A few weeks before the Super Bowl was to occur, I went on the Arizona Craft Beer Lovers (AZCBL) Facebook page asking if anyone was willing to host a beer tasting party on Super Bowl Sunday. Luckily, John Ziegler (part-time bartender at The Watering Hole in Chandler) stepped up to the challenge. And from there on things just kept getting better.…
The next best thing to happen in the quest for the best Super Bowl Party was when Ted Golden from Four Peaks Brewery donated two cases of Sunbru cans, one case of 8th Street Ale bottles, and a 5 gallon keg of Kiltlifter. A huge THANK YOU goes out to Ted for his unbelievable generosity to help make this Sunday a memorable one.
To make this experience that much better, John was able to procure a smoker for the day in which he smoked brats, chicken wings, and ribs. There was a ton of food available at this party and was way more than enough for the 50+ people that showed up throughout the night.
As you can tell by the main picture, there were a LOT of beers shared that night, including some homebrews not shown in the picture. Since there were so many beers I am just going to go through them randomly. I will start off with the highlight of the evening: All 12 Stone Collaboration beers (pictured to the left). A big Thank You to Brandon Hurst for sharing this vertical with everyone. In order from their release dates we have Belgian Style Tripel Ale 2008 (Stone/AleSmith/Mikkeller), Special Holdiay Ale 2008 (Stone/Jolly Pumpkin/Nogne O), Juxtaposition Black Pilsner 2009 (Stone/BrewDog/Cambridge), Kona Coffee Macadamia Coconut Porter 2009 (Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt), El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale 2010 (Stone/Firestone Walker/21st Amendment), Saison du BUFF 2010 (Stone/Dogfish Head/Victory) San Diego County Session Ale 2010 (Stone/Ballast Point/Kelsey McNair), Highway 78 Scotch Ale 2011 (Stone/Green Flash/Pizza Port Carlsbad), Japanese Green Tea IPA 2011 (Stone/Baird/Ishii), Cherry Chocolate Stout 2011 (Stone/Troegs/Jason Fields & Kevin Sheppard), La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado 2011 (Stone/Bruery/Elysian), and finally More Brown Than Black IPA 2011 (Stone/Ninkasi/The Alchemist). Also making an appearance was the Stone/Brewdog Collaboration Bashah. Of all these collaborations my favorites were the Juxtaposition, Green Tea IPA, Coconut Porter, More Brown Than Black IPA, and Session Ale.
I know I keep repeating myself when I say this, but yet another great part about this tasting party was the homebrew that people brought to share. Sean and Kat Morrill brought some of their homebrews with names, descriptions, and stats. Beers included a Double IPA, Black IPA, Cream Ale, Weizenbock, and a Scotch Ale. All were very enjoyable and the BIPA seemed to be a huge hit with everyone. Chris Soper also brought a growler of his Honey Amber Ale, also very delicious. A couple more people were nice enough to share their hard work with everyone as well.
Now its time to list a few more beers from this tasting starting with some beers from Epic Brewery in Utah. Galloway Porter, Elder Brett, and Big Bad Baptist were brought by 3 different people. The Porter was very nice for its style. The Elder Brett was a very interesting beer which had some funk and sour to it but in a very good way. Then there is the Big Bad Baptist, an Imperial Coffee Stout. If you really like coffee, this is the beer for you. I can also say I don’t drink coffee at all, but love it when its in a beer. The aroma and flavor is so amazing. Find some if you get the chance. A few Dogfish Head beers were represented which included 120 Minute IPA (2011), Ta Henket (newest Ancient Ale), and 90 Minute IPA. Another treat were some beers from Avery, which no longer distributes to AZ for now. These beers were Brabant (a sour/wild ale), The Beast Grand Cru (2008), and Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale (2006). Holy crap those beers were fantastic after some aging.
Some other special beers that we got to try that are not distributed to AZ were Victory’s Golden Monkey, Philadelphia Brewery’s Winter Wunder and Shackamaximum, Surly Abrasive, Hangar 24 Columbus IPA, and New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk (2011). Yet again, all of these beers were very enjoyable, highlighted by Surly’s Abrasive DIPA, New Holland’s Dragon’s Milk, and Philadelphia’s Winter Wunder.
And finally the list of the remaining beers: Firestone Walker XV Anniversary; Ballast Point Victory At Sea; Deschutes Black Butte XXIII, Jubelale (2011), The Abyss (2011), and Fresh Hop Mirror Pond; Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Grand Cru and Ovila Quad; Sam Adams Infinium (2011) and Tasman Red; North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XIV; Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela; Stillwater Folklore; Nogne O Holy Smoke and Special Holiday Ale; Saison du Pont; Evil Twin Disco Beer; Uinta Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner; Stone Vertical Epic 08−08−08; 3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek.
So obviously it was a lot of fun at this party and the last thing left to do is my Thank You list, at least I won’t have music trying to hurry me up and cut me off. First off, thanks to John Ziegler for volunteering to host this event, you did a fantastic job. Next, another thank you to Ted Golden for providing us with some great local beers. And finally a thank you goes out to all the AZCBL and East Valley Beer Posse (EVBP) that showed up and contributed to this amazing beer tasting such as Bryan Myron (Brew Bro), Sean and Kat Morrill, Chris Soper, Daniel Greener, Tim Weable, Ryan Durr, Heather Hurley, Debi Denice, Brandon Hurst, James and Susana Swann, Matt Elliott, Krystal Bittner, Paul Hoerner, Christy Strohl, Ben Smith, and Scott Fleisher. If I missed you I apologize but a huge thank you to all of you as well. This was one of the best beer tastings and parties I have ever had the pleasure being a part of and I can’t wait until next Super Bowl for another great event. Cheers!!!