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After a raucous night of tasting imperial stouts I managed to get out early in the morning (around 11am) and shlep over to Toronado for their 22nd anniversary. By the time I arrived there was quite a bit of a line, but luckily found Alex and Party Dan close to the entrance and joined them in line (thanks fellas!). Once in we had to wait some 30 minutes before getting the first beer as the crowd of beer geeks stampeded into the bar.  Like many, I was looking forward to Lost Abbey’s Cable Car blonde sour and that’s what I drank most of the day. The was many other special and rare releases, most of which I don’t remember, oh well. The Nelson IPA really stood out, it was amazing and holds up to Pliny any day. We sat in the rarely visited back area of Toronado, right next to the food. Steve brought in a bunch of Hawaiian BBQ which was awesome. Overall, a great day and can’t wait till next year.

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August, 2009 Tasting

Yeah I ‘ve been lagging in updating the blog, but here is a quick update about the August tasting. Although the theme was Imperial Stouts, we had to switch it up a bit to not overload the palate with all that sweet gooey thickness. We started with a run of the mill pasteurized lager fresh of the plane from Belarus, followed by a mystery homebrew from the back of my fridge. An excellent Berliner Weisse from Dogfish Head, Festina Peach, finished up the introduction. Next we went into the stouts starting with Rogue’s Chocolate Stout and then getting really into it with Deschutes Black Butte XXI and Alesmith Speedway Stout. Check out the tasting chart for ratings and the rest of the beers tasted through the night. Any theme suggestions for the next tasting?

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