March 29, 2008
Well, the three-week whirlwind of travel has thankfully come to a close. As it stands, I have no travel currently scheduled, and all intents upon not going anywhere for at least 3 weeks.
Pennsylvania was a quick trip, and outside of the Vegas experience and picking up a few nice beers to bring home with me, largely not worth documenting in pictures.
Phoenix was a little bit more fun, got a chance to return to the Four Peaks Brewery, as well as an Irish Pub called Rula Bula. Both places are actually in Tempe, where our manufacturer’s rep have their offices.
Four Peaks Brewery
Four Peaks Beer List
Four Peaks Bar
Rula Bula Bar
Beers I brought back from PA and AZ. Left to right (Southern Tier IPA not pictured – i.e. already consumed)
Southern Tier Mike & Phin’s Extraordinary Ale, Southern Tier Raspberry Porter, Great Divide Titan IPA, Dogfish Head Raison D’Extra, Dogfish Head World Wide Stout, Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Breckenridge Agave Wheat, Magic Hat #9
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I was very pleased with the Agave Wheat. As previously mentioned, I’ve brewed an agave wheat, and it was atrocious. This one is very tasty. First, they based it off a Hefeweizen style, while mine is an American Wheat. The Hefe uses a much more flavorful yeast, and that adds a lot of beneficial flavors to balance the agave. Mine was a very clean/neutral beer, so the agave overpowered it. In addition, I think they used a MUCH smaller proportion of agave in the recipe than I did, which also helps to keep them from having the same sort of failure that I did.
I’ve got another 3 lbs of agave, so I might just have to add it to a hefeweizen instead, in order to finish off that bottle.
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