Virgil’s Beer of the Week

Our good friend Virgil Dickerson from Suburban Home Records returns with another pick for our weekly segment known so beautifully and simply as: Virgil’s Beer of the Week.

Today Virgil gives us an overview of the beers shared at his monthly poker game, so get ready to learn a lot all at once.

Once a month, some friends and I get together to play poker. Our poker crew numbers around 8 or 9. Pretty much everyone in the crew are beer enthusiasts and bring either a six pack or a bomber of something they find interesting. It’s a great way to sample a lot of beers and not spend a ton of money.

Instead of one beer, I figured I’d share with you my thoughts on the bombers that were brought and give you an opportunity to identify the pint glass in the photo. Note that there are a few beers that I’ve already written about for Postcard Elba. If that is the case, there will be a link next to the beer where you can read more about that particular beer.

From Left to Right
Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Schmaltz Brewing He’Brew Vertical Jewbelation (link)
Lagunita’s Hop Stoopid
Bruery’s Saison De Lente
Avery/Russian River’s Collaboration not Litigation Ale (link)
Great Divide’s Grand Cru (link)
Homebrew Russian Imperial Stout w/ Espresso
Uerige Alt Bier

Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti
Great Divide is my hometown brewery and one of my favorite breweries in the world. Yeti is Great Divide’s Russian Imperial Stout and throughout the year, they brew several varieties. I celebrate all of the Yeti seasonals and next to the Espresso Oak Aged Yeti, this is my favorite. The beer pours blacker than black. It’s big, it’s strong, and it’s absolutely delicious. The beer is malty, sweet, and I just love what the oak does for most beers, especially this one. At 9.5 percent alcohol, I don’t typically drink this beer anywhere other than at my house.

Lagunita’s Hop Stoopid
Lagunita Brewery is probably my favorite West Coast brewery. They dabble in most styles and do them all well. From their Gnarly Wine to their Brown Sugar to this Hop Stoopid double IPA, you really can’t go wrong. This double IPA is huge with 102 IBUs and 8 percent alcohol. It smells of sticky hops and citrus. For as big as this beer is, it is very drinkable. And at $4.99 for a bomber, it’s probably the least expensive beer in its category. If I had to compare it to another double IPA, I’d say it reminds me most of the Russian River Pliny the Elder.

Bruery’s Saison De Lente
I’m relatively new to the world of Saisons. At this point, I use Great Divide’s Collette as my measuring stick by which I compare all other Saisons. When comparing the two, the Bruery’s is definitely a lot more sour. You’ve got the Belgian Yeast, some hoppiness, with some citrusy elements. The beer is dry and light and would make for a nice beer to have on a sunny day.

Homebrew Russian Imperial Stout w/ Espresso
This is the first homebrew I’ve ever made. I made it with my buddy Dylan Gibson with help from Brandon Proff and Zach Lowery. It’s a Russian Imperial Stout with espresso added at the 2nd fermentation. I’m not gonna review my own beer, but this one had been aging for a couple years.

Uerige Alt Bier
This is a beer that you can only get at the Uerige brewery in dusseldorf Germany. It was a real treat to have it to our poker night. It’s an alt beer, a style I wasn’t familiar with until this past week. It’s a style that dates back thousands of years, one that was abandoned by much of the country as brewing advanced, but certain populations continued to drink it. While there are alt beers available in the states, Germany and more specifically this brewery are best known for their alt bier. The beer pours an amber color and as far as taste goes, it’s a bit heavier than you might think, standing somewhere in between a brown ale and a dark ale. There’s a lot going on for a beer that clocks in at 4.5% ABV. While I enjoyed the beer and think highly of it, this beer got lost between sampling all the others. I look forward to trying this one another time when not trying so many other beers.

Contest: Like I’ve done before, I offer up a contest whereby you guess what pint glass is in the photo next to the Lagunitas’ Gnarly Wine. Correctly guess the glass and you can win a record of your choice from Suburban Home Records. Good Luck. Send your answers to One lucky winner will be drawn at random from the correct guesses.

If you want to send me beer for a future review, my address is 2000 Wadsworth Blvd #138, Lakewood, CO 80214.

Virgil Dickerson

Virgil Dickerson is the owner of Suburban Home Records. Support his beer passion by supporting his fabulous label by checking out one of these recent and upcoming SH releases.

Out Now:
Michael Dean Damron “Plea From a Ghost” LP/CD, Josh Small’s Juke LP/CD, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House “The Sounds of Dying” LP/CD, Two Cow Garage “Sweet Saint Me” LP/CD, Micah Schnabel “When The Stage Light Goes Dim” LP/CD

Coming Soon:
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground “Introducing” LP/CD, Under the Influence Volumes 1-10 dbl LP/CD, Drag the River “Hobos Demos/Chicken Demos” LP/CD, Ruiner/Attica Attica UTI 7″, Cheap Girls/Noise By Numbers UTI 7″, Dead to Me/Flatliners UTI 7″

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