Last night, Mal and I hung out with our friends Blain and Jaime. You might remember them from their wedding this summer or Blain as the guy who designed CNC #2 and #3. Blain and Jaime are a lot of fun; we had a ton of laughs last night. Man, I wish they lived closer.
Blain and Jaime arrived at our house around dinnertime, so we headed out to the Union Brewhouse for beer and food.
I wanted to make some progress on my 99 Beer Club card, so I picked breweries that I knew I liked and asked our server to just bring me whatever beer they had available from them. It was actually kind of fun because I didn’t know what type of beer I was getting until it showed up at our table.
My first beer of the night was a 21st Amendment IPA, which is aromatic, malty, and seriously hoppy with six different kinds of hops and 78 IBUs. IBUs? Ready for some beer nerd talk?
IBUs are “International Bitter Units,” and they’re used to measure the bitterness of a beer from hops. Generally speaking, beers with IBUs of less than 20 have little to no apparent hops presence. Beers with IBUs from 20 to 45 are the most common and have mild to pronounced hops presence. Beers with IBUs greater than 45 are heavily hopped and can be quite bitter. [source] I don’t usually like bitter beers, so my taste preference pretty much maxes out around 50-55 IBUs. The 21st Amendment IPA had 78, so I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was too bitter for me.
IBUs are a helpful tool for selecting new beers to try. (You can find the IBUs on the beer label, package, and/or brewery website.) However, IBUs are just one measure of the taste of a beer. Of course, the bitterness of a beer is subjective to the taste of who is drinking it, and sometimes the matiness or other flavors can reduce the “hoppiness” of a beer. It’s not the only thing I consider when picking a new beer to try, and it’s not like I won’t try a beer with 70 IBUs or something like that. I’m always open to trying new brews. Plus, I’ll never know if I like a beer until I try it.
For dinner, I ordered a garden salad with chicken on top and honey mustard on the side. It was your typical bar salad.
During dinner, I enjoyed a Blue Point Hoptical Illusion, which was hoppy, but not as much as the 21st Amendment (60 vs 78 IBUs). It also had more of a citrus-y flavor to it.
After dinner, I had a Dead Guy Ale, which was my favorite beer of the night. I’ve tried this beer in the past, but I forgot how much I liked it. It’s rich and malty and not very hoppy at all (40 IBUs).
J & B!
T & M!
There were slim pickings in our kitchen for breakfast this morning, so I threw together an Oatmeal Pancake with peanut butter spread on top. It wasn’t very exciting, but it did the trick.
Off to open gym! Mal and I are doing Helen today. I’m excited!