Monday, October 23, 2017

A Drinking Trade

Matt from Bob Walk the Plank and I have trade beer a couple of times now with me sending him selections from my local, regional brewer Trillium and he sending me things it would be hard to get in Massachusetts. The 12 most recent that Matt sent me have been surprising good to me. I'm a fairly die-hard IPA drinker who has over the years lost much of my former love for stouts, porters, lagers, and the like. (Pilsner's can kiss my tuchus; have never liked them.)

Anyway, I should have saved the photos I took of all 12 of the beers Matt sent. I frankly don't know what happen to the photos I did take. But anyway, Matt sent me six stout/porters, three Oktoberfest's and 3 in the IPA family.

The five I drank without photos of are: Mokah (Southern Tier); Wake Up Dead Nitro (Left Hand); Porter (Big Timber); Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout (Terrapin Beer); and Sumatra Mountain Brown (Founders).

The seven remaining are pictured below:

For those textually inclined, these are:

Blackout Stout (Great Lakes); Oktoberfest (Port City); Oktoberfest (Foothills); Oktoberfest (Great Lakes); Coastal Evacuation Double IPA (Cape May); Mothman Black IPA (Greenbrier Valley); and Beach Session Ale with Orange Zest (Carton Brewing).

I don't have the best vocabulary for the one's that I've been drinking, or even the palate to define or distinguish what it is I am tasting -- concentrating first on the stouts and porters. But I'm bothered that "craft" brewers feel compelled to make them all with coffee and even chocolate. I like coffee. I like chocolate. I like beer. But not together. Combining the three masks, I feel, probably inherent deficiencies with the product and it has had the effect, to me, that each of them is exactly indistinguishable from the next. In other words, they all taste the same. Though, blissfully, some of them make me more buzzed than the next, for which I am grateful as I love that feeding of floating a few inches above the ground. The un-differentiation therefore makes them very low on the likelihood I'd ever seek them out on my own. This criticism aside, I'm grateful for having the opportunity to have sampled them and I hope get more in the future. My epitome's in porter's and stout's are London Fuller Porter and Guinness. Those are the one's that I base others against. It's unfair, but such is the way it is. But, that being said, only I drink those only in, say, London or Dublin, respectively. If you ever get the chance to visit either brewery, like me, you'll be ruined from experiencing them in other venues.

Thanks Matt! Trillium is on the way to you now.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers!


  1. I have had some hopped up pilsners lately you may like. Thanks in advance for the Trillium. I've actually been accumulating some good beer the last week so the turnaround may be quick for a return shot!

    1. Hey Matt! No rush, no worries. I'm grateful for everything you send even if I sound critical. I don't mean to be. The first sips are sometimes weird but then I get used to it. Except for a "sour" tried the other week. That got progressively worse.

  2. I need to get in on the beer trading with you guys at some point. Although, I'm not an IPA... but can handle the pilsners. We all have our favorites!

  3. Nothing like a fridge filled with just beer and a carton of milk. An image straight out of a movie.