Flagstaff BrewHaHa

Tonight we went to a new beer festival in Flagstaff. Like the summer Sun Sounds beer festival, this benefits charity, in this case Habitat for Humanity. It was well done, with the exception of the food. The food was included in the cost of the tickets, but the quantity was such that there was never enough. However, this festival was delightfully understated. There were never crowds inside the conference center, or long lines to get a taste of beer. The tasters were 100 mL, which is more than enough beer for me. 15 tastes were included in the price of admission. Hopefully this festival will continue in Flagstaff. Now on to the beer!

I started with Fat Tire's La Folie sour brown. I have had this beer before, so I knew I liked it.

Next was Velvet Merlin from Firestone Walker. It used to be called Velvet Merkin, but it was considered too offensive. This is an oatmeal stout [Type 49]. 5.5% ABV. It is very creamy, but has a nuttiness like their Double Barrel Ale.

Then I had San Tan Brewery's Devil's Ale. This is an American Pale Ale [Type 17]. 5.5% ABV. A nice even pale ale.

Blue Moon had their spring seasonal, Rising Moon. This is a light amber ale. [Type 44] 5.4% ABV It looks and tastes like a light lager, but with a bit more body.

There were a great many beers sampled, including:

Barrio Ben's IPA

Deschutes Greenlakes Organic

Powder Hound Winter Ale

Stone Russian Imperial Stout

Stone Arrogant Bastard

Levity Amber

Oak Creek King Crimson

Sierra Blanca Alien Amber

Beer Club November 2010

Brown Ales

November 2010 Lineup

Brown ales originate in England. The original brown ale style is made from 100% brown malt. There is some difference between American brown ales [Type 33] and English brown ales [Type 47], with the American styles tending to be drier and hoppier.

New Belgium La Folie

Although labeled by New Belgium as a Sour Brown, this beer is very much like the Flanders Red [Type 28], a sour, fruity beer. Nearly everyone did not like this beer, but I loved it. The intense sourness coated your tongue with an aftertaste of vinegar and sour cherries. A very unusual beer. 1 beer/6 beers. 6.0% ABV.

Boddington's Pub Ale

Not a brown ale, but an English Pale Ale, we used this to cleanse our palates after the Flanders Red.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle is one of the most widely distributed English Brown Ales. 4.7% ABV. A lighter brown ale, Newcastle is a sweet malty beer, easily drinkable and easy to find too. 3 beers.

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

The Magistra's favorite of the moment. Rogue's Hazelnut Brown is an intensely full, nutty beer. It has tastes of chocolate that make it taste like Rocky Road ice cream. Our host favored this beer as well. 6.2% ABV. 1 beer.


This beer tasted like apples and malt. Very thick, much like a barleywine. This is a Belgian dark ale [Type 29]. 9.5% ABV. 1 beer. A host favorite.

Mountain Standard Reserve

Sweet and foamy with an intense burst of flavor as it hits your tongue. 8.5% ABV. Pretty expensive for the taste. 3 beers.


Aged in oak barrels, this beer tastes like Kentucky bourbon. Not as popular due to the oakiness, but it has a sweet finish like pineapples. 3 beers. 10.0% ABV.

Humboldt Brown

A hippie beer brewed with hemp. This actually isn't that unusual, because hops are a member of the Cannabaceae family anyway. 5.7% ABV. Good flavor, but nothing special. 3 beers.

Session Black

A black lager or schwarzbier [Type 53], Session Black is a smooth dark beer with little hops and intense malty sweetness. 3 beers. 5.4% ABV

Moose Drool

A drier brown, with cocoa notes. 5.1% ABV

Bitch Creek

An ESB [Type 45], this beer starts bitter but finishes sweet. 6.0% ABV

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

5.0% ABV

Lost Coast Raspberry Brown

A rather weak tasting beer, the raspberry was not backed up by anything more substantial. 5 beers. 6.5% ABV

Abita Pecan Harvest

5.0% ABV. Another host favorite.

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