Oops! It seems I accidentally published my lesson plans to this blog instead of my school blog. Sorry about that, friends. And once again I get enough breathing time to realize how stagnant this blog has become. So let’s do some catching up.
First of all, let’s talk beer. Yes, beer. I like beer. Not all are created equal, of course. So one feels the need to try a few. Nothing draws a nerd in like a compelling label. And I’ve found a few of late. Let’s discuss.
Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Stout – New Holland Brewing – 10.0% AbV: I confess, I discovered this one visiting a growler shop a while back (at least a year ago). I’ve been looking to find it again ever since. Yes, the name was enough to rope me in. It helped that I have become a lover of dark beers over the last few years. Let me tell you, Dragon’s Milk is one of my favorites. The label insists it has “Roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.” I don’t know about all that, but it’s got a great flavor without wandering into the coffee zone.
It’s a high gravity offering from New Holland, so you won’t find it just anywhere. Not likely a grocery store beer, at least not around here. I found a four pack about a week ago and couldn’t resist. It was as good as I remember. I did get a little ambitious with my first bottle and drank it too cold. Don’t do that. But I guess that’s Stout 101.
Oh, and it ain’t cheap. I think I paid about $4 a bottle. Still, I’d pay that at a bar, so it’s worth it for special occasions.
DeiselPunk Stout – World Brews – 5.8% AbV: Style over substance. This one wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly memorable. I’m not sure if I’d buy it again, but I’d probably drink it again. I’m definitely keeping the bottle.
I bought a pack a few months ago. Costs more than it’s worth, but not too much of a strain. I’ve gotten fairly picky with my taste of late, so I suppose my indifference isn’t too low an endorsement. Still, not one too feel bad about missing.
Wells Banana Bread Beer – Wells & Young Brewing – 5.2% AbV: Okay, this one isn’t so much nerdy as…unexpected. Banana bread beer? Really? That can’t possibly be…hey, it’s good. It’s really good. A definite dessert beer, mind you. It manages to taste like banana bread and like beer without either being overwhelmed or seeming out of place.
I’ve picked this up a few times in make-your-own-sixpacks at my local Kroger. I’m always happy to see the yellow peel peeking out of the rows of bottles; it doesn’t find its way there often. It’s even more expensive on its own, almost as much as the Dragon’s Milk, and also sold in four-packs.