Thursday, December 8, 2011

Big Wood 2011


I just got home from the kickoff of the 2011 Big Wood fest at Brouwer's Cafe.  I attended this year's event with a few friends, so we could share our beers and have a chance to sample a larger portion of the available menu. 

Here is the full list of beers and prices at this year's Big Wood.  The selections I enjoyed today are in bold:

 All Beers are 12oz pours unless otherwise denoted:
Allagash Curieux .................................................... $7.00
Alpine Imperial Porter in Bourbon Barrels ........... $8.00
Anacotes BBN Imperial Stout ................................. $6.00
Anderson Valley BBN Gatlin Damnosis ................ $5.00
Avery Rumpkin (6oz) .............................................. $9.00
Big Time 2010 Bourbon/Oaked Old Rip ................ $5.00
Black Raven Gunbarrel Brl Aged Porter(nitro) .... $5.00
Boundary Bay Scotch Ale in Dry Fly Barrels ........ $5.00
Cantillion Framboise ’06 (6oz) .............................. $9.00
Cantillion Lou Pepe Kriek ’10 (6oz) ..................... $9.00
Deschutes Abyss ‘10 ............................................... $6.00
Diamond Knot Oaked Shipwreck XXXIPAcask ...... $5.00
Dogfish Head Burton Baton ................................... $8.00
Dogfish Head Palo Santo ....................................... $8.00
Double Mountian Wooden Nipple Belgian Triple . $7.00
Elliot Bay Bourbon Imperial Stout ....................... $6.00
Elysian Perseus Lost Sour ..................................... $6.00
Emielisse Jack Daniels BBN Stout ......................... $9.00
Firestone DBA ........................................................ $4.00
Firestone Velvet Merkin (unblended from barrel) .. $8.00
Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (6oz) .............. $8.00
Fremont B-Bomb .................................................... $6.00
Full Sail Black Gold ............................................... $7.00
Glacier Maker's Eisbock ......................................... $7.00
Great Divide Oaked Rumble IPA............................ $6.00
Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti ................................... $7.00
Hales BBN Way Heavy ........................................... $6.00
Hitachino Classic in Schneider Barrel ................... $9.00
HOD 2008 Fred Flanders ...................................... $8.00
HOD 2008 Michael ................................................ $8.00
HUB Barrel Aged Imperial Porter ......................... $7.00
JW Lees Calvados Wooden Firkin(6oz) ................ $9.00
JW Lees Sherry Wooden Firkin(6oz) ..................... $9.00
Laughing Dog BBN Dogfather ............................... $6.00
Left Hand Oaked Imperial Stout ............................ $5.00
Lost Abbey Ad-Lib ................................................. $9.00
Maritime BBN Imperial IPA ................................... $5.00
Maritime BBN Decompression Ale Cask ............... $6.00
Morte Subite Rouge ................................................ $8.00
Morte Subite Wit .................................................... $8.00
Nectar Black Xantus ............................................... $9.00
New Belgium Special La Follie Blend ................... $6.00
New Belgium Love in Wood Barrel @6pm ............ $5.00
Ninkasi Oaked Maiden Shade ................................ $6.00
North Sound BBN Imperial Porter ......................... $6.00
Oakshire Gin Barrel Saison .................................... $6.00
Pike Oaked Imperial Stout Firkin .......................... $6.00
Port Brewing Bourbon Santa’s Imperial Stout ....... $9.00
Port Townsend Barrel Aged Mabel’s Nitro............ $5.00
Russian River Supplication .................................... $8.00
Russian River Temptation ...................................... $8.00
Schooner Exact Hoppy The Woodsman .................. $6.00
Seven Seas Le Havre Belgium Winter In Oak ........ $5.00
Shmaltz Barrel-aged Blockhead ............................. $7.00
Sierra Nevada Oaked Triple ................................... $6.00
Silver City 2010 Fat Woody ................................... $5.00
Stone 2008 Elijah Craig IRS .................................. $6.00
The Bruery 3 French Hens ..................................... $7.00
Tilquin Geuze (6oz) ................................................ $9.00
Quite an impressive lineup, as you can see.  The standout selections from the offerings I sampled were:
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin (Unblended from the barrel) - rich and complex.  Subtly different from the blended versions I've had before.
Morte Subite Wit - with pleasant vanilla and citrus notes.  I'll have to see if I can find some of this in the botttle.  Yum!
Schooner Exact Hoppy The Woodsman - a dark, oak, bourbon barrel aged beer where the bourbon flavor really comes through.  One of my favorite winter beers this year.
Big Wood continues tomorrow and through the weekend but don't wait too long, because the best and most popular selections will run out fast. 
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.

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