You Find Out Who Your Friends Are…

On October 27, 2008, in Craft Beer, Family and Friends, Food, by Mark Ranes

…when they bring beer from 3000 miles away that you’ve been wanting to taste for years!

Stephen and the Ladies

Stephen and the Ladies

This Saturday evening, we hosted a dinner for our best buddies to join us for dinner and ales in lieu of our neighbor’s annual Halloween party.  John and Robyn throw the best Halloween party, but after five years they took a year off.  We decided to host a dinner party and I put some tri-tip and shrimp in the smoker, and everyone else brought their best to support the meal.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

But the best of the evening was the ales that Maggie brought back from Washington DC – particularly the Bell’s Three Hearted Ale I’ve been wanting to taste forever.  Maggie brought back well over a case of ale through airport security, and even educated the TSA as to the virtues of homebrewing!  You gotta love someone that can do that 🙂

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Bell's Special Cream Stout

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA and Bell's Special Cream Stout

She and Steve showed up with lots of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (and left me a six-pack), some Bell’s Special Double Cream Stout, some Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, some Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA and a bomber of Legacy Brewing’s Hoptimus Prime Double IPA.

Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA

Weyerbacher Simcoe Double IPA

The Two Hearted Ale was wonderful (and my clone was pretty much spot-on:), but the highlight of the ales was the Simcoe Double IPA.  It has an ass kicking malt bill, balanced out by a piney, resinous hop character.  Steve and I are committed to try and brew this beast using my Blue Flame malt bill and subbing in Simcoe hops all the way through the brew.  I may brew this on Veterans Day.

Legacy Brewing's Hoptimus Prime

Legacy Brewing's Hoptimus Prime

All in all, the evening was a great mix of friends, good eats and wonderful brews.  The whole evening was like an Old Milwaukee commercial –  it doesn’t get any better than this!

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3 Responses to You Find Out Who Your Friends Are…

  1. dieselboi says:

    I loved that Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA. Wow! I am spending a lot of time in Philadelphia of late and there you can only buy beer in full cases, so we had to buy our Victory HopDevil and Weyerbacher Simcoe IPA by the case. I’m glad we did. Amazing!

    If you can, check out Terminal Gravity IPA

  2. Mark Ranes says:

    Having to buy the Simcoe IPA by the case – what a wonderful problem to have! Someday I hope to taste the HopDevil and Terminal Gravity IPAs. I do know several friends who regularly make it back east, (and Maggie is now our ale mule:) so you never know…

    I often lament not being able to get many of the great east coast ales here in California, but I guess we have the same advantage here on the west coast. We have some fabulous California ales that never make it over the Mississippi. 🙂

  3. SteveoooBbrewin says:

    Maggie was a little miffed at first with her new title. Then after some time she realized she has been called worse. So all is well in our ale world. She keeps trying to get a Hawaii trip for overtime and i keep pushing her to the east coast. I dont care how cold the east is we need our Ale. TSI needs new brewers. hahaha

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