The other night I happened to be at Lonerider Brewing and tried a new beer from them, Addie’s Revenge. Trying to find out something about the beer other than it is an IPA is rather difficult at the moment. I did see an article where they mentioned it would be limited distribution and if the beer catches on they would add it to their core lineup. If I have it right Addie’s is 75 IBU in a 6.6% ABV package to create an extremely tasty India Pale Ale. The label below lists Vienna and Crystal malt which may be why I like this beer so much. It was smooth and tasty with a very nice level of bitterness and flavor. Probably my favorite IPA find of the year thus far.
Since Lonerider is currently only in NC, SC and GA and with limited distribution you may not easily find this beer out and about, but keep your eye out because this one is worthy of the attention.
The answer is it depends. I’m talking about judging now so at best you are sampling an ounce of beer, perhaps you could have a little more, but generally it takes me between and ounce and an ounce and a half. I clip along at a rate of about one beer every 10 to 12 minutes so we’ll call it five beers per hour. If you want me to finish a 10 beer flight it would be right at 2 hours. Since most sessions are three hours that would say 15 beers, but in truth that is a bit too much. I was once on a flight of 18 beers and that took almost forever. To me the ideal number is 10 and it is always best to keep the number below 12. If you figure even the slowest judge will finish a beer every 15 minutes they can finish 12 beers in three hours. So I’d suggest with all but the fastest judge teams to shoot for no more than 12 beers per flight.
How about the other end of the spectrum? Anything less than five really isn’t worth having a flight for since 3/5 of the entries will get a ribbon in most competitions. IMO the minimum I should ever see at the judging table in a single flight is six and a more ideal number would be eight. I would always suggest to shoot for the flight size average to be 10 and with the smallest flights with eight and no less than six and the largest with 12 and no more than 15. Something you can do if you have some small flights with only six beers is to ask the judge team to judge the small flights back to back. It is still two flights, but they judge 12 total beers and they will finish that in the same amount of time as a judge team with a comparable number of beers in the flight.
Last night as I was handing a barkeep my card they politely told me we don’t take that card. Now I can understand certain cards charge higher rates, perhaps as much as 2% more for the transaction if the other card is a debit card, but is it really worth losing that business? I mean if a pint is $5 then the cost of taking that card is 10 cents. Because they did not take my preferred card they got to keep their 10 cents on the pint, but did not get a second, or even a third pint purchase from me. Now in their defense they really did not need my business. The place was packed and no one else seemed to be concerned with the limited selection of cards. However I won’t be taking groups of people to entertain there when I can go to other establishments and entertain with the card I prefer. The barkeep will also suffer some. As opposed to the people who don’t tip well on the CC bill at the end of the night I am a 20% kind of guy with my preferred card, and I was also planning on treating a group. So assuming 20 people had $100 worth of beer she would have been enjoying $20 for her efforts. Instead she earned $2 for the three beers I purchased before I closed the tab. I let her know she was going to miss out and tipped below normal to express my displeasure and because pouring three beers in a minute or so is not a lot of service.
Anyway, the beer was good as was the company, but if you are a business you need to think like a business and excluding a major credit card is not sound for long-term business IMO. Better to be cash only if you are really worried about a few percentage points in fees.
A couple of videos regarding the registration requirements in Connecticut.
Suppose you are out and about and find that perfect bottle while having dinner and don’t have a pen and pencil to scribble down the name. What should you do? It’s simple, you have a smart phone more than likely, just take a picture. Even better if you have a UPC scanning app would be to scan the UPC into the phone. I see many people take home the cork or cap to jog their memory and to me that just doesn’t make sense when I have a smart phone handy.
Having just completed a sensory class using a Siebel Kit, I think many in attendance found the session useful. I did notice some vials were very light in character while others were over the top. The BJCP provides the kits for free to registered exams and defrays much of the cost for judges who want to do the training on their own. The kits were $50 for judges and now are $80 which is a big savings compared to the Siebel price tag of $250.
