From Grangeville With Love!

It is truly a gift when you are pleasantly surprised at the end of a long, hard day.  Let me tell you a bit about my day yesterday.  I woke up in Twin Falls, Idaho.  I had traveled there on Tuesday for work, and had another day of meetings and plan development that lasted until 5 pm.  I then needed to travel from Twin Falls to Grangeville, with a stop at the office in Boise to pick up materials for yet another meeting in Grangeville.  So by the time I arrived here I was tired and it was about midnight by my internal clock, but local time was 11:00pm.  All I wanted to do was go out on the balcony and have a cold brew and a good cigar.  Problem was I didn’t have a cold brew.  The IPA that I had brought along with me had gotten warm with all the traveling and I was pretty sure the mini fridge wasn’t up to the task of cooling the brew fast enough before I could no longer keep my eyes open.

So when I got here and saw this note I was again blown away!  My buddy Lark from the Super 8 had placed a Centennial Pale Ale in the fridge, and it was plenty cold and ready for quaffing.  Man did I need that, and I set out on the balcony and drank the brew and had a good, although interesting cigar (but that is for another blog) and felt that I truly have a friend in Grangeville.  So how was the beer?….

This Centennial Pale Ale is brewed by the Coeur d’Alene brewing company from Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  As you can see it poured a golden mahogany with about a one finger white head that dissipated quickly.  It did leave a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

The flavor of this brew was in a word quaffable.  It isn’t challenging in any way, but it is simply a well crafted, very well balanced beer that is perfect for a summer barbecue or celebrating the 4th with a brat and some slaw.

It was malty up front with just a perfect amount of hops to balance this brew on the head of a pin!  The piney aftertaste and medium body is just the right amount of flavor to make it perfect for food pairing.

Well I hope Lark has a great 4th and I’m sure this brew will help make her day a fun and relaxing one.  Good beer is great, good friends are a treasure.  Thanks Lark!

-Don

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4 Comments on “From Grangeville With Love!”

  1. Rob Crozier
    July 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Great story! Sometimes the most mediocre of beers taste far better when the circumstances are just right. I know you guys have posted in the past about experiences and the correlation to a particular beer – this story will be another to add to the list for sure.

    • Don
      July 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

      Like I said Rob, not too challenging, but nice. A good brew that is great in a cooler for summertime get togethers.

  2. July 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    Looks like Don is collecting up enough material to write a book about drinking at motels. New York Times bestseller list here we come!

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