387-388. The Publick House

Tonight it was time for another trip to The Publick House, which I would patronize far more often if it wasn't such a trip.

387. 12th Anniversary Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale

I had this beer with our appetizer of Publick House Fries and McChouffe Garlic Mayo and Wostyntje Mustard. It also lasted through my entree, which was Veal McChouffe. The fries were excellent as were both dipping sauces. The veal was topped with a mushroom and beer sauce and was served with asparagus and a potato croquette. The food was excellent as always.

I picked this beer because of the back-story involving the name. What's the deal behind the name?

The label doesn't quite say it all -- it omits details of a two-month undercover investigation into smoking pot at weekly tasting parties and how said gatherings violated a city of Petaluma use permit --- but it says enough to convey Magee's resulting defiance and disgust.

But investigators, Magee said, were sure they were going to uncover "major dealing going on here." They later told him "no one was willing to sell it to them, but everyone was willing to give it to them for free," he said.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Alcohol: 9.90%
Serving: Draft, 10 oz.
Style: American Double IPA, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.0): Pours a clear dark brown with hints of amber. A creamy beige head thins to a persistent layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell (4.0): Sweet malt aromas as well as aromas of strong resiny hops.

Taste (4.5): Sweet caramel malt flavors dominate at the front of the palate, followed by a light spiciness in the center with a resiny hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Smooth, medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability (4.0): Smooth and well balanced, making this dangerously drinkable at 9.9% abv.

Overall (4.2): Very nice sweetness and mild spiciness that are balanced well by a significant bitterness. Delicious.

388. Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic

I had a 12 oz. bottle of the Cantillon Kriek after dinner. It was served in a small Cantillon glass with an interesting shape.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brasserie Cantillon
Alcohol: 5.00%
Serving: 12 oz bottle
Style: Fruit Lambic, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (5.0): Pours a hazy deep red with a fleeting pink head. Small bubbles feed a faint ring.

Smell (4.5): Sour cherries and an acidic sourness. The characteristic Cantillon funk is evident and becomes more prominent upon swirling. I poured the remaining beer with yeast into my glass when I had finished and the aroma became much funkier.

Taste (4.5): Puckeringly sour. Sweet cherry flavors briefly appear above the sourness. The finish is sour with funky almost savory flavors. Decanting the yeast moderated the sourness somewhat.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Light-bodied wih a light oiliness. There is tingly carbonation evident, though it isn't strong it's much more noticable when compared to other Cantillon offerings.

Drinkability (4.0): Very tasty, though made for sipping.

Overall (4.5): Another excellent lambic from Cantillon.

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