Ballast Point Peppermint Victory at Sea
The last two days of 2015 were spent merrily. On December 30, I spent most of the day doing burpees, chasing the kids around, and working on my Wham! rock opera. That night, I went to see Diarrhea Planet and JEFF The Brotherhood at a local music hall (Diarrhea Planet is phenomenal live, by the way, but that's a story for another post). Before heading to the show, my concert-going compatriot and I enjoyed a couple beers, one of which was Ballast Point's Peppermint Victory at Sea. Located in a whale's vagina, Ballast Point makes some fine ales. Victory at Sea is an imperial porter brewed with coffee, and they made a special edition with peppermint. I don't really like coffee, yet I like coffee stouts and porters. I'm a walking contradiction. This one, however, was overpowering. It basically tasted like black coffee with a splash of porter.
Name: Peppermint Victory at Sea
Brewery: Ballast Point Brewery and Spirits
Location: San Diego, California
Good for drinking if: you want some beer with your coffee
Rating (out of 5 stars): 3.75 stars
Unibroue La RésolutionOn New Year's Eve, we had a party. While over a dozen children ransacked our house, the adults got elegantly wasted on cocktails, champagne, and bombers -- or all three, in most cases -- while eating the finest of cured meats. One of the bombers was Unibroue La Résolution. Unibroue is in Québec, and I love pretty much everything those separatist bastards brew. You can't go wrong with a La Fin du Monde, Maudite, or Trois Pistoles. They are all strong, Belgian-style ales. La Résolution is just as strong (10% ABV), and just as delicious. It's also Belgian-inspired, but it is a winter warmer, so it's dark and has some maltiness. It was a perfect way to finish the 2015 edition of It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Beer. There's a gym that is basically across the street from me. I joined it two months ago, and I have yet to step foot inside. After the last month, perhaps now is the time.
Name: La Résolution
Location: Chambly, Québec, Canada
Good for drinking if: your New Year's resolution is that you want your New Year's Eve to be a night you will not soon remember
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4.5 stars