ICOK 2017 Beer Tasting - BA VANILLA STOUTWHALE EDITION
Hey folks, sorry for the delay on this. Been a rough couple weeks.
So I've come up with two possibilities for the tasting this year. I do need to get my ass moving on locking down some of these bottles, so I'm hoping to get survey results in the next 5 hours.
Do you like stouts? How about boozy, thiccc bourbon barrel aged stouts? How about ones that have been laid down on copious amounts of vanilla beans, paste, extract, or god knows what else?
Some of the stupidest hype beers on the planet are those using that 'plain' old adjunct vanilla, so let's drink them.
This tasting would be a mix of some very pretty to find stuff, some really hard to find stuff, and some extremely hard to find stuff. There may be a ringer or two of something doctored or bottom-shelf just to test our palates.
The tasting would be Saturday, early afternoon - around 1-2pmish, I'd wager.
The first option is going to be a pretty standard tasting featuring barrel aged Scotch/Scottish/Wee Heavy ales. These beers typically feature a high level of caramelized malt flavor, lower hoppiness, and sometimes will feature a mild roastiness or peatiness (more common in the Scotch ale style than in Scottish or Wee Heavy style, but nonetheless a small part). The bourbon barrel versions featured will be bolder, boozy, and delicious. Depending on how many I obtain for the tasting (I'm aiming for between 7-10) the tasting will range from $30-40 and would ideally seat 11.
The second option is a little crazier. Most of my tastings have featured beers that are, for the most part, easy to obtain if you're in the right part of the country. They tend to be produced in decent enough quantities, with a decent enough initial price, that I don't have to pull out bodily organs to pay for them. There remains an upper-echelon of beer I don't often get to explore at these tastings, and those are the insta-whales - beers that are produced in lower quantities, usually are brewery-only releases, low allocation, often ticketed or lottery-based selling systems, that sell out instantly, and become "worth" quadruple their selling price or more the day of release. There's a lot of these beers I've never personally tried to even bother obtaining, and the few that I've tasted have usually only been from sheer luck of being in the orbit of someone generous enough or crazy enough to open one at a share. We would also mix in some other beers that are harder to find but not quite that level of unobtanium. Depending on the beers I'm able to land, we'd be looking at between 5-8 beers, seating 8 to 12 people, and a ticket price of anywhere from $80-120 depending on what beers we end up tasting.
Voting is closed
Seating will be determined by who picks which in the survey in order, with any additional seats going to people who picked the other option in order. Please click the link below and take the survey asap
The voters have spoken. Y'all gonna make me lose my mind.
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That would put us at 8 for the tasting. The limiting factor for any tasting is the formfactor of one of the beers, so we'll start a waiting list and if we can get at least 15, we can add all the people on the waiting list.