Well, I've come to a decision. I get two six-packs of beer per week from the brewery. Now, I love the beer we make, but I'm a beer drinker who likes to try new things. And, as a beer professional, I need to be well versed in the flavours of many beer styles and breweries products. I can't really do that if I'm limiting myself to what beer I can get for free.
So, from now on I'm be giving away pretty much most of my two six-packs per week (I usually give away at least one anyway) to whoever I can (mostly friends really).
I will then go back to buying beers I haven't tried before. The closest liquor store to me actually has a pretty good selection of micro brews and foreign beers. I can afford it after all, and hell is part of my professional development anyway!
I just bought Flying Dog's Scottish Porter and St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout. Oddly enough, I've never tried the oatmeal stout before, despite it being a very good beer apparently. I'm drinking the Scottish porter right now. Its odd, really. Indeed a cross between a Scottish beer and a porter. There seem to be two layers... one of a malty sweetness that is in the forefront at first. After several seconds the aftertaste becomes slowly more dry. There is a roast barley or black malt flavour throughout, which gets stronger about a second or two after the sip and then fades. I can feel a mild bitterness on my tongue (which may be mostly from the roasted grains), but can taste or smell very little hop flavour or aroma if any.
Best beer awards ceremony. Ever.
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