Sunday Funday

16 Aug

Sunday was a beautiful day in my neighborhood. So, when I got a text from my friend Aaron, I was more than to willing ditch my laundry and head out the door to grab a few beers and a burger at a local joint, The Station Tavern. I’m a big fan of the Station, besides the fact that they have really tasty burgers and a small but good tap selection, my buddy Darrin works there. A friendly face and big hug makes any dining experience better. So, I met up with Aaron around 5, sat down and ordered a Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout from Anderson Valley Brewing. Chocolaty is the word that’s going to cover this beer. The color is a deep chocolaty brown, the aroma is smoky and chocolaty, and the taste was nice and chocolatey with a nice mild roasted taste as well. I had a few more beers and ended up coming back to this one.

After that I tried the Franziskaner Hefe Weissbier. Classic hefeweizen. A nice yeasty and spiced aroma, has a classic combination of clove and slight citrus with the banana-y end. Tasty.

Before heading back to the stout, the very kind bartender offered us a pint of New English Brown Ale, which was a mispour.  I wasn’t a huge fan of this one, it had an odd taste to it. Something nutty that had a sweet almost carmel-y finish, and that didn’t leave me with the most enjoyable aftertaste.

Weissbier, Brown Ale, and Oatmeal Stout

Three hours of great conversation later I finally said good-bye to Darrin and Aaron, and headed home. It was a fantastic Sunday evening…so far. By the time I got home I had a text from my best friend searching for someone to go to dinner with. So she and I walked over to Toronado to grab a sausage and a beer. I went with and Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine. This was a surprising beer. I guess I was expecting to get a lot more bitterness than I did. It was really crisp with a good amount of citrus and fruit, a nice hop snap, and very drinkable. Which can be dangerous considering it weighs in at something like 10% ABV. It was a nice end to a good day, and I slept like a baby last night.

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