Monthly Archives: December 2008

The Vice Blog’s Year in Movies 2008

December 30, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 9 Comments | Filed in Lists

One of my vices even bigger than beer-drinking is movie-watching. I see pretty much every halfway decent release in a calender year, trying to miss nothing that is either critically acclaimed or affects the zeitgeist in some way. These are my thoughts on cinema 2008. Note: I consider a movie’s year of release by when […]

The Vice Blog 2008 Wrap-Up

December 26, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 4 Comments | Filed in Lists

A friend’s father, a beer connoisseur in his own right, was recounting to me the best brew of his life. It was the summer of 1967, he was sixteen, and when the starting pitcher got injured before his town’s adult summer league game against a big rival, he was forced to come out of the […]

Brooklyn Black OPS

December 25, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 5 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery, Country: America, Grade: A plus, Style: Stout

10.7% ABV from a bomber One of my best friends Mookie, a frequent reader of the Vice Blog despite the fact that he has never had a sip of alcohol in his life, sent me an angry text on Christmas Eve: “I am reading the Vice Blog on my phone and am trying to plow […]

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

December 24, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 5 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Goose Island, Country: America, Grade: A plus, Style: Stout

13% ABV bottled (2008 BATCH) Beer connoisseurship is kind of like drug addiction.  I just realized this.  Every “lower” beer a gateway to something higher.  Once you’ve had a 6% stout it becomes hard to ever enjoy a 5% one.  And once you’ve had a 10% beer it becomes hard to enjoy that 6% one […]

Schlafly Reserve Imperial Stout (2008)

December 24, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Saint Louis/Schlafly, Country: America, Grade: A plus, Style: Stout

10.5% ABV The same gentleman who tipped us off on the greatness of J.W. Lees went to the back room and returned with what he called his #1 beer of the year.  I would have been leery, being that I’d never heard of the beer, much less the St. Louis-based brewery, but the bomber was […]

Allagash Interlude (2007)

December 23, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Allagash, Country: America, Grade: A plus, Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

9.5% from a bomber Brewers, if you want me to buy your product, here’s a few simple and cheap things you can do to dupe me into purchasing it: 1. Cork the beer and add one of those cheap metal caps and twisty things. 2. Cover the cap and neck in that cheap Reese’s peanut […]

J.W. Lees Harvest Barley Wine

December 22, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Brewer: J.W. Lees, Country: United Kingdom, Grade: A plus, Grade: A regular, Style: Barley wine

ALL 11.5% bottled My friend DW called me last week. He’d just acquired a bunch of rare and highly-touted beers. He thought I should come down to Washington, DC to visit him. That’s how I plan vacations, that’s how I’m lured out of town, by the offer of quality brews. Not much else matters. DW […]

Dogfish Head Burton Baton

December 19, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 8 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Dogfish Head, Country: America, Grade: A regular, Style: IPA

10% ABV bottled This may or may not become a weekly, monthly, yearly, or whenever-I-feel-like-flaggelating-myself series. MY WORST HOOK-UPS OF ALL TIME, Presented in Random Order #2. Jersey City Heights Lows Oh I used to be so innocent, so fresh-faced, so idealistic, and optimistic. My early twenties. Going out still meant something. It was still […]

Aventinus

December 16, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Brewer: Schneider, Country: Germany, Grade: A-, Style: Wheat (Hefeweizen)

8% ABV bottled A friend who I trust said this was a world class beer, and with a top 100 Beer Advocate rating to back his lofty claim up, several bottles were procured. This beer unexpectedly taught me a lot about beer connoisseurship.  But not in the way you might expect.  The first time I […]

Dogfish Head Pangaea

December 15, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Brewer: Dogfish Head, Country: America, Grade: B-, Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

7% ABV from a bomber “So first of all, I picked her up without saying even a single word…” I was launching into another epic tale, my friend Wes’s very favorite tale of mine, one he insisted I write up for the Vice Blog.  We sat around his luxury highrise apartment playing NHL 2008 on […]