I just got back from Discount Liquor. Here’s my haul.
- New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout (for Chad)
- Lindemans Kriek Lambic (for me)
- Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout (for Erin)
- Hacker-Pschorr Weisse (for Erin)
- Samuel Smith’s Organic Cherry Ale (for Chad)
- Cherish (for Chad)
- Rodenbach Grand Cru (for me)
The New Glarus Unplugged Cherry Stout satisfies my obligation to Chad in exchange for a bottle of wine that he thinks I will enjoy. The Lindeman’s Kriek Lambic sounded good from Chad’s recommendation, so I bought a bottle. Erin expressed interest in perhaps trying a few different types of beer and mentioned that she had had a chocolate stout previously. The picture she showed matches perfectly the “Les Trois Mousquetaires” but that brewery never made a chocolate stout (though for a French Canadian brewery, they sure make a lot of hard-core German, Czech, and Austrian beers). The Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout was one of the cheaper Chocolate Stouts that Discount had but it had the best overall rating. I think the distinction is that this is “cheater’s chocolate stout” – it contains actual cocoa. The more expensive chocolate stouts are actually Export Stouts or Imperial Stouts with very dark, roasted malt profiles to very closely mimic the cocoa flavor.
For non-beer people (or people who’ve only ever had American lagers), I like to start them off with a nice Hefe-weiss. It’s sweet, not heavy on the hops, and not terribly malty, either. Very cereal-like. So I bought a bottle of one of my favorite Weitzenbiere (Hacker-Pschorr) for Erin. It’s very good and pretty cheap. Since I’ve liked every Samuel Smith’s beer I’ve had, I decided to throw in a Samuel Smith’s Cherry Ale for Chad to see how he likes it. And the Cherish is a very tiny bottle that was under $1. It purports to taste like cherries but had a pretty low rating. It’s probably crap but for $0.79, it’s worth a try to see if Chad can make anything of it. And a while back, Chad saw a review of Rodenbach Grand Cru and thought I should try it. The problem was that at the time, there was no U.S. Importer for it. It seems that they finally got that sorted out because now Discount Liquor has it on the shelf.
All of the beers are going in the cellar until Monday when I’ll bring Chad and Erin theirs. Mine will stay in the cellar.
While I was shopping, I saw Rogue Extra Pale Ale on the shelf with a 112 IBU bitterness rating. I considered getting it for Erin just to see the squinty faces she would make when she drank it but the price tag made me think better of it. Pale Ales are more for food-pairing than straight drinking (though many Pale Ales are VERY drinkable!)