EPISODE 17: PARTY OF THE YEAR —AND BREWER OF THE YEAR— is IN TRUCKEE, CA
The folks at Fifty Fifty Brewing Company won one medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Then they won another…and another. When all was said and done, they had won the title of Brewery Group Of The Year. Every year they hold a party to celebrate the release of their “Eclipse” stouts that arise from their base beer “Totality.”
This episode’s beer-guzzling connoisseurs Stephen “F’inn Group” Bohnet and Bob Moffitt see if blocking the sun is actually the source of rainbows/unicorns/glitter and co-founder Alicia Barr shows us how to open bottles covered in wax without impaling ourselves.
Bob: Sweet but balanced, lovely flavor, very smooth for such a high alcohol content. Missing chocolate is the only thing knocking it from excellent to VERY GOOD/EXCELLENT.
Stephen: EXCELLENT. Rich, dark, flavorful,
Alicia: It’s the Gula Jawa, obviously… What were you thinking it was? And the cocoa comes out as the beer warms.
Eclipse Woodford Bourbon Reserve Double Oak
Stephen: The oak makes this happen. Surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content. EXCELLENT
Bob: Balanced, singular enjoyable taste, stands up to the bourbon EXCELLENT/VERY GOOD.
Eclipse Basil Hayden Bourbon
Bob: The Totality did its best to stand up to the whiskey, but Basil Hayden hit it in the face and stole its lunch money. Your appreciation will depend on how boozy you like a stout. VERY GOOD/GOOD.
Stephen: Booze factor is higher than I’d like. Would prefer more oakiness. GOOD
Alicia: I prefer the younger Basil Hayden with more kick to the double oak Woodford.
Eclipse Salted Caramel
Stephen: It sits on your tongue a long, long time in a cool way. EXCELLENT
Bob: The salt and caramel totally hide the booze and not nearly as sweet as expected VERY GOOD/EXCELLENT
Alicia: Aged in salt and bourbon barrels. I like the complexity. It’s meant to be shared and discussed among friends.
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