Sierra Nevada is one of my favourite breweries and since it is winter now, I picked up some Celebration Ale. Now some people might make the criticism that almost all Sierra Nevada beers are the same, with different hop levels because they mostly go for the American IPA style so most of their beers are packed with grapefruit style citrus & pine etc. I for one don't care because I love the style. This does not disappoint and if anything is a little too drinkable considering it has an ABV of 6.8% which means I could knock back a good few bottles before I realised I have gone a little too far. I actually had this last year and loved it.
Brooklyn brewery is another favourite of mine, not least for their fantastic hoppy lager and especially for their chocolate stout. This time around I have something I have not tried before, their Pennant Ale which is an American take on an English Ale. Malty, biscuity, caramel, bitter.
This is a good take on the English style. It is funny reading some of the comments on Beer Advocate complaining that the beer is a little under carbonated for the style? It not only makes me laugh but also shed a tear as clearly these sorts of comments are not written by anyone who has ever actually had an English pale ale. If they did, they would be of the opinion that if anything, this beer is over carbonated for the style. Like Goldilocks, I thought it was just right.
Not an exciting beer, although perhaps a little more exciting than the game it is named after.... Even if Baseball probably did originate here in Ireland or somewhere in the UK, we found more fast paced and exciting games to play*. The English of course came up with Cricket, an utterly pointless game if ever I saw one. Sorry to my lovely English colleagues but a game that can go on for 5 days is just wrong. Although Ireland did beat Pakistan once resulting in the possible assassination of their coach. I can just imagine the shame as Ireland as a rule has no interest in Cricket.
Have a great weekend everyone. I am off to Cork tomorrow for the first Beoir meetup (AGM).
* I am actually not a Hurling fan, more because I just never got in to GAA games growing up than not liking it.