February 18th, 2006
Having a good week.
Came down here to NYC for business stuff thursday. Met the inimitable sun_set_bravely and freak1c for dinner thursday, super cool peepz yo. Work again friday, then tasty food friday evening. Now we're hanging out with prosicated's parents, I played music with her dad for abit, and then they took us to tour the Brooklyn Brewery this afternoon. whee!
Chillin on the couch with a laptop on wireless, listening to Alison Krauss, chattin with krues8dr. All in all, a good few days so far.
And I get to take Amtrak home on sunday! I love traveling by train!
what's the seasonal on draft or were the taps not open?
They had their Weisse, Fortitude (Belgian), Smoked Porter, Chocolate Stout, Pennant, Brown, Lager, and Pilsner on taps. First 4 aren't usually tapped, frist 3 are speciality, I don't know which they'd bill as seasonal, maybe the Porter? The Fortitude was super-young, noticably so, so maybe that's it.
I think the first four are all seasonals, but I'm not sure on the Weisse. The first three are draft only, which is I guess what they mean by specialty.
I haven't had the Fortitude. I am jealous. Garrett is truly the best European brewer in America.
The Fortitude was odd. Had a very metallic finish. I'm wondering if it was just too young, or if something went wrong.
On a hunch, I tossed in a bit of the Weisse (which the fortitude was basically a 9% version of) and the mix had a much better finish.
It just came out of tanks last week so I think it may simply need some time under it's belt.
I think he's a good brewer, but tends to be a little heavy-handed in the flavors. I don't know about best in the US.
Have you read his book "The Brewmaster's Table?" It's excellent.
The book is torture since I have neither all the foods or all the beers he talks about on hand.
I do think he's the best European brewer in the states. He certainly has the best consistency of quality. His porter tastes like a British porter. His Blanche tastes like a Belgian white. They may not taste like the best of the style, but they fit in with the natural/indigenious kind. They don't fit in with the American styles, which are either reined in or drowned in hops. I've always been a bit of an import snob, but Brooklyn tastes great when I want a more local change.
What time do y'all get home tomorrow? Is it super late or early in the day? I ask because I checked in on the kittens earlyish this morning, and was trying to decide if I need to check on them again tonight or perhaps tomorrow morning. Let me know if you get this at any useful point.
10 or so at night. If you could stick your head in that'd be awesome.
Will do. I'm glad I asked.