KBS Party at Old Bag of Nails
As many of you may know, Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) recently hit the shelves across the United States. If you haven’t acquired any by now, it may be too late – at least until next year! I personally had the good fortune to discover that Old Bag of Nails in Upper Arlington, Ohio was hosting a Beer-Fest, or in other words, a KBS pouring party, because they acquired a keg. This was great news to hear as a KBS newbie since I wasn’t able to find any bottles of KBS myself.
I arrived with two friends on a rather chilly Saturday morning to wait outside of the restaurant until they opened at 11am. As this was my first “limited release” beer event, my veteran beer-drinking companion suggested we arrive early and wait so we could snag bar seats and experience the party first-hand, so we joined a small group that was already waiting outside.
Once the doors opened and we were settled on our stools, we were presented with a menu listing an awesome selection of beers, most of them high quality brews I hadn’t yet sampled. The star on the menu, of course, was Founders KBS. Each person that paid the price got a token to reserve their pour of KBS once the keg was tapped at noon. In the meantime, we had a plethora of tasty choices to sample while waiting. I’ve listed some of the more notable ones below with the descriptions provided on the menu. If you don’t have a Beer Bucket List, or a list of all the beers you should try before the zombie apocalypse wipes out mankind, then all the beers below should be considered as contenders for your list.
The selections included:
- Founders KBS (11.2% ABV and obviously the guest of honor)
A hint of coffee, a hint of vanilla aged in oak bourbon barrels for over a year.
Read my full review of KBS
- Bell’s Hopslam (10% ABV)
Brewed with honey; hoppy as hell
- CBS Bodhi (8% ABV)
Tons of citrus hops and good floral notes
- Great Lake’s Alchemy Hour Double IPA (9.4% ABV)
Hop-forward with balanced blends of mosaic and nugget hops
- Troegs Nugget Nectar Ale (7.5% ABV)
Intensified malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience
- Founders All Day IPA (4.7% ABV)
A complex array of malts, grains and hops balanced for optimal aromas and a clean finish
- Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA (12% ABV)
Big hops balanced with tons of malts; double all the ingredients of the original Crooked Tree IPA (except the water)
- Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout (11% ABV)
Roasted malts and balanced with heavy hops
- Great Lakes Christmas Ale (7.5% ABV)
Brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon
- Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale (7.7% ABV)
Roasted notes of coffee and dark chocolate together with the fruity and clove-like aroma (Belgian abbey-style yeasts in a recipe of roasty stout)
- Weyerbacher Insanity Ale(11.10% ABV)
A bourbon barrel-aged English style barley wine
As you can probably guess by the alcohol content of most of these beers, the combination handed out quite the alcoholic wallop! But in my opinion, there’s no better way to experience day-drinking on a weekend.
I started out with a 4-beer flight of: Bell’s Hopslam, Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout, Bell’s Hell Hath No Fury Ale, and Troegs Nugget Nectar.
It was all delicious, and my favorite of the four was the Plead the 5th, with a full-bodied rich and roasted malty taste. Interestingly enough, when comparing Plead the 5th to KBS a little while later, it really changed the taste profile when trying them side-by-side. Basically, while Plead the 5th is excellent, KBS is just a bit more excellent.
By the time my first flight was finished, it was time for the pours of KBS. All the lucky ones around the bar cashed in their tokens for their share. As I’d been eagerly anticipating this moment, it was very exciting when the KBS really did live up to all the hype. It was full of boozy, vanilla, oaky, and chocolatey goodness. Read my full review of KBS.
We were in luck that day, as there was enough KBS to go around for a second round and I didn’t hesitate to partake. Then, as my final course, I had one more 4-beer flight (there were just too many good beers to try) which consisted of: Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA, Columbus Brewing Company Bodhi (one of my favorite locally-brewed IPAs), Weyerbacher Insanity, and Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA.
How would I sum up my experience at the second annual Old Bag of Nails Beer-Fest? Well, the bartenders were great hosts, we were supplied with complimentary buffet filled with pulled pork and other goodies, the beer was poured plentifully and we met several new friends. So overall I would definitely declare the Old Bag of Nails 2013 Beer-Fest a great success!