Might as well start big right. Heading into the new DefCon series from Faction Brewing at #1, the Belgian Quadruple. It pours a dark cola color and the candi sugar is the first dominant aroma and taste that I get. It has a syrupy sweetness to it. I start picturing it as a float with salted caramel ice cream to balance the flavors. There is a bit of spice layered underneath which adds a nice counterpoint. As it warms up, the flavors flatten a bit and the whole works well. Looking forward to trying the other numbers in the series b
A Belgian alert! Faction Brewing has sent some DEFCON SoCal’s way…
DEFCON 1: Belgian Quadruple – 9.5% ABV
DEFCON 2: Belgian Tripel – 7.4% ABV
DEFCON 5: Belgian Table Beer – 4.2% ABV
Now we just have to wait and see what 3 and 4 are style-wise..
Not a fan of pastry stouts or other sticky sweet beers but considering their stellar IPA track record and the addition of Nitro, makes this Faction beer sound like a lot of fun to taste. And they didn’t Nesquick IP the label either. Glad that L.A. gets shipments from them.
Klay Thompson stayed. A new coach has arrived. Can the slightly re-jiggered Warriors take it up a notch in a hyper comptetitive Western Conference? So far the answer is a resounding yes.
Maybe they can if they don’t split into groups and instead have beers together at Faction Brewing in Alameda.
I would start my taster tray with:
Pilsner – A Traditional Czech-Style Pilsner with Castle Pilsner malt & Saaz hops
2 Hop – Instead of single hop ales. They mix and match a pair of hops to see how they blend together.
Defcon V Belgian Table beer – A merger of English hops and Belgian yeast and hops.
Barleywine – An American-Style Barleywine with American 2-Row, Crystal 77 & Chocolate malts and Chinook & Centennial Hops
In one of my homework assignments over on FoodGPS, I implored people to sample some Smog City beers. Well, lo and behold, now you have a chance….
“To celebrate the culmination of American Craft Beer Week, Smog City Brewery and The Tripel are teaming up for a night of big brews and fantastic food. The evening kicks off with a cocktail beer hour, followed by a special four-course tasting menu created by Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts. Each course will be paired with a limited edition Smog City beer, all on draft. This special evening on May 21st begins at 6:30 p.m., and seating is extremely limited! For those unable to make the ticketed event, The Tripel will offer the special menu à la carte along with the limited selection of Smog City beers from 9pm to close.
Selection of Hors Oeuvres” The cost is $65.00
Little Bo Pils
Hot and Sour Cockle Soup with Saison Runnings,
Sweetened Egg Omelette, and Wood Ear Mushrooms
Black Bread with Rabbit Pâté and Pickled Icicle Radish
Beet Pasta with Wild Boar Ragout and Porcini Mushroom
Oaked Penumbra Stout
House Made Box of Candies
Groundwork Coffee Porter