Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Craft Beer Crosscut 2.8.17: A Flight of Bliss

Ron Swarner


So you’ve stood atop the mountain and screamed your naked desires to the universe and you’ve had your share of barleywine-fueled hallucinations of images of the pagan goddesses in the sweat lodge and you have fever dreamed your way to what someone said might be nirvana but was more likely something akin to synapse epilepsy and you have asked your dreams and opened your heart and eaten the vegan bean sprout salads and cleansed your colon and detoxed in the tub 10,000 times and endured the self-help libraries and marinated your soul in the juices of desire and forgiveness and pain and love and you have come full circle and found that while life is in the details it’s also important not to sweat the small stuff and you’re left with this sort of karmic exhaustion wherein you just want to hunker down and quit trying all the damn workshops and clinics and healing centers and therapies and just shut up and have a craft beer sample flight of therapeutic-sounding craft beer then go home and watch Ken Burn’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and make love and feel the Mystery swirl. Or, simply hie thee to another Craft Beer Crosscut 2.8.17: A Flight of Bliss, honeychile, and follow the beer sample circle around for inner peace.

Dogfish-Head-Namaste-TacomaDogfish Head Namaste

4.8% ABV, 20 IBU

Peaks and Pints doesn’t do much yoga, but we assume this is the craft beer yogis shotgun after a class of perfect vinyasas. Dogfish Head‘s Namaste is a refreshing Belgian witbier, brewed with coriander and peppercorn, perfect for quenching your thirst after a strenuous session. Go yoga!

Silver-City-Nice-Day-IPA-TacomaSilver City Nice Day IPA

5.5% ABV, 45 IBU

Do you ever wake up and you remember all the stuff you have to do, and you just want to hide under the covers and not come out? Thoughts create emotions. Happy thoughts create happy emotions. It’s super simple but it’s so true — think about the things you love to do that make you happy. Peaks and Pints thinks about Silver City’s Nice Day IPA — It’s light orange rind aroma and hint of sweet spiciness. One sip effortlessly leads to another. Before I know it, we’re having another Nice Day.

Breakside-IPA-TacomaBreakside Feel Good IPA

6.8% ABV, 70 IBU

This copper-colored ale smells of citrus without being too citrusy, tastes of pine without being too piney, shows off its Citra and Chinook hops without being over-hopped and feels good because it’s pretty much perfectly balanced. It would almost be boring, if it weren’t so good.

Green-Flash-Tangerine-Soul-Style-IPA-TacomaGreen Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA

6.5% ABV, 75 IBU

What is “good” for the soul is life experience. The soul needs experience to grow and evolve. May we suggest bringing Green Flash’s Tangerine Soul Style IPA into your life. Bright aromas of mouthwatering orange cream ice cream and mimosas made with freshly squeezed oranges leap out of the glass. Flavors of freshly brewed tea with orange slices, slight freshly-dried orange peel, and medium lemon and grapefruit pith are evident upon the first sip, and moderate pine resin hop bitterness lead into a clean, low, white bread finish. The aftertaste is a dry, pleasant balance of grapefruit pith and pine resin. Your afterlife will be a balanced with plenty of orange character.

Evil-Twin-Yin-and-Yang-TacomaEvil Twin Yin & Yang

10% ABV, 100 IBU

The Tantric philosophy states there is nothing more fundamental in the Universe than the two types of energy YIN(-) and YANG(+). The whole Universal Manifestation is subject to the two opposed but complementary forces, lunar and solar, the centrifugal force and the centripetal force, the feminine and the masculine. We have no idea what that means, but we do know what Evil Twin Brewing’s Yin & Yang means. Evil Twin Brewing Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, a Danish brewer living in Brooklyn, New York. (His twin, yes identical twin, brother Mikkel Borg Bjergso, is also a respected and accomplished brewer still living in Denmark, brewing under the Mikkeller brand.) Evil Twin Yin arrived first in the Universe, a 10 percent ABV roasty, chocolate-heavy imperial stout. Yang arrived next, a 10 percent, hoppy imperial IPA. Yin & Yang is Jarnit-Bjergsø’s version of a traditional black and tan, with 33 percent Yin and 67 percent Yang, for the perfect balance.