Carnage: Taking Back the Basement in 2008

Just a few of the smaller bottles

Just a few of the smaller bottles

It was a great evening to host a party in the yard on Saturday night. People brought great food, and some even added to the beer line-up. Thanks especially to Sean for the tenderloin, Jen for the cake, Karen for the tortes, Frank for the pizza, Marcie for chocolate, David & Sara for the salad, Adam & Kate for the awesome bread and dip, Ffej & Brandi for the chips and hummus (but not for those hot, hot peppers!) – these were just a few of my favorite things!

I don’t have time to do a full report, but thought I should give a little update to those of you who are following my campaign to Take Back the Basement in 2008. I’m losing, but our guests that evening, including our guest of honor (Jerry) and our dear friend Pam, helped go through bottles of the following:

  1. Supplication (Russian River Brewing, CA)
  2. Vortex II (Pisgah Brewing, NC)
  3. The Mad Elf Ale (Tröegs Brewing, PA)
  4. Pale Ale (Tröegs Brewing, PA)
  5. Christmas Ale (Abita Brewing, LA)
  6. Light Ale (Sprecher, WI)
  7. Germania (Eder & Heylands Brauerei, Germany)
  8. Gratitude (East End Brewing, PA)
  9. Black Marlin Porter (Ballast Point Brewing, CA)
  10. Hop-15 Ale (Port Brewing Co, CA)
  11. Happy Ending (SweetWater Brewing, GA)
  12. Infusco (Rock Art Brewery, VT)
  13. Hoptimus Prime – Double IPA (Legacy Brewing, PA)
  14. Gemini (Southern Tier Brewing, NY)
  15. Crème Brulee (Southern Tier Brewing, NY)
  16. Grand Cru (AleSmith Brewing, CA)
  17. Speedway Stout (AleSmith Brewing, CA)
  18. YuleSmith Holiday Ale (AleSmith Brewing, CA)
  19. Guldenberg Belgian Abbey Beer (Brouwerij De Ranke, Belgium)
  20. Stateside IPA (Mikkeller, Denmark)
  21. TEN (Ithaca Beer, NY)
  22. Redbach (Brouwerij Rodenbach N.V., Belgium)
  23. Anniversary Ale Part Deux 2007 – Grapefruit (Short’s Brewing, MI)
  24. Brown Ale (Duck Rabbit Brewing, NC)
  25. Domaine DuPage French Style Country Ale (Two Brothers Brewing, IL)
  26. Cane & Ebel (Two Brothers Brewing, IL)
  27. Cold Mountain Winter Ale (Highland Brewing, NC)
  28. Oatmeal Porter (Highland Brewing, NC)
  29. Wisconsin Belgian Red (New Glarus Brewing, WI)
  30. Raspberry Tart (New Glarus Brewing, WI)
  31. Hearty Hop (New Glarus Brewing, WI)
  32. Berliner Weiss – Unplugged (New Glarus Brewing, WI)
  33. Rübæus (Founder’s Brewing, MI)
  34. Breakfast Stout (Founder’s Brewing, MI)
  35. Red’s Rye (Founder’s Brewing, MI)
  36. Gorch Fock (Three Floyd’s Brewing, IN)
  37. Dreadnaught (Three Floyd’s Brewing, IN)
  38. Oaked Arrogant Bastard (Stone Brewing, CA)
  39. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (Brauerei Weihenstephan, Germany)
  40. Phoenix Pale Ale (Sly Fox Brewing, PA)
  41. American (Pittsburgh Brewing, PA)
  42. Eleven – Triple IPA (Weyerbacher Brewing, PA)
  43. Hopslam (Bells Brewing, MI)
  44. Winter White Ale (Bells Brewing, MI)
  45. Hop-ocalypse (Clay Pipe Brewing, MD)
  46. Sterkens Dubbel Ale (Brouwerij Sterkens N.V., Belgium)
  47. Gavroche (Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre, France)
  48. Fred (Hair of the Dog, OR)

We started with a “bobbing for beer” bucket, where there were some real winners, and some real losers. D called it “Dip & Deal,” and people were allowed to trade if they could talk someone into drinking a beer they would rather not have (someone actually drank the American which we own to use as a compost starter!) After that, we attempted to share the range of selected bottles among everyone interested.

Check out this line-up!

Check out this line-up!

The beer of the night was definitely Vortex II from Pisgah, which we compared to Speedway Stout from AleSmith, but still preferred the former.

Another top-rated beer was Crème Brulee from Southern Tier – some of us finding that it went perfectly with the torte (even dipping the torte in the beer…a bit extreme for me!) Two of my favorites were the Redbach (supplied by Karen) and the Anniversary Ale Part Deux 2007 – Grapefruit Version, which is apparently a bourbon double IPA.

But wait...there's more!

But wait...there's more!

Thanks to Brandi’s help getting the dishes and food put away, I was able to get myself out of bed and off to HersheyPark in the morning for a full day of roller coasters (where we rode in the front seat of every one!) Despite the carnage, I don’t think anyone was too bad off!


2 responses

  1. You mean #7 and #41? They are on there! But thanks for trying…

    I know there are some missing from the list, and I’m hoping some party attendees chime in. Can we get it up to 50?

    Marcie and Sean sent a note letting me know their favorites were New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Pisgah Vortex II, respectively.

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