Wow, Fourth of July is right around the corner! I can hardly believe that it is already this far through the 2015 year! My friend from Philly sent me this bottle of Sour Monkey Brett Tripel by Victory Brewing, which I really wanted to try, but couldn’t get here in Anchorage, even though Victory distributes to us. Thanks Rich! It is the standard Golden Monkey Belgian-Style Tripel, but with a sour twist of Brettanomyces added. I found it to be a nice, refreshing sour beer, especially in the summer time. I love popping a champagne cork out of a bottle of the good stuff. At 9.5% (same percentage as the Golden Monkey), it is a good idea to share a bottle of this. Maria and I enjoyed every last drop. Sours are becoming more popular, and it is a good thing to develop your palate to enjoy this type of brew, as well as solid bitter pilsners, hop-aromatic IPAs and sweet Belgians. Beer is like a rainbow of flavor — there are so many different kinds of tongue-tantalizing varieties. I just returned from the annual Salmon harvest on the Kasilof River and finished smoking ten big Sockeye Reds late last night. Makes me think of smoked beers. Here’s an idea for Ron and Bill, Smoked Monkey! I bet it would be great!
Cheers to the wild Sour Monkey — a great beer with a great label!
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