Tuesday, I nestled up to a local watering hole, Good Bottle Co. for several different pours. The first and reason I dropped in was a Terrapin (Athens, GA) Wake-n-Bake oatmeal stout that was aged in a Bourbon filled Red Wine barrels. This was still on tap from the "Good Breakfast/Happy Birthday" event this past Saturday morning (along with AleSmith Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout). Back to the Terrapin brew, I could taste a lot of the bourbon up front with the red wine coming through as it moved towards the back of my mouth. Overall an excellent variation to a solid style.
I followed up the 9.4% Terrapin with Plumage from Fonta Flora (Morganton, NC). I had tasted this earlier this week, but wasn't able to get a full pour, so I went back in for more! Plumage is an Appalachian style Sahti with juniper branches. Super tart with a perfect balance of the juniper breaking through with each sip. Once again, Fonta Flora is killing it with their foraging beers!
Often while at local bottle shops various bottles get popped. Sometimes this is an organized bottle share or it could be random and you stumble into a great beer you normally wouldn't get to try. So, always put some bottles in your pack just in case you happen across a bottle share, this way you can bring something to the table. Today a friend of mine was partaking in a bottle share later that evening. He was generous enough to open a bottle with me. Persica Wild Wild Brett (aged in oak barrels with peaches) by Crooked Stave was the gem I was fortunate enough to try. This was my first rare release by Crooked Stave and it was not a disappointment. The peaches were very prominent throughout and the tartness was spot on! Thanks Fernandez! Other notable pours I had while at Good Bottle Co. were Splish (DIPA) by Grimm Artisanal Ales, Ammunition Horchata Dark Ale by Burial Beer Co., and Night Owl Pumpkin Ale by Elysian Brewing Co.