Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Beer Journal #44: Potosi Snake Hollow IPA,Censored Rich Copper Ale, Fade To Black Ale, Shake Chocolate Porter & More

Snake Hollow
India Pale Ale
Potosi Brewing Co.
Potosi, WI

I slithered into this beer on 1/13/15.

Straight off the label:

7.0% ALC/VOL
"ALL Profits to Charity"

Rich Copper Ale
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Petaluma, CA

On 1/14/15, I shined up to this copper ale.

Straight off the label:

ALC. 6.7% BY VOL.
O.G. 1.065
I.B.U. 35
"Life is Uncertain. Don't Sip."
"Net Contents: 12 Fluid Oz's of Malt, Hops, Yeast, and Water."

Hop Rising
Double IPA
Squatters Craft Beers
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Salt Lake City, UT

I hopped on both feet while drinking this IPA on 1/15/15.

Straight off the label:
"A mighty hop-lover's dream. Hop Rising adds malty backbone to an intense Imperial IPA. This insanely smooth dry-hopped ale has everything: 9% ALC/VOL, 72 IBUs, and yes, that's our master brewer Jason Stock pitching in on the label."

Fade To Black
Left Hand Brewing Co.
Longmont, CO

I contemplated Stephen King's book, darkness and Fade To Black on 1/16/15.

Straight from the label:

"Volume 1 Foreign Export Stout
Brewed on the banks of the mighty St. Vrain. Fade to Black. That time of year when the light fades away. Brewed for the darkness, Fade to Black speaks in volumes.
Enjoy at: 50-55 degrees F.
Ingredients: Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops and yeast.
Colorado Brewers Guild
Design by Moxie Soz...? (the label ripped here)
Artist: Nate Dyer"

My thoughts:

Fade to Black and Stephen King have much in common. They both speak in volumes.

Dry Hopped Pale Ale
Founders Brewing Co. (Since 1997)
Grand Rapids, MI

On 1/16/15, I enjoyed this pale ale.

Straight off the label:
5.4% ALC. BY VOL.
35 IBUs

Vanilla Java Porter
Atwater Brewery
Detroit, MI

I savored this porter on 1/17/15.

Straight from the label:
"Beer is good. Enjoy responsibly.
Malt beverage brewed with coffee beans with natural flavor added (vanilla bean extract).
Bottled on: November 2014
Brewed in Detroit"

Duchesse de Bourgogne
Belgian Ale
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Vichte, Belgium
(Imported by D & V International, Inc., Jupiter, FL)

I struggled to drink this brew on 1/17/15.

Straight off the label:
6 % ALC./VOL.
"Flemish Art of Brewing
Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks,
Serve in range of 47-53 degrees F.
Best by 2015-11-26"

My thoughts:
At this point in my beer drinking quest, I'm not a fan of sour ales such as this.

Chocolate Porter
(Porter with natural flavors added)
Boulder Beer Co.
Boulder, CO

I savored this chocolate porter on 1/18/15.

Straight from the label:
ALC. 5.9% BY VOL.
"Our twist on the traditional robust American Porter, Shake Chocolate Porter is black in color with rich, dark chocolate aromatics and flavors and subtle coffee-like notes. This unique brew blends five different grains, including Chocolate Wheat, that along with cacao nibs create a devilishly delicious chocolate finish with a velvety mouthfeel.

Discover all of our award-winning beers at Boulder.Beer.com.

Cheers and enjoy!--Your friends at Boulder Beer, Colorado's 1st Craft Brewery."

Pre-Prohibition Pilsener
Upland Brewing Co.
Bloomington, IN

I enjoyed this beer on 1/18/15.

Straight off the label:
"The beer with the million dollar flavor.
Celebrating Upland's 15th Anniversary
Bottled on: May 2014"

Wee Peat
Scottish Ale
Squatters Craft Beers
Utah Brewers Cooperative
Salt Lake City, UT

I pondered my memories of bagpipe music as I drank this ale on 1/19/15.

Straight off the label:
"Doff the cap of this complex Scottish Ale with 5.6% ALC/VOL, and in a wink you'll be hearing Highland bagpipes as you sip this smoky, peaty, bonnie good brew. Aye. That's the high road, that is.
Good for what ales you." 

Eliot Ness
Amber Lager
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Cleveland, OH

Far from criminals and crimes, on 1/19/15, I relaxed without fear and enjoyed this lager.

Straight from the label:
Best served at 45 degrees F.
"In memory of Eliot Ness and his paddy wagon of guilty criminals, we have the "Fatty Wagon" (minus the criminals). Our eco-friendly Fatty Wagon and beer delivery truck both run on straight vegetable oil (SVO), which results in lower toxic emissions and a 25% savings over the cost of regular diesel fuel."

World Beer Championships"

"Named after the one-time Cleveland Safety Director who frequented the original bar this is now the Great Lakes Brewpub, our deep amber lager has a faint hop nose and a slightly sweet finish.

In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water. No chemicals or preservatives are used.

For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 10/18/14"

Photo: H. Wayne Rayburn



Cap Chastain said...

AMAZING Shaddy .. the love and the caring and the work you put into these beer journal posts. I continue to marvel at them .. works of art .. WORKS OF ART .. And the labels and the names of the beers and their breweries .. AMAZING .. and fun ..

MY FRIEND I AM GETTING SO GOOD AT THE Captcha screening process .. Smiles .. Cap ..

Cheryl aka Shaddy said...

Cap: I'm so glad you don't have to struggle to post a comment here. And of course, thanks for your support!!