Its Beer:30 on a Friday, Whatcha Drinkin’?

Well it is another end to a short week this week, and the weekend couldn’t have gotten here quick enough (I know, funny thing for an unemployed guy to say).  But be that as it may, even us unemployed guys need an excuse to relax a bit, stop stressing about the job hunt and kick back and have some brews.

This weekend I have one beer inparticular that I have been waiting quite a long time to have again.  Way back in the ancient times of 2010, Jim and I went the GABF and also to the Rare Beer Tasting.  At the Rare beer tasting New Belgium had a beer that renewed my faith in them as brewers, and ever since I had hoped that they would make that beer into a production brew.  Well this year they finally did!  The Tart Lychee from Lips of Faith came out a couple of months ago, and I picked one up.  It has been in the beer fridge chilling its heels for me this weekend, and I can’t wait!

When I had it in Denver it was sweet crisp and very tart, almost like a sour apple sweet tart.  Its pucker factor was over the top, with the sweetness to balance it out so it didn’t taste all gym sock like.  It was a favorite of mine in the sour category, so I am really looking forward to seeing if it has changed any from my memory.  I was also poking around and noticed a can of Joes Pilsner that has my name on it, as long as my son doesn’t get to it first!  I have some other options as well this weekend.  Might have to break open the Bitch Please, the collaboration brew between Brew Dog and 3 Floyds.

How about you?  What will you be drinking this weekend?   Any plans to hit the beach or just relax with a cold brew after some yard work?  Let us know in the comments.


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48 Comments on “Its Beer:30 on a Friday, Whatcha Drinkin’?”

  1. DanR
    June 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Mmm, Tart Lychee sounds good, similar to Eric’s Ale they had a few years ago that I was lucky enough to find on tap at a concert venue at a sparsely attended concert. The bartender told me that he thought the beer had spoiled so he was happy to pour them for free for me all night if I liked it…best night ever.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

      That is the best beer story ever told on this blog! Awesome! Sometimes it pays to know a bit more than the guy behind the bar. 😉

  2. Jeff
    June 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    I found a 6-pack of Bigfoot today…long after I thought I wouldn’t see any until next year…so I’m sippin’ Bigfoot and Storm King this rainy weekend…and I may even crack open a Dark Lord? That remains to be seen…between my girl and I…we have 8…as well as a couple of barrel aged varieties…might be time to taste.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

      Dark Lord on a stormy night with your girlfriend? I say enjoy, and do what comes naturally…Bow chicha wow wow. 😉

      • Jeff
        June 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

        If only she were here lol…it’s a long distance thing…for now…but I’ll be seeing her in 13 days! I tried 2010 and 2011 Dark Lord at Dark Lord Day…liked the ’10…the ’11 was off…and I have yet to taste the 2012…can’t wait.

        • Don
          June 1, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

          Looks like you’re gonna need some kleenex…YIKES!

        • Jeff
          June 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

          ic wut u did there

        • Don
          June 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm #


  3. June 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    Grabbed a Sculpin on tap at lunch at Burgers & Brew. They serve the best burger in the city and the Sculpin was mighty tasty.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      I like Sculpin too, but it has a funky latex/Creosote thing happening about mid palate that was slightly off putting, but I can see why a lot of people really love that beer.

  4. John
    June 1, 2012 at 3:30 pm #

    A Boulevard Tank 7. Had some on tap in KC and brought one back. Tasty little Belgium number. Really full and yet really drinkable. Sometimes the belgiums I find TOO much but I really like the roundness of this one. Fruits and hops and just plain gooooooood!

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

      Yeah, I think that is a Saison or a Farmhouse Ale right John? They can really round out the aggressive nature of the Belgian Yeast. Tank 7 is great stuff. I love it when I find it on tap.

  5. John
    June 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm #

    A farmhouse indeed! Had it on tap at Jack Stacks KC… A BBQ lovers dream and the beer held up really well.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

      Sounds great! You gonna make any Q to go with it this weekend?

      • John
        June 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

        Busy this weekend. Maybe Sunday night. Haven’t smoked at home yet this year though the grill does get use all year long.

  6. splat8391
    June 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    I’m standing in the Victory brewpub sipping a Baltic Thunder. I am happy. Cheers!


    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      I hate you.

      • splat8391
        June 1, 2012 at 5:44 pm #

        Now Don, don’t be hatin’. Think of all those (cough PLINY) great west coast brews (cough DESCHUTES) that we don’t see out here …

        • Don
          June 1, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

          See how you are?

  7. June 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Not sure what you’re asking. Can’t see it very clearly on my monitor. But I just had a couple of glasses of Firestone Walker Parabola Barrel Aged RIS on tap at Bier Thirty. Mmmmm. #DoubleVisionBliss

    Going to a Charter’s Brothers Brewery BBQ/tasting/birthday party tomorrow. Some crazy, big homebrew/nanobrewery test beers expected. Their Baltic Porter with or without vanilla beans is exceptional. Looking forward to tasting their beers. 🙂

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      Sounds awesome Chad, on all accounts! I saw Chris’ photo on Facebook, and it made me sad that my days are no longer spent in town! 😦

      • June 1, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

        I know. I miss our lunch time excursions. But hey, we’ll meet up with Joe from Uinta in a couple of weeks. That should be fun.

