Well here we are, 500 posts after I first started this blog at the end of 2008. It seems longer than 4 years ago that I first started this blog. My first post was actually January 15th, 2009 and chronicled my first brewing attempt which failed because the kit was crap. I reckon the supplied yeast was dead. From then on, I often used purchased yeast instead of whatever came in the kit and as soon as I could, I moved to extract and then all grain brewing.
Of course this blog is not just about brewing, in fact most of the time I write about beers I have tried, beer festivals, pubs or anything beer related. Sometimes I just shite on about random stuff.
I'm happy I have kept going with the blog. It has gotten me a lot of attention in the beer world that I would not enjoy otherwise. Everything from free beer to trips away, though the most rewarding thing is the feeling I get as I see my unique pageviews increase from readers all over the world reading what I write.
It would have been nice to have my 500th post on the date of my first blog post, 4 years later but that would involve not posting for 2 months so I will have to make do with today.
It's hard to believe that about 115,000 or more people have visited this blog since I started, or at least since google added analytics to blogger which was well after I started it. OK perhaps not 115k people, many would be repeat visitors but still, it's a nice feeling that about 5000 (give or take) visitors read every month.
Anyway, back to a normal programming. I came across a new White Gypsy beer in drinkstore the other day. This one is a 7.5% ABV APA.
Just like the recent Dopplebock and Rusian Imperial Stout releases, this one is again in a 750ml bottle and costs about €8. I might not have actually done a review of the other two, I don't think I did other than a mention on the Irish craft beerfest article. Anyway the dopplebock is nice enough but not something I would bother with again, there is nothing wrong with it other than being somewhat dull. The imperial stout on the other hand is beautiful and well worth buying if you are a stout lover.
So on to the new American Pale Ale. White Gypsy has a pale ale called Emerald that is made with Irish malt and Irish hops grown by the brewer. This is not emerald though as American hops are in evidence from the strong grapefruit notes. I'm guessing cascade was used among other hops. There is a nice caramel base with a lingering bitter finish. It's not a patch on many a similar ABV American pale ale but it's still a lovely beer. I would have liked some more aroma hops as the aroma was somewhat lacking.
It's great to see a strong Irish made APA though and I would like to see it appear on tap around the country. Perhaps served from a 355ml glass and costing €4.50 or so. I don't think serving by the pint is practical for a beer this strong, though I will happy take one if offered.
I'm still waiting for an Irish brewer to make a strong APA/IPA that blows me away and is on par with the likes of Russian River Pliny the Elder or Bells Two Hearted or many of the other fantastic APAs available in the US.
Thanks for reading and here's hoping I will see the 1000 post mark in a few years.