Barley Mowat 

Why does East keep beating West?

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Shame. It comes at you in waves. First, you try and deflect it or deny it. Then you get angry. Why did this happen to me? Who hates me so much? What did I do to them?

Eventually, though, the pain ebbs and the reality sinks in. You fucked up. Again. East beats West, and now all we can do is reconstruct the pieces and ask ourselves Why? Why did Chuck let this happen? Again?

Well, there’s no easy answer to that. I put three very good beers on the table, but Jer put three ever-so-slightly better beers on the same table. What’s important, though, is that we drank the beers, on a patio, by the ocean.

Here’s the blow by blow.

Round 1 Yeast
East Beer Grimm Ales Bees in the Trappe
West Beer Logsdon Peche ‘n Brett 2014
Decision 3-3 tie
Chuck Says I voted for the Logsdon. It was a beer displaying perfect delicate balance between sour and sweet, like a refreshing summer’s day. The Grimm was a very good beer, but in the end I felt the intriguing Belgian-meets-Mead approach to be, well, not perfect.

Round 2 Malt
East Beer Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break
West Beer Lighthouse Belgian Black 2013
Decision 4-2 vote for Evil Twin
Chuck Says I had hoped that the pirate beer from Lighthouse would be pouring perfectly, as it has been recently, boy was it. Beautiful malt accentuated by a lovely Belgian yeast and esters. Complex, beautiful, and graceful like a sailboat in full flight.

Then I had a sip of the Imperial Biscotti Break and realized that I’d brought a freaking sailboat to a drag race. Evil Twin makes some great Imperial Stouts, and this is one of them. Gimicky ingredients aside, the heavily roasted malt balanced out the syrupy sweetness perfectly.

The Black was just behind Biscotti in mind, but then committed the double fault of inheriting its awesomeness from malt and yeast, whereas the Biscotti was a purely awesome display of malt prowess. I voted for ET.

Round 3 Hops
East Beer Other Half Green Diamonds
West Beer Central City IPA
Decision 4-2 vote for Other Half
Chuck Says Contention! I strongly disagreed with the crowd vote here. To me, the Other Half was a B-level DIPA. While I did love the strong Aussie hops, they weren’t integrated into the beer well, and the very thin mouthfeel made the relatively modest 8.6% ABV seem like a much harsher >10%. B-level is still a pretty good beer, but it’s not coast-winning

The CC IPA was pouring as good as it ever has, and it did just win a blind three-IPA tasting that afternoon against Fat Tug and Four Winds IPA. Democracy is a sham.

There ya have it. The East Coast takes the trophy back to their Brooklyn river-front loft for a second straight year. Oh well, I didn’t have a spot on my wall for it anyways.

Written by chuck

July 31st, 2014 at 3:48 pm

Posted in Beer and You

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  1. Most of the brewing world is east of here, so put the loss down to selection pool?

    Chris Richardson

    31 Jul 14 at 15:59

  2. @Chris – It occurred to me this weekend that we do have a long list of highly excellent breweries on the west coast. The problem, though, is that we’re in Canada and my access to the likes of Lost Abbey, Russian River and 21st Amendment are limited to say the least.

    Time for more frequent/longer road trips methinks.


    5 Aug 14 at 09:33

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