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Pliny The YOUNGER!

I’m sure I don’t have to explain how limited Pliny The Younger is and how just a lucky few, get a chance to taste this.  I’m one of those lucky bastards that had a chance of drinking Younger, but it was an experience years in the making.

The long lines that accompany this beer.

I got my A ticket… that’s for the older generation, to remember Disneyland.

I find myself at home now writing this Younger experience and I have to say, damn, it’s been too much bullshit just to get a drink of it.  I’m going on a few years now trying to get a drink of Pliny The Younger; last year being the one that left me disappointed the most.  For years I wouldn’t go out of my way to get a taste of Younger, but last year I said OK, I need to put an effort into it, if I’m not taking a drive to Santa Rosa California, I need to find it here in Los Angeles.  I would try to go get in line after work somewhere only to find out the line had an hour wait and my chances were slim to none at getting a taste; after two attempts, I gave up.  This year, I tried going to a few places and I missed it just by a few hours, I’d read about it on twitter or facebook and by the time I got there, they were tapped out.  I had a few places near me that I was going to try to make it to after work, but I just knew it would be impossible to get some if I weren’t in line like a Twihard camping, waiting for the midnight showing.  This is where 38˚ Ale House and Grill come into play.  It was a location away from the West Side and Los Hipstaland Angeles, and I knew, my chances would be greater at this event.

I was scheduled to visit Eureka Burgers in Claremont this past Thursday for a tasting of Younger, but family responsibilities forced me to cancel and had me searching for another place that would be serving Pliny The Younger this late in February.  Luckily I found out that 38˚ Ale House and Grill in Alhambra, would have it as of 11:30 a.m. this Saturday morning, I was all over it.  They were going to be selling flights of Russian River beers and one of them would be Younger.  The flight consisted of Damnation, Blind Pig, Pliny The Elder, and Pliny The Younger; people on my Facebook post were calling it, the Holy Grail of Beer.

Needed some grub for the tasty beer.

Based on my previous experience of long lines and it tapping out early, I asked my buddy Rich to be at my place at 7:30 a.m. as I didn’t want to take any chances.  Had an issue with my phone and my alarm not going off and the wife woke me up at 7:40 a.m.  Luckily we got there and there was no one in line and had time to go across the street for some coffee.  We let the line grow a bit and crossed the street, at this point we were about 15th or so in line.  We had a chance to meet Joel and Norm in line and chatted about beers as the clock ticked to 11:30 a.m. and how they heard of Pliny on the radio and this was their first attempt at trying to have it.  This pissed me off a bit as I wanted a back story of how they traveled through the Mojave on foot for two days without a guide and water to get here, but no, it was their first attempt and they were in; it’s all about luck I tell ya!  They turned out to be great guys; we sat next to them at the bar and had a celebratory cheer when we had our first sip.  I hope I see them again as I mentioned I’d go visit them at Verdugo Bar, a place I haven’t been to, but it’s been on my radar.

Norm & Joel

So here we are, the moment of truth when I get a chance to sip the beer and say to myself, OK so what do you think Omar?  Well Internet, I wasn’t let down, it was FANTASTIC!  I knew it would be, but in the back of my mind I thought, this might be like in Citizen Kane (spoiler alert) where Rosebud turns out to be a fucking sled from Kane’s childhood that’s thrown into the basement furnace at the end of the movie; all the hype for nothing, is the point I’m trying to make.  And although I think Citizen Kane is the best movie ever made, I wouldn’t go as far as calling The Younger the best beer I’ve had, I just can’t, but it’s a damn great beer and close to it.  All these years of chasing the unicorn were worth it and I’m glad this one has been marked off the bucket list.

A flight of Russian River Beers & New Belgium.

The beer had a fruity aroma where peach and grapefruit were dominant, pine citrus hop showed up and alcohol.  The aroma was deceiving as I thought I’d have a very sweet beer, especially at 11% ABV, but it turned out to be quite the opposite.  The light carbonation gives it a nice body and mouth feel, the citrus and grapefruit flavor played well off each other and it was tart enough to make you pucker and invite you to sip again.  The sip of beer warms up in your mouth and you can taste the delicious bitterness, you will have alcohol burn when it washes down.

Pour, pour, pour favor!

My second ticket.

I had two pours of it and it was enough.  I was satiated and the morning turned out to be a great one for all beer lovers in that bar.  I have to say that the staff worked their Asses off to make sure everyone had a chance to sample the beer and they were pouring the four beers of the flight non-stop for the first few hours.  I was expecting a nightmare in there to get my beer and the rest of the beer crowd; well done 38˚ Ale House.

Five Beer Caps for Pliny The Younger!