        • Don
          June 1, 2012 at 5:53 pm #

          Looking forward to that! Might need a cab, or a hotel room!

  8. June 1, 2012 at 5:16 pm #

    It’s 90F out, so it’s going to be Sierra Nevada Summerfest. Plus, that’s all that’s in the fridge.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

      I had the Summerfest once, and wasn’t impressed, but I think I had it served out of dirty linesat a Buffalo Wild Wings, so I should try it again. When its what you got, its what you drink!

      • June 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

        I’ve never tried Buffalo Wild Wings. They didn’t look promising (from the outside) for beer. Is it like Hooters without the ambiance?

        My thought about Summerfest is that it’s basically a lighter SN Pale fermented with lager yeast. I could be terribly wrong. My palate isn’t good enough to tell the difference between the Saaz hops in the Summerfest and the Cascade hops in the SNPA.

        I need to do more ‘research’ apparently.

        • Don
          June 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

          BWW isn’t a place I go to. I just went there that one time to watch a basketball game on their 150 inch screen. Had some beer and wings too. I won’t be back. That was over 2 years ago.

  9. ScottG
    June 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    DC Brau’s “The Corruption” IPA. It’s only local and only comes in a can or on tap (I had a can (or two)). I had a craft beer nerd-gasm.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

      Sounds like a good way to start the weekend Scott! Enjoy. 😉

  10. June 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I’m drinking a Uinta Monkshine this evening:

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

      Never tried it. I’ll have to search it out, although I’m not a huge fan of banana tasting beer.

  11. Ray
    June 1, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    To deal with the heat (cooling down as I type with the rain here in PA), grabbed a six of my favorite summer ale, Victory Summer Love.

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Yeah, I can’t get that here, but if it is a Victory beer, its bound to be good.

      • Ray
        June 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

        Well I know a guy you may know, across the river from me, who could send you some. A little (Philadelphia inspired) brotherly love?

        • Don
          June 2, 2012 at 12:25 am #

          Any time Ray, but if your talking about my nare-do-well brother, I’d have better luck with a total stranger. 😉

  12. June 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    Tonight I’m drinking Little Creatures Pale Ale. All the way from Western Australia. It tastes bloody good and the journey hasn’t hurt it at all. If I’m feeling like a second, I might kick open a bottle of Elysian Idiot Sauvin that’s hanging out in the fridge. Hankering for some antipodean hops today!

    • Don
      June 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

      Sounds interesting. I’ll have to look for the Elisian. Pretty sure I can’t get the little creatures in Idaho.

  13. Jason
    June 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    After work I it a local place in Boulder, CO that had Old Chub in a firkin that was oak aged. Very nice!

    • Don
      June 2, 2012 at 12:26 am #

      I love Old Chub. So far my favorite Scotch Ale.

  14. June 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    I’m havin’ Schlafly’s Extra Stout (got one left), Dales of course, Appalachian Brewing Cos Mountain Lager, and Heavy Seas Dubbel Barrel (continues to ferment in the bottle.) BTW: I had a Victory brew last week that was just a meh for me–their Otto, a smoked Belgian.

    • Don
      June 2, 2012 at 12:29 am #

      Sounds like a great line up. As I suspected my son got the Joes Pilsner.

  15. Johnny
    June 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    I finally got to try Victory Dark Intrigue yesterday and that was super tasty. I also was lucky enough to find a 6 pack of Hopslam at my local store. How they had some after the season is already over I don’t know, but I was very happy about it.

    • Jeff
      June 4, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

      Dark Intrigue may actually be the best imperial stout I’ve ever had. I’m glad I have four more in the cellar.

      I did end up cracking open a 2012 Dark Lord this weekend, and I found it entirely too sweet. It was borderline cloying. I really hope some cellar time will tame that aspect and balance things out a bit, because I am pretty unimpressed thus far.

      • Johnny
        June 6, 2012 at 10:27 am #

        That reminds me of the Dogfather me and a friend shared the other day. Even though it was a big Imperial Stout, it was way way too sweet…..kinda hard to drink honestly. That being said I might pick up a bottle to age.

  16. Craig
    June 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    I’m going to try Unibroue – Terrible soon….

    • June 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      I think you’ll find they misnamed it…

      • Jeff
        June 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

        Absolutely…it’s pretty awesome.

  17. Kate
    June 24, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Hi Jim, and all.
    I’m looking to find a bottle of Eumundi beer, from a small micro brewery, near Brisbane (Queensland, Australia). Has anyone come across this, apparently delicious beer? If so, do you have any idea how I could get a bottle? I live in Ireland…..

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