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A toast to Obama
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A toast to Obama

By Joe Ruvel · January 21st, 2009 · 2 Comments

Yesterday morning, just like at most companies, nobody at mine did any work. We sat around and watched as our new President – Barack Obama – talked about the hard times ahead and how we can all work together to get through them. He talked of hope and vision, pride and change. It is damn inspiring stuff if you ask me.

Last night – I wanted to toast Obama on his first day at work. Which beer should it be? Well I wanted an American Craft beer. I wanted something special – that I wouldn’t have every day. I looked through what I had on hand in the fridge and in the closet. I almost went with Russian River Blind Pig IPA because it is an honest IPA that has not pretense about it. But then I reconsidered because Blind Pig makes me think of the old administration.

I went with one of the rarer beers I had in the fridge – Lost Abbey Isabelle Proximus – a sour ale that was a collaborative effort between Tomme Arthur, Vinnie Cilurzo, Lorenzo Dabove, Rob Tod, Adam Avery and Sam Calagione. Besides being something special that I couldn’t have every day, I picked this beer because it was made by some of the biggest names in craft beer working together – having fun and creating. After a fun filled trip to Belgium the brewers came together to create a sour beer to be proud of.

In Tomme Arthur’s words:

“Somehow, we manage to get everyone on board and in November 2006  we are suddenly all reunited in San Marcos at Port Brewing.  We’ve gathered to make a run at immortality.  Or at the very least, we’ve gathered to drink Margaritas, watch women with questionable morals dance on our bar and all the while hope we won’t screw up a whole batch of beer.”


Hehe – i love it. If you have some time  – check out Tomme’s full post on this beer it is a good read. And how is the beer? A stellar sour beer. I am a big fan of most sours but this one is a bit more complex then some that I have had. A lot is going on in the beer. Light funk and lemon flavor mix with an almost creamyness (not usualy present in these kind of beers). The carbonation was great too – not too fizzy but still with a good white head. The finish was almost sweet – not like the tartness that greats you upfront. If you see this beer in a store or your friend’s closet – convince them to crack it and let you have a taste.


Tags: Tastings

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jasmine // Jan 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    “Blind Pig makes me think of the old administration” — HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 Luke E. // Jan 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Joe made a funny without using the words “your mom”!?

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