Engine 15's annual Vertical tasting of multiple years of Chupacabra Anniversary Stout took at trip to the high seas, well river, this year
The afternoon was stormy and as we got on the boat, a steady rain was falling. On the upside, it was very cool out and the river was like glass
They say the troublemakers sit in the back, so that's where you found our lot. Joining the usual First Coast Brews crew is John Baumeister, a local beer celebrity.
Everyone got a boxed Ploughman's meal with sliced meats, cheeses, crackers and bread. Even Pot de crème (chocolate pudding) made with Chupacabra. Everyone nibbled and started sampling the 2016, 2017 and 2018 vintages.
This year, each of the 3 years tasted similar, as usual, the older it gets, the smoother the beer. To be honest all the beers were fantastic in their individual way. For 2019 we were given 8 ounce cans of the variants: Bourbon barrel, Port barrel and double barrel with both.
Engine 15 owners Luch Scremin, Sean Bielman and General Manager David Morenus, all brewers, talk about each vintage and their tasting notes.
Luch Scremin accounts how the beer was named Chupacabra. Back in his home brew days, the first batch 'exploded' in his dining room. It happened in the night, leading to a suspicion that someone had broken in. Instead they were greeted by beer on the floor, ceiling and walls. Chupacabra was the most appropriate name at that point!
Halfway through our journey the rain stopped and we enjoyed beautiful views of our city, while we sipped on Chupacabra. We also learned that one of the boats that helped find the Titanic is docked at Tallyrand port. It's for sale if anyone wants to start a River Brewery, I'd take another cruise with great beer! LOL!
As we approached Friendship Fountain, everyone was ready for another 2 hours on the boat. The rain had stopped, the clouds were clearing, the beer was great and we all had a great time!
At the end of the trip we were treated to a beautiful sunset. This might have been the most enjoyable tasting we've ever gone on.