Kirby's Dreamland

Name's Kirby. 23 Y.O. Writer. Tea/Beer/Wine/Fiction = Passion
Catching up on a little afternoon reading with some green tea. Gotta make sure I’m ready for my Monday Brewday; the first all-grain brew of my career. 
#beer #craftbeer #book #reading #greentea #education #passion #brewing #homebrewing

Catching up on a little afternoon reading with some green tea. Gotta make sure I’m ready for my Monday Brewday; the first all-grain brew of my career.
#beer #craftbeer #book #reading #greentea #education #passion #brewing #homebrewing

Doing a little side-by-side vintage tasting. 2014 vs 2010. It’s amazing how much smoother and delicious the 2010 is. Blows the fresh bottle out of the water. Caramel, toffee, port/sherry, soft carbonation and a nice tannic wine presence. Boys and girls, don’t age beer unless you’ve tried it first. This is one to age. It is so good. 
#beer #alcohol #craftbeer #age #vintage #2014 #2010 #oldale #oldstock #northcoast #california #sidebyside #delicious

Doing a little side-by-side vintage tasting. 2014 vs 2010. It’s amazing how much smoother and delicious the 2010 is. Blows the fresh bottle out of the water. Caramel, toffee, port/sherry, soft carbonation and a nice tannic wine presence. Boys and girls, don’t age beer unless you’ve tried it first. This is one to age. It is so good.
#beer #alcohol #craftbeer #age #vintage #2014 #2010 #oldale #oldstock #northcoast #california #sidebyside #delicious

yes…yes…yes…YES!
Finally, this beer is in my clutches. I have waited months and months to finally try this beer and that time is NOW! So delicious. One if the best Saisons I have ever drunk. nom nom nom!
#beer #craftbeer #drinkcraftbeer #hillfarmstead #saision #brothersoigné #vermont #alcohol #delicious #liquid #beverage #bloodorange #lime #properglassware

yes…yes…yes…YES!
Finally, this beer is in my clutches. I have waited months and months to finally try this beer and that time is NOW! So delicious. One if the best Saisons I have ever drunk. nom nom nom!
#beer #craftbeer #drinkcraftbeer #hillfarmstead #saision #brothersoigné #vermont #alcohol #delicious #liquid #beverage #bloodorange #lime #properglassware

This beer has been speaking to me while I sleep, begging me to drink it. Tonight was the night. Light body, highly carbonated, brisk tartness and mild funk. Very ‘cider-like’ in terms of flavor and appearance. Malolactic acid gives off some apple characteristics. Just an all-around easy, tasty beer. Nothing crazy or life-changing.  
#beer #hillfarmstead #vermont #saision #honey #sour #delicious #alcohol #craftbeer #drinkcraftbeer #properglassware #personalwhales #farmhouseale

This beer has been speaking to me while I sleep, begging me to drink it. Tonight was the night. Light body, highly carbonated, brisk tartness and mild funk. Very ‘cider-like’ in terms of flavor and appearance. Malolactic acid gives off some apple characteristics. Just an all-around easy, tasty beer. Nothing crazy or life-changing.
#beer #hillfarmstead #vermont #saision #honey #sour #delicious #alcohol #craftbeer #drinkcraftbeer #properglassware #personalwhales #farmhouseale

Well, the wait is over…

THE LOGO FOR MY BREWERY IS FINISHED!

It will definitely see a few more edits and revisions, but for the time-being, this is what I am going to use for my website, business cards, etc.

Oh wait…that’s right…I haven’t told anyone. Yes, I am trying to start a brewery in my hometown of Dayton, TN at the end of this year. It will be a 3,200 square foot brewery, outdoor beer garden and 50 seat restaurant. I am in the process of going through Fundable.com for help with raising funds, so once the campaign is launched in the next few weeks I will have 60 days to raise the money I need.

So, now that I have your attention, I suppose you’d like to know why I chose Monkey Town Brewing Co. Back in 1925, there was a huge court case over the teaching of evolution in schools know as the Scopes Monkey Trial in the town where the brewery will be. After that point, the town was known as Monkey Town, TN and I wanted to keep the memory of that day alive in the name of my brewery and to immortalize the name of the town where I grew up. 

The brewery will be INSANELY small. I mean, it will be .5-2 BBL small. I will have 2-4 beers on tap in the brewery, as well as the restaurant next door. We will have a full bar, but also have around 10 beers from different breweries on tap and try to rotate them frequently. The food will be gourmet yet simple and fast, with dinner service featuring 3-5 specials that will change with a level of frequency. 

In terms of the Fundable account that we will use to raise funds, it is VERY similar to Kickstarter how pledging a certain amount of money will get you a certain reward. 

