Brewfus Rare Beer Party & #16 Space Monkey

Hey guys! Long time no blog!

It has been about a month since my last post, and a lot has happened!

  • I had my interview with Flying Dog and it was incredible! Best interview I had ever had. But alas, things didn't work out. That's OK though, I'm still super flattered I even got the chance to interview with them
  • I DID get a job with an engineering company, as a Structural Steel Designer!
  • I had an INCREDIBLE going away party hosted by Mark at Relic Brewing in Plainville, Ct
  • I moved to Baltimore!
Before I get to the latest review, I have to tell you about my going away party...or at least link you to people who can tell you about it. It was hosed by Mark, the owner of Connecticut's own, Relic Brewing, who did this out of the kindness of his own heart. He invited quite a few of my favorite people we interact with on Twitter, and a few new faces I had never spoken with before. I met a lot of great people, made some new friends and had the opportunity to drink some of the best beers I have ever had!

The generosity displayed by Mark and this group of people I have never met before, was completely overwhelming and very touching. It was an experience I will not soon forget, and hope to take part in again, but with a happier reason behind other than someone moving away. You can view a complete list of all the beers, put together by my friends at Brewing Some Fun. And my buddy, the quintessential Craft Brew Guy did a great write up that you can check out here

It was amazing, and I couldn't have been  happier with the outcome and to be able to share these amazing beers with the "who's who" in Connecticut Beer Geeks!

Believe it or not, there WAS a woman! She just got stuck taking the picture! Thanks Nikki! 

The starting line up!

At one point it seemed like the bottles were just endless! It was great!

My offering! New Glarus Belgian Red!!
The Tattooed Brewer, bottle inspecting!

The Beer Pope (in blue), educating and converting people no doubt.

Jeez, that was a review in its own right! But, seeing as I'm marking me return from my hiatus with this post, I must push forward! Quality and quantity, I got it all in SPADES!

The beer up for review today is Fegley's Brew Works Space Monkey, a raspberry saison! Sounds good, right? I love a good fruit beer, and saisons are really growing on me to be a favorite of the summer season this year! This was a gift from a good friend of mine. I was as excited to drink it as he was to give it to me!

Funny name, clever bottle art!

This beer pours nice, with a big ol' fluffy head! Color wise, its my favorite kind of hazy amber with pink tint. I didn't even have to get my nose in it before I could smell the tartness of the raspberry! Like a raspberry pie, or candy, or...something. The smell certainly was not hiding behind anything, straight raspberry assault on my favorite sense. Some people say they can smell yeast, I say some people are lying.

Sipping it, it was little drier than I was expecting. With a ton of bubbles, definitely a higher carbonation than I was expecting. And the tasted very artificial, almost chemical like. When I let it sit in my mouth for a bit, it tastes a little better. The raspberry is really the most overwhelming taste here. I think I was looking for something a bit more complex. No spice, I wasn't getting any hops really, and maybe a slight malt/grain taste, but really raspberry comes out swinging. It was...

...A bad beer. I'm sorry, but it was. I wouldn't drink this again, ever.

(Sorry Seth!)

I was told though, and I'm willing to try, that they DO make good beers! So I'll keep an eye out for some! Got any recommendations?

Fegly's Brew Works Space Monkey

Smell: 2/5
Appearance: 3.5/5
Taste: 1/5
Feel: 2/5

Overall: 2.125/5

This beer pairs well with whatever album you we're excited to listen to, and then was completely let down and crushed by it. Or Tool - 10,000 Days


Beers of Days Gone Past Part II

I personally like the idea of a short blurb about different beers I found notable, but couldn't be bothered to do a review of. My first attempt doesn't seem so wildly popular, with only 18 views. But that's ok, because I stand behind it! Lets see what I've been too lazy to write about!

Crush Beer from Napa Smith Brewery
I had only seen this once, so I bought it. And since
then, I haven't seen it again. I remember it
being very sweet and fizzy.
Three Philosophers from Ommegang
This is the first and only brew from them I've ever had.
It was an overwhelming assault on the taste buds. I had
a hard time finishing, but I would try them again

Ten Penny Ale from Olde Burnside Brewing

I remember enjoying this beer a lot more when I didn't
know much about beer. I'll still grab a growler
of it once in a while. Nostalgia, what can I say?
Dark Depths from Sam Adams

Never had a beer quite like it. It was the first of their
special 22oz bottles I ever picked up. I had full
intentions of writing a review for it...But...lazy