Tuesday, September 7, 2010

August 2010 Top Five

August, 2010. What a delightful month! I started August on vacation, but scheduled posts ever day anyway. Thanks to my three guests that week as well: Jarret Streiner with Dogfish Head My Antonia, Beer Pancakes with Frye's Leap IPA (BTW, he's getting married), and Home Brew Vanessa with Allagash Victoria 2009.

What else? I started giving math lessons with a beer theme. There are surely some recent college grads among you that didn't really deserve your diplomas. Here are the First Grade and Second Grade lessons.

Beer Tasting Extravaganza 3 happened in August, with the Abraxas Edition. What a fun quarterly event! This time we sampled 22 really cool beers down in South Beach. Jealous?

Just three days later, Garrett Oliver was in town for a public tasting and book/bottle signing. I was supposed to have the opportunity to interview him beforehand, but that didn't quite fit the schedule. I did, however, get to ask 10-15 questions while his groupies (including me) hung around toward the end of the event.

I also took the Sam Adams Beer Lover's Choice Challenge, went to Pittsburgh empty-handed and came back with 12 new beers, and even reviewed a Colombian soda! I told you I was busy in August.

But most importantly, I drank some awesome beers!

August 2010 Top Five

1. The Bruery Autumn Maple
2. The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse

3. Founders Red's Rye P.A.

4. Troegs Dream Weaver

5. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

Honorable Mention: Ithaca Flower Power IPA

Yep. The Bruery Took First and Second. Brewers, copy them! Here are my prior 2010 Top Five lists from January, February, March, April, May, June and July. The full archive for August's reviews can be found here. Thanks as always for reading and telling your friends. I appreciate it. If I made a mistake, I am sure you are already typing to let me know now. Talk to you soon.

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bunny said...

Hope to go beer shopping this weekend....your #1 will be #1 on my list. Hope we have it here in the GA.

PS, my friend recently made me an awesome Chocolate Stout Milkshake with the Young's Double CS. It was SO delish!

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey bunny.

You're my favorite! If The Bruery sells beer in GA, it'll be at your finer beer establishments.

That milkshake sounds great. Beer and Vanilla Ice Cream? Is that it?

bunny said...

Here you go!

Black & White Stout Milkshake:

4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
18 oz chocolate stout beer, chilled
Pinch salt

Take the vanilla ice cream out of the freezer for 10 minutes or so to soften. Once barely softened, add to the blender 4 scoops of vanilla ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, and the chilled stout, pouring slowly so as not to generate lots of beer foam. Add the pinch of salt and blend to a smooth consistency. For a thicker consistency, add more vanilla ice cream.