For those of you that do not know about Kickstarter/Fundable, we will have a goal in terms of money we want to raise. We will have different pledge amounts, like $10, $25, $50 all the way to $10,000. Every amount will have a reward coupled to it. $10 will get you a couple brewery stickers and coasters. $25 will get you a special pint glass. $50 will get you a shirt. $10,000 will get you free beer for life, the opportunity to design and brew a batch of beer with me and then once it is ready, we will host a catered party to release it. 

If you would like to pledge money and get a reward, message me on here and I will help guide you to the profile once it is created. Hopefully people will be as excited as I am about this business venture and donate enough for me to make my dream a reality. 

Cheers!

Well, the wait is over…

THE LOGO FOR MY BREWERY IS FINISHED!

It will definitely see a few more edits and revisions, but for the time-being, this is what I am going to use for my website, business cards, etc.

Oh wait…that’s right…I haven’t told anyone. Yes, I am trying to start a brewery in my hometown of Dayton, TN at the end of this year. It will be a 3,200 square foot brewery, outdoor beer garden and 50 seat restaurant. I am in the process of going through Fundable.com for help with raising funds, so once the campaign is launched in the next few weeks I will have 60 days to raise the money I need.

So, now that I have your attention, I suppose you’d like to know why I chose Monkey Town Brewing Co. Back in 1925, there was a huge court case over the teaching of evolution in schools know as the Scopes Monkey Trial in the town where the brewery will be. After that point, the town was known as Monkey Town, TN and I wanted to keep the memory of that day alive in the name of my brewery and to immortalize the name of the town where I grew up.

The brewery will be INSANELY small. I mean, it will be .5-2 BBL small. I will have 2-4 beers on tap in the brewery, as well as the restaurant next door. We will have a full bar, but also have around 10 beers from different breweries on tap and try to rotate them frequently. The food will be gourmet yet simple and fast, with dinner service featuring 3-5 specials that will change with a level of frequency.

In terms of the Fundable account that we will use to raise funds, it is VERY similar to Kickstarter how pledging a certain amount of money will get you a certain reward.

For those of you that do not know about Kickstarter/Fundable, we will have a goal in terms of money we want to raise. We will have different pledge amounts, like $10, $25, $50 all the way to $10,000. Every amount will have a reward coupled to it. $10 will get you a couple brewery stickers and coasters. $25 will get you a special pint glass. $50 will get you a shirt. $10,000 will get you free beer for life, the opportunity to design and brew a batch of beer with me and then once it is ready, we will host a catered party to release it.

If you would like to pledge money and get a reward, message me on here and I will help guide you to the profile once it is created. Hopefully people will be as excited as I am about this business venture and donate enough for me to make my dream a reality.

Cheers!

What? Chris Angel is evolving! Chris Angel evolved into Black Angel!

Beer: Black Angel / Cherry Wild Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels / 6.6%

Brewery: Wicked Weed / Asheville, NC

Age: 4-6 months?

Verdict: Highly Drinkable 

General Comments

Seeing as how the number of friends I have that appreciate craft beer is quite slim, I am forced to crack open these cellar gems and drink them myself. Wait, that sounds like I am complaining…

Either way, this has been burning a hole in my cellar for quite some time now and I am happy to report that today is the day that I behead this bad boy. Wicked Weed is an amazing brewery in the great state of North Carolina. They brew all kinds of styles, but it is their sour program that has garnered the love and attention of beer advocates from all across the country. They seem to release hit after hit. This was one of their first bottle offerings in the way of sours, and comes with a reputation that is made up of nothing but accolades and praise.

So, without further ado…

Release the Crackin!

On to the Aroma!

Seeing as how this was aged in bourbon barrels, the presence of the barrel is very apparent. Vanilla, bourbon, coconut and oak all combine to showcase the dwelling that this beer spent time in. It is also brewed with tart cherries, and seeing as how it is a sour, it certainly does not fail to deliver. Tart cherries, citric acid in the form of lemon juice and acetic acid in the form of apple and balsamic vinegar shock the nostrils and tell them to wake up. As it warms, the barrel becomes even more pronounced and it starts to smell like a sour stout instead of a sour aged in bourbon barrels. There is also a presence of Greek yogurt, which is quite dry and slightly sour. It is quite complex.

Bottom Line: apple and balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, lactic acid, greek yogurt, graham cracker. 

On to the Taste!

The flavor follows the aroma to the letter. Tart cherries attack the palate in the beginning, but on the finish is where the wonderful barrel presence makes itself known. Wow, I feel like I have just taken a sip of a bourbon barrel stout. Seriously, the bourbon presence is that prevalent. But it works. The vanilla, oak, graham cracker and coconut meld with the cherries to form a positively scrumptious liquid ambrosia. Slight vinous qualities please the wine-drinker in me, and the drying finish keeps any sweetness from taking over and destroying drinkability. This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting sours I have drunk in a long time. 

