Weekly Update 3-18-2017
This weeks poll winner was Crooked Stave Blackberry Petite Sour. I have enjoyed everything I have tried from Crooked Stave, most of which have been the bottles distributed to Maine and Vermont. This bottle dates back to March 2012 when they still used the 750 ml bottles. Blackberry Petite Sour was a limited release, hand numbered bottles and this one was 592 of 857. I acquired this bottle through a trade some time ago and it has been in the cellar ever since.
Pour is a deep red almost purple with a thin off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma still had plenty of blackberry funk along with some oak. Taste was very tart and still full of blackberry flavor, basically sour blackberry juice. Being a 750 ml bottle it took a while to get through the entire bottle but I enjoyed it. Not a beer I would recommend drinking with a meal but great for a Sunday afternoon when you have nothing better to do than sip on a fine beer.
With fruited beers I never know how the fruit will hold up over time. I did not have a chance to try this beer fresh so nothing to compare it to but 5 full years after it was bottled the blackberry was still very prevalent. Allagash Coolship la Mûre is also a blackberry sour so I will be opening one of those soon to compare.
Overall I give this beer a solid 4 / 5.
Brewery Visits / Beer Purchases
Solid week for visiting breweries. Monday I had to be in Mass for the Mass Brewers Guild quarterly meetup at Medusa Brewing in Hudson, MA. I decided to hit Trillium in Canton first thing since I was in the area and they were releasing The Street their 4th anniversary Triple IPA. I arrived at around 11:20 found no lines and was out in less than 5 minutes with my limit of The Streets, a 4-pack of A Street and a new glass.
On to Medusa Brewing in Hudson where I enjoyed three different beers all of which were excellent. If you have not been to Medusa yet be sure to check them out as it is a great spot. Wednesday I had to be in Falmouth, ME for a meeting and Bissell was releasing Swish so I hit Portland first. Very short line and was out of Bissell in about 20 minutes with 3 4-packs of Swish, this batch is drinking incredible.
Friday I made the trip to Tree House in Monson, weather was questionable and the drive home took longer than I had hoped but ended up with Doppleganger, Sap and Very Hazy. A total of 9 cans which isn’t bad for a trip to Tree House. Also traded a couple Trillium cans for Bissell’s Industry vs Inferiority which I have yet to try. Lots of miles logged but my hop supply has been replenished.
This week’s poll is all about blueberry beers. I could have included Allagash Lil Sal in the mix but I have had that beer on more than one occasion so stuck with these three. This is the first week that I have a beer that I want to win. Hoping the public agrees.
– Smuttlabs Blueberry Short Weisse – Blueberry Berliner Weissbier.
– Jester King Colour Five – Wild Ale with Blueberries
– Crooked Stave Blueberry Petite Sour – Wild Ale with Blueberries