On Monday, my family celebrated my twenty-fourth birthday. I was blessed with a wonderful time with my wife and kids, as well as dinner with my parents at our place the day before. I was given a grill, which I used to grill steaks (which turned out wonderfully, if I don’t say so myself.) To top it off, my beautiful made me a delicious cheesecake, as she does every year for my birthday.
There were other birthday enjoyments that I particularly wanted to share with you, my friends of barley and briar, as they are particularly pertinent to the subject matter of this here web-log of ours.
Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
I picked up a bottle of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA a while back with the intention of enjoying it on my birthday. I did pretty well- it turned out to be a birthday- eve beer.
Wow, what a great beer! This is one of Dogfish Head’s Imperial (or Double) IPAs. It’s continuously hopped for 90 minutes, ranks in at 90 IBUs, and the ABV is 9%. Yeah, that’s where the name comes from. 90 Minute is a wonderfully complex beer. There’s a strong hop presence on the nose. The flavor delivers a stronger malt backbone than expected, though, making this a very well balanced DIPA.
Perla Del Mar
A cigar aficionado I am not. Nonetheless, I picked one up from an area cigar shop on Saturday, and a birthday with nice weather seemed the perfect time to enjoy a stogie. Perla Del Mar, or Pearl of the Sea, is a Nicaraguan cigar, creamy and smooth, and rather pleasant. I am normally a pipe smoker, so I am not accustomed to cigar smoking. As you can see, I had an unfortunately uneven light. Very enjoyable, though.
Finally, the Chimay Tripel. Chimay is an authentic Trappist ale, meaning it is brewed by or under the direction of Trappist monks, on their monastery. This particular Trappist monastery is the Notre Dame de Scourmont Abbey in Belgium. Chimay Tripel is beautiful. I mean, it’s just incredible. I won’t say much here, though, as I hope to offer further reflections on this one later on.
Any way, cheers to you all! More posts forthcoming, I hope.