Double Bastard Ale & a Birthday!




ABV 10.5% (oh my!)
Our Props 9/10
IBU Classifed (what does that even mean? they're too secretive to give out the IBU??) In that case, I guess I'll have to guess. I'd say the IBU is around 65.

Today is Michael's birthday, so I thought we should do a beer post to celebrate :) Happy birthday Michael!!

I learned something new while doing this post - IBU. Do you know what that means? I didn't, but google tells me it stands for International Bittering Unit. Essentially the IBU number tells you how bitter (aka. hoppy) your beer is. The scale runs from 0 to around 100, with 0 being fruity beers and 100 being a very hoppy IPA.

On a recent wedding planning trip to Asheville, Michael picked up some delicious beers at a local beer shop downtown. The best one was the Vortex II by Pisgah Brewing Company. Unfortunately we drank it all up before we decided to start doing beverage reviews on the blog because it was delicious! And we have no photo to show for it. Pisgah Brewing Co is an organic brewery located in Black Mountain, North Carolina. It seems like a pretty cool place based on their website - hopefully we can make a stop by next time we're in the mtns.

This Double Bastard is another brew Michael picked up in Asheville. It has a nice dark amber color. Delicious strong flavor, full of hops. Only comes in a slightly pricey 22 oz., but worth the splurge! Brewed by Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, California. This pint glass has a good story. So right when we started dating, my sister used to call Michael 'Milk Stout' since his last name is Stout. For some reason my Dad thought that was a nick name all his buddies called him in college & so was really excited when he saw this pint glass with 'Milk Stout' written on it in a store in Asheville. So excited, he bought two! That first Christmas Michael got these really cool Milk Stout glasses & now they are a treasured part of our collection :)

15 comments:

R. said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loooove Stone Brewing Co. We're pretty lucky in Orange County to be a short drive away from the brewery :)

Megan said...

Happy Birthday, Michael! Thanks for the great info. I never knew about IBU -- but I don't like bitter beer, so it's a good thing to know!

Pam said...

Happy Birthday Michael! Since I am not above buying a wine based on name alone, I am certainly not above doing it for beer! This one goes on the list!

gastroanthropologist said...

Happy Birthday! Didn't know about IBU. Good thing Michael likes beer with a last name like that!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef said...

Happy Birthday Milk Stout! :D

biz319 said...

Happy Birthday Michael! I love all kinds of different beers - it saddens me when my husband and I go to a place that has 50 beers on tap, I am like a kid in a candy store and he orders a Miller Lite!

Karine said...

Happy Birthday Michael!

Juliana said...

Happy Birthday Michael! IBU, good to know :-)

grace said...

first of all, happy anniversary of your exit from the womb, mr stout!
secondly, what a name for an ale. i like it. :)

Chef E said...

I am still loving these beer post! You will have to come and do a guest post for my new site...

http://partnersinwineclub.com/ We will be including beer!

Ivy said...

Happy belated birthday wishes Michael.

Hannah said...

haha nice story! Happy Birthday Milk Stout!

Emily said...

Yum! I'd love to try that ale!

Kerstin said...

Happy Birthday Michael!! Enjoying this ale sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!

Sweet and Savory said...

Happy Birthday. Did you get chocolate cake?

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