Well it is Monday morning, and I don’t know about you, but it was damn hard to get out of bed this morning. I spent the day with the kids, doing what else?…Eating candy. Oh, there was other stuff like lifting weights, changing oil in the car, smoking a cigar, etc, but a good portion of the day did revolve around those damn baskets! Not particularly a great day for someone who is diabetic! To boot I had a sugar high and couldn’t get to sleep until after 2am. I’m paying for it today. Can’t focus and I’m more than a little irritable.
I did manage to quaff a couple of standby brews this weekend. One that is an old standby, and one that will become a go to for me. The first is 21st Amendment’s Back in Black, Black IPA. I still haven’t found a brew that does a better job of giving a big roasty maltiness, with a classic thirst quenching IPA finish, quite like this brew does. It is satisfying in every way. My new go to is a beer that I initially panned. It is New Belgium’s Ranger IPA…
I didn’t like the Ranger the first time I tried it. I thought it was like drinking grapefruit juice. But several things have happened since I first tried this beer. First is my perception of New Belgium as a brewery has improved. I thought they were like More macro spirited than craft. Since I have had several very good New Belgium brews, and my thoughts on them have moderated, although I still hate Fat Tire. Second, my palate has matured. When I first tried it all I could taste was the intense hoppiness and nothing else. Now I can pick out all sorts of malty underpinnings and I think it is a much more balanced brew. Thirdly, many of my other go to options have left the state of Idaho…Lookin’ at you Oskar Blues. Dick’s Pale Ale used to be my summer go to, but when they pulled out I was left wanting for another summer brew. Last year I found Laughing Dog, and Teton Brewery replacements that are actually very good beers, but they are only available in bottles. I’m sorry, but bottles are just a lot more cumbersome than cans, so with Ranger being canned a few months back, it really sealed the deal for me. I bought 2 cans last week, and they didn’t make it through the weekend.
I saw that the Boise Co Op has 12 packs available. I know where I will be buying my Ranger in the future. So how about you? Did you drink anything fun or interesting? Did you do anything interesting this weekend for the “holiday” or did you just stay home and do yard work like we did? Let us know in the comments.