You can’t disre…

From Campbell:

You can’t disrespect beer from a can! Sure there’s a bit of a stigma attached due to cheaper stuff, but I’ve had some damn fine brews that came canned. There’s a Southern restaurant I’ve taken my dad to where almost every beer they have is only available as a can. Sure I’ll take draught beer if I can, but there’s one called Bengali Tiger at said restaurant that I really, really like. I must admit I haven’t given Dale’s Pale Ale a try though, even though I see it everywhere. I think it might come down to name/package design for me (imagine that, from an artist) which is why I tried something by Stone around Christmas – I can’t recall what it was named actually, but it had a cool black label with a skeleton on it. It was a pale ale, although not as hoppy as a regular Stone IPA.

I’m going to a cask beer fest next week with a friend of mine, who took me to the Night Shift brewery a couple weeks ago. He’s friends with one of the guys who works there, so he gets some nice perks that get passed on to me. I got to try 6 or 7 beers while I was over there, and I enjoyed all of them. One was called Viva Habanera, which is an ale aged on habanero peppers. It’s weird, but very good. Don’t think I’d order a full pint of it, but a tasting glass of it is really fun. 

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  1. That’s funny, just last week I was looking for Viva Habenera.  Unfortunately it’s not available out of state; Night Shift has very limited distribution (a natural consequence of very limited production). I don’t know if you know that my primary job right now is developing websites for wine and liquor stores, and that one of our offices is in Cambridge.  A couple of our stores are on the distribution list for Viva Habenera, but none near my friend who works in Cambridge.  I look forward to trying it sometime.

    Stone made an extreme version of that sort of thing in the course of creating their “ultimate San Diego IPA.”  They used kelp and they used peppers with a two million Scoville Unit rating.  In general I’ve been very happy (hoppy?) with Stone products, especially Ruination IPA but also Arrogant Bastard and Supremely Arrogant Bastard.  I just found Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, but I haven’t tried it yet. So many ales, so little time. .  As for a black label, most of their labels are “painted” on the dark glass bottles, so many might fit the bill.  As a Belgian fan, I tried Stone’s Cali-Belgique, but I don’t much remember it and not because I had too much of it.  I don’t think it’s as good as the real Belgian ales.

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