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Beer Trading Results

Michael Donato, January 06, 2015 -   

You may remember my post about how NOT to ship beer. I’m happy to report my shipment did in fact eventually get there, intact, in two separate boxes. Staples reimbursed me for the breakage in the original. It’s still expensive to ship beer, particularly from NY* to San Francisco, but it’s worth it every once in a while.

*okay, okay. NJ to San Francisco.

While I’m perfectly happy with this list (except, where’s the Pliny?!) I think I win in terms of beer quality. Maine Lunch, Founder’s Backwoods Bastard, Breakfast Stout.. Still, Russian River!

Brewery

Beer

Rating

BAR

Style

Russian River

Temptation

4.31

5.89

American Wild Ale

Russian River

Supplication

4.46

9.02

American Wild Ale

Russian River

Damnation

3.98

6.39

Belgian Blonde / Golden

Russian River

Redemption

3.83

3.71

Belgian Blonde / Golden

Anchor Steam

Big Leaf Maple

3.41

0.68

American Amber / Red Ale

Marin Brewing

Happy Holidaze

3.51

0.003

Winter Warmer

Marin Brewing

Old Dipsea Barleywine in Whiskey Barrel

3.78

0.12

American Barleywine

Uinta Brewing

Hop Notch IPA

3.84

4.10

American IPA

Shipyard Brewing

Export Ale

3.25

-0.16

American Blonde Ale

The Big Leaf Maple on this list is an aberration. It’s readily available everywhere though perhaps my friend didn’t realize that and wanted to included something local. That’s fine though, I do like that beer. Shipyard is also a little funny given the coastal nature of our trade, since it’s an east coast beer but I had one already and enjoyed it, so who am I to complain?

I’m trying to decide which order to drink the Russian River beers. The names clearly suggest an order. I was feeling Temptation first, and next I’m going to embark on some Supplication. That will clearly lead to Damnation, after which I’ll be hoping for some Redemption.

The results for the Marin Brewing company beers above are very small sample so they’re not to be taken too seriously. More important to me is that they come recommended. The Old Dipsea is aged in Whiskey barrels, though the results on Untappd/their website state bourbon. I think this is a newer edition. It’s won awards at the California State Fair as well.

I’ll happily drink and enjoy these beers over the next few weeks. Perhaps down the road I’ll trade again and remember to request all those Oregon beers I can’t get over here. I’m definitely kicking myself for not remembering to ask for Deschutes.

Michael can be found on Twitter and Untappd talking about beer, baseball, and everything.

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