Last week, I kicked off my two weeks of beer events with my second trip to Barcade, located in Fishtown. The point of Barcade is the ability to drink great beer while playing old school arcade games. Of course, I sat down and then never got up to play any of those games, but the option is there if you want it. I went because they were having Cisco Brewing in the house with them taking over quite a few of their taps. I was excited to be able to try the sours without committing to spending $20-$30 on bottles.
Not knowing what to try first, I decided on the Monomoy Kriek, a barrel aged sour with cherries.
Solid nose on it with a real big tart cherry component. Pretty thick mouthfeel though which was a little odd for a sour. It wasn't too off-putting but I do like my sours a little more bubbly or effervescent if I want to use fancy language. Body started off with some acetic vinegar, a little caramel, and tart cherry. The only negative to it was in the finish where I got a slightly odd flavor, tasting a little like acetone, sort of like nail polish smells. Still, the tart cherry and vinegar mostly made up for it.
Up next, I went with the Lady of the Woods. This is a chardonnay barrel aged blonde or something.
Last, and unfortunately least, I got a Blueblerry Bleer, a, uh, blueberry beer. Not sure on the base style though.
There were a whole bunch of other Cisco beers available but I kept with the sours and headed out after trying them. Seemed like a great variety from them though. Fun night and great event to start things off.