We had planned to hang out in Piermont NY today, visiting The Pier, walking around town, maybe having a couple of beers or wine . . . and as we started to walk out to The Pier, it started sprinkling and we could see virga under the clouds, so we retreated to the car. Then we drove over toward the center of town (and have to find out what The Flywheel was from). Then it started sprinkling, then drizzling, so again we retreated, and as we started approaching the car it switched to raining, and as we reached the car the skies opened. We were very lucky to have headed for the car when we did, but so much for hanging out in Piermont. The route home passes The Growler & Gill. Pity.
The joint was jumping. For a few hours they were having “guest bartenders” and raising money for the local Little League, with tips donated to the cause. Things were very loud and festive, and in the first hour they raised $900 so they were doing pretty well.
I hoped to make up for Thursday’s disappointment with a flight of Ommegang, and when we went up to the bar there were three on the board, the Ommegang Fleur de Houblon Pale Ale, the Ommegang Hop House Ale, and the Ommegang Glimmerglass that my wife had at The Little Pub in Ridgefield. We tasted the latter and it was good, but a bit watery. When I ordered my flight we found out why: that one tapped out. So I only had two Ommegang in my flight. Both were excellent. The Fleur de Houblon was a classic Belgian Ale, malty, flowery and smooth. The Hop House added a dash of hops, though not to IPA strength, very much in balance with a touch of citrus. My third was Alltech’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale. It was really nice, especially with the pulled pork sliders, and was almost like sipping bourbon with sweet caramel. The fourth was Stone Smoked Porter. This isn’t as hoppy as, say, their Arrogant Bastard, but the smoke flows smoothly into the hop bitterness, very nicely done, and another excellent complement to the barbecue sauce of the pulled pork.
Meanwhile, my wife had a Kuka Ginger Mango IPA. This had enough fruitiness and ginger sweet spiciness that she didn’t even notice that it was an IPA. Neither did I, the hops were very moderate and this is a really excellent, unusual ale. This is another from the Andean Brewing Company using ingredients from the Andes despite its unlikely location in Blauvelt, NY. That’s two from them that I have really enjoyed.
Then came a choice between Bourbon Barrel Stouts: Alltech’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout vs Central Waters Imperial Bourbon Stout. Tasting both, there was no question, and I went with the Central Waters. Who would think that a Wisconsin brewery would outdo Lexington Kentucky for a Bourbon Stout? It’s not that there was anything wrong with Alltech’s, it was just that the Central Waters was better, richer, creamier, better mouth feel, and again the sense of sipping bourbon.
I had no shortage of beer at home, but I came home with a 4-pack of the Central Waters, a bomber of Rogue Chipotle Ale, and a mixed six including the two Ommegangs, a Kwak Ale that I tasted on the Queen’s King’s Birthday celebration, Hoponius Union from Jack’s Abbey in Massachusetts, a Massive IPA from Great South Bay on Long Island , and something from Stillwater in Maryland. Of these, more anon as I get to try them.
OK, I didn’t bring a notebook but I did pretty good.