Pints & Purls #38: DirtWolf Double IPA

This is the thirty-eighth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: DirtWolf Double IPA

Brewer: Victory

Malts: Imported two-row malts

Hops: Whole flower Citra, Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic

IBU:

ABV: 8.7%IMG_6746

Flavors: This is my kind of beer – floral and slightly sweet in that way only delicious IPA’s can be.  Full flavored with slightly assertive bits that pique your interest.

Knit Pairings:  Because this beer is full and ever-so-slightly assertive, I’d pair it with some knitting that is wholesome and comforting if slightly indulgent.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 36: Saison Song

This is the thirty-sixth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Strawberry Saison Song

Brewer: Horny Goat Brewing Company

Malts:

Hops:

IBU:

ABV: 6.5%IMG_5931

Flavors: If you can imagine having strawberry flavor without the fruity sweetness and combine that with the crisp and mild grassy bit – you can almost imagine what this tastes like.  I haven’t had strawberry mixed with beer yet but I like this one.

Knit Pairings:  Playful, assertive and fun, I recommend knitting some special novelty yarn with this beer.  I know, I know, I don’t recommend novelty yarn ever but if you’re going to have fun with the sippin’, you might as well have fun with the knittin’!  I’m thinking something with a fun texture, maybe some little sparkly bit, something you wouldn’t normally dig into to really bring out the uniqueness of the brew!

Notes: I wasn’t able to find a lot of the information that I usually include with this beer, I’ll update it as I’m able to!

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 30: Hop Ranch

This is the thirtieth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Hop Ranch

Brewer: Victory

Malts: Pilsner

Hops: Mosaic, Azacca

IBU:

ABV: 9%IMG_3005

Flavors: Full-flavored with lots of sweet, citrus-y notes and plenty of floral character, this beer has bitter on the undertone but the aftertaste is smooth and fruity.

Knit Pairings: This beer would be best paired with a knit that is indulgent but not out-of-reach.  Something that you treat yourself to every couple of projects, something rich and full of character but if you had too much of this project/technique/yarn you might lose interest, a little at a time is best.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 29:

This is the twenty-ninth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Day Time Ale

Brewer: Lagunitas

Malts:

Hops: The latest, cutting-edge experimental yet-to-be-named varieties

IBU: 54.2

ABV: 4.65%IMG_2844

Flavors:  Clean, slightly juicy, crisp with a light bitter finish that doesn’t last very long.  Have you ever eaten pansies?  Yes, the flower. It tastes like you think a flower would taste but so light that if you aren’t paying attention to the fact that you are eating foliage, you may not even notice.  That’s what this beer is like, but it’s not for pansies, it’s for adults who still need to do work after they finish having a midday brew.

Knit Pairings: Because this beer is so easy to drink while you keep on gettin’ shit done, it’s easy to pair with a highly complex, attention-needing project. Maybe a beaded lace shawl? (Totally shameless, I know, I need help deciding on a project though!)

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 27: Lasso

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Lasso

Brewer: Great Divide

Malts:

Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade

IBU: 50

ABV: 5%IMG_2761

Flavors: Lots of flavor in this bottle, a sweet bitterness that starts out floral and ends citrus-y.  Heavier than the light IPAs and lighter than the heavy IPAs, it’s got a lengthy finish of hoppy bitter.

Knit Pairings:  This isn’t a mild beer and you shouldn’t be knitting a mild project!  No garter stitch scarves here, I recommend pairing this brew with something more complex and in the “Wild West” spirit this brew boasts – a bandana-shaped shawlette or even a cowboy hat (seriously, you can totally do that).

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 22: Falco

This is the twenty-second in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Falco

Brewer: Evil Twin Brewing

Malts:

Hops:

Flavors:This is a bitter IPA with very little of the creamy undertones other IPAs come with.  It tastes pine-y and floral and has a crisp aftertaste.  It also seems to hold the chill longer (although there’s no scientific proof of that).

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Knit Pairings:  I’d pair this beer with something modern to knit – not your stand-by wool hat or sweater, something with pop and color, possibly graphic designs, neon and a unique blend of fibers!  Have fun with it, try something new!

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

Pints & Purls Edition 21: The Great Pumpkin Ale

This is the twenty-first in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew:  The Great Pumpkin Ale

Brewer: McAuslan Brewing

Malts:

Hops: Cascade, Willamette

Flavors:  True to its name, this beer tastes like pumpkin fo’ sho’ but it also tastes like beer, which is convenient because it is marketed as such.  The sweet, creamy pumpkin-y goodness is enhances with some pie-type spices such as ginger, cinnamon and clove which makes this brew perfect to feature today – Thanksgiving in the United States!IMG_2051

Knit Pairings:  This beer would pair well with something rich and fun, not your normal everyday knitting.  Because it emulates fall so well, I recommend taking that notion all the way – burnt orange, rustic browns, deep reds like the colors you see around you.  Perhaps even some squooshy cable motifs in a luxurious yarn for a project just for you and no one else (unless you love them very very much).

Notes:  Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate, and if you don’t, Happy Thursday!

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!