Beers I Have Known: Big Boss Brewing “High Monkey”

This series of posts is dedicated to the many, many six packs, pony kegs and pints that have sauntered into my life at one point or another.

I spent much of Saturday proving I don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain. I was first a volunteer and then an attendee at the seventeenth edition of Asheville’s beloved beer festival Brewgrass, and the precipitation was the only things pouring more consistently than the sultans of suds who filled the saturated field of a local park. There were plenty of laudable libations poured into my taster glass throughout the afternoon, but I have a clear sentimental favorite. It’s a creative concoction that an especially benevolent memver of the Big Boss Brewing team first poured for me at Asheville Beer Week last year and which I’ve craved ever since. The “High Monkey” is equal parts High Roller, an american IPA, and Monkey Bizz-ness, a Belgian-style ale, two of the standout offerings of the Raleigh, North Carolina brewery. I will fully (and somewhat sheepishly) concede that part of the appeal of the drink is the rarity of it: it’s not all that common that both beers are available, and I really need my special friend from Big Boss there to pour it, not able to count on others to get it right. Whatever tricks of psychology may be casting a spell on my taste buds, it tasted delicious when I finally got one on Saturday. And I’ve no doubt it will taste just as delicious when my next opportunity comes around, rain or shine.

Previously…
Point Special
21st Amendment Bitter American
Abita Restoration Pale Ale
Rolling Rock
Skull Splitter
Foster’s
Highland Thunderstruck Coffee Porter
Red Stripe
Rhinelander Bock
Samuel Adams Boston Lager
New Glarus Brewing Company Wisconsin Belgian Red
ABA Hoppy Saison
Hamm’s
Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager
Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow
French Broad Brewing Gateway Kolsch

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