solid 

and they had saison in bottle... super solid...

Usually one of them fail in cali... Not here.

drank here for 3 hour session wed, and 4 hour session thursday, had a great time.

 

    



Posted Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 by ender

So. It hasn't been a year exactly... fuck...

I like these blogs and like to keep up on them. There's a certain catharsis that keeps one mind in a better place and dispels the good travel info on to the would be future travelers... so that being said, this may be either long or short... but more than likely long. Get a beer.

and i'l start most recently and work backward... it's easier to do with the pictures.

i won't recap sf beer week, if you've been to a beer week and it's just seemed meh... you need another beer week to measure it to... philly's an exceptional beer week, but cold temps where i live dictate that i go visit warmer weather... especially when it coincides with my birthday... sfbeerweek fills the void.

Lots of new places everywhere, and cali's no exception...

mikkeller bar - bring your wallet...

da

but know you'll want to drink a lot of beers, because their taplist was really diverse and for beer week it changes by mid day. Loons there were 60 bucks a bottle, but they had 5 to choose from. The art on the wall is interesting and eye catching... and the taps are very cool. they use those adjustable valve taps with the smaller spigots for better flow control, less foam, less waste. Drank loverbeer beers here, drank commons beers, drank laffler beers, drank many beers.... felt poorer, but is the way of the privelage of craft beer.

woodfour brewing - santa rosa area.

fad

really cool spot... out the way... maybe 5 miles from russian river. and during beer week...

russian river is impossible to get into...

i came to drink, not wait in lines taking a page from our own wimperpoo.

da

woodfour's space is nice and open, small kitchen that does a small menu in the afternoon, closes for an hour, and then a larger more lavish dinner menu... local sourced all that stuff... but you get that from all the shops around woodfour...

the berliner was OUTSTANDING... lemony citrusy acidly delishous... the more subtle sour farmhouse was... more subtle... not as harsh on the bacterias but providing a punch in the mouth sour that didn't disappoint. Went thru the other beers too... all clean, nothing lowbrow, tho styles were explained as simple by doing bartenders. Good bartenders and good beer and good food and no lines... all day.

Whole foods santa rosa area...

df

holy shit... picture speaks for itself. drank 3 beers, RRx2 and another RR. then my stomach felt like it would fall out... so i bought some tums told it to stfu... and went on drinking. Don't discount the power of the west coast whole foods.

Sour barrel - berkeley AND Sierra nevada taproom - berkeley.

two very distinct places, very different vibes...

fd

i really liked the feel at the sierra nevada taproom. it's very sierra nevada... classy but not snobby, clean and as you'd expect professional... they had a lot of fun test beers in bottle and on tap... things you don't see. things you can enjoy... sour quad with raspberries... nitro stouts... good ass beers... great store, buncha little stuffs... they had knitted bottle coozies... dorky, yes... but equally awesome.

Sour barrel... bruery brewery turnt renegade... runnin shit up in berkeley... only open a few days a week... get up in there.

the beers there for first time sours, were awesome... but knowing that you can't keep a good sourmaker down... they're not as acedic as bruery beers... little less, much easier drinking but great sour character none the less... worth your time, but plan on this... it's not open much and short ass hours, so get in and get drinkin... figure when i go back next year, it'll be assclown central three floyds line kinda shit.

Cellar maker... Fuck you, best cbu units beer i had on the trip.. what the fuck is a cbu... citrus bitterness units... duh.

Ruity pebbles (say it slow and think breakfast cereal..) a collab with berryessa brewing (someone else you should know...) was one of the most refreshing beers i've had in a while... specially when you're the old man in the beer game... now i'm not the beer hunter but i've had a few with a few after a few... and it's hard to be surprised by innovation... this did that.

ff

Oh and... i walk into their pub... a block down from city beer store... and they had a ipa on that had finished processing 2 hours before i got there... poured like a milkshake... drank so good i had many...

They had some berliners there which were interesting, not as good as woodfour to beat a dead horse, but good.

now all these places were great... had great conversations at all... really great experiences, chatted people up, drank down, bought beers at the bar... lifes good.

and then there's Sante Adarius rustic ales...

they had 3 ipa's on... all solid...

da

they had a porter. vanilla/coffee porter and stout on... all solid 

and they had saison in bottle... super solid...

Usually one of them fail in cali... Not here.

da

drank here for 3 hour session wed, and 4 hour session thursday, had a great time.

 

    

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