I guess you could say that I got BOO-zed and Cigared for Halloween! I got home late last night because I’ve been working on project that is due on Friday, and we are in our typical crunch time when we have a hard and fast deadline. When I got home I was tired and hungry, and it was about 10:00pm. I just wanted to have a bowl of chili and plop down in front of the TV for a 1/2 hour or so before I turned in for the night, but when I got there I noticed a rather large package sitting on the Dining Room table. I went to investigate, because I thought it might be a sample of something that made its way to me.
I was right, it was for me but when I saw whose name was on the packing label I knew immediately that this was a Halloween package. It was from my friend in Coeur d’Alene Rob, and Rob and his business partner Jeff are opening Idaho’s first all Belgian style craft brewery Selkirk Abbey. Rob and I had discussed Boo-ze packages a couple weeks prior and he said he had some “friends” he wanted to send some stuff to. I was completely blown away when a package arrived for me from Rob.
So what was inside? Well you can see the important contents in the picture. What you can’t see is the mountain of bubble wrap that it came packed in! The first thing I noticed was a package that wasn’t shaped like a beer bottle. It was a travel humidor with three cigars inside. Good cigars too, there was an Ashton, which I had one last time I went up to Coeur d’Alene, and it smoked great, mild with a big buttery smoke. There was also a My Father Jaime Garcia, which I’m really interested to try, and finally a Aroma de Cuba. I don’t know anything about that brand, but if Rob sent it I can assure you it is good! These were all sent in a very nice travel humidor which I think is built to withstand a nuclear blast and keep your cigars at optimal humidification! This thing will be great for traveling and making sure my smokes get there safe and in good condition.
Then I began to unwrap the beer. First thing I noticed was that one bomber was from Left Handed Brewing Company. You can tell from the red hand shape on the cap of the bottle. It is their 2009 Oak aged Imperial Stout. With 25% of the beer aged in used Brandy barrels and blended with Licorice and Maple Syrup. This sounds really interesting and very tasty. Next was another bomber, this one from Midnight Sun Brewing up in Alaska. These guys make great beer, so I am really jacked about this one. It is the newest beer in their lineup this year called Berserker Imperial Stout. It is a 12.7% ABV Imperial stout that is aged in oak and uses Brewers Licorice as well. Finally there is the ungettable, a Bell’s Batch 9000. This was a limited release and celebrated their 9000th batch of beer. There is no information on the label about this beer, so I went to their web site and this is what they say:
The latest in Bell’s series of milestone releases, Batch 9000 Ale offers up aromas ranging from the sweet caramel & molasses of dark rum to fruits such as raisins and plums. Brewed with the idea of pushing boundaries in mind, Batch 9000 Ale is a unique, one-time-only recipe. Well suited for vintage aging, this limited release will continue to develop in flavor & complexity over the years.
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
Original Gravity: 1.116
Shelf Life: Unlimited
Dates Available: Special Release
Available Packages: Bottle and draft
So there you have it, the contents of my BOO-ze package. I’d say I did pretty damn well! I’d also say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You to Rob at Selkirk Abbey, you made me very happy with the unexpected ray of sunshine to an otherwise long hard day/week.
So what do you think? Should I drink these beers or age them as the package suggests? Give me some feedback in the comments. I wasn’t even at the house for the trick or treaters, and I came away with the best haul in the family!