A Slow Roll


“Slow roll: A demanding maneuver in which the pilot slowly rotates the longitudinal axis of the aircraft 360 degrees while maintaining level flight.”

I missed this beer at their recent anniversary bash (which drew in big crowds from what I hear) but I hope to get a taste of this new barrel aged offering from H24.  I want to see how a golden ale does in Bourbon barrels.

“This fruity, complex ale evolved over time to its present state – hence the name, Slow Roll. In November, we began it as a Belgian-style golden ale. We then racked the beer into bourbon barrels. Six months later, our anniversary beer is ready to perform. Admire the light copper color in your glass. Take in the aromas of pear, banana, and spice, with gentle oak and caramel notes. The first sip will reveal even more nuance, with soft caramel and bourbon in the background. It starts very effervescent, followed by a dry finish. We invite you to celebrate with us and enjoy Slow Roll, a limited edition bottling of our Fifth Anniversary ale.”

20 for Avery


I am an Avery fan with a bit of a caveat, their IPA’s leave me a little cold.  Maybe I expect too much but they just don’t have the zing of their saisons and especially their Rumpkin and barrel aged beers.  That being said, I will not be missing this anniversary IPA….

“This year marks our 20th time around the sun brewing craft beers we love to drink. Each May, we release a special recipe in honor of our anniversary, and this year we present to you Twenty XX India Pale Ale.

A beautiful dosing of Amarillo hops gives a citrus punch to this aromatic double IPA, while the Simcoe® hops provide intense dankness. What else would you expect from us, a bunch of severely hop obsessed brewers, to celebrate such a glorious occasion?”


Here is a peak at the pretty label for the latest anniversary beer from The Bruery.   “Bois” is French for “Wood.”  Each year the names of the anniversary ales correspond with traditional wedding anniversary gifts as translated in the French language.  Though I don’t recall getting anything wooden on my fifth.

These are big blended beers that utilize the Solera method where each beer is partially comprised of a blend of past anniversary beers.  So you will taste Fruet and Coton and Papier in Bois.


Tomorrow is the official release date of the latest Anniversary blend from Firestone-Walker.

The website where the photo above was taken details the thought process behind the blend and the beer and includes this breakdown of what is in numero 16…..

The following are descriptions of key components with their original code names:

Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon barrels

-Traditional Oatmeal Stout (23% of final blend)

Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels

-English Barley Wine (22.5% of final blend)

Double Double Barrel Ale (14.2% ABV) – Aged 100% in retired Firestone Union barrels

-Double strength English Pale Ale (20.3% of final blend)

Parabola (13% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon barrels

-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10.8% of final blend)

PNC (13.0% ABV) – Aged in Tequila barrels

-American Strong Buckwheat Stout (8.1% of final blend)

Helldorado (11.5% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Brandy barrels

-Blonde Barley Wine (5.4% of final blend)

Bravo (13.4% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels

-Imperial Brown Ale (5.4% of final blend)

Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV)- 100% Fresh, Dank & Hoppy 100% Stainless Steel

-Black Rye India Pale Ale (4.5% of final blend)

Mission Street 2011

One of the great surprises of 2010 were Firestone Walker bombers made for Trader Joesunder the Mission Street Label. The Hefeweizen was solid and even better was the brown ale that had just the right balance of malt and thickness with a spice kick.

Now they have produced a new beer, Mission Street 2011 Anniversary Ale. The copy on the label explains: “This year’s Mission St. Anniversary Ale showcases complex malt flavors with roasty notes layered in and medium hop character. It is a blend of three incredible brews carefully blended for maxiumum aroma and flavor. We affectionately call this brew an Imperial Brown Ale. 8.5% ABV.”.

5 Years Later

Anniversary beers are right up there with collaborative brews for me. I love see the numbers tick by as the industry gets stronger and on firmer footing. So congratulations to Captain Lawrence who should try to visit LA. I’ve had one beer but their full line-up intrigues me.

Happy Anniversary

Today is my 10th Wedding Anniversary!! In honor of that momentous occasion, here is a list of 10 beers and breweries to mark each passing milestone.

1st – Papier from The Bruery
2nd – 2 Degrees Below from New Belgium
3rd – 3 Floyds Brewing
4th – #4 from Upright Brewing
5th – 5 Apostles Saison from Devil’s Backbone Brewing
6th – Six Points Brewing
7th – 7 Seas Brewing
8th – Vertical Epic 8-8-07 from Stone Brewing
9th – # 9 from Magic Hat Brewing
10th – Tenth Anniversary Ale from Allagash