Thursday, February 25, 2010
Beer of the Week
Monk's Blood, 21st Amendment Brewery.
Most recently available on draught at Churchkey in DC, whose Feb 17 update is linked here: http://www.churchkeydc.com/documents/CK_DRAFT_02_17_2010.pdf
This is a strongish (8.3%), dark, Belgian-style ale brewed with 8 different malts, Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and dried local black mission figs. It's oak aged, and very unique. It's unique in that it has just a slightly sweet edge that increases its appeal for the "average" drinker in a way that the typical Belgian dark ale doesn't really quite pull off.
The brew is by 21st Amendment Brewery, http://www.21st-amendment.com/, out of San Francisco. They doggedly stick to serving craft beer in a can, which is a bit unique.
Of note also is their Hell or High Watermelon Wheat, which is actually a not-as-sweet-and-girly-as-it-sounds summery brew I am pretty fond of (and my GF is even more fond of). Careful note on all of their brews, though - it's almost impossible to tell age properly when it's in a can, and if you get a skunky one WATCH OUT, as it is craft beer and doesn't hold age as tolerably as simpler light pilsners. If you can find it on draught somewhere you're in luck!
Posted by Mike Brandt; mvbrandt@gmail at 11:19 AM
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Awesome Beer man. I am lucky enough to have a smuggling ring that gets me beers from the Bay Area to Texas often. Cheers!ReplyDelete