Wednesday, September 10, 2008

BA Barleywine Meet-up

For the second straight month, Tim at The 5th Earl Market organized a Beer Advocate gathering for another tasting. The theme this month: barleywines! No better way to pass a late summer day in Atlanta.

The list:

Rogue Old Crustacean 2004
Alaskan Barleywine 2007
Bridgeport Old Knucklehead
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot 2004
Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6
Green Flash Barleywine
Smuttynose Barleywine 2005
Smuttynose Wheat Wine
Clipper City Below Decks
Dogwood Excellent Adventure Barleywine
Stone Old Guardian Vertical 2002 through 2007
Anchor Old Foghorn 2007
There may have been a couple others...

Some highlights: KP was quite generous to bring the Old Guardian vertical as well as extra cups for everyone so we could try all 6 vintages side by side. (My opinion was that the 2003 vintage was the best.) Few would be so generous but few have assembled a beer cellar as impressive as KP's.
Another treat was brought by Jordan Fleetwood, current brewer at Twain's Billiards and Tap in Decatur and former brewer at the defunct Dogwood Brewing Company. The Excellent Adventure Barleywine was one of the last (if not the last) beers brewed at Dogwood and to the best of my knowledge was not commercially released. It may have been the best beer of the night.
There wasn't a bad beer in the bunch. Thanks again to Tim for organizing and everybody for bringing the beer! Hopefully, this will continue to be a regular event.

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