Went to the Muddy Pig yesterday with Jess, Nick's brother Matt, Nick, Cari, Markie, and Barry's friend Eric for Barry's actual b-day.
It was a fun time, although I have to say that there wasn't much in the way of conversational overlap when it was just Nick, Jess, and Our Bold Hero there: either Nick needs to become a bigger hippie or Jess needs to get into videogames.
I started off with a Pilgrim's Dole
from New Holland Brewing
, which until just now I thought was a barleywine. Apparently it's a "wheatwine." Here's the style description from Beer Advocate:
A somewhat recent and over-looked American strong ale, the Wheatwine (or Wheat Wine) is akin to a Barleywine in strength, but contains a large portion of wheat malt; upwards of 50%. The wheat provides a soft and fluffy mouthfeel. Color and bitterness varies.
That's about right. I really liked it; the beer was sweet but not cloying, and as you'd expect from the name and the recipe, it had a nice wheaty character to it. I like barleywine and apparently I like wheatwine as well.
My next beer was the Brown Shugga
from Beer School–favorite Lagunitas Brewing
. This is an American Strong Ale (9.9% ABV — I remember being amused by the almost-10 percentage) and despite the name it wasn't too sweet for me. Again, I liked it.
For whatever reason I had a Summit Great Northern Porter before we left the bar: I've really got to stop wasting money on that third beer.
I think that I can have smoky beers now if they're paired with the right food, and the casked version of this was a favorite of mine at last year's Winterfest, but this isn't something I particularly enjoy on its own.
Barry and I stopped at the liquor store on the way to his place (I had no idea that they closed at 8 Monday through Thursday in St. Paul: we made it with seconds to spare) and he bought some Stella for everyone to drink while we watched Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
at his place. Ah Stella.
Labels: American Porter, Brown Shugga, Euro Pale Lager, Great Northern Porter, Lagunitas Brewing, New Holland Brewing, Pilgrim's Dole, Stella Artois, Summit Brewing, The Muddy Pig, Wheatwine