Just in time for the races, we are delighted to welcome Becky Ryder, Director of the Keeneland Library, to talk about Thoroughbred racing as well as some amazing treasures at the library. Open to the public with a substantial online collection, the library is one of the largest Thoroughbred-focused repositories in the world. Now that’s a special library! We know you’ll learn something in this episode, if not about horse racing or Lexington history, at least about the significance of the Blanton’s “The Original Single Barrel” Bourbon bottle stoppers!
There was no Sharin’ beer this week, instead Carrie, Stacey and our special guest Becky all sampled some Blanton’s Bourbon. Carrie and Stacey drank theirs out of some vintage Garfield mugs, which as anyone knows is the way bourbon should be consumed. Blanton’s is a great bourbon if you can find it, sometimes it pays to know a guy. If you do find it out in a bar or restaurant, side tip, you should really only be paying between $8-$10 a pour. Anything more than that and the place is probably charging way to much for whatever other bourbon they have that isn’t considered well.
Leigh’s pick for this week; Zeffer’s Slack Ma Girdle Cider comes from the other side of the world, specifically New Zealand. It’s unique in that it’s made with apples that you can’t eat. Even though you can’t eat’em you definitely can drink’em’, this was a dry cider with a clean finish, not too sweet. A definite recommend, if you can find it. If you’re in the Lexington area it’s currently available at Pivot Cidery.
Stacey’s pick for the week Spontanrosehip from Mikkeller, is a sour ale brewed with rosehip and aged in oak barrels. There was some discussion as to whether or not the beer had turned since it was really really sour in the beginning. By the end of the show, however, the fruit was starting to come through. Stacey is a huge fan of sours, but this was almost too sour for her. If you’re just getting into sours this probably isn’t the beer for you, however, if you like a good sour/fruit beer you should check it out, just let it breathe a little bit before drinking.
Lauren’s pick for the week comes from Flying Dog, makers of some fine quality beer, which we have sampled in previous episodes and enjoyed. The art work on their packaging is always great to look at as well. Unfortunately the Bloodline, Blood Orange Ale just didn’t deliver what if promised. The orange flavor was very subtle and it drank more like a standard Ale, leaning on the IPA side. If you’re looking for a beer with true orange flavor this isn’t going to be the beer for you, however, if you’re not really into beer flavored with fruit, but like just a hint you should check this out.
Carrie’s pick for the week comes from a home brewer. Flemish Thunder is a 4.7% belgian style ale. It was nice and cloudy and was very reminiscent of Avery White Rascal. A tasty offering from the basement of a friend.