I’ve been carrying around this ratty scrap of paper in my pocket for the last week or two, constantly ruminating on some of the beers I’ve most enjoyed this past year.
Before my paper gets toward illegible, I must pull it out and solidify my decisions. There will be two Hornby-esque Top Five lists for the fading of brewvana‘s 2008: Top 5 Commercial Beers (that I tried for the first time this year) and Top 5 Tasty Homebrews.
both lists, in no particular order…
Top 5 Commercial Beers
1. Goose Island’s Pere Jacques (’07) (I could just sniff this one all day–but tasting makes it even better)
2. Flossmoor’s Sarge (magically delicious)
3. Three Floyds’ Dark Lord (lived up to the hype)
4. Kuhnhenn’s Tenacious Cassis (wow!)
5. Odell’s Porter (because you need an everyday beer on the list, too)
Top 5 Tasty Homebrews
1. Cherry Bomb (my oatmeal stout with 5 # of sour cherries in 2 gallons of beer)
2. Double Barrelled Dubbel (my dubbel aged on oak chips soaked in Southern Comfort and Cabernet Sauvignon)
3. For Those About to Bock (my 12.30.07-brewed bock consumed in ’08)
4. Glenn’s RIS (GlennH2Os’ killer Russian Imperial acquired in our recent beer swap)
5. Saison de Kyle (Kyle’s yummy saison–not sure if he calls it that)
It’s interesting though. We certainly own our tastebuds. I’ve read rough reviews of some of the aforementioned delicious commercial brews. So who knows? Maybe I’m wrong and they suck. But I don’t think so.
Guess what, faithful reader: if you send me commercial or homebrew that wows my tongue and soul, you might make this list next year.