Hello ATS - It's about 9 in the morning on a Friday here in the Central part of the USA and I can't stop thinking about drinking some beer.
I'll be at work for another 7 hours so I thought I would pass the time by talking with my good friends at ATS about some beers that I love, and
hopefully get some suggestions for some new beers to try.
Right off the bat I have a confession to make...I, am an IPA man. I love them all and if you hand me any IPA there's a good chance I'm going to
thank you and ask for another. But not all beer is equal. Here are a few of the beers I find myself coming back to again and again.
DRAKE'S DENOGGINIZER drinkdrakes.com...
In January of 2004, Drake’s brewers sought to create a beer to turn some heads. They crafted a massive Imperial IPA with a full body, smooth malt
backbone, and an utterly irresponsible amount of pungent, dank, American hops. After three weeks in the tanks and one minor incident involving a
pressure relief valve jettisoning across the cellar and nearly decapitating a brewer, a beer, and its name, were born. Citizens be warned, even
without a tank valve careening at high speeds, Denogginizer has been know to blow a few minds.
I first had this beer in San Fransisco at a festival called Outsidelands, a beer, music, and wine festival. I waited about 30 minutes in a long line
in the hot sun while Hall and Oates performed on the main stage. This IPA is heavy. If you don't like the idea of the taste of your beer sitting in
your mouth well after the beer is gone then pass this one over, but if your a fan of very hoppy IPA's and are lucky enough to have this in your area
then give it a try.
GRAPEFRUIT SCULPIN www.ballastpoint.com...
Our award-winning IPA, with a citrus twist. Our Grapefruit Sculpin is the latest take on our signature IPA. Some may say there are few ways to improve
Sculpin’s unique flavor, but the tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements our IPA’s citrusy hop character. Grapefruit’s a winter
fruit, but this easy-drinking ale tastes like summer.
I can actually get this locally and I believe Ballast Point is now sold nationwide. The Grapefruit Sculpin is the opposite of the Denogginizer above.
It still has a very hoppy taste that all IPA's have, but the Sculpin also have an aftertaste of grapefruit and sweetness that makes it so easy to
drink and very enjoyable during the summer. I find myself downing these much faster than other IPA's and not even realizing how many I've drank
before it's too late. They've also got pineapple and watermelon flavored options that deserve an honorable mention here.
LAGUNITAS DAYTIME ALE lagunitas.com...
Our "Fractional IPA", Boldly Dosed with a Gloriou$ Fortune of Dry Hops and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets
you stay in the game to do what needs to be done.
This beer is the closest to a Bud Light or Miller version of IPA's that I will drink. I grew up with parents who drank Miller light, Miller light,
and more Miller light. As a child I would sneak sips and wonder why my parent's hated themselves so much that they felt the need to punish
themselves through their beverage choices. I know now that everyone likes different beers and some people want a light beer they can drink very
easily. That is the main reason for my love of the Lagunitas Daytime Ale. It still has the IPA taste I love, but it isn't as heavy. I've even
enjoyed this one on a hot summer day on the beach without feeling weighed down by all the hopps. Fun note - If anyone can ever get to a Lagunitas
Brewery in Chicago or near San Fransisco they have the best tour I've ever been on. They give you the beer samples BEFORE they take you around the
place - they don't even make you go on the tour if you don;t want to. They know everyone is just there for the FREE BEER!!!! If you do be sure to
ask them to tell you the story behind the "Undercover Investigation Shut Down Ale" It's a great tale.
Well that's just a few of my favorites but there are so many more.
What are some of your favorite beers? I am hoping I can have a list of new beers to pick up on my way home for the weekend. I have two days off and
it doesn't take a post from someone in the prediction forum to see that I am going to do some drinking.