Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Characters


He makes a killer Bananas Foster, gets teary-eyed when he hears the song “Ventura Highway” and has seen the movie Better Off Dead 11 times. He once did an oral report on the D.B. Cooper as a schoolchild and is currently the only eight-toed ecologist residing in Washington state. He became livid at his girlfriend when she decided that road-tripping to Burning Man with a bunch of his friends was more important than accompanying him to Utah for his uncle’s funeral, but he forgave her the following week when she bought him a boxed set of the best episodes of Miami Vice on VHS. The world is full of characters, including ones who inspire beer. Peaks and Pints salutes characters of the world with an in-house beer flight that we named Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Characters.

Peaks and Pints Beer Flight: Characters

Urban Family Dodgeball Sheriff

6.3% ABV

The rathole gymnasium of big lummox Peter LaFleur is up for grabs due to a tax snafu, so fitness impresario White Goodman schemes to buy him out — unless LaFleur’s clientele of weirdos and 90-pound weaklings can raise $50,000. Wouldn’t you know, the American Dodgeball Association of America is having its championship in Vegas, with a $50,000 jackpot? And the Dodgeball Sheriff will make sure no one goes nuts when hit in the nuts. Urban Family Brewing salutes the Dodgeball Sheriff — their latest release in their West Coast IPA series. It’s firmly bitter and citrus-forward IPA thanks to deputies Talus, Citra, and Idaho 7. The Dodgeball Sheriff rides into the gym with mostly clear, gold, a beautiful white foam, firmly in the bitter, medium bodied, plenty of hop character, and slightly sweet.

Vice DarthBlazer IPA

6.8% ABV

From 2008-2012, Vice Beer owner, Michael Perozzo, roamed the corridors of The Rose Garden as DarthBlazer — the Dark Lord of the Swish. Striking fear into the hearts of opponents, DarthBlazer, Free Throw Guy, Blazer Bruce, and The Dancing Lady would spur the Portland Trail Blazers on to victory. This has Galaxy hops. Duh. For a deeper background on Perozzo and DarthBlazer, tune-in the Grit & Grain Podcast Episode 70.

Great Notion Laser Wolf

7.1% ABV

You might think Great Notion Brewing’s Laser Wolf is a nod to the open-air, Israeli-style grill on Williamsburg’s Hoxton Hotel rooftop in Brooklyn, New York, but mostly likely it’s a nod to wolves with freakin’ laser beams attached to their heads. This hazy IPA is brewed with HBC 586, Mosaic, and the exciting new Luminosa from Indie Hops for citrus and stone fruit notes.

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

7.2% ABV, 100 IBU

The Arrogant Bastard Ale, brewed by Stone Brewery is without a doubt the rudest beer we have ever tasted.  The beer proclaims boldly “You’re Not Worthy”. That kind of trash talk from a beer might excited you to prove yourself worthy of the gnarly looking Gargoyle on the bottle. Arrogant Bastard is less-than-amber but more-than-pale IPA with a little “oomph” in the malt and hops department. The malt profile of Arrogant Bastard, while not overwhelming, has a good backbone of caramel, rich, and somewhat raisin-bread type toasty flavors. It has more richness than your standard IPA. This malt body is balanced with a very aggressive-tasting hop treatment using the Chinook, giving it a West Coast citrusy bitterness, but also contains a richer, herbal, and maybe even a bit of a “rough” pungent element.

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot

9.6% ABV

His footprint is huge. His cultural footprint is bigger. Whether or not you believe Bigfoot is plodding around the forests near the Sierra Nevada mountain range, there’s no denying the mythic cryptid’s presence in the city of Chico and the surrounding areas. Sierra Nevada Brewing’s cult classic Bigfoot was first brewed in 1983 and is one the best American barleywines being brewed today. Wildly hoppy — Chinook as bittering hops and Cascade, Centennial and Chinook for finishing hops — and balanced by a fierce malt backbone, this brew will age gracefully for years and years — much like the story behind that blurry photo you took that one time of something that could maybe probably be Bigfoot.

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