Hootenanny Ribs

Hootenanny Ribs
Perfection on my Traeger Pro 34 wood pellet grill

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Baker's Dozen For 2012

Reflection.  It is what we do at the end of each year/beginning of a new year.  2012 was another great year for trying new beers, meeting new friends, discovering new music, tasting new foods.  Of the nearly 400 new beers tried in 2012, these were the best.  Some had been on my Wish List for quite some time.  Others were total surprises or newly released brews.  Each left a lasting impression. 
  1. Russian River Supplication
  2. Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout
  3. New Glarus Serendipity
  4. Foothills Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout
  5. Fat Heads Head Hunter IPA
  6. Duchesse De Bourgogne
  7. Firestone Walker Parabola
  8. Sixpoint Resin
  9. Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
  10. Southern Tier Imperial Crème Brûlée Stout
  11. Deschutes The Dissident
  12. Thomas Creek Banana Split Chocolate Stout
  13. Van Twee

Quite a few different styles are on the list.  These beers came from different sources: friends that shared them at tastings, beer festivals, beer trades, out of state beer runs, gifts.  I have discovered that I am a Sour Head too.  I love those good sour beers; they are not for everyone but once you try the better ones you are hooked.  If you are hesitant to try a new style, find one of the more highly rated beers of the category that you want to try then give it a shot.  

Cheers!... And remember - good friends, good music and good food all make the beers taste better!