Find a Ranger, Find a Guide

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Rangers, at least in our national park system, are guides to the beauty’s of nature. In the same sense New Belgiums Ranger IPA is a perfect guide to the beauty of IPA’s.
New Belgium’s Ranger IPA skillfully guides one through the geography of IPA with a true and sure compass. The brewers at New Belgium are master guides to the hallmark of American Craft Beer.
Firstly, instead of tromping straight up a talus field of big bodied IPAs the Ranger takes you on easy switchbacks up the IPA Mountain with you its hop character with only %6.5 ABV. Approachable? I think so. But, don’t let this journey take you by surprise as you will get worn out after two or three because its so drinkable.
An easy hop aroma guides you up to the vista’s of the world of IPA and ranger casually says, “Look at that classic peaks of American IPA of Cascade, Chinook, and Simcoe. Aren’t they beautiful?” And you get forced into saying yes as you sink into this beer’s careful and tender hold.
And then as if yo witness the northern lights the citrus and piney aromas display to your nose a wide variety of flavors and aromas bursting nose and causing one to raise and arm, tip the glass, and let euphoria pour into your mouth.
Ranger serves as a wonderful guide to to the world of IPA. Readily available and an easy win Ranger is the perfect beer to keep in your fridge at home or take to a party!

Until next time, Pour Proper my friends….

Gotland Comes From God’s Country

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When I think about God’s Country, the city or a city, does not come to mind. Rather the endless flowing hills of Montana, the salt flats of Utah, Colorado’s illustrious flatirons, or the surreptitious trailing of the Snake River in Idaho. The reputation of american the beautiful montages my mind and takes me into a dream.

And when I sip on Gotland from Right Proper Brewing there is nothing about this beer that is not True Grit in the midst of God’s Country. Im spraying about character people, not characters like in the Big Lebowski. Classics that have been tried and true. Im talking old school John Wayne where the hard knock life of a ranch hand bleeds out of those scenes like sap from a maple tree.

And so Gotland, the American Primitive Ale from Right Proper, with its leathery and effortless body also belong to the category of True Grit as the taste reminds you of the beauty of God’s Country.

The austere simplicity of Gotland reminds one of the rocks of Joshua Tree national park, and its character, whittled away by the sands of time only to leave the hardened beauty of a world once lost. Gotland, an american primitive whittled away by Brettanomyces for five months, displays the beauty of the sands of time upon its landscape. Gotland ushers you into this world once lost with its ancient magic. The velvety but strong undertones of smoke and forrest remind one of walking below the evergreens in the west with their towering grace and welcoming stature. Easy to drink like CCR is easy to listen to, Gotland towers above other beers of its kind and quietly wins its way into your heart with the wild blueberry hints and fresh mountain air coldness.

Until next time my friends pour proper…

Your Local Craft Beer Is Not That Good

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After living in one of the country’s greatest craft beer mecca’s, namely the illustrious San Diego and the up and coming Washington DC, I have come across an interesting phenomenon.

To illustrate lets talk about my boss calling me a snob. This happened after I said, to the agreement of another coworker, that his IPA was not that good. He then replied something of the effect you are from Cali so you are a beer snob.

At the very least this got me thinking about local loves of local craft beer. With the resurgence and renaissance of the american craft beer market breweries are popping up all across the country. And people are becoming vehemently attached to their “local” craft breweries. Thus, when visitors or new immigrants to this local craft beer scene come in an become nay sayers of these local brews, legitimate or illegitimate nay sayers, they usually get the boot! Hence my boss, “You snob.”

All this to say I am not saying one or the other position is right. All I am saying is that we have attachment to beer, not necessarily because it is objectively good (by which I mean to follow the BJCP and GABF standards) but because its ours. Its our local beer.

I think we should be open to the possibility that our local craft beer is only good because its local. I also think we should be open to the possibility that our local craft beer is good because it was recognized or could be recognized on the national level. You may have a local jewel in your local industrial park, or you may not.

All in all, just drink more craft beer.

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Sour Beer from Samuel Adams!

With the rise of sour beer in america everyone seems to be starting a “sour program” or “barrel program” of some sorts. Samuel Adams, while bordering on the line of macro or micro, is trying to appeal to this demand. And by doing this they, like other brewers, are diving into the old world traditions of Belgian Beer.

When diving into the old world traditions there are lots of mysteries that come with the old world tradtion. For example, what are those large oak tanks that they use to make sour beer? How do you get that vinegary taste? What do words like Kriek, Oud Bruin, and Flanders mean?

Sam Adams in this short and pithy video helps explain this process a lot and also advertises for their new and delicious KMF Grand Cru which is now available around the country at the various spots of their tour. Schedule below.

