My friend Todd completely surprised me this week when the 3 bottles, comprising Samuel Adams' Barrel Room Collection, showed up on my front porch. Oh wow...this was cool, especially knowng they are only available in Boston and Denver.
These brews are all belgian styles and were aged in oak barrels imported from Europe.
As much as I would have loved to sampled all three in one night, I want them to last as long as I can. I'm guessing a week.
First up, I had the American Kriek. The Kriek was fermented with cherries, which explains completely why on my first taste I thought: lambic. Although I am not a huge lambic fan, I was immediately taken in by the Kriek.
Rightfully so, the Kriek has a full on cherry taste with the woody oak, and maybe a little pepper, lingering on the finish.
The tartness of the cherries danced on the tip of my tongue. It was fabulous.
As someone who is not a big fan of lambics, ironically SA's Cranberry Lambic no less, I absolutey loved the Kriek. It looks like I need to plan a trip to New England to have it again.
So, outside of an incredibly enjoyable beer from a craft brewer I completely love, what else was cool? This:
With the sun setting, the day's last rays of sun caught the clouds and created a beautiful sunset. The great sky was the perfect ceiling to grill by.
With the sun going down, my ribeye flaring up and the Kriek in my hand, I couldn't think of a more beautiful end to a perfect day.