Five fabulous beers and from whence they came.

For various reasons and circumstances, I had a distinctive, different, and sometimes new (to me), beer each weeknight during the week just past and it strikes me that which beers and how they came to me would make good fodder for a post. This post, actually.

In no particular order (i.e., I don’t recall which I had when), here they are:

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Charlie, Fred & Ken’s Bock — Courtesy of on-the-ball SN sales rep Patrick Mullin; a wonderful beer, described as an “Imperial Helles Bock” on the bottle. The 30th Anniversary series is one of the Big Beer Events of 2010.

Lancaster Kölsch — Just out in cans, a sample left at The Beer Yard, a decent version of the style, eminently drinkable and perfect in cans for summer refreshin’.

Tröegs Flying Mouflan Ale — Purchased by Carl P at a bottle shop prior to his leaving but it languished in the ‘frig and we never got to it; might the fact that this is one of my favorite new beers of the year (this was my third bottle) have something to do with that? I’ll never tell.

Fegley’s Brew Works Monkey Wrench Saison Ale — Purchased by me at a bottle shop, a decent interpretation, perhaps a tad sweet for me and needing a bit more funk, but certainly worth the money and a welcome entry in what has become a very crowded and excellent Saison market.

Brasserie Dupont Avec les Bons Voeux — Handed to me as a gift by someone who shall remain nameless, saying “Take this, I don’t like it.” Wait, what? He then proceeded to lament that he had several vintage bottles of Russian River and Lost Abbey beers he didn’t want and an almost complete vertical of Dogfish Head WorldWide Stout too. What to do, what to do? I suggested he have a party but“then I’d have to invite a lot of people I don’t like who like these beers.” So I followed up with the idea that he might give them all to somebody he only partially dislikes, which is to say, me. He laughed and walked away.

Anyway, despite my sad failure to take advantage of that moment, I’d say that was a pretty good week’s work, wouldn’t you?



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