On a recent trip to Colorado for work, I traveled fully prepared – half-empty suitcase, and plenty of bubble wrap for purchases. When we reached Colorado Springs, my coworkers asked what we should all do for the evening – I immediately mentioned that I had mapped out the nearest beer stores. Off I strode to a recommended spot, Downtown Fine Wine & Spirits. Having done my research ahead of time, I knew that they had a decent selection, and also sold make-your-own six packs. Once I explained to the owner that I was from VA and trying to find some great options that I wouldn’t be able to get at home, he sprung into action. In a generous mood, he broke apart a pre-made sampler back from Pikes Peak Brewing Co, which allowed me to select two of their offerings. Upon my return home, I first broke open the Devils Head Red. A dark caramel color, I was automatically expecting a hoppy red. However, this one was far more mellow.
…I was complaining to my husband one day about the state of beer, and being the encyclopedia of all things epicurean, he bowed his head in Yoda like fashion and began to speak. With our refrigerator full of PBR and Miller High Life, I could not believe what he was saying. We had a full bar and a wonderful wine collection but the beer in our fridge was, let’s face it, garbage. He explained the brewing process, how they grew hops, what beers you can age and what you can’t. “Why didn’t you tell me about this before?” “I didn’t want to waste money on something we weren’t going to be able to enjoy together.” I thought it was so sweet that he cared enough to think about our budget and my palate. And I was angry as hell. Knowing my “thirst” for knowledge, he let me wallow in my own ignorance.
November 15th is Resolute Day. Three Brothers puts out their infamous Resolute Barrel Aged Imperial Stout annually and it’s a huge event. Not only are they one of our favorite breweries, but this is the beer that put them on the map. Beth and I will be standing in line on Saturday to be one of the first recipients of this amazing beer. Join us in Harrisonburg if you dare!!!! We hope to see you there. If not, well, we’ll tell you how it went.