Is this the right thing to note? I dunno. I think sometimes that we are a bit to concerned as beer nerds that the beery moments in life are not quite up to the sip any more. But Stan has pronounced that beer is still beer and Stonch argues that it should be more the pub than the brew. There you have it. Decided. We have to place ourselves and where we find ourselves ahead of the beer in itself. So I can post about me and my TV.
It was a good game and I wanted to have some good New York state brew to help the sometimes hapless Giants in their role as thanks-guys good-try also-rans against the record setting Pats. So I had cracked the excellent Butternuts variety pack in the stash and set aside my bottle #54 of IPAbbey from the Excelsior series by Ithaca Beer who tell us:
The IPAbbey is a Hoppy Tripel Ale. From the label: "A Belgo-American Ale brewed with special Canadian Honey Malt, generous additions of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Saaz hops, and an authentic Trappist Ale Yeast."It is big and brassy and the sort of beer that may be a little hard to find in 2008 given the days of impending doom...though, you will recall, it was hard to find in 2003, too. Big generous sweet hops dominate the malt with June garden weeds, arugula, candy cane and mouth-drying astringent tea. In the malt, there is pear and raisin but they merge into a mere genial buttress for the hops. Warm and rich with something of a milky and white pepper finish in amongst all those hops - and a finish that only goes away with tooth brushing...if I have an enamel left to brush. Flower Power gone mad in a sort of absolutist dictatorial sort of fashion. BAers give a B.
I love it in the way that I love a salad of bitter greens mixed with hot hot sauce - but in the days of shortage to come will we look back at this as waste or as something to reflect fondly upon as being from those past days of former bounty?