This post is a continuation of the 2015 New Beer Every Day Beer Diary Challenge, #ottbeerdiary. Over the course of 2015, I drank at least one new beer every day. Please read the background in the link above, and enjoy reading about the most recently tasted beers below. This year I may deviate from the diary format in some posts, hoping to concentrate more on the locations and the breweries I am enjoying. If you’d like to join the challenge as well, let me know in the comments below. You can catch up on all of our posts as part of the challenge under the tag ottbeerdiary.
Day 380: January 15, 2016
An interesting start to the day, where I had a meeting with a colleague I’ve been discussing a major topic with for well over a year. Finally, after a year and a half, the pictures I’ve been arguing against are changing, and it looks like our mindset is moving in the right direction. It took a long time of convincing, but people are realizing now, and I see some light at the end of the tunnel.
It’s one thing to be right, another to get others to follow along.
But when they do, it’s a great feeling!
A couple of beer events this weekend, both in the northern half of the country, either an hour drive or a 30-Euro train ride away. But John told me about the NS train ticket sale going on at the Blokker, and I managed to pick up two discount day passes for the Dutch train system. One-day, anywhere in the country, all day, round trip, for 15-Euro. No brainer! Why haven’t I been using these earlier?
The Blokker here in Boxtel is near the market square, and I pass by one of my local pubs to get there, so since I had achieved my mission, and was about to go home and make dinner, and likely pass out on the couch, I decided to pop in for a beer first.
I wound up with two. First, a Jopen Koyt (2015), an 8.5% Gruit from Haarlem. Nice herbal flavors. Rich almost caramely as well. Quite a nice beer. Always enjoyable.
And the beer of the day…
Style: Rye IPA
Alcohol content: 6.0%
Bottle size: 0.33 l
Purchased from: Café De Borrel in Boxtel
Grateful Deaf Rye IPA (2015) by Jopen. A nice IPA. Malty, with nice rye notes. Hoppy and bitter. Some citrus notes, a little floral even in the end. A 6% Rye IPA, this beer is a collaboration with Ken Fisher, the Grateful Deaf Brewer. It’s brewed with Zythos hops from Ken’s home area of the Yakima Valley of Washington State in the US to bring an in your face hoppiness.