This Week in Beer (TWIB) is a feature where I’ll highlight some craft beers I had during this past week mixed with some related (and unrelated) thoughts. Yes, it’s a play on the name of the show This Week in Baseball which I grew up on and loved.
Port City Downtown Pilsner
With the warm weather here to stay, I decided to pick up something refreshing. I found a six-pack of Port City’s limited release Downtown Pilsner at the Wine’ing Butcher and scooped it up. After a long week and a great dinner I realized I had downed four of them in succession. It has a crisp flavor made from 100% Pilsner malt and 100% Saaz hops and is highly sessionable at 4.8% ABV. Pick this beer up while it lasts.
Hardywood Chocolate Heat
Hardywood is a newer brewery in Richmond, Virginia. My wonderful wife grabbed their Chocolate Heat and Bourbon Sidamo for me when she there recently. Chocolate Heat is a Double Chocolate Milk Stout that is brewed with local chile peppers (including habanero peppers!!).
I’ve had a few “peppered” beers before and would rank this one pretty high on the list. The heat was apparent but didn’t completely overtake the chocolatey-maltiness. I can’t wait to open the Bourbon Sidamo…
Saturday my wife and I hosted our first event in our new home we called Hoppy Birthday and Happy Home. It was a great success that I could have never pulled off alone. My wife spent the two previous days prepping and cooking while I kept worrying if we had enough beer (which we did).
Craft beer was not at a shortage
New Belgium Trippel
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Bell’s Winter White Ale
Blue Point Toasted Lager
Anchor Steam Beer
Port City Monumental IPA
Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Troegs Java Head Stout
Bold Rock Virginia Apple Cider
Harpoon UFO Hefeweizen
Port City Optimal Wit
No one left hungry
Beer Bread made with Leffe Blond
Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Dip made with Breckenridge Lucky U IPA
Buffalo Chicken Bites made with Stone IPA
Praline Bacon with stout coating made with Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Cheddar and Cottage Mac & Cheese
Hosting always makes me anxious but this went off without a hitch. I’m excited to host more and have some good ideas for next time.