Bottom Line: see aroma

On to the Verdict!

This beer is a hit for me. It is tart yet not sour and the bourbon is present yet not abrasive. It is all about subtlety. It makes you sit for a minute and smack your lips, inhale and exhale to try and coax out the flavors that have imbedded themselves in the pores of your palate. I have nothing but praise for Wicked Weed and have to say this is probably my favorite sour from them. Truly delicious stuff.

Cheers!
What? Chris Angel is evolving! Chris Angel evolved into Black Angel!

Beer: Black Angel / Cherry Wild Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels / 6.6%

Brewery: Wicked Weed / Asheville, NC

Age: 4-6 months?

Verdict: Highly Drinkable

General Comments

Seeing as how the number of friends I have that appreciate craft beer is quite slim, I am forced to crack open these cellar gems and drink them myself. Wait, that sounds like I am complaining…

Either way, this has been burning a hole in my cellar for quite some time now and I am happy to report that today is the day that I behead this bad boy. Wicked Weed is an amazing brewery in the great state of North Carolina. They brew all kinds of styles, but it is their sour program that has garnered the love and attention of beer advocates from all across the country. They seem to release hit after hit. This was one of their first bottle offerings in the way of sours, and comes with a reputation that is made up of nothing but accolades and praise.

So, without further ado…

Release the Crackin!

On to the Aroma!

Seeing as how this was aged in bourbon barrels, the presence of the barrel is very apparent. Vanilla, bourbon, coconut and oak all combine to showcase the dwelling that this beer spent time in. It is also brewed with tart cherries, and seeing as how it is a sour, it certainly does not fail to deliver. Tart cherries, citric acid in the form of lemon juice and acetic acid in the form of apple and balsamic vinegar shock the nostrils and tell them to wake up. As it warms, the barrel becomes even more pronounced and it starts to smell like a sour stout instead of a sour aged in bourbon barrels. There is also a presence of Greek yogurt, which is quite dry and slightly sour. It is quite complex.

Bottom Line: apple and balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut, lactic acid, greek yogurt, graham cracker.

On to the Taste!

The flavor follows the aroma to the letter. Tart cherries attack the palate in the beginning, but on the finish is where the wonderful barrel presence makes itself known. Wow, I feel like I have just taken a sip of a bourbon barrel stout. Seriously, the bourbon presence is that prevalent. But it works. The vanilla, oak, graham cracker and coconut meld with the cherries to form a positively scrumptious liquid ambrosia. Slight vinous qualities please the wine-drinker in me, and the drying finish keeps any sweetness from taking over and destroying drinkability. This is one of the most enjoyable and interesting sours I have drunk in a long time.

Bottom Line: see aroma

On to the Verdict!

This beer is a hit for me. It is tart yet not sour and the bourbon is present yet not abrasive. It is all about subtlety. It makes you sit for a minute and smack your lips, inhale and exhale to try and coax out the flavors that have imbedded themselves in the pores of your palate. I have nothing but praise for Wicked Weed and have to say this is probably my favorite sour from them. Truly delicious stuff.

Cheers!

Age this in bourbon barrels and it would kick the HOLY crap out of BCBCS. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. SO MUCH COFFEE!
#stout #beer #coffee #treehousebrewing #growler #dayoff #daydrinking #alcohol #craftbeer #beer #drinkcraftbeer

Age this in bourbon barrels and it would kick the HOLY crap out of BCBCS. One of the best stouts I’ve ever had. SO MUCH COFFEE!
#stout #beer #coffee #treehousebrewing #growler #dayoff #daydrinking #alcohol #craftbeer #beer #drinkcraftbeer

Nothing like getting a care package from an awesome trading friend. Totally unsolicited. Just a ‘hit me back whenever, bro’ message. Another HUGE want ticked off. Missed this at both beer festivals I have been to. Definitely worthy of the hype.

Nothing like getting a care package from an awesome trading friend. Totally unsolicited. Just a ‘hit me back whenever, bro’ message. Another HUGE want ticked off. Missed this at both beer festivals I have been to. Definitely worthy of the hype.

And so, it is with a heavy heart and a light wallet that I un-boxed my last box of the summer (…except those growlers that are coming Monday…). This trade has been in the works for the last 3 months and I have to say deez Loons will fit in nicely with their new brothers and sisters in my basement.

And so, it is with a heavy heart and a light wallet that I un-boxed my last box of the summer (…except those growlers that are coming Monday…). This trade has been in the works for the last 3 months and I have to say deez Loons will fit in nicely with their new brothers and sisters in my basement.

Ahhhh, nothin like a little local flavor.

Ahhhh, nothin like a little local flavor.