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A Wow moment…

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Swung by the Tap & Mallet yesterday for a few beers with co-workers to celebrate the holiday. Finally tried Oskar Blues – Old Chub – Scottish Style Ale. WOW was this beer wonderful! Frothy tan head with dark dark brown in color, lovely balanced maltyness, lavish mouthfeal with hints of caramel throughout. Lovely subtle smokey finish.. It’s been a while since I’ve had my socks knocked of by a beer and wow this did it… I’m already looking forward to my next pint… I’d love to try it in the can… Well be checking beers of the world for this one.. Made me remember why scotch ales are among my favorite styles.

Note: picked up a sixer at BOW along with a cool 12 pack sampler pack of Butternut’s brews in the can. Yes it’s taste GREAT in the can too, seems even more flavorful.

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12 Beers of Winter

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Surely one of the best holiday Beer packs, this years Saranac 12 Beers of Winter™. I went to pick one up for a gift and was pleasently surprised by 3 new beers is this years pack, so I think I’ve have to pick up another one because the heck if I’m not sampling these myself.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

Saranac Vanilla Stout-NEW!
Saranac India Brown Ale-NEW!
Saranac Bohemian Pilsener-NEW!
Saranac Extra Special Bitter
Saranac Season’s Best
Saranac Belgian Ale

Another gift pack not to be overlooked is the 2008 Ommegang Gift pack featuring  three bottles of ale (25.4 oz) and a signature glass.
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The ales are: THREE PHILOSOPHERS – A famed Belgian blend: a dark, malty quadrupel ale with a splash of authentic Belgian Kriek (cherry-lambic). A fantastic sipping brew with a substantial 9.8% ABV. HENNEPIN SAISON – Rustic golden ale modeled on the brews farmers make in Belgium – with a touch of ginger & a robust 7.7% ABV
CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE – A Belgian style stout brewed with imported Belgian chocolate. Dark, rich, with subtle chocolate notes – dry, not sweet, with 7% ABV. I hope there’s one of these under my tree… Everyone have a safe and Merry Holiday and don’t forget to support your local NY breweries! Cheers – Daron

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As this year winds to an end I’d like to thank everyone that’s gotten the occasional amusement from my blog or have posted my link on their site… I’ve been amazed by the number of hits/readers. I hope to improve on content and various aspects for the blog in the new year including taking it to it’s own domain. I find myself glad 2008 is coming to an end, it’s been full of up and downs for me, as I’m sure it has with many of you out there. I’m looking forward to 2009 and new discoveries of all things Rochester. I hope to visit Custom Brewcrafters new facility over the holidays while my parents are in town visiting, along with me and my father running through the isles of beers of the world like 2 kids in a candy store while my Mom roles her eyes at us as she waits patiently.

What’s everyone planning on drinking over the holiday?

Surely I’ll be sipping on a few bottles of Corsendonk Brown Ale thanks to a generous co-worker that gave me a 4 pack as thanks for a favor… She slyly had a co-worker ask me what my favorite beer was during the holidays and then went to Beers of the World and asked them if they had a beer by the name of Coors Endonk?!?!– lucky for me the clerk figured it out. I’m sure I will be also be enjoying a growler or two from Rohrbachs (Casey’s Christmas Ale) and Custom Brewcrafters as well as some long anticipated growlers of Homebrew from my Dad. So with that said I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!- SALUDE!– Daron

Not to be missed, the year in photographs from the Boston Globe. Incredibly striking imagery.

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Fold In (follow up)

Neat interactive post by the NY Times regarding the Mad Magazine “Fold In” which I posted about previously here.

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Tis the Season…

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Stumble up this this morning and found it amusing… Scared of Santa! Perhaps it because we have a little creamaledrinker running around the ranch these days. Although she wasn’t scared of Santa this year for her second go at sitting on Jolly Saint Nick’s lap….. I’d be scared of this Santa’s too!

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Raise a glass and give thanks to the 75th Anniversary of the Repeal of Prohibition!
Here’s some prohibition era pics from the Monroe County Library. Mostly from the Albert Stone Collection.

and Hat’s Off for F.X. Matt (Saranac) and Utica Club for being the first beer legally served after prohibition. It was served to the mayor of Utica roughly one hour after the ratification of the 21st Amendment.

Sheriff Morse with confiscated liquor (local leader of the liquor war)

Sheriff Morse with confiscated liquor (local leader of the liquor war)

Mrs. Grace Begy, owner of Prohibition saloon - I'd love to learn more about this lady!

Mrs. Grace Begy, owner of Prohibition saloon - I'd love to learn more about this lady!

Confiscated Liquor/beer

Confiscated Liquor/beer

Bootleggin' Operation

Bootleggin' Operation

Destroying the elixir of life

Destroying the elixir of life

One of my fav's from the Library of Congress

One of my fav's from the Library of Congress

Local sign posting

Local sign posting

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