While rummaging through my beer fridge earlier this afternoon I found a few bottles of “Juxtaposition” ; a 2009 Stone Brewing-Brew Dog-Cambridge Brewing collaboration beer. I believe this beer was brewed in the spring of 2009 and released in July. This beer was brewed by James Watt of Brew Dog, Mitch Steele of Stone Brewing and Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing. With such a talented trio, how could this beer be anything but brilliant?
My first taste of this beer was at the 2nd Saturday Stone Brewing event at Hamilton’s; a craft beer institution in San Diego that is famous for pouring super limited releases. The line was so long when I showed up that I had to call in the Cavalry, errr…. beer superhero Greg K. Minutes later I was escorted down an alley and through the back door to find the glistening Juxtaposition flowing from the tap. Different from any pilsner this beer lover had ever tried; I fell in love at first sip.
So here I am in February of 2011 pouring from a bottle that was stored at about 50 degrees for about 19 months. It pours sultry black with a two finger luscious head. The nose is that of roasted malts and an ever so faint touch of hops. It instantly brings a smile to my face as I breath in with closed eyes and an anxious palate. Anticipation is a beautiful thing; especially when we are referring to an impatient girl like me !
The first taste is of the same roasted malts found on the nose with a subtle bitterness and traces of vanilla and maple sugar on the finish. If I didn’t know better, I would swear this beer had been barrel aged. At 10% ABV, the alcohol is surprisingly subtle. There is a silkiness to the mouthfeel that makes me sigh…
Please note that this beer is better served closer to room temperature to appreciate the complex characteristics. I removed the bottle from my beer fridge before going for a 5 mile run. Suffice it to say I had my eye on the prize the entire way. The rain started pouring down on my last mile and all I could think of was pouring this beautiful beer – I broke an 8 minute mile. Now that is motivation
Cheers & Peace to all…
It is the Eve of Christmas for those who celebrate it and regardless of faith, this time of year is one when family and friends should be celebrated. I have personally struggled with my faith for many years but it does not preclude me from appreciating and respecting what the holidays mean for others! It has been years since I had a family to share the holidays with but I am blessed with fantastic people in my life who care about me as if I were family.
For those spending the holidays with family and loved ones, please remember to be patient and love them with all your heart. There will come a day when your memories will carry you through.
Today I celebrate by cooking a special dinner for some friends. I cook with love and nothing makes me happier than spending my time preparing for guests. The fridges(s) are stocked with the usual amount of amazing craft beer and I am thrilled to share any of these amazing selections with my friends. I am a tad bit obsessive with the beer collection so I think it’s good that some of the supply will be reduced today. I just can’t seem to help myself…IT all looks so delicious and I feel it is my personal duty to sample as many amazing selections as I can. Stop buying so much beer !
The "Beer-O-Temp" Selection
Note to self…”New Year’s Resolution #1″
The Prime Rib!
I am serving a beautiful 10 lb – 5 Bone Prime Rib purchased from Home Grown Meats in La Jolla. Please note that I reduced from a 7 Bone after I realized it would feed a small country! If you live in San Diego I highly recommend this place. The beef is locally, ethically & humanely raised. There are no hormones or antibiotics used. These are things that are very important to me when I make food choices.
Roast Potatoes - Brussel Sprouts - Winter Harvest Pilaf
In addition to the Prime Rib, I am serving a Simple Green Salad, Fingerling Potatoes roasted with onion, garlic and Herbs of Provence and roasted Brussel Sprouts! For those squincing face up in pain at the mention of brussel sprouts – I challenge you to taste mine. They are delicious and soooo good for you. There will also be a Winter Vegetable Rice Pilaf courtesy of Whole Foods! Hey…The Art of Beer only has so many hands!
The beer parings are to be determined when my guests arrive but suffice it to say I have all the bases covered! Rumor has it there will be a Brew Dog Tactical Nuclear Penguin tasting! For those picking themselves up off the floor…I’m sorry! I promise we will Tweet reviews later this evening — if we are still capable of typing that is!
For each of you I wish Love, Peace & Happiness for this Holiday Season! Remember to hug you family extra tight and tell them how much they mean to you! Today more than ever, I cherish the memory of mine…
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes!
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