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Brew Review: Triangle Brewing Belgian Style White Ale

Nice Cans!I’ve visited Durham a few times in the last 2 months and have had the opportunity to try a number of delicious beers that JStreet can’t always get our collective clammy, stump-fingered hands on.  The craft brewing scene in and around Durham is impressive and there will be a full report on it later.  Anyway, I picked up the Belgian Style White Ale to bring home to try.  I think I brought it home a bit early.  This is a perfect summer porch beer.   The White Ale pours cloudy and straw yellow.  It is light, but creamy with a touch of citrus at the end.  For a beer on the lighter side it has impressive depth of flavor.  Also, CANS!

If I was fancy (*removes monocle*), I would take two sixers of this canned nectar on an all day float trip or for early morning noodling. But since I am not fancy (*replaces monocle*), I enjoyed these with beluga caviar and watercress toast points.  Overall, I think this is an excellent beer.  I would make it my everyday drinker if I could get it everyday.

Overall: DRINK IT

-Dr. Boozenstein


Beer Madness! 56 (10)Dirty Bastard v. (11)Ommegang Abbey

(10) Founders Dirty Bastard
v.
(11) Ommegang Abbey Ale

As anyone knows, the Dirty Bastard is the Osiris of this shit.  Here comes the Tiger Style!  The fierce Dirty Bastard brings the pain down on the refined Ommegang Abbey squad.  Shimmy shimmy yah shimmy yeah shimmy yay, Ommegang Abbey will check out today.  Final score: Dirty Bastard wins, Wu Infinity to 36 Chambers for Ommegang Abbey.


Beer Madness! 54 (12)Honkers v. (1)Yards IPA

(12) Goose Island Honkers Ale
v.
(1) Yards IPA

Yards comes into this game with a lot of advantages.  They are a high seed playing a low seed and Honkers comes into this game with a lot of distractions.  Their program is in turmoil after the surprise announcement that their coach will be stepping down after the president decided to join a power conference.  I can see this working one of two ways.  Either Goose Island comes together to send their beloved coach out a champion and they go on a run, or the pressure becomes too much and they quit on their coach like the Vols.


Beer Madness! 53 (2)Dale’s Pale Ale v. (3)Little Sumpin Sumpin

(2) Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
v.
(3) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin

I was really hoping for a matchup between Dale’s Pale Ale and the Whale’s Tale Pale Ale, but the bracket committee goofed and the dream match up isn’t going down.  Instead, we get the strong in all facets Dale’s against the sneaky can from Lagunitas.  Little Sumpin Sumpin may not receive the national attention that Dale’s Pale Ale gets, but they do play a crowd pleasing style that should gain them a lot of fans as they advance past their well known opponent.


District Beer Hunt – Dr. Boozenstein’s View

Count my voice among the praise singing choir. I had a phenomenal time this weekend talking with the team, the awesome staff at Bourbon, the participants, and the curious randos.

Highlights:

1. I autographed titties. I felt like Kid Rock.
2. The Bourbon Decker sandwich and baked beans were amazing. It might be the best sandwich I have eaten in 2011.
3. The fat guy from Brew’s Clews leaning over me to drunkenly and hilariously hit on my girlfriend.
4. The 10 or 12 randos who wondered why I was signing sheets for people. I’d say at least 8 of them were interested enough to ask if we do a scavenger hunt every month.
5. Rogue Nut Brown Nectar.
6. The team that got a call from the DOJ at 4am to come claim their passed out teammate.
7. WAFC Jr. canceled all Sunday games.
8. That one time when I autographed some titties.

Lowlights

1. Walking home from Adams Morgan because of the crazy cab situation.
2. The drunk girl on Georgia Ave with the glassy eyes.
3. The stranger who offered to “give me a ride” at the corner of 14th and Harvard. No thanks, creepo.
4. My back after sitting on a bar stool for 20 hours in a 36 hour period.
5. Sunday morning hangover.

Most teams I talked to had an amazing time and would like to do it again. I would like to do this again in the fall if we can put it together (we’ll see). I know that Bourbon was super appreciative of the business we brought in. James, Rachel, and Craig took really good care of me. I could not have asked for a better bar staff. I was initially pretty offended that some teams focused more on finishing first than on learning about new beers and new bars, but I have calmed. Not everyone likes to have a good time, and that is fine. I would like to focus more on the costume aspect of the hunt next time. I’m a big fan of people looking ridiculous for arbitrary reasons. I agree with Pyzocha’s suggestion that the prizes should be more random. Only one team can finish first. I think emphasizing having fun and learning about new beers was our goal. Most teams did that.

Thanks to Tonzi for doing all the hard work putting this together.

Praise Allah


Beer Madness! 48 (11)Loose Cannon v. (3)Sumpin Sumpin

(11) Heavy Seas Loose Cannon
v.
(3) Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin

A Loose Cannon can cause an incredible amount of havoc on deck.   Sailors!  Make sure your cannons are secured on deck.  It’s physics!  On the other hand, Little Sumpin Sumpin probably has a secret or two waiting to break out in this contest.  It’s right there in the name.  In conclusion, CANNON BAAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!


Beer Madness! 47 (3)Heavy Seas Marzen v. (11)Ommegang Abbey

(3) Heavy Seas Marzen
v.
(11) Ommegang Abbey Ale

The Marzen is a fantastic session beer, but the Belgian style Abbey Ale will overpower it with little trouble.  Don’t let the low seed fool you.  If George Mason can make the final four as an 11 seed, Ommegang should have no trouble rising above seed to push on.


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