Stay tuned for a full review, narrative style, and until next time, pour proper my friends.

Tour StopCity

Boston, MA9/8/2014 – 9/14/2014

New York, NY9/22/2014 – 9/28/2014

Denver, CO9/29/2014 – 10/5/2014

Cleveland, OH10/6/2014 – 10/12/2014

Dallas, TX10/13/2014 – 10/19/2014

Philadelphia, PA10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014

Washington DC10/20/2014 – 10/26/2014

Chicago, IL11/3/2014 – 11/9/2014

San Francisco, CA11/10/2014 – 11/16/2014

San Diego, CA11/10/2014 – 11/16/2014

Seattle, WA11/17/2014 – 11/23/201412

Kansas CityTBD

French Beer In America? Lookingaftering It.

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Biere De Garde hails from northern France and is the redheads drunk stepchild of the classic Belgian style saison.
And here in America a resurgence of them has appeared! The chief of which is by a small brewery in Washington DC called Right Proper Brewing. They made a beer called Lookaftering which models Biere De Garde like Sophia Loren does 60’s acting.
Now for the review:
The copper yellow hues encapsulated in the wine glass offer everveciant old world delight. The faithfulness of Right Proper to it’s old world roots becomes the strength that girds this brewery and it’s beers.
True to form of higher alcohol and greater yeast peppery infusion leads the drinker subtly into Right Proper’s monopoly on farmhouse ales in DC.
Spice of the yeast doesn’t come in like a bill but rather a sweet maiden to carry you away as the beer slides down your throat and into your liver. Then delivering the bliss of why we drink beer to us all.

Beer of the Week Perennial Savant Blanc

Just another great review of a rare beer by WTOP!

These video’s provide a refreshing look at beer pairing and tasting from a tried and true professional.

Sweet Sweet Love

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Have you ever felt the love of a Labrador retriever? Brown, black or yellow they are always excited, happy, minus the drool. They always want to see you! And even when you don’t know you are down they come over, lay on your feet, brush up against your side and change your day. In a subtle fashion they know how and when to love.

In the same sense Ellie’s Brown Ale displays the same subtleties as a beer. It smoothly and quietly slides into your mouth and gives you it’s love. The nutty goodness eases a bad day into a good afternoon.

Beer of the Week

One of the venues that I try to partake of is Beer Director for the Neighborhood restaurant group Greg Engert and his Beer of the Week. In this video they weekly go over a new offering in their bar, The Church Key here in Washington DC. They talk about the flavors of the beer and also talk a lot about pairings for the beer. For me, as a lay-beer-nerd, I find this very helpful because experts are telling me what the beer should taste like and what it should pair with. Subscribe and get more beer knowledge every week!

In this week’s episode they talk about the new Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Beer camp is the biggest collaboration in beer history and is super exciting. Watch the vid below to see what they are doing!

Queen City Jewels Part 2

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Surprising? Yes. Beautiful? Yes. Good beer? Yes. That is how Cincinnati rolls.

After a surprising visit to Rhinegeist we are off in search of Sour Beer and headed over to Rivertown brewing.

Rivertown is more like a California brewery in that it is found in an industrial section in a warehouse. Except when you roll up and there are BBQ cooks out front cooking Mets (a Cincinnati only sausage) and ribs out front.

Rivertown has 5 Sour Beers that they highlight, one of which we were able to try. Their Sour Cherry Porter is not to be missed. This beer, although lacking when compared to Tart of Darkness, is well on its way to becoming a dark horse contender for that general category. Very vinegary nose, sour taste, and deep cherry notes throughout the entirety of the beer.

Rivertown also has other incredible other beers that have for a long time been the standard such as Hop Baron and Hop Bomber their IPA and Rye IPA.

Keep your eye out for their new sours, I know I am!

Until next time, pour proper my friends…

Sour Session 9

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At first glance you may think this is some sort of cynics group but nothing could be father from the truth. Rather it is an event that The Church Key in DC holds every year to rejoice in sour beer from all over the world. Somehow this bar has it’s hands deep in the pockets of importers as they had a sixtel of Fou Foune on tap, the rare sour from Europe. And not only did they have that but also a decent smattering of sours from all over america as well. This included #mrsproperpour’s favorite sour, Sour In The Rye by The Bruery.

Not only was there a plethora of sour beer but, for us longing to partake of the experience, a scorecard so you could remember what beers you drank! Its like keeping score at a baseball game (yes, nerdy I know but I love baseball).

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All in all there were too many beers to highlight but the Fou Foune was by far the most delicious and exciting that we had. Till next time!

Pour Proper my friends…