What Does Wine Enthusiast Know About Beer, Anyways?

2 02 2011

Apparently, more than me…much, much more. My Dad sent me an e-mail of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Top 25 Beers of 2010, which can be viewed here. What I learned from reading this piece: You and I have a lot of work to do! I believe I have tried about 2-3 of these beers (among them being #1! – I’m cool), and have heard of about 5-10 of the breweries.

The choices I am most interested in trying are the Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine Ale and the Alaskan Brewing Company Smoked Porter.

The Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine Ale intrigues me because I have had barleywine in the past, and had not been a big fan. If you haven’t had one before, it tastes very much like a bourbon (via the barrels it’s aged in – hence the name). Not high on drinkability for me, but maybe my tastes have developed.

The Alaskan Brewing Company Smoked Porter interests me because: 1) I have never heard of this company, and am excited to know that there is civilization up there and 2) Because it sounds like such a unique flavor experience. The article points out that the malts are the component that are smoked. Wonder if it would be good with my favorite food: BBQ? I’m assuming this will pose some difficulty in obtaining, but with a little effort, you never know, right? 

Have you had any of these? Which do you want to try? I can’t wait to try some of these and review them with you. Thanks Dad (I know your choice to try is going to be Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo)!




One response

2 02 2011

Just FYI, I have been trying to connect to Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine website all morning and it hasn’t been working (hopefully their problem and not mine). So, if you can’t connect to the link, try again later. Of course I didn’t save a copy of the PDF…you live and you learn.

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