Sorry I’ve been away from the Blog for a bit.
Didja miss me? Huh? Didja? ?
Well, we’re back and we’re here to talk about a man called Nathan. A sweet, gentle, generous, good natured man with a heart of gold, who just so happens to have impeccable taste in beer.
I texted Nathan the other night before we hung out with him, because I needed to get a picture of him for this post. The picture encapsulates everything about him, I believe. Scholars have been known to say… “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words”… I’ve decided, after hours upon hours poring over this photograph, and doing all my maths, that this picture is worth exactly 13,764 words.
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you, our dear friend Nathan.
Holly Kay and I were sitting at the bar, enjoying the perks of our C’est Beer Club membership, and we look over at this smiling gentleman at the bar, and he’s got a large bottle of Oatmeal Stout that’s still half full. He caught our eye, and said “Hey guys, I don’t think I can finish this on my own. Want to share some?”
…Luring strangers in with beer, huh, Nathan? I see your game here, pal… And I wanna play!
We had great conversation, and we followed each other on Untappd (I don’t think we got as far as friending each other on Facebook yet).
A few weeks later, we spotted him again at a table at C’est Cheese, so we sneakily paid for his drink…
We started meeting up every couple of Sundays, to enjoy some beer, unbelievable sandwiches and cheese, and great conversation. Nathan’s a musician as well (his main instrument is the Trumpet, but he’s well versed in many instruments. He’s getting his doctorate in Music Composition), so he got along very well with my Mom and Dad (who are both retired Music Teachers) when we had lunch together.
Wait, isn’t this a blog about beer?
Nathan is all about sharing beer. As mentioned earlier, the first time we met he shared a beer with us, two people who could presumably be murderers. He opened himself up to us without hesitation, a tribute to his personality, and generosity.
Nathan hails from Georgia, and shared some Georgia beers with me back in November that made their way to Ireland, which is pretty cool.
We’ve spent many Sundays with Nathan since then, and I figured I’d showcase some of the beer he brought to share, and some of the beer we shared at his house this past Friday night (just pretend it was a Sunday, alright?)
So, this beer was absolutely mad. Wicked Weed Silencio. A Bourbon Barrel-aged black sour Ale with coffee and vanilla. Ok, so, tart fruit, caramel, toasted marshmallow, bitter coffee and cocoa dance around the palate and play really well with each other to create what is probably the most interesting beer I’ve ever tasted.
Terrapin Brewing Moo-HooChiato, an Imperial Milk Stout brewed with Jittery Joe’s coffee and Olive and Sinclair chocolate. Kind of like an adult Yoo-Hoo, y’all. Chocolate, coffee, boozy sweetness.
Our friend Lori from Craft at C’est Cheese invited us back after she picked up some Patsy Rides Again from Matt and Lauri over at Moustache Brewing Co., a Milk Stout brewed with toasted coconut, a beer rife with Monty Python references, the coconut takes an already delicious sweet milk stout and gives it a little tropical flare. Unbelievable.
Lost Abbey Track #10 (Bat Out of Hell) Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with coffee and cacao nibs. Come for the Meatloaf reference, stay for the roasty, toasty, coffee, chocolate bounty that awaits… “Oh baby, you’re the only thing in this whole world/That’s pure and good and right…”
Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Thanks to Evan for bringing this up from Florida in our “My family’s in Florida, and I’m in New York” beer trade. When Holly, Nathan and I took our first sip, it evoked the feeling of breakfast. There’s no bacon in this beer, but they use salt and smoke, and real maple syrup, to bring out the essence of fresh pancakes, coffee, and crispy bacon. It’s. So. Damn. Good.
**Disclaimer** The rest of these beers were shared on a Friday. Just pretend they were shared on a Sunday, ok? Carry on.
We started off with this delicious can filled with orange juice, aka Trillium Brewing Stillings Street.
Sand City Brewing Co. Even Mo’ Mofo, a mosaic hopped double IPA from these amazing dudes from Northport, Long Island. If you know mosaic, you already know what this tastes like. Pineapple, Mango, floral flavors dance around ya mouf and leave you wanting more!
Thanks, Nathan for saving this one. Singlecut Beersmiths Jenny Said, super bright, tropical, stone fruit and citrus. Whatchu know about juice? Queens knows about juice, baby.
We finished the evening with Finback Brewery Faster Than Light. Another from Nathan’s seemingly endless collection of Bourbon Barrel-aged beers. Another top notch Stout with bitter coffee and chocolate, rounded out with some caramel sweetness and boozy heat from that Bourbon Barrel.
Sometimes, a chance encounter in an amazing local haunt (over beer) might lead to a really cool friendship with a super passionate, awesome dude.
Nathan, buddy, Holly Kay and I are glad to know ya, and look forward to all our Sunday shares, no matter what day they fall on.