Pair ‘o Brews

Recently celebrated my glorious day of birth, and – among the various mathoms – I received a pair of interesting brews.

Up first is E.S Bam from Jolly Pumpkin. I seemed to recognize this one, and sure enough, I found a review I did on BeerAdvocate (back when I was active) on 12-16-2008. I gave it a good review, here included in its original un-spellchecked wonder:

Had this and Bam Bier 750's back to back over 2 evenings. I actually think I liked the Bam Bier a bit better. This one just seemed a bit less complex, and a bit more unrefined. Poured a dark amber into my Church BrewWorks tulip glass. Craggly white head sits aloft. Immediatly getting a big ole yeasty farmhouse brett funk, which I definitely dig. Some other earthy grassy aromas in there too as the hops show up. I totally love the open fermentation and the tasty saison funk, but this just didnt meet my apparently high expectations.
It;s basically funly yeast with some hops dumped in. It's just kind of flat...not carbonation wise...but flavor wise, compared to other JP brews ive had.

So with this bit of 4-year old nostalgia revealed, We’ll be cracking this beer open tomorrow…look for the exciting update!


The second brew was by Upright Brewing, a very excellent brewery in Portland. This one’s a “strong lager” and inspired/tribute to The Clash (and/or punk rock in general).This brew poured with very tenacious carbonation, tart and crisp like champagne. The taste was more tart, also a bit peppery and floral. The carbonation added a lot of effervescence to the mouthfeel, and also brings out a bit of boozy heat (though it’s fairly tame at 6.75%). Overall a really cool style and very good brew. If you can find a bottle (limited release), grab one uppp!


Last night we visited The Abyss, a three year vertical flight to be specific. The wife and I had a handful of friends over for the momentous occasion, along with a full flight of other fancy brews from the cellar. Also drank this evening was a bottle of Deschutes 2008 Dissident, ’09 Mirror Mirror, Black Butte XXI, Jubel2010and two rare reserve series brews from Nebraska Brewing Company; their Melange A Trois and Fathead Barleywine.

Of the Abyss flight, the general consensus was that the ’07 was the best from a style standpoint, and the ’09 had some brett funk that actually made it fairly remarkable.Of the other brews, the Dissident aged very well. It was one of those beers I was expecting to turn into vinegar or be too funked.



Yum, so got a bottle of Deschutes Brewery’s Stoic last night, which is a Belgian Quad. Though it doesn’t really have too many Quad attributes, it’s a damn fine brew, with lots of character.

I was surprised to see that BeerAdvocate has this beer listed as a B, which is kinda nuts…really low for a rare reserve beer, let alone a Deschutes. Looks like the haters (those folks giving it a D and whatnot), cite its diversion from style. Personally, I think this aspect of the beer should gain it extra points. Sure it’s a lot greener and sharper than a Quad is expected to be (not to mention the light color), but this beer is in no way lacking, bad, or in any way D worthy. Oh well.