Monday, December 31, 2012

Mon, 31 Dec 2013

This Week at Hop Angel
Tonight (Monday) we have our four course New Years Dinner for just $35! 5pm to 11pm.

Tuesday night, it's Quizzo with Quiz Lord Ryan. 8:30pm.

Thursday, it's a keep the glass night with Arcobrau. Buy a liter of Acrobrau and keep the mass (1 liter mug - those big Oktoberfest glasses). Acrobrau is an unfiltered lager from Moos Bavaria.  7pm to 10pm.

Meanwhile in Mayfair, the Grey Lodge is keeping it low key tonight, planning to whoop it up later this week. This Week at The Grey Lodge Pub.

A Couple of Draft Beer Notes
Stone Vertical Epic 12-12-12 is the last of Stone's Vertical Epic series. It began on 02/02/2002 with the release of Stone Vertical Epic 02-02-02. Stone must of come up with the idea too late to include 01-01-01. Anyway the idea was to create 11 beers that could be aged up to 10 years which you would all drink on 12/12/2012 and then die of alcohol poisoning or something like that.

I'm not a big fan of aging beers. Sometimes age makes it better, but you need to get it at the right moment. If you wait too long, the right moment is gone and the beer isn't all that great. And since it's in a bottle, you can't tell the right moment without opening the whole thing and that point it's THE moment whether it's the right one or not. Too often you wind up with old beer that's past its prime. Seems like too much work for too little reward in my opinion. So since it seems to be socially acceptable to drink Vertical Epic 12-12-12 in December 2012, our tapping this one now works with my tirade.

Due to being sick all weekend, I haven't had a chance to drink this one yet and had to rely on Google. There is a lot of info about Vertical Epic 12-12-12 the release but little about the actual beer. All I could find is that this is an abbey inspired spiced ale, which seems to imply it will be a tripel. Stone tends to make good stuff, so I doubt you will be disappointed. And if you are, you don't have to worry about a 13-13-13.

Goose Island Christmas Ale - ABImbev bought up the rest of Goose Island, a long time Chicago microbrewery, that they didn't already own. The upside is that is awesome Christmas Ale is now available here in PA. This a very dark ale with a lot of interesting flavors going on once it warms up. Not extreme in anyway, except for extremely tasty. One of the standout beers of 2012 for me. Enjoy it while it lasts.

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