Some are questioning the prematurity of the – best of 2011 list. (Just the first week of November still right? My rent check still hasn’t cleared.) Either way, here is the list. One thing to note, beer – especially craft beer, is about as opinionated as a presidential election. Be sure to head over to the full article for the full story.
Goose Island – Pepe Nero
Firestone Walker – Abacus
Brooklyn Brewing – The Concoction
Nebraska Brewing – Hop God
New Belgium – Le Terroir
Stone Brewing – Sublimely Self Righteous
Weihenstephaner -Original Premium
Aspall – Dry English Draft Cider
Boulevard/Deschutes – Collab #2 White IPA
Anchorage Brewing – Bitter Monk
De Musketiers – Troubadour Magma
Odell Brewing – Friek
21st Amendment – Hop Crisis
Heineken – New Castle Brown
Crooked Stave – W.W.B.R.
Lost Abbey – Red Poppy
Koningshoeven – La Trappe Isid’or
Unibroue – Quelque Chose
Sixpoint Craft – Sweet Action
Shorts – The Gambler
Almanac Beer – Summer 2010
Stillwater/The Brewer’s Art – The Debutante
White Birch – Tavern Ale
Here is a brew that challenges your accepted notion of beer. For most, beer is served cold in a glass or even out of the bottle. Acceptable for most beers all things considered. Just pouring Unibroue’s Quelque Chose into a glass is just one of the options for this beer. Quelque Chose travels to Atlanta from Chambly, Quebec and was first brewed in 1996. The name translates literally into “Something” perhaps because this beer really IS something. It’s versatile, and can be served as a normal chilled pour, hot (160 F) or over ice as an aperitif (short drink served as an appetizer.)
Quelque Chose is officially classified as a fruit/vegetable beer and uses a top fermenting ale yeast. Lots of wild dark cherries are added to this beer. They are soaked in a slightly bitter beer base prior to being blended into the final batch. Roasted dark malts round out Quelque to give you a roastly, sweet and sour cherry experience. However, this beer is a fun one to experiment with. The flavors you note will change with each way you drink it. So be sure to try it out and see how the favors change. (On ice, cold pour, hot.) To heat I suggest a saucepan. You get more aroma as your warm it. Quelque Chose was developed as a warm drink for cold winters.
Quelque Chose is back for its limited engagement in 750 ml corked bottles, around $10 dollars a piece. Highly doubtful that this beer will find its way to tap handles, but if it does trust me I’ll let you know.