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I got word from Brent that the growler was indeed Holy Mackerel Mack in Black. It was an interesting beer, the pomegranate flavor and the malt flavor were definitely fighting for dominance. I think the fruit won out though. It was decent, but I don’t know if I would order more than one at a sitting.

Brent also informed me that the Saint Somewhere beers were bottled with brett. I was torn as to whether to hold onto them or to open them. In the end, I decided to at least open one. So last night we drank the Lectio Divina. Apparently this particular batch came out a big bigger than expected, so the ABV ended up being 10.5%, instead of the 8.5% noted on the bottle. It was a great classic belgian (ratebeer says strong ale, BA says strong pale ale, but I was thinking dubbel), with perhaps a bit of an alcohol bite to it. Fruity, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, it was all there. Highly carbonated too. I really would love to get another on of this batch and let it cellar for a year or two. I think the brett would really start to add a nice touch, in addition to letting the carbonation and alcohol burn mellow a bit. Oh well. I’ll hold onto the Saison Athene for a little bit maybe. Yea right.

I love getting packages in the mail. Particularly when they are unexpected, and especially when they are beer. On Saturday I got home to a nice heavy box. Inside were some treats from my friend Brent, of Redlight Redlight fame. It was 2 bottles of Saint Somewhere, Lectio Divina and Saison Athene. He’s all pumped up to have a decent brewery in Florida. Looking into it, it turns out I’ve tasted the Lectio Divina at the Philly Beer Fest, not that that helps any. He also threw in a mysterious unmarked growler. And he’s been avoiding my emails (for hours now!). Either he’s trying to poison me, or its filled with Holy Mackerel Mack In Black. Which I can find very little info on. So mysterious!

Its hundreds of degrees here in Philadelphia. The pros raced for 6 hours on Sunday. So after several weeks of very minimal riding, Lois and I got out tonight with Marni. Lo and Marni are planning on doing a triathlon in August. Go girls!

We’re heading to Virginia Beach on Saturday for a much needed week’s vacation. I managed to map a route that takes us right through Rehoboth Beach. Dogfish Head lunch! Growlers for the upcoming week!

In sad, beer related news, Jay Mission, head brewer of Triumph passed away. Lew Bryson has more info, in case you don’t know who he is. Seeing his picture reminded me of when I met him (the only time actually), at a Yards/Triumph beer dinner in Princeton. It was, wow, 4 or 5 years ago at this point. My first beer dinner as well. I had the pleasure of sitting with Jay and Joe Beddia, brewer at Yards at the time, and listening in on the brewers talk. It was actually a pivotal moment for me, renewing my love for beer, and I’m only now really recalling it. So, thanks Jay, you’ll be missed.


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