Roundtable Discussion | Beer Nostalgia
This week’s roundtable discussion took the PorchDrinking crew down memory lane. We asked: What beers make you nostalgic and why?
Stacey Goers: love & honor!
Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel. Kentucky Ale Bourbon Barrel, which I have documented before, was a bit of an unlikely gateway beer for me. It was a big boozy complex beer at the time, but for some reason I fell in love with the vanilla toffee caramel flavors and it opened up a world of craft beer for me while I was still living in Kentucky. It should be noted that the Bluegrass at the time didn’t have much to offer from a craft beer front.
Great Divide Hibernation. Hibernation is nothing less than the bottled equivalent of a roaring fire in a cozy cabin, when a blizzard is on the way. It’s a big, generous, warming Old Ale that vastly over-delivers on flavor and ages like a fucking champ. The flavors are dark and chewy, with a big berry/spice character, and the 8.7 ABV definitely warms you when the weather’s crisp and cold. This beer brings me back to some of my first forays into craft beer when I was not hop-ready. I think I may have had my first Hibernation back at the Suburban Home offices when they were still up and running back in 2007/2008. I am super excited to see this hit cans this fall/winter.
Odell Myrcenary. I’ve spent a lot of time drinking Odell Myrcenary with industry friends. I don’t drink it as much now, but I’m fairly certain that that beer will always be associated with my later college years and working in a taphouse. I will always have a soft spot for that beer in my boozy heart.