Since some other blogs like All Trade Bait All the Time and Bob Walk The Plank slip in a beer review post from time to time, I thought I'd try joining in. I've never been very good at critiquing food/drink, so my "reviews" will be brief. Today I'll be featuring the first 7 beers from Beermas so far this year. And I'm matching them up with a Christmas Card from my collection. Because why not?
Here we've got my first James Shields autograph on a 2015 Topps High Tek Clouds Diffractor. Was glad to pick up a card featuring him as a Padre (seems to be a spring training uniform with the weird pit things). He's paired up here with a Freigeist Ehrenfeider. Germans make good beer. This one's an unfiltered altbier. It was pretty good; a little fruity. Just 4.8% ABV, so pretty light compared to the rest of these.
Here's a close-up on the Shields numbering.
Next up we've got a Giancarlo Stanton jersey relic from Panini Immaculate. Bet The Farm is a crisp IPA. I wasn't clever enough to do it on purpose, but the Grain Station name of the brewery is kinda close to "Giancarlo Stanton". 6.5%
This one was an easy one to match up. The label has a cartoon dog on it, so of course Crime Dog is the clear choice. This Chicken Killer Barley Wine packs a punch. Very boozy at 10%
C.J. Wilson goes against the grain here with a can of 35K stout. This was a pretty good beer. 7%
Jimmie Johnson sleighs his NASCAR competition, and this Ninkasi Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh'r will get your motor running. Maybe not quite as much sweetness as I like from my pumpkin ales, but imperials are all about jacking up the ABV. 9%
Rock guitarists get lots of girls, so this Electric Warrior oatmeal stout would naturally attract a girlie card. I'm not sure who Kyara Tyler is, but she's a cutie. Picked this card up on Listia recently. Smooth dark beer from Idaho. 5.3%
Let's finish off this post with VIP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem probably won't be partaking of this Vanilla Infused Porter from Hop Valley Brewing Co. anytime soon due to religious beliefs, but that's ok. I was really excited about this one, though it couldn't quite live up to expectations. Not bad, not particularly good, just interesting. But hey, I'd drink it again! 5.9%
I'm looking forward to the next 5 beers and will likely do a follow up post with them later.
Happy Holidays, everybody!