Hear ye hear ye, it's that time again!
We're way overdue for a beer tasting. I wanted to do one at ICOK or ICNY, but I just couldn't get my shit together in time. I'm gonna find time to do one for ICSP though, come hell or high water.
One tasting I've wanted to host for a while is a cellar review of some of the beers I've been aging. In a cellar review, we compare an old vintage and a fresh vintage of multiple beers. Because of the nature of beer cellaring, candidates for this tasting will inherently be strong and intense brews. Stouts, imperial stouts, barleywines, and dark belgians are all common aging beers.
I've decided to center this cellar review around barleywines and old ales. We'll be reviewing two vintages apiece of 6 to 7 different beers, with about 1oz per sample if I end up seating 12 people total. If due to interest or based on logistics, I decide to seat less people, the samples will be larger but so will the price.
With 12 people seated, it'll be $18 per person and 1 oz samples.
With 8 people seated, it'll be $29 per person and 1.5 oz samples.
So what are you going to get out of this tasting? Two things.
First, you're going to get to see the benefits of aging on a specific beer style. With some of these beers, we'll be tasting a 3 year vintage differential. I promise at least two of the beers I'll be offering a 4 or more year delta.
Second, like past tastings I've done, this one will be blind, at least to the beer brand. Since we are comparing similar beers, all of which will be represented by their most recent vintage, you can compare and contrast these beers to further develop your palate and help you define what you like most in a beer.
The tasting is going to be held at 4pm on Saturday, March 17th. Hey, that's St. Patrick's Day! How convenient. It should last until about 5pm at the latest, I'd wager.
So are you in? Seats will be offered up in the order in which people message me about their interest. Either send me a private message here, hit me up on twitter, or shoot me an email.