April 23, 2015

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Historic Amsterdam

If you haven’t seen it already, I’m in Europe May 2nd – 10th. Work has some meetings for me before the trip starts so I’ll be heading out earlier on April 29th and spending 2 days in Amsterdam. My evenings are free if any Dutch readers would like to meet up for a few drinks. Then I’ll continue as scheduled on May 2nd, the rest of my journey. I haven’t been to Amsterdam in at least 2 years. It’ll be nice to go back and work closely with some great colleagues. The Dutch are amazing and their culture, food, coffee, so great! It’ll be a fun time.

View from my hotel room

April 22, 2015

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Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 12)

 3.9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
375ML Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead. Thanks Heather for sharing your bottle with me. Enjoyed @ Fridge temp and allowed to warm in 2 stemmed HF Glasses
A – Pitch black, oily and dense with a 1 finger espresso head that faded quickly.
S – Smells tart, grape must, lemon, funk, leather and ropey. I smells some of the base components. Charcoal, cocoa, fudge.
T – Good actually. You get a lot of dark porters, roasted espresso, chocolate, with some light balsamic, orange peel, lime and funk.
M – decent mouthfeel. not explosive on the carb, finish is light with a lingering hop bitterness, cheese and cocoa
O – I like this a lot more than I expected. The description reads to me “a bunch of our porters and a brown ale in a wine barrel with wild yeast” but honestly this came together really nice. I’d drink this one fresh and not hold on to it. It’s perfect now.

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 12)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 12)

Hill Farmstead Civil Disobedience (Release 12)

April 17, 2015

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Hill Farmstead Cascade Single Hop Pale Ale

4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20

75CL Growler filled @ Hill Farmstead last week. Split 2 ways @ 35F and allowed to warm. I gave my 2nd fill to AFH and it looks like he already shared it with some Southern NH raters! Enjoyed in HF stemware.

A – Very deep orange color, 2 finger solid white head with very tiny bubbles.

S – bread-like, citrus, orange skin, a touch of pine and a nice floral earthy note as well.

T – Pine and Resin forward. Citrus is only at the middle and finish. Dense taste, with a really intense finish. if you love Cascade hops, you’re going to love this one!

M – Classic Hill mouthfeel, mineral water, sparkling soda water and a long hop bitterness finish.

O – This is certainly tasting like the most west-coast IPA Shaun has brewed to date. Certainly the most resinous and pine forward.

Hill Farmstead Cascade Single Hop Pale Ale

Hill Farmstead Cascade Single Hop Pale Ale

April 16, 2015

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I was browsing /r/mead on Reddit and saw this post which took me to this profile which took me to this page on Go Fund Me.

I guess I didn’t put two things together on this one but when I received the most recent Schramm’s Mazer Member update from Alyson, it was straight to business which gave me the vibe that things were going okay and that her and James’ daughter was improving and doing well. Obviously, I know very little about premature births and the critical nature of them.

From the Schramm’s update email via Alyson:

Many of you already know that in the past few months my father, Ken, tore the tendon off his left bicep, which resulted in lifting restrictions, my grandmother was hospitalized with Norovirus (which may have spread to my father), and my husband James and I had a baby girl extremely prematurely through an emergency c-section last month. She is still in the NICU. This is very much a family operation and these recent events have resulted in some set backs in terms of production at the meadery. We apologize for the delays in this release and the lack of information and communication to our Mazer Club members.

After going to the page on Go Fund Me started by Ken Schramm, I put up $100 toward helping their family with what must be some enormous medical bills. I’ve tracked James’ Q&As on Reddit and TalkBeer. He’s one of the most helpful and active mead-makers I’ve seen online. His father in law, Ken has published so much that has helped a lot of mead makers get their start and Alyson, as Operations Manager has the tireless job of dealing with people like me who ask about reserving bottles and for updated price-lists, etc. 

If you’re a fan of Schramm’s mead and have some spare cash, please consider donating.

http://www.gofundme.com/s4t8fd5 

April 16, 2015

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Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne

Ahead of my upcoming trip to Reims, France, I opened this bottle up last week aside the still-frozen lake up here in New Hampshire. While this wasn’t my favorite Champagne to date, Krug knows their stuff and sadly, prices their wines appropriately. I got more flavors out of this than any other champagne ever. toffee, pears, baked apples, earthy mulch but yet the grapes still really shine. I’d love to have this again despite the price tag but maybe in France, I can find a few bottles for cheaper and bring them back to enjoy on special occasions with friends.

Grab this one if you dare but I still prefer Dom P for the price range.

Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne

Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne

Krug Grand Cuvee Champagne