So. Yesterday was the Rare and Vintage Beer Tasting, outside of the new Tyler’s Taproom at Seaboard. A good time was had by all.
Luckily for me, I was there with Veronica, grad school friend/coworker/all-around great company. She also knows a thing or two about beer. She was our documentarian for the event.
My beer vocabulary is fairly limited. I would shout out, “This one tastes like Christmas!” And “I’m getting molasses again. Does this one taste like molasses to you? In a good way?” About ten samples in, I was less clear. “Sunshine! And happy. That’s what this one is.” Veronica got it all down, but her notes were more academic and credible than mine. We’re a pretty good pair. Le Terroir “Lips of Faith” won for the best name,
and Heavy Seas won for best swag, with the “Arrrgh!” eyepatches. The beer was pretty great too- our combined notes indicate “chocolate lava cake, pools of lust, and balsamic, but surprisingly light.” Whatever all that means.
We both gave the Smoky Mtn. Habanero Infused Porter a huge thumbs-up. And the Natty Greene’s guy was really nice to us.
I had kind of a religious experience at the Big Boss tap, though.
This one was a coffee stout of some kind; our notes say “Buffalo…” and then trail off, so I don’t have the name. But I’ll bet you can ask the Big Boss guys about it. (Reader note: it’s Big Boss Larry’s Beans. Thanks!)
Veronica tried the sour cherry, which was based on Helle’s Belle, but with a twist. We like that one. But as we noted, the coffee stout was the only beer all afternoon that I was actually sad to pour out when we moved on to the next sample.
Because she is thorough, Veronica also took note of the crowd,
which was approximately 90% male. But despite the fact that once, in line behind us, we heard a stage-whispered “Dude! There ARE girls here!” we could not have been less interesting to them. There were actually a number of men with headphones on, the better to tune out the crowd and concentrate on the beer.
Which, coincidentally, is exactly what we ended up doing. Saturday afternoon: well spent.