Did you ever order a beer, one you haven't had in a while, and been like, "I forgot how much I have enjoyed you". This happened Saturday night. We met up with some friends at a local pub (usually have a nice selection, nothing special), and sitting on tap was Green Flash West Coast IPA.
Now, I haven't had Green Flash in probably a year. I know it is good, will mention it here or while commenting on other blogs as one of my favorite West Coasters. But for whatever reason, I have not picked it up lately.
Green Flash was one of the beers that helped propel me into IPAs. Though I have been changing my "favorite" style basically every month, I can always drink an IPA. I feel that there is a distinct West Coast/East Coast IPA rivalry. I base these comparisons on the Dogfish Head 60 Minute, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon and Victory Hop Devil as my East beers, while Stone IPA, Bear Republic Racer 5 and Green Flash West Coast IPA are my West beers. (Yes, there are many more, but I feel that these beers perform the best for each side of the country.)
Back to Saturday night- I ordered the beer, knowing it was great. But as Will Ferrell said in Old School, "It's just so good when it hits your lips". The absolute BLAST of piney hops reminded me of what I had forgotten. For the first half a beer, I had regret for not picking up a six pack every once in a while. (Or even a case here in PA.)
Yesterday, I started thinking about the other beers that I have put to the back of my mind. Those forgotten old friends that are so great I forget about them. Maybe I take them for granted, maybe the bars don't have them when I enter. For whatever reason, I go way too long between enjoying these beers.
My Other Old Friends:
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Great Divide Claymore
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