my nEWEst adventure: 3 Sheeps

Very exciting news.

I recently joined the team at 3 Sheeps Brewing Co, a small brewery from Sheboygan Wisconsin (actually the only brewery in Sheboygan, WI!).

I’ll be working as a brewery rep, visiting area and suburban liquor stores to give tastings and promote our beer.

Therefore, I would like to take the next few paragraphs to shamelessly plug 3 Sheeps story, history and beer

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Weekend Pints

dryhopWeekend pints included: (On the left) Shark Meets Hipster 6.5% flagship wheat albangers and lacee with truckloads of Galaxy hops at Dryhop Brewers–my favorite neighborhood bar! (On the right) Almanac Golden Gate Gosea 5.0 % California-inspried version of a Gose brewed with San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena from Eatwell Farm in Dixon, and coriander grown and dried especially for Almanac by Dirty Girl Produce in Santa Cruz, California–at Bangers and Lace

 

From the Fridge: Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout

A series where I trying to drink my way through a fridge full of beer. Currently three-fourths of my shelves have been overtaken with 6-packs and 22 ouncers. I need room for my groceries! I’ll pick a new beer each week and give it a taste. I’ll provide the specs and review my choice based on how many “miles” I think it can go. The more miles…the better the beer. Brews can range from simple 5k (3.2 Mile) beers to more advanced 10k (6.2 Miles). And if I find a marathon (26.2 Mile) beer…well, I’ll pledge to run my own marathon. I’m thirsty. Let’s drink and see how many miles these beers from my fridge can log!

This Week:

Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout

Purchased at: PDX Airport

Size: 22oz Bomber

ABV: 5.7%

Style: Stout/Chile Beer

“Miles” (aka Rate): 6.2 a 10K!

First of all: This beer doesn’t taste like Sriracha. I love Sriracha. I could probably drink it from the bottle. But that doesn’t mean I’d want to…or that my stomach would want me to.

This brew is called “Sriracha Hot.” You’ll get a heat from this uber popular condiment without the full flavor.

The burn in this 22oz Bomber comes towards the back of your throat. But upfront the brew is a stout all the way, offering deep, dark smooth chocolate tones. Like a good bar of Lindt Chocolate.–effortlessly smooth rich and sweetly deep. I enjoy the lingering tingle by my tonsils.

Solid Stout from Rogue.

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Beervana

It seems like only yesterday that I left the land of Beervana aka Portland, OR. Of course it has actually been closer to a month and I still haven’t written up a special post about what I am now calling my hoppy hometown, so I’m on it like a scotch bonnet.

Recently dubbed the No. 1 city for craft beer in the United States by Thrillist, Portland is the largest craft beer market in the U.S. by dollars and share with a 39.3 percent share in 2014. By the numbers Oregon ranks #1 in percentage of dollars spent on craft beer and numero uno in the U.S. in breweries by capita. Oregon breweries produced 1,641,000 barrels of beer in 2014 and Oregonians consumed 585,000 barrels of beer made by Oregon craft breweries–that means 20% of the beer consumed in Oregon was made in Oregon*. These are proud papa Portlandians.

Bottom line: Portland loves craft beer. I love craft beer. Me and Portland together made for a weekend of craft beer nirvana (i.e. beervana). I tried to do as much as I could, but my girlfriend, Stacey, and I only have 4 feet and 2 mouths between us. With 58 breweries in Portland alone we tried our best to drink in as much of it as possible. Here are the highlights.

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From the Fridge: Brewery Vivant Farm Hand

A series where I trying to drink my way through a fridge full of beer. Currently three-fourths of my shelves have been overtaken with 6-packs and 22 ouncers. I need room for my groceries! I’ll pick a new beer each week and give it a taste. I’ll provide the specs and review my choice based on how many “miles” I think it can go. The more miles…the better the beer. Brews can range from simple 5k (3.2 Mile) beers to more advanced 10k (6.2 Miles). And if I find a marathon (26.2 Mile) beer…well, I’ll pledge to run my own marathon. I’m thirsty. Let’s drink and see how many miles these beers from my fridge can log!

This Week:

Brewery Vivant Farm Hand

Purchased at: Target

Size: 16oz can

ABV: 5.5%%

Style: Saison

“Miles” (aka Rate): 6.2 a 10K!

This is a summer sipper. Pouring a hazy sandy gold, you can actually see the bubbles fizzing their way up the glass. Immediate smell of peaches and honey. The first long pull is like letting out a deep breath after a long day of work. Malty, slightly sweet honey–kind of like a Quad Cities pizza crust–finishes with a bit of biscuit bite. I also find very crisp white grape notes. This refreshing beer lazily kicks you in the back of the tongue like its flopping down on the couch and throwing off its dirt stained shoes. You want to drink Farm Hand at the end of a long hard day. It’s perfect for a Friday afternoon.

