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ICNY Beer Tasting - Placeholder

RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian
edited 7 Dec in Events

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.

Cheers!

Comments

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    @GnomeQueen said:
    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

    Yesh.

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:
    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

    Yesh.

    y u do dis 2 me

  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    @GnomeQueen said:

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:
    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

    Yesh.

    y u do dis 2 me

    You don't like coffee beers?

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    Too much maple. An occasional sip of CBS is about all I can tolerate.

    malia
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited 6 Dec

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:
    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

    Yesh.

    y u do dis 2 me

    You don't like coffee beers?

    She isn't going to be at ICNY?

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    @Ryder said:

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:

    @RyanMM said:

    @GnomeQueen said:
    Wait, so will these ALL have coffee in them?

    Yesh.

    y u do dis 2 me

    You don't like coffee beers?

    She isn't going to be at ICNY?

    u r tellin liiiiies

  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited 7 Dec

    @GnomeQueen said:

    u r tellin liiiiies

    I might be, hence my use of the question mark. I made an assumption :p

  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    I'm open to suggestions here, folks. We're far enough out I can make just about anything happen - and you know I like to make as many people happy as possible.

    @GnomeQueen, @AlexDeGruven, what are some styles you'd like to see a comparison thrown down on?

  • TushonTushon I'm scared, Coach Alexandria, VA Icrontian

    I'd be interested at a lower price point, but I don't want to get into a "precedent" of $40+/event on tastings :)

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    I'll save my requests for Expo, as that's the only event I can reliably make it to

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    ....what if we did BBA barleywines?

    or maybe focus on a specific adjunct in stouts that's not coffee, like chocolate, spice/peppers, honey... something interesting.

    Maybe special winter warmers?

    I"m down for whatever, obviously. Would prefer a price point not as crazy as ICOK as this has been a very expensive couple of months for me with travel, weddings, holidays, etc.

    GnomeQueenDontCallMeKelso
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    Yea, I think the max I'd like to pay is $40.

  • RyanMMRyanMM Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    Some ideas

    Coconut stouts
    Spiced stouts (low/no heat)
    BA barleywines (would love to do this and include hype whales tho)
    BA scotch ales (could do this nicely on the cheaper side)

  • DontCallMeKelsoDontCallMeKelso The one they call... Kelso San Jose, CA Icrontian

    I wont be there, but I agree with @UPSLynx, why not some some winter beers?

    Anchor's Xmas
    Sierra's Celebrations
    Things of that sort, not crazy out there but season appropriate.

    Hell, could even send out some Anchor Xmas ones in verticals if you do.

  • AlexDeGruvenAlexDeGruven Not as tall as Bobby Tallbeer. Twilight Sparkle is overrated. Meechigan Icrontian

    I would make a concerted effort to participate in a BA Barleywine tasting. Dark Horse's Oil of Gladness is my new sexuality.

  • UPSLynxUPSLynx Top EA shill, The Dean of Computer Graphics Redwood City, CA Icrontian

    BA scotch ales could be a lot of fun, and personally a category I've not explored too much.

    BA Barleywines.... say no more. #BIL

  • LincLinc Bard Detroit, MI Icrontian
    edited 8 Dec

    BA scotch ales are my preference.

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    Soooo what's BA mean

  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian

    Barrel Aged

    GnomeQueen
  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    @Ryder said:
    Barrel Aged

    o thx

  • GnomeQueenGnomeQueen The Lulz Queen Mountain Dew Mouth Icrontian

    I'm all about that coconut yo

  • LeahVoiceLeahVoice Hobgoblin of Good Grooming Ferndale, MI Icrontian

    @RyanMM said:
    I'm open to suggestions here, folks. We're far enough out I can make just about anything happen - and you know I like to make as many people happy as possible.

    Can you do Tripel Porterstoutbock PA's?

    RyderRyanMM
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