I met up with my beer buddy Allen for a Sierra Nevada tasting at Table and Vine at 6pm on Wednesday but being unemployed I was off by one day. Well I told Allen I was sorry and said at least let me buy you a beer. So we went to Q Pin2’s and had a Peak Organic nut brown ale and bid each other goodbye seeing he would not be available for the next night. Next day I asking the Badassbeerwife who to call to go with me; and she said me so off we went. Maria started off the tasting conversation from Table and Vine and introduced Marty from Sierra Nevada who took over the rest of the night with only great thing to say about the brewery the workers there and the owner and his boss Ken. We got to sample their pale ale from cans and I could not tell the difference. We than went on to torpedo and there 4 brews from their beer camp series all from bottles. Marty did introduce Steve from Table & Vine that did participate in one of their Beer Camps. All samples were two once unless you were lucky to get a second go around. They started with Imperial Pilsner and onto Floral IPA then Imperial Red Ale and last Oatmeal Stout along with pretzels and their mustards that are made with their different brews. All were excellent but not enough for a fair taste write up so we bought the twelve sampler of the beer camp for a proper tasting at a later date. We drove home and walked down to Tavern Restaurant Westfield to see what was pouring. The wife found Pumking from Southern Tier and I enjoyed Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA and then Allagash Curieux. They had a one man band singing songs and we got to see Judy our favorite bartender there. It was a great long evening out.
Double Simcoe IPA pours hazy rust with good head and lots of sticky lacing. Nose of wet straw or a farm smell or pine cones? Taste is mouth pleasing lush hop biting with great bitter afterward. 9.0% on tap at Tavern Restaurant Westfield in pint glass 10/4/12.
Curieux "Bourbon Ale" pours hazy yellow with good head along with some sticky and sliding lacing. Nose of sweet strong wine. Taste is a little on the sweet side of a barley wine with alcohol tenancies. On tap at Tavern Restaurant Westfield in snifter glass 11.0% 10/4/12.
Marty from Sierra Nevada on the left and Maria from Table and Vine on right.