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Chicago Craft Beer Week 2015!!!

I am brewing in my boots because in t-minus two weeks a storm will descend on Chitown like the Windy City has never seen before. No, not snowpocalypse or snowmaggeden–hopefully–instead this beer blizzard will rain glorious sheets of suds upon its Chicago citizens. Yes, my friends Chicago Craft Beer Week awaits a “hop” skip and a jump around the beer bend.

While picking the top 5 events to go to seems a near impossible task akin with, oh I don’t know, the Cubs winning the World Series or a 65% ABV beer; I have faith. After all Joe Madden manages things now at Wrigley Field and beer gets stronger by the day so I’ll pull up my bootstraps, dig through my floor-to-ceiling-filled CCBW Google calendar and tell you which 5 events I cannot miss….

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From the Fridge: Breakside Brewery

A series where I trying to drink my way through a fridge full of beer. Currently three-fourths of my shelves have been overtaken with 6-packs and 22 ouncers. I need room for my groceries! I’ll pick a new beer each week and give it a taste. I’ll provide the specs and review my choice based on how many “miles” I think it can go. The more miles…the better the beer. Brews can range from simple 5k (3.2 Mile) beers to more advanced 10k (6.2 Miles). And if I find a marathon (26.2 Mile) beer…well, I’ll pledge to run my own marathon. I’m thirsty. Let’s drink and see how many miles these beers from my fridge can log!

This Week:

Breakside Salted Caramel Stout

Purchased at: Portland Airport

Size: 22oz bottle

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Stout

“Miles” (aka Rate): 6.2…that’s a 10k beer!

Pours a very deep, dark brown, bordering on black. Made in collaboration with Salt & Straw the iconic ice cream shop in Portland known for it’s unique flavors this beer doesn’t disappoint in its unique flavors. Smell a little like burnt coffee, but as soon as you take a sip the salt hits you. These are like those big crystals of salt you find on the outside of a soft pretzel. The saltiness balances nicely with the flavors of milk and lactose. It was like eating a slightly salty smore. As the beer warms up huge pieces of toasted waffle cone lend the brew that malty, nutty bite. You’ve got, chocolaty, nutty, salty…what’s not to like. This is a perfect dessert beer.

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From the Fridge: Gilgamesh

A series where I trying to drink my way through a fridge full of beer. Currently three-fourths of my shelves have been overtaken with 6-packs and 22 ouncers. I need room for my groceries! I’ll pick a new beer each week and give it a taste. I’ll provide the specs and review my choice based on how many “miles” I think it can go. The more miles…the better the beer. Brews can range from simple 5k (3.2 Mile) beers to more advanced 10k (6.2 Miles). And if I find a marathon (26.2 Mile) beer…well, I’ll pledge to run my own marathon. I’m thirsty. Let’s drink and see how many miles these beers from my fridge can log!

This Week:

Gilgamesh Mamba

Purchased at: Portland Airport

Size: 22oz bottle

ABV: 6%

Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable

“Miles” (aka Rate): 3.0

Pours a almost translucent metallic burnt gold. Brewed with black tea and tangerine peel you can detect right from the get go. It has that herbal, citrusy quality that a Lipton tea bag might smell like. The taste heads straight to tangy. As my girlfriend said, “It really kicks you in the cheek!” A face full of fresh orange zest follows with zips of lime. The first fruit-focused layers blend into more starchy, earthy hints of wild rice and the dregs of tea leaves.

Also, Interesting Fact Alert: no hops were used in the making of this beer.

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Beer3Up

Spoiler alert: I did not get a ticket to Dark Lord Day. I did not have the pleasure of sharing and drinking beer with my fellow hopheads on what could possibly be considered the holiest of holy days on the beer drinker’s calendar. While I’ll wait another year to make my sacred journey to hollowed 3 Floyds ground I didn’t need a Willy Wonka Golden-esq Ticket to experience great beer last Saturday April 25th.

Thanks to fellow beer blogger Natasha from MetaCookbook and Karl, Co-founder of Guys Drinking Beer, I joined countless other thirsty Chicagoans during Beer3Up at Emporium in Wicker Park. Now in its third year, Beer3Up began when Natasha and bloggers Eric of Blah…Blah..BEER and Jeremy from SubBeerBia teamed up with Arcade Emporium to bring a beer event to the beer geeks who needed to wash away their Dark Lord woes in some doggone good Chicagoland beer.

Photo Courtesy of: Natasha from MetaCookbook

Photo Courtesy of: Natasha from MetaCookbook

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