Birthday Beers

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Well i’ve made it a full calender year from the last time i celebrated my birthday.  Just adding to the soreness, gray hairs, and general creekyness that comes with aging.  To celebrate my lovely wife and I along with some friends went down to a place that i should have been to before.  I mean they have about 30 beers on tap, if that doesn’t sound like my kinda place i don’t know what does.  The place is Closed For Business.  Good food and even better beer.  Plus my friend Aaron got hired to be in charge of the taps.  Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to me. Unfortunatly i don’t have any pictures of the beers i tried which were only two but they were two very good specimens.

First off:  The Bruery’s Rugbrod:  Brewed with 3 different types of rye malt.  The beer is losely based on the tradition of Scandinavian Christmas beers.  It pours a fairly dark brown with a nice light brown head.  The head slowly dissapates to leave a nice lacing ring at the top of the glass.  The nose has a lot of malt and bready notes, and a bit of caramel.  The taste pretty much follows the nose.  Continuing with the rye, bready notes.  When i drank this i wouldn’t have believed it was 8% ABV.  Really smooth and really good.

So after that glass i moved onto this.

Avery’s Collabaration not Litigation ale.   The following description is from the Avery web site.  “Salvation. The name of two intricate Belgian-style ales, created by us, Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing and Adam Avery of Avery Brewing. After becoming friends a few years ago, we realized we both had a Salvation in our lineups. Was it going to be a problem? Should one of us relinquish the name rights? “Hell, no!” we said. In fact, it was quickly decided that we should blend the brews to catch the best qualities of each and create an even more complex and rich libation. In April 2004, in a top secret meeting at Russian River Brewing (well, actually it was packed in the pub and many were looking over our shoulders wondering what the hell was going on), we came up with the perfect blend of the two Salvations. Natalie, Vinnie’s much more significant other, exclaimed, “We should call this Collaboration, not Litigation Ale!” “Perfect,” we shouted! We celebrated deep into the night (or is that morning?). Fast forward to November 14, 2006. After talking about it for over two years, we finally decided to pull the trigger and Vinnie made the journey to Avery Brewing to brew his Salvation exactly as he does in his brewery.”  I’m generally not a fan of beers that have a little bit of a funk to them but i have to say i really liked this beer.

I think i’ll definatly have to go back and give these two another go round that is if there still on tap.  There are a ton of craft brews out there that are just waiting to get consumed.


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