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Last night I completed several weeks of rigorous training with a final work-out involving two bottles of Weyerbacher's Merry Monks' Ale.

I am now ready to take on the 2006 State College BrewExpo.

First stops will be

Weyerbacher Brewery
Brewery Ommegang
Dogfish Head
Selin's Grove Brewing

After that, I'll do what I can with the rest of the 60+ microbrewers and their 150+ different microbrews.


Jul. 25th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
It turned out that Unibroue had the most interesting tastes out of everything I tried at the Expo. In particular, the Ephemere Apple(a tart, crisp, apple-flavored ale spiced with coriander), Terrible (a sweet-spicy Abbey-style strong ale), and 15th Anniversary (another spicy-malty strong ale). I had forgotten how much I liked Unibroue's Trois Pistoles last year, so this year's tastings were a pleasant surprise. I would have tried more of their selection, but the line for Unibroue was the longest in the entire hall.

It's funny; I'm not super-keen on fruity ales such as the lambics (although I'll not turn down a framboise on a hot summer day!), I found the Unibroue ales were absolutely delicious. So much so, in fact, that earlier today I plopped down $75 at Pletcher's for a case of Terrible and $40-something for a case of the Ephemere.

I was particularly interested in trying new beers, but I did not mind sampling my tried-and-true favorites such as Duvel, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, and Dogfish Head 90-minute IPA. I was disappointed that Selin's Grove did not show up. Also, Ommegang's Rare Vos, which I missed trying last year, was a disappointment compared to their Three Philosopher's. I was saddened to discover today the Pletcher's is no longer carrying Three Philosopher's because the temporary help kept accidentally ringing it up as one of the less expensive Ommegang beers, so they were losing $20 a case. Sigh.