It took forever, but finally I am healthy enough to drink beer again.

It looks as if Barley’s downtown location will be closed tomorrow as there is no firkin, but for the Smokehouse, we do have the Oaked Christmas Ale available.  I will try to make it out there after work this Friday.  Perhaps I’ll get a growler.

I’ll have to keep this short and sweet as it is a Holiday and I’m needed downstairs, but I did visit an old IPA that I hadn’t had for quite some time that was hiding out in my cellar.  The large bottle version of Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe IPA.  It hasn’t been hurt by the years being hidden back so I figure a review is in order.

Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. This may be the last large bottle ever since they switched (wisely) to the 4 pack bottles. Aged roughly one year, probably more.

Appearance- Beer pours a brown amber with nearly no clarity and a hefty two finger thick head of tan foam. Very hazy for an IPA but this beer looks great to me.

Smell- Time has not detracted from the power of the Simcoe hops present in this glass. A light citrus pine with a bit of musky funk for good measure. A bit of a vegetal grassiness but not a bad aroma by any means. No alcoholic but some yeasty esters.

Taste- A lightly buttery hoppy flavor, coughing fit. Went down the wrong pipe apparently. That won’t be held against the beer. Malt is evenly balanced and really fleshes out the beer. The alcohol isn’t warming and goes down smoothly. Hops are still lightly grassy and vegetal, but not bad.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, lightly bitter, medium bodied, and moderately highly carbonated.

Drinkability- For as alcoholic as the beer is, it goes down very smooth making it very drinkable and a wise decision from Weyerbacher to change it from these big bottles into four packs.

Now Weyerbacher is available from Premium beverage which would imply that I could find it here in Columbus.  Strangely enough, that’s not so much so.. The Imperial Pumpkin can be found here, but it seems like all other Weyerbacher’s are hard to come by.

I know it never came to the state but I would love to see their thirteenth anniversary beer.  Maybe I should just hope for a Riserva or the fourteenth anniversary.

sickness = lack of updates.

November 21, 2008

I said I would update more frequently and I only got worse.  For that I apologise.  I am massively sick and everything I taste and smell is like Doral cigarettes.  Just about the worst tasting flavor in the world.

Even now I have to keep this short because I can’t really drink any of these beers I’m mentioning and it’s just sad, but these next beers were most definitely post worthy as I would love to get out and try them in any other condition than my current one.

It’s Friday so Barley’s Smokehouse has a Double IPA dry hopped with Sterling hops on the firkin and the downtown location has Ivan Porter dry hopped with Summit in the cask.  I would make it out to both of these just to give them a try and I hope I get better in time this weekend.  Before I got sick I tried the Weizenbock at the downtown location and it was phenomonal.  There are reasons to get growlers at both locations, and the Smokehouse currently has Founders Backwoods Bastard on tap.

Hopefully I’ll have some more content up before Thanksgiving, but I can’t gaurentee anything.  This sickness has gone on for a week and I really need it to go away soon.  I can’t even drink beer!  It’s my one way of staying hydrated!  No wonder I’m sick!

This election is no big surprise to me so I have very little to say about it except that while I’m happy about the guy that won.  We should wait and see what happens before getting all dancing in the streets about it.

Moving on.  Beer wise we haven’t had much happen in this Columbus area.  Elevator has released their pumpkin beer and it is actually good!  It is standardly a pumpkin beer, nothing fancy schmancy and imperial about it, but it is well made and is a solid pumpkin beer.  I’ll have my review on that later in the weekend.  Right now I need to keep everyone informed about today activities before I miss them and go to work.

For this rainy firkin friday, we have the *yawn* centennial IPA at the Smokehouse, which by the way had an awesome oyster and stout pairing.  I had never tried the two together even though I have made an oyster stout in my past.  Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal stout and oysters.. NOM! as the cats would say.

Also, they have the new raspberry saison.  Which isn’t really correct for the season, but hey, neither is the season itself if you haven’t been paying attention to the weather, so we’ll let that pass.  The raspberry saison is awesome if you love fruit beers and very good if you just like them like myself.  It is one I would get a growler of just to try it next to my own raspberry strawberry saison, that I still have one 22oz bottle of here in the Columbus area.  Anyone feeling adventureous and want to crack that thing with me?

Smokehouse also has Bear Republic Crazy Ivan Belgian IPA which could be the best Belgian IPA I have ever had from this new beer style.  Southern Tier Unearthy, a very powerful and delicious Imperial IPA, and it looks like they still have last weeks stouts which are all a home run in my book (my book not written or published at this time or likely in the future).

On to downtown where it’s easy to get around to other places such as the Rhumba room on Summit where Chicago Afrobeat Project is playing tonight…

Downtown we have MacLenny’s Scottish ale.  I’ll be brutally honest, neither of these firkins really persuade me to come out to these places, but given the choices of other taps they have on, I would come out here or to the smokehouse.  They also claim to have Barley’s Weizenbock on tap, which I would be very keen to give a try.  Weizenbock isn’t a style we see a lot of and they are delicious.  Their guest taps are nothing to write home about and I would just go with the local brews if I were drinking over there downtown.

Of course downtown we do also have Bodega which has a stunning 50 beer lineup right now including Crazy Ivan, Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Old Curmudgeon (review forthcoming), and Brooklyn Winter which was one of the best suprise good beers I’ve come across for a while.

I’ve got to keep this post short because I have some work to do.  I’ll update further on the weekend, I promise.  Thank you for reading, hopefully my Columbus updates are worthwhile to someone out there.

Come on beer tastings.. Where are you out here?