Sunday, September 16, 2007
Tales from the Road, part 2
Fortunately, the remainder of Saturday night was looking up. We stopped in for a couple of hours at party #1 and wound up at party #2 around 10pm. Party #2 was hosted by friends Greg and Paula. If you get out to beer events around the Philadelphia area or especially a Dogfish bocce event, you likely have run into Greg. He and Paula are great people and huge beer fans. So, it's our loss (but their gain) that they're moving to Luxembourg for a couple of years. You know, it's that little country next to Belgium. And, yeah, Germany and France are nearby too! There'll be a lot of good beer (wine, too) in store for them over there. I'm looking forward to hearing about their travels into Belgium. In the meantime, though, they needed to empty out their beer cellar. That's a tall order. You've got to see it to believe it. Beers to cover the world map and vintages to cover the last ten years or so. What kind of friends would we be if we didn't stop by and do our part to help drain the likes of Russian River (various batches) Beatification, Supplication, and Depuration. Their 20th anniversary brew for the Toronado surfaced from the cellar as well! There's a beer I never figured I'd get a taste of. How about various vintages of New Belgium La Folie? Yup. A half dozen styles of Cantillon? Check! New Glarus fruit beers? Of course. And one of my favorite Southampton's...Cuvee de Fleurs, yee ha! Westvleteren, well it was there, but we didn't tap into it. Heavyweights, Surlys, Alesmiths, Stones Dogfishes, Achels, Orvals, Averys, Rocheforts, St. Bernarduses, Rogues, just to name a few (oh my!) were printed up on a tasting menu for the party people. And, you know what? Shh, don't tell anyone, there's still some left. Maybe Greg will take me up on my offer to play caretaker for the leftovers ;-) Thanks Greg and Paula....look forward to seeing you soon.....here or in Europe!