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on February 26, 2012 in Beer Outings, Five Beer Caps Club

 

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Breakfast Stout

Stayed home from work today as I wasn’t feeling the drive and I’ve been pissed about not finding Pliny The Younger or just missed it incidents here in Los Angeles, but that’s another tale. It turned out to be a great morning as I had my tasty oatmeal pancakes with one of the best Oatmeal Stouts I’ve ever had and it’s from Founders Brewing; a Double Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Stout. This is a beer I got in the birthday package, and I gotta tell ya, the pancakes and the beer tasted great and took my mind off of The Younger for a few hours.

Stout patiently waiting for the pancakes.

As soon as I opened the bottle I could smell the roasted coffee, the malt, no chocolate, but lots of alcohol and at 8.3 ABV it was definitely present. A lot of the stouts I’ve had recently have been thin, but this one had a great body to it and was creamy. Nice bitterness from the chocolate and coffee, but very little from the hop. I got a lot of roasted goodness from the coffee and chocolate; these two were the main ingredients you could taste along with the alcohol. The syrup I poured over the pancakes enhanced the malt in the beer and cut a bit of the alcohol aftertaste and burn, but even without the syrup, the flavor would’ve been great. You can taste the oatmeal in this beer, the first time I ever have in a beer of this style, but could’ve been the pancakes too.

Overall a great tasting beer, I have to agree with Beer Advocates 100 points, but here at cervezaplease, we give beer caps, and its going into the Five Beer Caps Hall of Fame. When I open my bed and breakfast, this is going to be at the top of the menu, Kalifornia Oatmeal Pancakes with a Breakfast Stout by Founders. Keep reading for an easy oatmeal pancakes recipe and you can pair with milk, coffee, or beer of course.

Oatmeal Pancake Recipe:

    • Makes four pancakes.
    • 2 bags of your favorite microwavable oatmeal
    • 3/4 cup of pancake mix
    • 1 pinch of salt
    • 1/2 cup of milk or water (or more), add a bit at a time and stop at your desired consistency
    • Mix all ingredients and you’re ready to rock and roll!

Oatmeal is ready.

Add the pancake mix.

Mix all the ingredients

One ladle of the mix for a big pancake.

Butter the pancake when you flip it.

I don’t have a sweet tooth so I prefer butter and just a bit of syrup.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Empty Bottles, Five Beer Caps Club

 

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Mackinac Island Fudge Stout

I took a holiday from the blog but I’ve been at it with drinking new beers and I have badges to prove it! This was suppose to be the first post of the year, but I had a little mix up and I posted the Sam Adams Black & Brew first, a beer I enjoyed and you can read the post again or read it for the first time in case you missed it. Just before the year ended I checked in my 200th different beer. If I were to line up all 200 beers… whoa, what a site that would be, but I only need to lift my shirt as proof. I’m sure lots of you are way beyond that, but it’s been a steady pace for me and makes me wonder where I’ll be a year from now with the count. I haven’t posted much recently, but I have a few drafts (not beers on tap) ready to finish up and edit, so those will be coming shortly. One thing that will be making it easy for me to post more frequently, will be the fact that I will only be posting pictures from my iPhone. I should’ve taken this decision months back, instead of using my DSLR and editing the pictures on the computer; hard work, I know.

Here’s the image of the badge for that 200th beer.

OK, so now let’s get to the beer talk. With this entry I will be reviewing Arbor Brewing Co’s Fudge Stout, but I won’t rate it; continue reading and you’ll find out why.

You would think that with a big nose I’d be able to smell all the beer goodness, but no, damn sinus issues and a recent ear infection are not letting me pick up the wonderful smells in a beer. I was only able to pick up the strong smells, the alcohol, the malt, but not much else; none of the roasted aromas or the fudge. There were sediments that might’ve been a tell tell sign of having kept this beer far too long in the fridge. Lots of carbonation in it, craft beer never makes me burp, but this one did after a few sips. The beer was malty and surprisingly sour, not sure what that was about. The beer was thin, rare for a stout, and sadly I did not taste any of the fudge, only some of the roasted flavors came through after it warmed.

I encourage you to read and drink beer.

I won’t rate it as I might have ruined the beer for keeping it for so long, I think it’s the only fair thing to do. Perhaps and maybe if the Dodgers beat the Tigers in a series, I’ll get this in a trade again.

Throw one back for me ~ Cheers!

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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Birthday Presents

I got a nice pre birthday present for my wife last night. I came home and was surprised by a big box that read “open me”. I wasn’t sure what to expect and was truly surprised to open the box and find beer in it. I was surprised that I got the beer, but not surprised at the fact that my wife would conspire with another man, to get me bottles of my favorite liquid. I truly am a lucky guy and I also appreciate my buddy Steve from Michigan, for helping my wife make all this happen.

Now let’s get to the pictures and contents.

As soon as I opened the box I knew what it was

Hahaha the boobs are back!

What can it be?!

Steve, loves Dogfish Head so much he sent me one of them! Hahaha

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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