So as a follow up to The Little Woody, I thought I’d give some of the highlights of the beers I was able to try. I may go back today, as I was not able to get to everything I was interested in (BBC’s Sour Outback X … I thoroughly enjoyed Tonya’s sour offering at last year’s event, but events conspired against me this year).
- The Woodcutter [Three Creeks]: Somewhat assertive hop presence, but drinkable if you’re “afraid” of the hops. A bit of a twang to it (from the Pinot barrel-aged barleywine they used?), with some solid barrel wood character.
- Super Nebula [Block 15]: Sweet Lord!!!! For me, this was the star of the beers I tried.
- Wonka’s Wit [Block 15]: Another hit! This is a refreshingly sour wheat beer. Orange peel and coriander … tart and crisp … so good!
- Berliner Weisse [Deschutes]: One word … delicious. You don’t get too many opportunities to drink this style, so if you like the sour beers, make sure to hit this one up. I think it’s a great representation of the style. I spoke with Jason Randles from the brewery, and he let me know they’re serving it at the pub, traditionally (with a choice of flavored syrups to stand up against the sourness). I prefer it without, and thought it was awesome.
New this year was a Bourbon tasting for an additional charge of $30.00 for 6 tastes. They are shorter pours, but added up, you get a decent amount for the enjoyment of drinking your Bourbon’s inside the historic schoolhouse, in a comfortable room. All in all, there are some pretty tasty Bourbons to try … I really enjoyed the Jefferson’s, the Evan Williams Single Barrel. Friends I was with would also chime in with the repeat performer Basil Hayden’s
Here’s an additional fun little bit of something … my wife and I were interviewed, and it was put up on the Little Woody Facebook page.