The Portland Trailblazers had the 16th and 46th picks in this year’s NBA Draft. A draft considered thin at the top but with potential gems of prospects. Then Robert Covington happened and suddenly we Blazer fans got some depth and defense that we could really use.
Lillard’s team selected with their remaining 2nd rounder….
That means I get to highlight a couple Palouse breweries that you could visit if you happen to be in Pullman.
Paradise Creek Brewing
Now it is time to dream of NBA success in the shortened 20/21 season.
New Belgium has no lack of creativity or creative partners it seems as they have a new canned Blackberry Black Tea Sour that was brewed in partnership with Teatulia Teas of Denver. Here are the details, “The beer is a blend of 40% golden ale brewed with black tea and blackberries and 60% foeder-aged dark sour ale.”
You can supply your own words to match up with the F and the B but for Stone it means Features and Benefits. In this case, the health conscious drinker. This new IPA is under 100 calories and finishes at a mere 4% ABV AND is gluten reduced as well.
If you haven’t had cider that has been aged in a spirit barrel, well, you are missing out on a unique flavor pairing. You can see what apples and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels can do together with this new release from Ogopogo Brewing.
Pours with a big fluffy espresso head. Very spice forward this year. Touch of woodsy here as well. Little sharp astringency as well. Like the roast character which adds a nice heartiness without making it too rich. This is the opposite of a dry beer. I think this is a higher ABV than in years past hitting the 7% mark. Really like the Three Graces on the label. Such simple and effective artwork.
November is a perfect month to crack open some stouts. Here are three to warm up your fall.
AleSmith Black Velvet Nitro Stout – 5.2% – “This velvety, nitro-infused oatmeal stout abounds with notes of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Its smooth body and luscious finish make it eminently drinkable on any occasion.”
Allagash North Sky Stout – 7.5% – “Like a clear night lit by stars, this silky Belgian-inspired stout balances light notes of fruit and sweetness with roasty malt. Inspired by late evenings spent around a crackling campfire, North Sky is brewed to merge lightness and darkness into a super-sippable stout.”
Beachwood Sadie Stout – 13% – “Bourbon barrel aged Dark Ale. Perfect for this weather, Sadie tastes of vanilla, oak, caramel, and oats.”
You, as the beer fan, have been asked over holidays past to bring beer to the celebration. This year, well unless you all arrive in individual Flaming Lips style bubbles, will be spent much differently.
For some, that is s good thing thing. Missing out on angry grandma and grandpa or whichever relative is they shit stirrer could be a welcome relief. To others, this will be another missed chance to get together in a year of misses.
You can still be the beer person though. Even if your family lives far away, almost every town has a grocery delivery or an alcohol delivery, or you can even bend the shipping rules and send local beers (well packed and non-sloshy sounding) to the family gathering.
Add in tasting notes that you can send via email or by Zoom and the turkey can be improved, even from a distance.
With creativity, we all can celebrate together while apart.