“I never win anything, but he’s going to read off these numbers right now. Zero, one, six…”
I spoke those words to everyone at my table and began reading off the numbers on my ticket at Good Beer Club last night. Into the microphone, Bobby was reading the very same numbers, at the same time. I nearly fell out of my chair, I was so excited; I had just won my first prize ever. The best part? It was beer. A full six-pack of Great Divide Titan IPA. Moments later, my best friend won a six-pack of Great Divide Saint Bridget’s Porter! Lucky night for us both, I’ve got to say.
The featured beers last night were originally going to be entirely from Great Divide Brewing Company but since Bobby could only get seven from them, he threw in a few others that were new, intriguing or hard-to-find. Here’s the full list:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Saint Bridget’s Porter
Denver Pale Ale
Yeti Imperial Stout
Old Ruffian Barley Wine
Wild Raspberry Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
30th Anniversary – Fritz and Ken’s Ale
Now, there were quite a few beers that I thoroughly enjoyed last night but rather than regale you on every single one I dug, I’ll just touch on two brews; one that I will not drink again and one that was so different from most I’ve ever tasted I simply have to describe it. They are, in order, Great Divide Samurai Ale and Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz and Ken’s Ale.
The Samurai Ale is an unfiltered American Blonde and, although I do enjoy some lighter brews, like hefeweizens and some witbiers, this one did nothing for me. The flavor was far too light and, compared to other summer beers I enjoy, nearly non-existent. Two of my friends dug it though. At least I know now not to buy it for myself in the future.
30th Anniversary – Fritz and Ken’s Ale was right up my alley, and quite different from most brews I’ve ever had. This Imperial Stout poured deep, dark brown with a tall, tan head and smelled of bitter coffee. The taste threw me a bit; I was expecting more malt presence but instead, was treated to an incredible coffee-like bitterness, backed by smoke and a touch of molasses. So interesting, and most definitely worth tasting.
Another great month at Good Beer Club… wonder what we’ll be tasting in May?
[techtags:BEER REVIEWS, BEER CLUB, GREAT DIVIDE BREWING, BREWDOG, SIERRA NEVADA BREWING]