I had a couple really good beers this evening at da Avenue Pub. Very different but extremely delicious.
First was the Rogue Brutal Bitter. Balanced but very flavorful, like an amped up ESB. I ended up getting a growler of it to take home. (hooray growlers!) An interesting beer to say the least. It's a cross between the hoppiness of an IPA and the smoothness of an ESB. Apparantly in recent releases it's been renamed "Brutal IPA" which I think is misleading, because as IPAs go, it's not brutal at all. "Brutal Bitter" sums up the style quite nicely, a bitter with some West Coast OOMPH. A delightful discovery!
The other beer of note that I had was the Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, a raspberry lambic from the very highly regarded Cantillon brewery in Belgium. These people make amazing beers, and I hope to drink more of them in the future. This particular beer is incredibly sophisticated, complex, and exploding with fruit notes and funk and amazing flavor. It's got an acidic sourness of raspberries and lemon, and it pours a beautiful deep rose color. It was an exciting beer and I was thrilled to be drinking it.
Speaking of exciting beer, I'm really looking forward to the Beers Not Bullets fundraiser- not just because I'm helping to organize it and it will be awesome - because of the awesome beers that will be coming out from Louisiana beer geeks' collection! Pliny the Elder, 2011 Three Floyds Dark Lord, Flossmoor Station Killer Kapowski, Ithaca Old Habit, Founders Centennial IPA, Bruery/Cigar City Maron Acidifie, Surly Coffee Bender, 2008 Alaskan Smoked Porter, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Sixpoint Bengali Tiger... and on and on it goes. Please to get your tickets, all 7 people who follow this blog!
Oof, I'm sleepy. Gonna go to bed and dream of Brutal Bitters and Cantillon the color of roses...