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Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Bigfoot (365 Day 273)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

The evening started off with me giving an American craft brewery that I have had in the past but not really enjoyed another chance. It ended with American craft beer number 273 becoming Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. In between is the story.

Before I go any further I am not going to mention that brewery that wasn’t named above, although their name is comprised of two animals and they consider themselves dark beer specialists. The beer I opened, which I had actually been looking forward to, was an contaminated. The pour was one part beer, 150 parts foam. There was a sour smell and that’s as far as I went. I have had this from them before. I was in the mood for a high quality American craft beer. No exceptions.

That’s where Bigfoot stepped in. An American Barleywine, Bigfoot packs a wallop of west coast hops in the shape of citrus to cut through the big malts.

Smooth for the age (’10) while having enough sweet, dark fruit malts to hold up. Great beer for that occasional barleywine itch that I get. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.4

Useless Fact: In 1905 the Bosco company of Akron, Ohio, marketed a “collapsible Rubber Automobile Driver.” The figure, deflated and kept under the seat when not in use, was a kind of dummy intended to scare thieves away when the car was parked.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Pale Ale (365 Day 185)

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Friday night American craft beer is the pinnacle of nights for me, especially on a hot evening. The beer taste infinitely better because it is not only tantalizing your sense but, and most importantly, satiating the thirst for something cold and refreshing. Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company seemed to be the perfect beer for the evening but let me side track and back track first.

I work in the city and shortly after arriving there was a train crash that pretty much screwed up commuting for the rest of day out of the city. My wife quickly offered to come pick me up. I was talking to a coworker who offered to drive me out part of the way. I immediately took him up on the offer but only if he would allow my family and I to buy him dinner. To Aurelios pizza: my favorite, I grew up on that stuff at the original.

Usually when you walk into a restaurant you are greeted by a burst of cold air, not today. There wasn’t much different between outside and inside temperature, which isn’t good for a guy that likes the air set to sub-zero. In order to cool off I need something as I described above and, as mentioned, Pale Ale was on tap. I couldn’t pass it up. The usual hops weren’t there though, nor was the body, it was bland, tasting like old tap lines. Yeah, I blundered: I tried to buy a good beer at a place that doesn’t do a ton of American craft beer business. Nevertheless it made me much happier and able to deal with the hot atmosphere. Now I am going to get a sixer fresh to bring out the real goodness in the beer. Enjoy!

Useless Fact: Yale was founded by Harvard men. In 1700 ten educators, nine of them Harvard graduates, met in Killingworth (now Clinton), Connecticut, for the purpose of establishing a college. When it was begun, Yale was not known as Yale but as the Collegiate School of Connecticut. Only in 1718, thanks to donations from Elihu Yale, was it given its present name.

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