We went to see Grace in Gig Harbor (Vixen's Momma) - Grace is not at all a beer drinker - how she spawned Vixen I have no idea. This being the third time I'd been to visit, Grace has learned that I enjoy a few tall cold ones on occasion. As we arrive at her home and she begins to cook dinner she offers us a beer. I was flattered that she had purchased beer for us. Then she explained how she had choose said beer:
She went to the beer aisle and stared blankly at the varieties before her. She has no clue even what the difference between ale and stout are. She knows Guinness because she cooks with it, but has never seen us drinking it. She looks at the labels with gargoyles on it (Stone IPA), decides no to violent. She finds another beer, but it was incredible expensive. She looks around in hopes that someone will realize she is in desperate need of help. She decides on a case of beer on the top shelf (Grace is a smidgen smaller than Vixen) as she tip toes the case off of the shelf she looks at the top and there are dead horse flies on the case. Horse flies don't live in the Seattle area - it is too wet. She abandons the case immediately, looks again at the beers with despair. In front of the Gordon Beer is a sign that resembles the wine rating signs. She knows wine and if this has a rating well it must be good. She grabbed the four cans and proceeded to the check out, not realizing they were more expensive that the 6pack she was looking at earlier - oh well she at least had found something.
Grace did a wonderful job! This copper was super smooth and a little sweet. I had never heard of the Oskar Blues having a third beer (Dan and Chub being the others) - and this was great! I sent Lemon Pepper a text - she was in Colorado - "get this beer if you can it's great" She was too busy at an Avalanche Game - Geez.
Here's what Oskar says about the brew:
We brew Gordon in tribute to the late Gordon Knight. In addition to opening some of Colorado’s first microbreweries, Knight was a Vietnam vet, grade-A citizen, and huge promoter of craft beer. He lost his life in 2002 while fighting a wild fire outside of Lyons, Colorado.
Originally our winter seasonal beer, it has become a cult favorite of extreme-beer lovers, so we now brew occasional batches of Gordon throughout the year. Released in bottles in 2003 and 2004, Gordon is now sold in four packs of hand-labeled cans and on draft in select markets.
I have yet to see if the beer is available around here - but if I do find it I will relay the local for all of you! Thanks Grace for introducing us!