Birthday Beer Haul Part 1

Today is my birthday, and it’s the big 3-0.  For a very brief period of time I was actually dreading the day that I turn 30.  I can honestly say it really isn’t that bad so far.  My best friend Matt’s 30th birthday is tomorrow.  Our wives planned an awesome birthday celebration for us that was yesterday.  I’m sure my darling wife will be blogging about it soon. 🙂  There was lots of good food, friends and family.  You really couldn’t ask for anything more!  Hey, we even got to beat the crap out of a piñata!

I received a couple of gift certificates to one of my favorite beverage shops, Murphy’s Beverage in Old Town Winchester.  Today, I made a trip downtown to spend one of the certificates.

From left to right: 21st Amendment Brewery Black IPA, Founder’s Centennial IPA, Trappistes Rochefort 8, Fuller’s London Pride, Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen and Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head Life and Limb. I think I did pretty well for spending one of my gift certificates! 🙂

Until next time, Happy brewing/drinking!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale

Fall, one of my favorite times of year is fast approaching. With Autumn approaching that also means it’s time for Fall seasonal beers! First up on the list is Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler Brown Ale.  I love the description of this beer:

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

For malts, they use Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked. Their hop bill includes Challenger for bittering, and Challenger & Yakima Goldings for finishing. This beer weighs in at 5.5% alcohol by volume.

This beer pours a lovely dark brown color with a white head.  The carbonation level is medium, with a full mouthfeel.  With the aroma, I pick up nice bready and malty notes. The taste is definitely malt forward with bready notes and towards the end I pick up a little chocolate. At the very end, I pick up a little bit on the hops. I always love Sierra Nevada’s interpretation of beer styles. This is a very solid American Brown Ale. I highly recommend picking up this beer at the store!

My Wife’s reaction to the beer sums it up the best: “Mmmm, it tastes like fall!”