The characteristics in the kit are:
- Ethyl acetate
- Ethyl hexanoate
- Isoamyl acetate
The vials are added to a liter of neutral beer and then shared with the group. Supposedly the kit is for 20 people, but will easily serve 30-35 and could be stretched further if samples are poured carefully. Figuring you’ll need $100 in beer, pitchers, cups, unsalted crackers, etc. to hold the class in addition to the sensory kit it is not an inexpensive evening, but costs could be split among those in attendance. Plan on a slow-paced session taking about 3 hours to go through all the samples and if possible assign the research of a particular vial to each person. There are some documents which may prove helpful on the BJCP website. If you would like a copy of the presentation we used for our class, let me know in the comments below and I will be glad to provide it to those interested.
I happened upon a story about a Greensboro man who was charged with speeding, having a concealed firearm without a license, and possession of a stolen firearm. That wasn’t the odd part, the odd part is the man’s wife and business partner is on the Greensboro City Council. Turns out the wife, Marikay Abuzuaiter, does have a concealed handgun permit, but her husband did not. The man was speeding and when he was pulled over for breaking the law by speeding he was concealed two firearms in the vehicle and one of them was stolen. The Councilwoman explained he recently purchased the firearm and did not know it was stolen.
So lets let the man off, we’re all friends here right? Not so fast. Marikay pushed for a resolution last year for checks on gun buyers in Greensboro. Seems like as a CHP holder and a gun control advocate she would have instructed her husband not to break the law, at least that’s how my mind works. I guess rules and laws don’t mean much to this family. Their restaurant owes almost $35,000 in back taxes and if you read the article the history of default is clear. I’m not sure how voters allow people like this in office, but they asked for it and they go it! While one cannot hold a wife responsible for the singular actions of a husband, they can hold her accountable for her own actions. Something tells me she won’t see a third term, but stranger things have happened.
It appears every AHA member who applied will be able to get tickets to the conference in Michigan. In fact space still exists and will be opened on March 12. So if you missed it the first time, grab a slot when registration opens again in a few days. Hope to see you there.
Last night I decided to put one of my Westvleteren Brick Pack bottles with date code 10.02.15 (right in the photo) against a bottle brought back from Belgium with a date code 20.12.16 (left in the photo). The Brick bottle should be just hitting its stride right now as it is two years old, and the Belgian variant is just a bit over a year old. So how would the beers perform in the showdown?
Both the Brick and the Belgian poured with a creamy moussy head which never left the party. The Belgian was slightly cloudy while the Brick was crystal clear. I suspect I should have let the Belgian sit in the fridge for a couple of weeks since I just got it on Wednesday, but you cannot stop science. The aroma on the Brick was malty with a light hint of spice, the Belgian was a little more husky in nature and seemed to sit back a notch on the complexity scale. I preferred the aroma of the Brick and the appearance of the Brick won hands down. Advantage Brick!
For the flavor the Brick was still quite bitter, almost 2X the bitter character of the younger Belgian. I’ve long thought the Brick bottles I received were overly bitter and now that has been confirmed. Both had great, and similar, malt complexity and the velvety smooth mouthfeel was quite a treat. The Belgian was still a bit young to soundly defeat the Brick, but would definitely be kicking the Brick in the teeth twelve months from now. Because the bitterness in the Brick was still so pronounced the Belgian took the flavor prize. As far as mouthfeel it was a draw. Since flavor is so important the showdown goes to the Belgian.
Now somewhere in the back of my mind I thought if I mixed the two beers I would come up with a bottle mix which would outperform both the Brick and the Belgian. Of course I was correct. Mixed the bitterness was lessened, the aroma was complex and the flavor was darn tasty. I still don’t think it quite measures up to the bottle I had ten years ago which was already five years old, but my plan is to try a Brick beer every year until I drink all six and since I still have four left the beer has time to come around.