Just found the "Specialty Beer" list which I will include in this post. I think it's great that Preston provides a selection of cellared beers. It gives the Beer drinking public a chance to appreciate what Maturation (aging) does for a good beer. So many big beers I taste are so cloyingly sweet with flavors all over the board. Maturation helps smooth out these big flavors into ongoing subtleties and new nuances of depth and flavor.
Beating a dead horse with my next point, but....
Palate Fatigue! For those of you who are serious about beer and tasting these quality beers, there's only so many beers you can sample until your palate craps out. I recommend about 8-10 beers. Even at this number of samples I find the last 2 flavor profiles are lost or muddled by a overdone palate. Water and simple palate cleanser like bread or crackers help clear you palate in between samples. It would be WONDERFUL if these were available to the patrons... for Free. Lets not get crazy! As long as I can purchase a bottle of water and some simple bread of crackers, I'd be happy.
For the rest of local drunken slobs who are just looking to get loaded on quality beer.... Please don't drink and drive! I don't want to be killed by one of you drunken idiots while walking downtown. Oh! Please don't drink all the quality beer like a PABST.... Some of us who appreciate what we're drinking would like to try those too!
Anybody interested in identifying the Doc? Feel free to come up to me and ask! I will admit my identity. If you want to cause me bodily harm..... keep drinking and don't bother. We obviously are not on the same wavelength....;-}
Specialty Beer for HAF:
Doc Worts HAF Tasting Picks
Alameda Brewhouse • Papa Noel's Moonlight Reserve
English Old Ale [Strong Ale] • ABV: 8.5% • IBUs: 40
Kettle and dry hopping with East Kent Goldings imparts this ale with traditional British character. After fermentation it was aged with whiskey soaked French white oak spires, lending some dryness to the huge amount of Crystal malt employed in the grain bill. You may taste hints of toffee, raisins, chocolate or caramel.
Bear Republic Brewing Company • Ebeweesner Scrooge
Blended Sour Ale [Sour Ale] • ABV: 6.5% • IBUs: 35
This barrel aged smoked sour ale is a blend of many barrels from the Bear Republic cellar, including Smoked Red Rocket and Black Do, which was then spiked with Bear Republic's own 'spank,' a wild open fermentation beer that is the source of Bear Republic’s sour power. If you like sour beers, this one is the first of its kind.
Block 15 Restaurant & Brewery • Figgy Pudding, Olde Stock
Brandy Barrel-Aged Strong Ale [Strong Ale] • ABV: 11.0% • IBUs: 44
This haunting Strong Ale is brewed with English pale and specialty malts and molasses, then matured in freshly emptied brandy barrels and conditioned with mission figs. It's gently spiced with Ceylon cinnamon and whole nutmeg and further aged with English stock wild yeast.
Cascade Brewing Company • Sang Noir
Bourbon Fruit Sour Red [Sour Ale] • ABV: 9.5% • IBUs: 9
This deep, dark double red was aged more than a year in Pinot and Whiskey barrels, then blended with a barrel of Bing cherries. It's a deep, rich and complex NW double red.
Fifty Fifty Brewing Company • Concentrated Evil
Belgian Strong Ale [Belgian Ale] • ABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 28
This Belgian Style Strong Dark Ale is brewed with raisins and exotic sugars. The flavor speaks of raisins, Belgian yeast generated esters and an overall warming character from alcohol.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company • Union Barrel Fermented Porter
Porter [Porter] • ABV: 5.9% • IBUs: 45
This elegant dark ale features robust flavors of toffee, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. It employs five specialty malts, as well as oat and barley flakes for added complexity and flavor. It was 100% produced on and fermented in the brewery's oak union system.
Lagunitas Brewing Company • Brown Mashuggana
Strong Ale [Strong Ale] • ABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 51
Shugga & Spice plus! This is a cask conditioned version of the brewery's perennial favorite - Brown Shugga - dosed with mysterious spices and a splash of Boubon barrel Imperial Stout to keep things curious.
Laht Neppur Brewing Company • Toe Tingler Stout
Bourbon-Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout [Stout] • ABV: 7.2% • IBUs: 35
A heavy oatmeal addition and extended boil time make this a rib sticking delight. Just a hint of bourbon flavor blended with subtle vanilla and maple syrup undertones make this beer worth savoring. Let it warm in your hands to stimulate the aromatics to their fullest potential.
Lompoc Brewery • Franc'ly Brewdolph
Belgian Red Ale [Belgian Ale] • ABV: 7.6% • IBUs: 50
This Belgian Style Red Ale was brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain in October 2009 and aged in Cabernet Franc barrels for 13 months. It was then blended in a tank with the 2010 Brewdolph. It has a malty and creamy body, a mild fruitiness, and a spicy, oak flavor.
Shmaltz Brewing Company • Jewbelation Blend
Strong Ale [Strong Ale] • ABV: 10.0% • IBUs: 44
This is a special one-time blend brewed specifically for the Holiday Ale Fest. Multiple re-brewed vintages of the annual Jewbelation anniversary ale were blended together to create a bold, unique and very special Strong Ale.