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Epic beers: What to drink before you die

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2010 at 6:18 am | No Comments »
January 26, 2010 12:48 pm
The selection of microbrews at Gravity Beer Market includes a mix of longtime favorites and constantly changing new selections. Tony Overman/Staff Photographer

I’m working on a story about the Gravity Beer Market in Olympia for our Wednesday SoundLife section. If you haven’t checked out the selection at Gravity, you really should. They have an incredible bottle selection with lots of unusual finds. Just for fun, I asked owners Jeff and Roma Bert for their list of “epic beers.” That is, beers everyone should drink before they die. And their selections are….

(Tasting notes from Jeff and Roma Bert, owners of Gravity Beer Market)

1. Tripel Karmeliet from Belgium
This beer is, by far, the quintessential Belgian beer for us. With its floral nose and sugar candy tones this is one that takes the palate on a mellow, sweet ride throughout. This pairs very well with “stinky” cheeses as the malts cut through the pungent flavors and aromas.

2. Pliney the Elder from Russian River Brewing Company
Mouth come alive. Huge citrus notes both in the nose and on the tongue puts your senses in overdrive. Many have tried to duplicate, and some have come close but nothing being produced thus far (other than Pliney the Younger…..draft only…..consider yourself blessed if you ever get to try it….) has come close to the hop nirvana that is played out in a glass of Pliney. Some say hops vs. spicy is good as it continues the rush of the heat, but for us it can be drank with numerous types of foods.

3. The Abyss from Deschutes Brewing Company
This Imperial Stout that incorporates molasses and chocolate with a portion aged in bourbon oak barrels is a skyscraper when it comes to flavors. Levels of vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee and of course bourbon gives the end consumer plenty of places to explore this wondrous dark and dreamy libation. We like to indulge in sweets like french vanilla ice cream (think floats) and even fresh baked chocolate chip cookies with this heavy hitter.

4. Wildcat from Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company
This NW India Pale Ale is what we measure other IPAs by. Full on grapefruit blast from beginning to end. The key is the hidden malt that completes this harmonious marriage of hops, malt, yeast and water. We like this in the summer time with grilled chicken or fish as the citrus tones pair very well.

Gravity Beer Market
Where: 1001 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia
Phone: 360-352-5107
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