Craft Beer Tasting

2019 HAL World Cruise

Monday, February 11, 2019

 

Sea Day!

The ship strives to keep its passengers entertained—especially on sea days!  Today was no exception.  At 1:00 pm this afternoon–just after lunch–a craft beer tasting was scheduled in the Sports Bar.  For $14.95/pp we were regaled with 4 different craft beers along with the appropriate salty nibbles!  A short lecture accompanied by the tasting gave us an introduction to ALES.  The following pictures should tell the story.

Our bartender explained that beer is judged by color, aroma, and taste.
Our bartender explained that beer is judged by color, aroma, and taste.
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Reb went on to explain that all bottles will list IBU (International Bitterness Units); ABV (alcohol by volume); and Standard Reference Method.
We used tiny beer tasting glasses!
We used tiny beer tasting glasses!
The tasting accompaniments were pizza and nuts.
The tasting accompaniments were pizza and nuts.
All things salty go with beer.
All things salty go with beer.
1st up was Liberty Ale by the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco.
1st up was Liberty Ale by the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco.
#1 Liberty Ale:  yellow color, bitter, hoppy aroma, 5.9% ABV.
#1 Liberty Ale: yellow color, bitter, hoppy aroma, 5.9% ABV.
Next up was Anchor Steam Beer, also by Anchor Bresing Company.
Next up was Anchor Steam Beer, also by Anchor Brewing Company.
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#2 Anchor Steam Beer was my favorite. Amber color, soft aroma, light mouth, a little bitter
The 3rd tasting was Dead Guy Ale from Oregon.
The 3rd tasting was Dead Guy Ale from Oregon.
Dead Guy Ale Rogue
Dead Guy Ale Rogue
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Dead Guy had a nice aroma with floral notes, amber color, a little sweet with an unpleasant aftertaste. 6.8% ABV. I didn’t care for this one.
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The last offering, La Fin Du Monde (End of the World) by Unibroue of Canada (now owned by Sopporo in Japan).
La Fin Du Monde
La Fin Du Monde
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#4 La Fin Du Monde is a light color with a foamy head. Full hoppy flavor, a citrus note in the aroma. No aftertaste but a heavy mouth. I didn’t like this.

 

We ended the session with the usual trivia game for prizes of beer along with a bar game.  I’m not including the bar game—if you know it, you’ll think we’re dumb ‘cause we didn’t.  If you don’t know it, why should we give it away!!!!!

We are still on our way to Pitcairn.

One thought on “Craft Beer Tasting”

  1. Sounds like an interesting cruise. I think I know the bar game you refer to–used to play it at the Kunsan bar led by Mr Kim (the bartender) who was considered to be a North Korean spy. Memories…..

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