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Vintage Vertical

For Xmas, my family (well, mostly just I) did a vertical tasting of the ’08, ’09, and ’10 Vintage Ales from Trader Joe’s. If you aren’t familiar with the VA, it’s a BDSA, contract-brewed by Unibroue, that’s only available for a few weeks around the holidays. As with most things at Trader Joe’s, part of […]


I took a while, but I finally had a day off work when it didn’t snow. So I took a hike up to the abandoned (silver?) mine just north of town, and got some pretty great photos.

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Tasting Notes: Westy 12

The glassware seems doubly appropriate.

This beer is an unintentional experiment. With fermentation temperatures peaking at 38°C, I have no doubt that it’s a hangover waiting to happen. Nevertheless, it’s remarkably clean and I can’t help but think that if I had followed my planned fermentation schedule it wouldn’t be as appealing.

Head retention […]