This weekend, during your picnics and BBQs and beach excursions, take a moment to remember those who died in active military service and to show appreciation and respect to those who've come back home.
Lately we've been catching up on The Walking Dead. I say catching up, I guess I really mean bingeing! However, it got rather intense when we met Negan and we decided to take some weeks off from the zombie filled soap opera. Tonight I wanted to go through some documents and clean up my emails and texts. It's funny how your mind clears when you aren't watching zombies and drama practically every night! I found some of Derek's reviews from about 4 or 5 weeks ago that I never got around to sharing, I hope you enjoy them!
Suburb – Nelson
Barrier Brewing Company
Finally...redemption for Nelson Sauvin hops...
I know they have a 'complex expression:'anywhere from very tropical to very earthy, but I find all too often that the white wine vibe takes the lead (in New Zealand, the origin of these 'complex' hops, Sauvin is short for Sauvignon...). It's my personal taste. My palate. I just don't love this as a dominant impression of a Northeast IPA. I want dank. I want tropical. I even want earthy-dirty, if you will-I just don't want white wine.
I recently had a DDH Is this the Real Life from Singlecut. A well crafted beer...that I struggled to enjoy because of the white wine expression. Sadly, I really liked this beer before its DDH version. Personal taste. I know it's well reviewed. Any rate, Barrier is killing it lately. Their last 5 or so IPAs, some of which were collabs with other area brewers, have been outstanding. The single hop Suburb Nelson Sauvin variant is no exception. Like Tree House, they made a Northeast IPA that didn't taste like white wine out of Nelson Sauvin hops. Thank You! Bravo! You are making some awesome, dank brews, and I for one am appreciating it!
P.S. Isn't it funny how 'complex' translates to more sophisticated with respect to our palates, but in most other instances means 'stay away?'
Foreign Objects Beer Company
New Paltz, NY
Sessioner? Borderline at 5%. Tons of flavor, beautiful nose, perfect mouthfeel. I've come to expect nothing less from Foreign Objects. I probably shouldn't set myself up to be disappointed, but they continue to live up to my expectations. Out of the park almost every time up to bat.
Foreign Objects Beer Company
New Paltz, NY
One of the ways I judge a beer is how well it hides the booze. To my knowledge, Foreign Objects has only released 3 IPAs this big - 8% or higher. All extremely well crafted and NO booze to speak of.
This latest offering is no exception. Eminently enjoyable, both tropical and dry with that somewhat bitter finish I know is coming. It's like knowing the end of your favorite movie but someone resets the plot - the beginning and the middle - so it's new (and exciting) every time!
Yeah, it's been over a month...
An update on our little life is due I think. The house plan went to a town planning board appeal for some setback issues, we won our appeal which now gives us plenty of time to hurry up and wait for 6 more weeks to get the building permit. Meanwhile we've stripped the aluminum siding off of this 111 year old bungalow we currently live in. The caulk on the siding had asbestos that needed to be removed before we can demo it. It was quite a sobering moment to strip away decades of siding only to realize that portions of this relic, that again WE STILL LIVE IN, was literally held together by the siding! Derek and I drank some wonderful beers that evening...
In that same vein I have gotten into a de-cluttering and organizing frenzy as we gear up to move into an apartment for a few months while the home is built. I've been reading articles and watching a lot of YouTube on the subject and have altered my mind into the Zen of tossing crap I've held on to for 20 years for no good reason. It's exhilarating!
Derek understands, but he's a collector and his collections are truly the stuff for another post. Last night I went on a de-cluttering bender though. I ventured into the front porch which has become storage and sort of a catch all place for stuff we don't know what to do with. I was deep into boxes and bins and old luggage when I stumbled upon these gems!
They were purchased and tried by Derek. Apparently he had a full beer fridge at the time and didn't really like the Dr. Zaic very much so he left the rest of the bottles in the box and tucked them away on the porch to figure out what to do with at a later time. And then they were forgotten. Yep! These 4 bottles have been sitting in a box on a shelf in the front porch through icy winters and muggy summers for probably about 2 years! After showing Derek the bottles I went straight to the kitchen to dump them.
Yes, yes I did try them first.
Yes, yes they were as nasty as you can imagine!
Derek regrets the loss of the Flower Power...