Sunday, December 30, 2012

THE BEERS OF 2012

While I may have both quit this blog once and "quit drinking beer" entirely twice in 2012, it remained a superlative year for weird and wonderful beer discoveries from around the world. My cranky curmudgeon moves and feints aside, I continue, and will continue, to attempt a role as beer documentarian to and for the world at large. I'm looking forward to 2013 being as amazing a year for new brewers and beer creations at this past one was, and I promise I'll be right there with ya slurping 'em down.

So let's take a look at the beers of 2012 that stood out for one reason or another, with the main reason usually being that they tasted good. Click on the links of #3-30 to see what we had to say about each:

1. TRAPPIST WESTVLETEREN "XII" "GIFT PACK" - Not since Y2K and The Fiscal Cliff has there been as much tomfoolery made about an approaching date as there was 12/12/12, the date this rare and sanctified Belgian monastery abbey ale finally sold outside of Belgium for the first and perhaps only time. The "brick", or "gift packs" of 6 bottles and two mini-goblets were snapped up before a hour had passed on the clock in just about every store they were sold in. Somehow I got one, and thank god it wasn't by parking my sleeping bag outside the night before. I drank one that evening, and just as it was amazing the first time I tried one, it's just as unforgettable and perfect now. As someone who loves bursting hype bubbles, I'm much more content to leave this one intact, because it is exceptionally well-earned.

2. SANTE ADAIRIUS RUSTIC ALES - "LOVE'S ARMOR" and everything else - Haven't even had time to write up a review of the phenomenal bottled "Love's Armor", a barrel-aged blend of the sour and the silky-smooth, but Beer Samizdat reviewers who wish to take stock of my feelings for this new Capitola, CA brewer can read my write-up here or read my interview with founder/brewer Tim Clifford here.

3. PERENNIAL/HALF ACRE - "PLAN B"
4. STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES - "DEBUTANTE"
5. STILLWATER ARTISANAL ALES - "DEBAUCHED"
6. BOOTLEGGER'S BREWERY - "RUSTIC RYE IPA"
7. SANTA CRUZ ALEWORKS - "CRUZ CONTROL RED"
8. LOGSDON FARMHOUSE ALES - "SEIZOEN BRETTA"
9. ALMANAC BEER CO. - "WINTER WIT"
10. JOLLY PUMPKIN - "BAUDELAIRE iO"
11. HAANDBRYGGERIET - "DOBBEL DRAM"
12. GOUDEN CAROLUS - "CUVEE VAN DE KAIZER BLAUW"
13. THE ALCHEMIST - "HEADY-TOPPER"
14. FIFTY FIFTY BREWING - "ECLIPSE (20-Year Elijah Craig version)"
15. RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING - "ROW 2, HILL 56"
16. MIKKELLER - "BARREL-AGED CHIPOTLE PORTER"
17. SURLY BREWING - "ABRASIVE ALE"
18. FIGUEROA MOUNTAIN BREWING - "DAVY BROWN ALE"
19. ALLAGASH BREWING - "VICTORIA ALE"
20. SIERRA NEVADA - "PERSIMMON FARMHOUSE ALE"
21. HERETIC BREWING - "EVIL TWIN"
22. MIKKELLER - "MONK'S BREW" 
23. SMUTTYNOSE BREWING - "REALLY OLD BROWN DOG"
24. LOST ABBEY/NEW BELGIUM - "MO' BETTA BRETTA" 
25. BIRRA DEL BORGO - "GENZIANA"
26. EAGLE ROCK BREWING - "JUBILEE"
27. ST. BERNARDUS - "TOKYO"
28. HAANBRYGGERIET - "ROYK UTEN ILD" 
29. ALMANAC BEER CO. - "BIERE DE MARS"
30. GREEN FLASH - "RAYON VERT"

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