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What I’ve been drinking this week…

Back for another weekly run down of the libations that have been delighting my taste buds this weeks.

This week’s main event was Rule of Thirds, a collaborative brew between Siren , Beavertown and Magic Rock. Probably the “coolest” beer brewed this year which is a 6.4% IPA/Pale Ale pulling together equal parts Siren Soundwave, Beavertown Gamma Ray and Magic Rock Cannonball. With such high billing it had a lot to live up to hype, loads of juicy tropical fruit and stupidly drinkable as I was reminded of this on Wednesday morning. The initial release was brewed at Siren but both Magic Rock and Beavertown plan to brew a version too. Magic Rock’s Richard Burhouse expressed that he thought Cannonball was the dominant beer in the mix. Leeds beery legend Matt Gorecki did a couple of us an actual blend of three thirds of each beer and that was exceptional too and probably a smoother seamless blend…but by this time I think I’d had at least four halves.

This past weekend I hosted a bottle share for a couple of friend’s birthday which resulted in an epic line-up of bottles and 10 hours of sampling. One of the highlights for me was Brooklyn Black Ops. I bought this bottle a number or years ago when I managed to snaffle one of the six bottles delivered to Beer Ritz. Its not the kind of beer you just crack open on a Friday night, this type of beer is for sharing. Its essentially Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout aged in Bourbon barrels and then re-fermented with champagne yeast. I really enjoyed it, yeah it may not be the most thick bodied stout but the bourbon really filled in the holes you can find in the base beer and I think a good four years of aging in my cellar took away any lingering heat from the alcohol. Masterfully done.