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.