Monday is here, and it’s time to start another week. Pick of the Weekend is our weekly post where we recap our favorite brews of the weekend past…
American Craft Beer Week 2012 is in the books, and we celebrated with some tastings, some evangelism, and a feast under the eclipse!
Saturday was the Farmers Market FestivALE at Hollywood craft beer Mecca Blue Palms Brewhouse where we sampled the majority of the 19 beers on offer. There were several standouts, but our favorite of the day was Russian River Brewing’s Supplication. I knew there would be some interesting sour beers on tap at the festival but this sour brown ale aged in pinot noir barrels with wild cherries topped them all. The beer was extremely tart, nearly as pucker-inducing as the Golden Road Berliner Weisse, and the cherry flavor was bold and lingering. There was a subtle vinous and tannic characters that added complexity along with the funk and tang of the souring bacteria. It would be really interesting to try the brown ale that serves as the base for the Supplication. The taster glass was far from enough of this beer, but I found a bottle at the Whole Foods in West Hollywood so I’m prepared the next time the craving for a sour beers hits.
That evening found us at another Hollywood institution, The Cat and Fiddle, for dinner. The Cat and Fiddle’s craft beer selection has improved markedly over that past year and they now offer a half-dozen popular and local craft beers in addition to their imports. On this night I ordered a beer that I hadn’t had in probably 10 years, and did not have fond memories of: Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I remembered the stout being thick, rich, and cloyingly chocolaty, but I was pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of the bottle. It went with the richness of the fish and chips well and the chocolate flavor was present but far from overwhelming. It worked as a great reminder that tastes change and develop, and that even beers that we’ve once written off can be worth looking at again as our palates develop with time (and age).
Oh, I also had our last can of Oskar Blues’ Deviant Dales. This is quickly becoming a favorite beer, I just wish it was easier to find! Another Beer of Tomorrow Buy On Sight recommendation.
How did you celebrate American Craft Beer Week? What was your favorite brew?