A Birthday Beer Tasting

On Saturday, a small pile of us got together to further celebrate Margaret’s birthday (we had celebrated on Wednesday as well, but one good party deserves another, so…) with a beer tasting. Now, typically when conducting a tasting of sorts, I’ll choose a selection of brews that go with the season, but this was no ordinary beer tasting. Each of us brought enough beer to last into the night and beyond, and each beer that was brought represented either (1) something we loved and truly wanted to share or (2) something we desperately wanted to try, for one reason or another.

The pictures are not of great quality but for a little flip phone in the dark, could be worse 🙂

Some Craft Beers We Tasted

Margaret called me that morning from Premier, a local craft beer store, for some ideas of beers to start us out with. I tossed out a few of my favorites from a number of styles and she grabbed up what she could. And what a selection it was! Here, an incomplete list of beers we more than enjoyed on Saturday:

Believe it or not, this is an incomplete list, like I said above… it was a good party, to say the least. Although I won’t get into details on each and every brew, there were a few stand-outs.

Gourmet Cheeses with our BeerBoth Ommegang beers were delightful. The Biere De Mars, one of the top 5 biere de gardes listed by Deron was the first I’ve ever had of the style, and I really enjoyed it. It went fantastically with each of the strong cheeses Margaret supplied, and I could most definitely see enjoying it with turkey dinner, as Deron suggested.

Ommegang’s Three Philosophers is a beer I could see myself enjoying in the winter, more than in summer. It’s very sweet with a heavier mouthfeel, which easily signals cold weather to my palate.

Another brew I should like to enjoy more during the coming holiday season is the Dogfish Head Sah’tea – according to Margaret’s brother, I am not the only one he knows who has described it as ” Christmas Happiness.” If you don’t love beers that don’t taste like beer, you may not dig this one. Honestly, it tasted like chai more than anything, but it was darn tasty.

The Ayinger Weizen-Bock was one of the best bocks I’ve had. I’ve long been a fan of their Celebrator, a doppelbock, so I wasn’t surprised that the single bock was delicious. It was the bock itself that inspired the below Etch-a-Sketch drawing… yep, that’s a goat on a mountain. Fritz has freakishly good Etch-a-Sketch skills (it only took him 5 minutes to whip out the entire scene).

Etch a Sketch Goat Drawing

Finally, the Delirium Tremens. This is a beer that I’ve long wanted to try and boy, is it good. I’d say the best Belgian strong pale ale I’ve ever had. Hints of citrus hit your nose before you even sip, but once you do, you’re in for a smooth, sweet full-bodied treat. I definitely recommend it.

We had such an enjoyable evening, we decided we would do it again… at least once a month. Cheers to beer!



  • Liz December 7, 2009 @ 10:32am

    3 Things…

    1. Happy Birthday Margaret!
    2. What a great assortment! Some of my favorite styles and breweries for sure – I hope everyone loved the Sah’tea as much as I do… so good, especially this time of year.
    3. That Etch-a-sketch goat scene is unreal. I’m seriously in awe.

  • Deron December 7, 2009 @ 4:06pm

    Awesome review, looks like it was a great time. I’ve had the Ayinger on my shopping list for months now, I guess it’s time to pick up that bad boy. The Sah’Tea is one of most unique beers you will ever have, very impressed by it. Had the same effect on me in ;09 that Midas Touch did in ’03.

  • M December 7, 2009 @ 8:14pm

    Here is the full list of samples:
    – Long Trail, Double Bag
    – Ommegang – Biere de Mars
    – Lindemans – Peche Lambic
    – Arrogant Bastard Ale
    – Pinkus Organic – Hefe-Weizen
    – Ommegang – Three Philosophers
    – Ayinger – Weizen-Bock
    – Dogfish Head – Sah’Tea
    – Flying Dog – In Heat Wheat
    – Custom BrewCrafters – Hefe
    – Huyghe Brewery – Delirium tremens
    – La Fin Du Monde

  • M December 7, 2009 @ 8:16pm

    oops….forgot the Rohrbach Scotch Ale that Hannah brought. Sorry :o) That brings the grand total to 13.

  • Hannah December 7, 2009 @ 8:58pm

    Haha, can’t believe I only missed 3 after all of that 🙂 Next time I’ll bring a bunch of bottles instead of the big ol’ growler 🙂 when’s the next tasting? hehe

  • M December 8, 2009 @ 9:20am

    Yes, you did a good job of only forgetting 3. Thanks Liz for the birthday wishes. And not sure when the next tasting will be. I will look at my calendar to find out what works the best. Probably in January, but my tree will still be up b/c we’re doing xmas in January with my bro. So maybe I’ll schedule it for when he’s here so he (and his wife) can come too :O) The more the merrier!

  • Hannah December 8, 2009 @ 9:58am

    M- that would be great! I know Fritz had a great time too 🙂

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