My beer man snuck me a free Enjoy By because it was past the expiration date. I felt dirty drinking it, but it was probably still an above-average beer. I gave it 3.5 stars, calling it about average. But we need more star increments so we can deliberate these sorts of questions.
Part of the reason I felt dirty is because it was the new year and I also still want to be at my best, drink my best in January. But then again I totally raided my beer fridge for the holidays and just sent out two trades --
Modern Times Fortunate Island hoppy wheat,
Modern Times Black House coffee stout,
Hair of Dog Blue Dot IPA,
Tilquin Squared Gueze,
Crooked Stave Surette sour,
Almanac Citrus Sour
Hardywood Gingerbread Stout,
Cantillon de Gambrinus,
Off Color Scurry,
DC Brau Stone of Arbroath,
Devil's Backbone Wood Aged Kilt Flasher,
Monocacy Brewtus coffee imperial stout,
Bells Expedition Stout,
and then in a different trade
my 50/50 Old Conundrum wood aged barleywine,
Sequoia Triple Hopped General Sherman IPA,
Port Brewing Barrel Aged Santa's Little Helper,
Jester King Witchmaker,
Logsdon Far West Vlaming,
Almanac Dogpatch Strawberry sour,
Almanac Dark Pumpkin sour,
and a Drake's 1500
Maine Mean Old Tom,
Sixpoint Sensi Harvest,
Founders Harvest Ale,
Victory Harvest Ale,
Lawson's/Otter Creak Double Dose IPA,
2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout Backyard Rye.
How did I do?)
-- and so I only have a couple nice beers around the house. I went to the beer store and restocked of course (Grapefruit Sculpin, 2014 Deschutes Abyss, Anchorage/Jolly Pumpkin Calabaza Boreal, but also sixers of Green Flash Mosaic Session, Iron Fist Nelson, and an alcoholic Ginger Beer that I'm nervous about because sixers). And I wasn't supposed to spend much money but I did.
Point is. Here I was, having gone through those exhausting trades for such great beer, and I was drinking a free expired Enjoy By. Oops.
Happy New Year!
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