Jack D’Or at the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference
Jack D’Or is back and with a fresh new label! Last month I brought Jack D’Or with me to San Diego for the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference. This delicious gem is brewed by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project in MA and was the perfect beer to show off what MA has to offer to the craft beer world. Jack D’Or had some fun in the hotel’s pool waterfall before heading to the bottle share later that evening.
This was my 1st time to California and 2nd time to a Beer Bloggers Conference. I met great new people, learned some stuff, won some stuff, and drank a ton of interesting beers during the whirlwind of a weekend. If you’re a blogger and this sounds fun to you, I suggest you register for next year’s conference in Asheville, NC. Hopefully I’ll see you there!
Alexander Green is a seasonal IPA brewed by Alexander Brewery in Emek Hefer, Israel. The beer had a mild citrus hop profile and finished smooth, especially considering the long journey that cute little turtle took to get to me. I’m extremely lucky to have tried this beer because it’s very rare outside of Israel. L'chaim!
Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
This delicious porter is brewed by Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, North Carolina using roasted coffee beans by Dynamite Roasting Company. I’ve always thought that porters and coffee were made to be with each other and this beer didn’t let me down one bit. I found it to be very chocolatey with a pleasant coffee flavor on the backend.
Fun fact: As a hiker I thought it was cool to learn that this beer is named after a protected mountain top in Western North Carolina. To learn more about how the brewery works with a local non-profit to raise awareness about the importance of land and water conservation, visit their page “For the Love of Beer & Mountains.” C-ya on the trails!
Barbapapa is a Russian Imperial Stout brewed by Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project in MA. According to the brewers, “Barbapapa is ‘Barbe a Papa’ as in the French name for cotton-candy: ‘Father’s Beard’. Our ‘father’ has an appropriately thick black beard adorned with mementos of Pretty Things past (and future?).” I love a label with meaning!
Porkslap Pale Ale is brewed by Butternuts in Garrattsville, NY. I first had this beer back in 2007 at a NYC beer festival. I hadn’t heard of the brewery back then and I loved it so much that the man at the table let me sneak a couple unopened cans home with me. I’d say it still holds up to this day as an easy drinking session beer (4.3% ABV) with a tiny hint of spice to it.