Random Post – My latest beer haul from Vintage Estate

I purchased most of this beer from Vintage Estate, and let me start off by saying it is a beer lovers MECCA. The owner (Phil) and staff (Bob and others) are unbelievably friendly and helpful. This place is only about a 45 minute drive for me, but I would probably drive up to 3 hours to stock up. This place is THAT good. They have almost 700 different FRESH and some hard to find bottles, all at prices that are just amazing. Most of the beers are under $2. They also have a ton of wine, and carry about a dozen different types of meads. Meads are fermented just like beer, but with honey. If you live anywhere even close to Boardman Ohio, you must go here. You can easily make a day of it.

The other bottles I purchased from 3 Sons dogs and suds in Wexford, PA. In my opinion its probably the best 6 pack shop in Pittsburgh, but unfortunately their prices and selection cannot compete with Vintage. This is mostly because PA Beer laws are almost criminal. They tax the crap out of beer and make it pretty hard for anyone to run a real bottleshop around here. The guy who runs the shop is a little bit cranky at first, but he will warm up to you once he gets to know you.

Anyways onto the beer. Why is it that breweries stop releasing their seasonal beers way too early in the “season.” I wanted to pick up a bunch of winter warmers and Christmas beers but they are sold out almost EVERYWHERE. Regardless I made some pretty decent pickups. The front row will be sent off next week on a trade, but the rest I will be drinking over the next couple months. Unibroue Terrible, Delirium Noel, some Speedway Stout to age for awhile, etc etc.

See a beer you recognize and have a dislike/like for it? Let me know in the comments section below.

Published in: on December 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm  Comments (11)  

Beer 44 – Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Purchased at: 3 Sons

What makes this beer different: Thick and Tar like

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A

12/22/2009: Remember when you were a kid playing outside on a hot summer day, and the little tar spots on the road were so hot that they turned sticky? Well this is kind of what this beer looks and acts like; hot liquid tar. Picture cannot do justice as to how pitch black this beer is. It really does pour like thick sludge similar to what the liquid looks like when changing oil in your car.

This beer is just plain awesome. Reminds me a lot of Speedway Stout, but not quite as strong or thick. This beer is kind of like Speedway’s little brother. This beer also has a pretty strong chocolate flavor right off the bat, and a little tiny bit of an alcohol bite. I like it that way though because this beer is sweet, but the little bit of alcohol/hop bite at the end evens it out. This might have just jumped up to #2 on my stout list, just ahead of Yeti and right behind Speedway.

Published in: on December 22, 2009 at 9:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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