Wednesday, November 30, 2005
My Favorite Beers of 2005
Has anyone tried any commercial beers of note, this past year? Here are some of my favorites that I've enjoyed in 2005:
Local: This year's Nutcracker Ale by Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City. It's a bottle-conditioned ale that they produce for November and December only.
2005 Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada. Always a good bet. If you can find their Harvest Ale on tap somewhere, you've just got to try it, as well. It's brewed with "green" hops, fresh from the hop harvest.
Yeti Oak Aged Imperial Stout by Great Divide (in Colorado).
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe (a traditional Flemish red ale).
Most of the beers that I tried while in Seattle at Elysian Brewpub and Bigtime Brewery & Alehouse. These are two of my all-time favorite beer establishments in the Northwest US.
All of the fresh beer on tap at The Rogue in Portland, Oregon, Especially the Imperial India Pale Ale, Menage Frog Belgian Style Tripel, and the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner.
Also, some of the beers I enjoyed and the relaxing time I had at Tugboat Brewing in Portland.
My favorite lager of the year: Leavenworth Friesian Pilsener (similar to those brewed in the Friesland region of Northern Germany) by Jenn Gridley of Fish Brewing Co., Olympia Washington. I'm going to try to reproduce a version of this in "Sputnik", my new fermenter.
These were just a few of my faves. How about you?
Posted by Ben, aka BadBen at 11/30/2005