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Quick Thoughts: November 9, 2012

Talk about a busy week. I still feel like I’m not fully recovered from the stress of a presidential campaign. In the middle, we were able to drink some beers, and that’s a good thing. 

Ale-ection Day – Fun times were had at Toad in the Hole as we toasted pints of the most electiony named brewery we knew: 21st Amendment Brewing. Bitter American and Brew Free or Die were the options in this two tap special. The Bitter American was tasting especially good that night. Unfortunately, we had left the pub before any announcements were made, so a public reaction was not something I got to see first hand.

There’s Still Pumpkin Beers Out There – Ale Industries showed off their Fall Down Brown Ale at Heritage Public House this week. This is no typical pumpkin ale as it featured smoked pumpkins and provides a smoky vibe that persists throughout the pint. Excellent beer and one you have to experience while it’s still around.

Some Things Make Me Not want to Support a Brewery – Things like pudding wrestling sponsored by a craft brewer. Red Hook, you should know better.

International Stout Day – Despite being put-off by publicity stunts, Redhook won me back a little by releasing their Double Black Stout again. I enjoyed this beer on International Stout Day and also managed to have a pour of Parabola from Firestone Walker. Which stouts did you enjoy on Thursday?

Anchor’s Aweigh – In addition to Stout Day, we also had Anchor Brewing in house for a pint night at Taps in Petaluma. Great to taste Our Special Ale again as it signifies the beginning of the winter season in my mind. Tasting a 2 year vertical was also nice as it showcased the beer’s ability to stand up to some cellaring.

Busy This Weekend? – Need something to do? The Wood Aged Festival at the Bistro in Hayward is where you should be. Go slow, these are potent beers they’re pouring.