I just found a fantastic beer.
Probably hard to find.
Anderson Valley Brewing Company: "Winter Solstice" Seasonal Ale.
over the weekend I had:
Rogue's Santa Reserve
TJ's Winterfest 2005
they're both great stuff, Maynard.
Over the holidays I picked up a 6 pack of St. Bernardus Prior 8 and honestly, I wasn't impressed. The nose was fantastic but I found the flavor to be really lacking in any complexity - well, for that matter, it was really pretty boring. It wasn't what I expected after the wonderful aromas upon pouring. Oh well. It's not bathwater so the 3 I still have will be sitting in the fridge for one of those nights where I, heaven forbid, am out of beer.
Today I picked up a 12 pack of the Sierra Nevada ESB (Early Spring Beer) and yes, Spring has gotten here awfully early this year. It's been in the 80s in Templeton for over a week and today it hit 83. I just poured the first one and the hop aroma is very nice. Not too overpowering. And yes, oh yea, first sip confirms this is going to be a nice 12 pack. Good bitterness, really nice malt after the hop hit, mouthfeel is really nice. Reminds me of having a really fresh Bass Ale in London except with quite a bit more hops on top. Hey. I like this. I need to take a drive to Chico and spend some time at the brewery. Any Chico based LGKers?? It's been too long since I was last up there. Anyway, try and find it. I highly recommend to all you ale/Sierra Nevada lovers. Quality stuff.
Nothing fro North Coast has ever disapointed me. This beer rules. I would put it up there with the 08-08-08 from Stone. Grab a 4 pack of this