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Refactoring, considering alternatives. These aren't the droids you're looking for.
Following on the heels of ICOK's off the chain vanilla stout whalefest, I was trying to think what I should follow that up with.
And then Founders released CBS in bottles for the first time in 6 years.
We last tasted CBS in March 2015, after I smuggled a pour out of the bathroom of a local bar (#yolo #noshame #totallysanitary) and we drank it alongside a 2011 bottling and another half-dozen breakfast-themed beers - all with coffee, all barrel aged, not all with maple. And the 4 year old batch of CBS and bathroom CBS killed everything in the tasting and left prisoners.
It was a great tasting, but it wasn't blind. It may as well have been - most people didn't know what most of the beers were beforehand, but still. It wasn't totally free from bias. So this next one will be.
Last time, my criteria was stout+coffee+bourbon barrel. This time around, stout+coffee+maple is the baseline. Some may be barrel aged. That part won't be a requirement. Beyond coffee, maple, and barrel, we'll try and keep known adjuncts down, but I'll play it by ear.
The goal will be to have a solid 7-9 beers to choose from.
The choose-your-own adventure part of this will come from the budget. I've played it conservatively in the past, tried to stick to beers I could get reasonably from my trading partners or retailers at or near cost, and trying to avoid the hassle of obtaining really hard to get shit on secondary markets. That's kept me from getting certain "hype" products at times, which hasn't been an issue with the themes of most past tastings, but it definitely overlaps with this specific theme. The more money I can budget for this, the more 'rare' shit we can include. That can be a roll of the dice as far as enjoyment goes, but I can definitely say that 'rare' beers were in the upper echelon of the stuff tasted at the last tasting. It definitely adds a level of RAD that can't be underestimated.
The poll function on Icrontic isn't working for me, and right now I'm too lazy to set up a Surveymonkey, so, if you're in, just comment with IN and the price you'd like to pay for the tasting. Bare minimum is $40. Upper limit is - whatever. On Monday the 11th, I'll take the responses thus far, aggregate a budget and pick out beers I can obtain, and have everything set with plenty of time for New Years.
This will be the first thing I'm ahead of schedule on in months.
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