Ashley outdid herself with this one, y’all.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend Ashley’s third Pints & Poses class at BrownDog Yoga, and it was a delight, as usual. However, I knew it was going to be extra special when I got a message from Ashley the night before the event that said, “Giiiirrrrl I have the most amazing surprise beer for tomorrow night.” Yes, indeed, she did. But I’ll get to that later. 😉
Beer One: C.R.E.A.M by Sixpoint Brewery
ABV 7.2% | IBU 25 | BA 88
This beer is a new favorite. The name actually stands for “Craft Rules Everything Around Me,” and the idea behind this beer is that instead of putting cream in your coffee, they’ve added coffee to your cream ale. This beer is dangerous because it is super smooth and has just a hint of coffee. I am partial to coffee porters, but this one still gives you that coffee taste without sitting super heavy in your stomach. To get the flavor, they use cold brew coffee from the famous Stumptown Coffee, which just makes it so much cooler.
Beer Two: Ginger Big Eye IPA by Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
ABV 7% | IBU 71 | BA 87
This is an American IPA that is infused with ginger and is only available on tap. The brewery takes their year-round IPA and infuse it with fresh ginger root. It has some nice malts, as well, which give it an almost candied taste. They also use a centennial hop, which has a spiciness to it. I love ginger anything, so I really enjoyed this one, and that flavor in combination with the bitterness of an IPA is a lovely balance.
Beer Three: Chomolungma Honey Nut Brown Ale by Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery
ABV 6.5% | IBU 0 | BA 87
I loved this one. It uses seven varieties of malts and three different hops, as well as 100 pounds of local wildflower honey. Chomolungma is the name for Mount Everest in Tibet, and this beer was made in commemoration of the 2007 Longevity Everest Expedition. JackieO’s website states this “exceptional ale carries on the spirit of the climb.” This beer is delicious, and has notes of dark fruit, bittersweet chocolates and baked muffins!
Beer Four: Damascene Apricot Sour Ale by Tin Man Brewing Company
ABV 5.2% | IBU 0 | BA 83
This is a really fruity beer, but still has that characteristic “funkiness” of a sour beer. The hardest thing for a brewer to do is make a sour beer while still keeping it under regulation, which is ironic since there was at one time only sour beers. This one is a blend of sour beer and apricot juice, and with its lower combination, it almost tastes like wine.
Beer Five: Rubu Cacao by MadTree Brewing Company
ABV 7% | IBU 0 | BA 88
This beer, sadly, isn’t sold in West Virginia, but I think it can be obtained across the bridge into Ashland, Kentucky. It is a chocolate stout, which I absolutely love, and has notes of raspberry. American brewers have been taking stout beers to the next level, often adding hops to them somehow, or aging them in whisky barrels. MadTree offers its beers only in cans, which is more environmentally friendly. And convenient!
Beer Six: Brookside Farmhouse Saison by Morgantown Brewing Company
ABV 6.8% | IBU 32 | BA (no score)
Farmhouse ales used to be in danger of extinction, but recently brewers have brought it back. Saisons were typically brewed in the winter for farmers to enjoy during the summers, and were highly carbonated and fruity. This brewing company said they bumped up the heat for this one, boiling it to 90 degrees, which maxes out the fruit flavors, and then added black peppercorns. You can definitely smell the pepper in this one.
Bonus Beer: Trappist Westvleteren 12
ABV 102% | BA 100!
Okay, let’s get to what you’ve all been waiting for, the amazing surprise beer. Westy 12. This is the only beer I’ve ever had that has a Beer Advocate rating of 100, and that score is legit. But that’s not even the coolest part. This beer is made by Trappist Monks in Belgium, and the recipe for this beer goes back to the 1600s! In order to obtain it for yourself, you must go to the monastery in Belgium with an appointment, and the word is that you have to leave your license number and then come back to pick it up. This beer is the Belgium Quad from the few beers that the Monks make, which means that it is higher in alcohol and often richer in flavor. To give you an idea of how rare it is, we had to share one bottle in groups of 8 people, just to get a little taste. Trust me, I savored those sips. This amazing beer has notes of dark fruit and caramel, and it smells like actual BREAD. It is truly incredible, and I feel lucky to have got to taste it. When asked about expanding their incredibly popular beer, the Monks said “We make the beer to live, but we do not live for beer.”
If you are in the Huntington area, I highly suggest you keep an eye out for more classes like this. Ashley is super knowledgable about beer (among other awesome things), and the atmosphere in these classes is the funnest. Cheers to another successful class combining two of my favorite things — beer and yoga.
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