Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Flashback Anniversary Ale

Adriana, I'm a lot skinnier now!
My family is leaving today to Colombia for a long Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, they don't celebrate Thanksgiving there, so I'll be missing out on the big turkey dinner. But I will make up for it with some other fun activities. I'll be sure to fill you in!

I was in Colombia once before, back in 2002, before either kid came along. I went to Cartagena and on other excursions outside of Bogota; I went horseback riding several days; we went to this famous super-awesome salt cave. One of my favorite parts was our two trips to (highly social) restaurant Andres Carne de Res. This place was packed with people. Since it was Christmastime, they even had a Living Nativity walking around and handing out sparklers and noise makers. Every wall, ceiling, every square inch of everything was covered with a light or souvenir or bottle cap or knick-knack of some kind. Such a cool place!

Not only was the atmosphere great, but the food and drink were excellent, too. Sitting right behind me on one trip was a famous Colombian actress, Adriana Ricardo. My cousin-in-law asked her to pose in a photo with me. I also got to light her cigarette! She is hot! There were also a few alcohol-and-noise-maker-induced fights that ended with someone being bounced! I can't wait to go back in just a few days!

Today I'm drinking Flashback Anniversary Ale brewed by Boulder Beer Company in Boulder, Colorado. This is an India-Style Brown Ale brewed to celebrate birthday #30 and is the 9th release in their Looking Glass Series. The label also tells a brief story about their founders starting the brewery 30 years ago. Apparently they were two University of Colorado at Boulder professors that decided brewing was more fun. Flash forward and I bet they are glad they missed being colleagues with this fucking lunatic for 17 of the last 30 years (assuming they'd never gone brewing).

The aroma has lots of caramel and toffee with a little hops, smells deliciously sweet. The flavors start with chocolate, caramel and sweet brown sugar. Very malty as well. Some bitter hops and a dose of spice come around in time, and they just barely take some of the sweet away. The 6.8% alcohol makes a light showing before you will end with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. This was a pretty good beer, and what else can I say but Happy Anniversary and keep brewing!

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traveler said...

I still have not met the first person to tell me they had a lousy time in Andres Carne de Res. Everyone I know has had a blast, hope you can make it out there this time again.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Traveler. Going Sunday. So far so good here, except for the POKER beer.

Anonymous said...

Andres Carne de Res is on my list of things to do when I'm down in Bogotá next.

I must say i am really enjoying your blog, we have a lot in common. Both live in Florida and are married to Colombianas (rola?), and we both love beer.

Have you tried Full Sail Wassail Ale? I haven't been able to find it this year, but sometimes World Market has it here in Orlando.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Anonymous.

We do have a lot in common for sure. Can't say that I've had Full Sail Wassail Ale, but I'll keep my eyes open for it.

In an ironic twist of fate on Flashback Anniversary Ale, you can flash forward just a few days to my experience at Andres Carne de Res from this trip.

This place definitely needs to be on your MUST DO list!