I Never Win Anything… Not Until Last Night

“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.

Good Beer Club April 2010

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
Samurai Ale
Saint Bridget’s Porter
Denver Pale Ale
Titan IPA
Yeti Imperial Stout
Old Ruffian Barley Wine
Wild Raspberry Ale

BrewDog
Chaos Theory
Dogma

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.

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Fritz and Kens Ale

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]

3 Comments

  • M April 15, 2010 @ 10:59am

    The Fritz and Ken’s Ale for me was like drinking a piece of the Smoke Monster. I did however like it better than I thought I was going to. After I took a sip, I could almost feel the smoke coming out through my nose.
    The Samurai Ale for me was delightful as I am one of the ‘2 friends’. I liked it so much that i went back and had a full glass of it at the end of the evening when you could go up and have more beer of your choosing.
    Overall, it was a fantastic evening for me. I’ve even got 3 Titan’s and 3 St. Bridget’s Porters to drink now…I have a feeling it won’t be hard to find the time to savor those suckers! I’ve even got my ticket for next time…so I’ll see ya there 😉

    Cheers!

  • Hannah April 15, 2010 @ 12:06pm

    w00t!! I’ll pick up my sixer soon – maybe tomorrow after work? you let me know when’s good for you…. also, we need to eat beef soon.

  • Mike B April 16, 2010 @ 1:39pm

    I was there, it’s all true!

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