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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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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Photo Courtsey of: My Beer Buzz

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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From the Fridge: Hitachino Nest

A series where I try 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 half-marathoners (13.1 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:

Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale

Purchased at: Whole Foods Lincoln Park

Size:

ABV: 7%

Style: Specialty Grain

“Miles” (aka Rate): 3.0

Pour out of the bottle. Cloudy, almost dark pink peppercorn in appearance. Immediate aromas like Champagne. Bubbles explode through the head of the beer packing intense flavors of dragonberry, marionberry, and raspberry. The experience reminds me of a kid in a candy store dipping his hands and nose into bin after bin of fruity sucker sweets.

The most interesting quality of this beer might be the sounds it makes. You can literally hear the snap, crackle, and pop coming from the carbonation in the fizz and foam.

The flavors of this Red Rice Ale brewed with a special red rice cultured in Ancient Japan (as it says on the label) do not leave my tongue wanting for words. Having said that the flavor combination can be a bit weird at times. Deep purple plum and apple butter notes interlock like tectonic plates with funky almost sour fermented mash territories. I’m reminded of corn husks, huitalacoche or masa tortillas on the Spanish spectrum. Then I remember it is an Asian beer and ingredients like sticky rice and red bean paste come to mind. This ale is an earthquake of sometimes competing and yet sometimes oddly complementing tastes.

Fruit…then rice…fruit…then starch…fruit than dough.

I can best describe it as like taking a bite of jam and then a mouthful of rice pudding.

This beer is worth trying simply to experience the odd flavors. The beer doesn’t quite come together, but does prove for a flavor-provoking pint.

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From the Fridge

Have you seen my refrigerator lately? Beer lines 3/4th of the shelves. No joke here is what’s in my fridge right now: I’ve got a six pack of Fuel Café Coffee Stout from Lakefront Brewery, fruits of a Whole Foods shopping trip–Solemn Oath Man vs Internet Belgo-American Double Red Ale and Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale, Picks from the $8.99 craft beer sale section at Target that I just could not avoid when I walked in (I mean a 4 pack of Ommegang Rare Vos, Brewery Vivant Farmhouse tallboys, and a 6-pack of 21st Ammedment To Hell or High Watermelon for $8.99 each), I have a variety pack from New Glarus courtesy of my trip to Madison now almost 2 months ago, birthday beers from my coworkers–Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose (oh man I forgot I still have some Anderson Valley Winter Solstice in the back corner from the winter)–and Duchesse De Bourgogne!! and lastly four bottles of beer accrued in the Portland airport to remind me of the beervana I shortly had to leave.

In order to avoid the “cellaring” death spiral  I often fall into I’ve created a new series I’m calling From the Fridge. Each week I’ll showcase a different beer from inside the chilly halls of my icebox. Not only will this force me to drink the beer, but it will give me a chance to really think about, focus, and write on the flavors of one beer at a time.

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Beer overflowing the middle two shelves of my fridge….

 

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…And spilling over into the door! I mean I feel like I’m on a version of Craft Beer Cribs.

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