This is why I sometimes run so far behind in posts. Because I’m lazy and also because I know I have some absolutely behemoth post with a bazillion pictures that will require two days to organize and write about. So, this has been on my plate for a while, Lisa’s wedding shower.
That morning we went to the church hall, set up, decorated and all that jazz. Tara and I took a break at one point in the morning and went out to my car and split the Weihenstephaner Vitus of Bayerische Staatsbrauerie Weihenstephen at Freising, Germany at 7.7% abv. (Damn, I don’t even know how to begin to say any of that!)
It was the best possible pick-me-up imaginable! With renewed determination we continued with the shower. It was delightful. Then we cleaned up.
After a very long day, we headed out to the South Side Saloon!
I started off the evening with a Gouden Carolus Easter of Brouwerij Het Anker of Mechelen, Belgium at 10% abv, that they had on draught!! Although I took this picture with the bottles so that I could have something good to photograph. This also compares the labels from last year and this year. (This year on the left, last year on the right)
I have been waiting to try this beer for about nine months since I learned of its existence when we visited the Het Anker brewery! Such a delicious beer! Velvety smooth, candied apples, plums, caramel, black licorice. High carbonation with tons of effervescent little bubbles, yet still your typical heavy Belgian beer.
I believe after this beer, I began to split bottles and beers with people. Tara and I tackled the Positive Contact, an Imperial Belgian Style Wheat beer, by Dogfish Head Brewery of Milton, DE at 9% abv.
Lots of yeast and apples. Very cidery. The beer is also brewed with cilantro and cayenne. I didn’t really taste any cilantro, but is does have a nice spiciness to it. Warming, it must be from the cayenne, but not overpowering.
And then it was back to something dark, Heresy by Weyerbacher Brewery of Easton, PA at 8% abv.
This beer was just perfect for the day. It was super chilly out and beginning to get dark, made me want to snuggle down and enjoy this beer. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. And almost completely still, very little carbonation. Mellow and so enjoyable.
Shout out to my favorite bar tender Joe! It was his last regular time bartending at the Saloon before he moves over to run the South Side Saloon Brew Thru right down the street! I haven’t been there yet, but hopefully they have a wonderful selection of import and craft beers!
And then the night takes a turn for the crazy! We noticed that the Saloon had balloons up everywhere all over the walls and that the balloons were for sale at $1 each. This made us curious why anyone would want to buy a balloon, so of course we did. When you pop them, you get a little ticket that tells you your prize!! I won a Franziskaner Frisbee! And someone else won a beer glass!
This was too exciting to pass up! We each bought 20 balloons! It was a popping frenzy!
We won completely useless but very fun beer related things!
The balloon aftermath. What a disaster! I think I left with a t-shirt, Frisbee, two Spaten mugs, two Franziskaner glasses, a blow up beer bottle, and some Unibroue sings. I gave away quite a bit of the glassware when I had more than my matching sets.
And I managed to finish off the night with a KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) by Founders Brewing Company of Grand Rapids, MI at 11.2% abv.
I think this is one of the better bourbon barrel stouts that I’ve had. Smooth and full of character, oak and chocolate, bourbon obviously, and vanilla. Full mouthfeel, a heavy beer yet silky smooth. Very nice!