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Oddbits: Tasting aged Anderson Valley Imperial IPA, New Year’s Eve dinner at Monk’s Kettle,

By William Brand
Tuesday, December 30th, 2008 at 5:09 pm in Uncategorized.

I paid attention to one of this blog’s posters who said Anderson Valley is planning a new edition of its 20th anniversary Imperial IPA,. so the other night I poured my last bottle. It has been in my beer fridge for about 10 months and was brewed in late fall, 2007, I believe.

Damn, it was a mind blower. The kind of beer that made California craft beer famous. Rich malt aroma, full mouth feels and hops to die for in the fallow. Excellent beer, the best from Anderson Valley in a long time.

Moving along..there’s a three-hour, New Year’s Eve Blowout dinner tomorrow night at Monk’s Kettle, 3141 16th St. in the MIssion in San Francisco, $95. Call 415-865-9523. Here’s the menu, prepared by Chef Kevin Kroger. Dinner starts at 9 p.m., ends with Brut Noir toast at midnight.

1st Course: Portobello Mushroom Soup, featuring Malheur 10°, Gruyere Crostini, Truffle Oil. Beer pairing: Malheur 10° – Belgian Tripel (10.0% ABV)

2nd Course: Parmesan Risotto Crusted Loch Duart Salmon, Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce featuring Malheur Brut, Sauteed Broccolini Beer pairing: Malheur Brut – Bière de Champagne (11.0% ABV)

3rd Course: Malheur 12° Brined Pork Tenderloin, Cheddar Scallion Potato Cake, Caramelized Parsnips and Brussel Sprouts, Chanterelle Mushroom Veloute featuring Malheur 12°. Beer pairing: Malheur 12° – Belgian Quadrupel (12.0% ABV)

4th Course: Chocolate Fondant Cake featuring Malheur Brut Noir with Crème Anglaise. Beer pairing: Malheur Brut Noir (Black Chocolate) – Bière de Champagne (12.0% ABV).

Moving along… if you live down in Southern California, Stone, 1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido, is going to open its tanks tomorrow, Dec. 31, 2008 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. for growler fills. Tanks that will be available, Company Store Supervisor Erick Gordon says, are:

    — 2008 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, Stone 08.08.08 Vertical Epic Ale, 2008 Double Bastard Ale, Sawyer’s Triple (100% or Sawyer’s Triple fills goes to charity!),
    — Stone Supercalibelgolistic Ale, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA

    If you got a chance to try Schneider and Brooklyner Hopfen Weiss****, the 8.2 percent,85 IBU collaboration between Brookyn Brewing brewmaster Garrett Oliver and  Schneider (Germany) brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler, here’s some good news. Ed Chainey who represents Schneider in the Bay Area says they’ve brewed another batch and we can expect to see it in the Bay Area around March, 2009. Now that is something to put on your calendar. It’s a phenomenal beer.

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Parting shot…I got this video the other day from New Belgium in Fort Collins, CO. showing them adding new conditioning tanks at the brewery. In the video, the suckers look f-ng huge. So Iasked. They are indeed huge: New Belgium says each is 46 feet high and hold 2,220 hectoliters (1,874.4 barrels). They’ve been placed on a building 60 feet high.

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  • http:/// Mario (Brewed For Thought)

    It’s amazing that you can still actually find bottles of the 20th Anniversary in some stores. In fact, I think I may look for some this weekend. Excellent beer.

  • jeff


    Monument Liquors still has a bunch of bottles of the Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA for sale if you need to replenish. They also still have a bunch of Firestone 12 and even a couple bottles of Firestone 11 for purchase. The latter’s purchase price is pretty high at 45.00 but nowhere else that I know of that still has the 11. Cheers.

  • William Brand

    Firestone 11 – $45!! Holy shit. Not exactly a fire sale is it.

  • jeff


    Well the Scaldis Prestige is going for 44.00 a bottle as well at most beer stores. I would gladly drink the Firestone 11 over the Prestige. In my opinion the latter is way overrated and overpriced but to each his own.

  • William Brand

    I agree, I’d certainly go with FW 11, but the price of either takes me out of the game. Im just not willing to pay that much, although it’s true I once paid $25 for an 11.2 oz. bottle of Westvleteren tripel.

  • William Brand

    Regarding Mario’s comment…yes AV 20 is winner. Even if it’s been stored without refrigeration, it should still be very drinkable. I’m headed to my favorite beer store tomorrow to pick up a couple of bottles and I intend to drink one in a year, one in five years.

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