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New Holland Dragon’s Milk White is Confounding in the Best Way

Regular old @newhollandbrew Dragons milk is a barrel aged imperial stout so imagine how my bullshit alarms went off when a barrel aged 6% white stout Dragons Milk White was announced. On paper it sounds insane, like when they create a sequel a decade later with none of the principal cast or crew straight to video. Thankfully the quirky misfit nature of this bizarre beer is actually charming. I don’t usually enjoy the genre blurring white stouts or black ipas or red whatever. If you tag a color adjective onto a preexisting Style you’re usually gonna have a bad time. BROWN STOUTS ARE HUGE. This beer doesn’t fit anywhere in a fun way. It’s frothy and has a nice gristy creaminess Akin to @noblealeworks Naughty Sauce [happy 44th anny Noble] but it does much more than that beer because it uses this tiny framework to showcase a ton of barrel sweetness and residual 50/50 bar. Orange hard candies and cream soda dominate, and it’s anyone’s guess as to where this flavor combo came from. The swallow is succinct and laconic, never overstaying itswelcome with that A&W soda cling. It’s a bevy of klunky soda gummy flavors but never becomes cloying. You can enjoy it without active contemplation and that’s fine. It isn’t some night ending experience like regular ass Dragons Milk if you chain a few of these together. This is innovation that sticks to a reasonable rubric and pays dividends through soft discretion. Excess in moderation. In the current climate of batter and purée enthusiasts, you can be led much further from Gods light. #stouts #craftbeer #michigan #instabeer #beerselfie #actualbeer

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Batch 36 of Malt Couture is now on draft with malt maven: John Laffler of Off Color Brewing!

In batch 36 we finish our polar vortex adventure with the fermentation legend John Laffler, inventor of bourben country and all Midwest beers. We talk @offcolorbrewing and mousetraps and SKUs and serf stouts, I make a grave Matilda err0r, and we record at 10am just to keep things lively. Also @thesloh shatters my mind telling me about a leprechaun that lives under a wrestling ring. Link in bio #beer #podcast #comedy #beerselfie #meme #chicago #craftbeer

http://bit.ly/JohnLafflerOffColorBrewing

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Root and Branch: Life and Fate I, parsing the bitter from the citrus

I’ve been silently watching @rootandbranchbrewing for a while now trying to wrap my head around their marketing and wondering what they were up to. It’s one part a guy telling you to read Heidegger and another part a woman extolling the sonic virtues of Pet Sounds, that soft voice and well meaning intentionality. This hazy follows in that same “low voice while sober/shouting while wasted” Williamsburg type of caricature. The entire experience is this goosetop mattress embrace of tangelo, sherbert, zested tangerine, and a wispy drag almost entirely bereft of any hop presence. I had this same issue with Hudson Valley with IPAs that are Hopped seemingly only at fermentation. These no bitter aspects and it seems to narrow its focus on fringe consumers, pushing a juice narrative for those outliers who “can’t stand IPAs” so you give them lemon meringue instead. What carries the day is the absolutely stellar mouthfeel and retention, a frothy cap of carb clings like those last polar bears in the face of global annihilation. Very refreshing. Webbing sheets and laces providing haunted house aesthetic and a silky crushed velvet swallow. It’s very good albeit perhaps missing the entire hoppy component that was initially the draw to this style, but I guess like functional linguistics the chowder ipa is a work of intersubjective progress we orally audit on a slurry basis.

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Ratio Beerworks Genius Wizard is an ambitious Colorado venture into ultra casking

@ratiobeerworks has thrown their hat into the increasingly crowded realm of Denver beer. I continue to love that city and their generous populace. Here we have Genius Wizard, an ultra casked 2 year imperial stout. It is relatively thin but not in a Baltic Porter way, more akin to a continental European execution. Roast and skoal, anise and molasses dominate. The saturation on the oak profile is excessive and at colder temps presents a mild astringency. It’s pretty good but lacks the heft to support such an ambitious oak profile and I think the 12 month version of this would provide more of a Goldilocks approach to what they are attempting. In all, pretty good, albeit not brownie paradigm shifting. #stout #cobeer #rarebeer #instabeer #colorado

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Booker’s 30th anniversary is incredible, cost of entry notwithstanding

It seemed like just yesterday Booker’s used to turd it up for $49 and now regular old rocket fuel ⛽️ Noesauce is $80+. And like a Metamucil fetishist, there’s far fewer dumps but they are more consistent. Then Booker’s 25th came along and people started getting wise to my old workhorse bourbon. B25 is one of my top ten favorite bourbons ever so imagine my nutsack elasticity when I heard five years had already passed: Booker’s 30 was here. People went into vapor lock when b25 was $110 but lick the staves in reverence to drop almost double that for b30, or quadruple that secondary. The machine of excess and diminishing returns hums along. Call bud light because I’m pretty sure they put corn 🌽 in this. I traded a 2015 Lot B for this and have zero regrets because it is exceptional and LOL to actually opening a Lot B amirite. The first pour of this lit up my chest like ET but subsequent drams have been amazing. This new bourbon was put together by mingling 9-year-old (70% of the blend) and 16-year-old (30% of the blend) but we are almost in a state where age statements don’t even indicate sheer quality thanks to Diageo. The 125pf drinks thinner and gentler than even the knob creek special releases, Darjeeling tea, peanut brittle, red hots, leather and construction paper, with a dry depth that feels like it’s old enough to vote. The mouthfeel is slick and oily with a hot tamales and nutmeg aspect. If GTS is a sinewy jock, this is its artistic younger brother. It swings harder than the bottles in the same realm let alone complete overhyped bottles like eagle rare 17 or Saz18 that cost twice as much. Some of y’all never grew up drinking cask strength Booker’s and it shows. #bookers #bourbon #anniversary #juice #whiskey #corn

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Batch 34 is a top 3 episode of Malt Couture for me.

http://bit.ly/PastryDawgs

I usually give you a recap of the episode as a sizzle reel, but this batch of @maltcoutureddb is probably top 3 for me. Nathan playing flag football, smoking crack at Characters, Matt Garcia from @homagebrewing as Rachel Leigh Cook: that’s the first 15 mins, and the @prairieales madness made for such a ridiculous episode. If you are here for the memes and never listen to the pod, this episode is damn good. Link in bio. #podcast #beer #craftbeer #rarebeer #instabeer #okbeer #comedy