Rich, W. and K. were over last night and we tried out some more new and interesting beers. Upon my request, we started with a Belgian Ale flight as Belgian Ales are generally my favorite kind of beers. Not too bitter (hoppy), not too fruity, just enough spice and fruit to keep it interesting while still refreshing.
Next, we had a lovely dessert-esque stout flight:
Another discovery: I went to Bevmo, a large California chain liquor store, for the first time, which just opened about 5 minutes from my house. They had a really impressive beer selection (to me, a novice); about three aisles of mostly craft / imported beers. It was actually a lot better and bigger than Whole Food's selection, which is where I usually pick up my craft and imported beers. Prices were a lot more reasonable too; the Tripel usually goes for 11.99 at Whole Foods and was 9.99 at Bevmo. I was also impressed by their liquor selection; better than most wine stores. I didn't spend much time looking through it, but I'm not so impressed by their wine selection. They were having their famous 5 cent sale (buy a selected bottle, get a second for 5 cents), but I wasn't interested in any of the wines. They all seemed to be mass-produced wines; nothing intriguing to me. I've cut down a bit on my wine purchasing and generally buy from a small selection of mostly Pinot Noir mailing lists to maintain my allocations (this year, I only bought Kosta Browne, Rivers Marie, Sea Smoke, and Copain), or at wineries / vineyards during wine tasting. Otherwise, I buy everyday drinkers (<$12) from Costco (usually the Norton Malbec) or Wine House (usually Italian wines and sometimes South American wines).
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