May
23
2010

What Ever Gave Him That Idea?

As he takes the stage
He’s under the impression
We like his singing

Written by Captain Hops.

Thing of the day: Singing Machine ISM1010 Home Karaoke System

May
22
2010

Channel Crossing

Crossing the channel
I’m a little overwhelmed
By all the flavor

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Brian of Stillwater Artisanal Ales teamed up with Stephen of Oliver Breweries to create the collaborative Channel Crossing Ale. Described alternatively as an Extra Special Belgian or a Belgian Bitter, this English/Belgian hybrid was debuted at the Pratt Street Ale House on Thursday May 20, 2010 in a variety of serving styles and flavors. I tasted the draft version and the cask version served from a firkin with French oak. They also had three pins, each with the ale dry hopped with a different variety of hops. One was dry hopped with Kent Goldings, one Bramling Cross, and last Czech Saaz. It was a fun night.

Thing of the day: Michael Jackson’s Great Beers of Belgium, 6th Edition

May
21
2010

Staring

Staring at your lips
‘Cause the bar noise is too loud
To hear what you say

Written by Captain Hops.

Thing of the day: Spiegelau Beer Classics Stemmed Pilsner, Set of 2 Packed in a Gift Tube

May
20
2010

Downtown

He’s heading downtown
To do some proper drinking
In a proper bar

Written by Captain Hops.

Thing of the day: Historic Bars of Chicago

May
19
2010

Lure

I try to resist
The lure of the Siren Noire
For half a second

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Siren Noire is another from Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet of big beers. It is an Imperial Chocolate Stout. Yum.

Thing of the day: Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

May
18
2010

Oak Aged

Oak aged barley wine
Doesn’t seem to help me win
Extreme bocce ball

Written by Captain Hops.

References: I tried the Bourbon Barrel and Cabernet Barrel aged Barley Wines from Heavy Seas side by side today. Wow. Good work Hugh! I preferred the Cabernet Barrel Aged. It went great with blue cheese stuffed peppers and a grilled tuna steak. The Bourbon Barrel aged version was quite good too, but it seemed more appropriate for desert than with the meal. Keep in mind that these babies are 10% ABV. That fact didn’t do much for my bocce ball game and my brother pretty much kicked my ass all over my back yard.

Thing of the day: Halex Premier Bocce Set (107mm Resin Balls)