My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

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Our first visit to Vista’s newest brewery…open for maybe a month now.    Clockwise from top (the foamy one), a fruit IPA, a scotch ale, a nelson IPA and a sour beer.

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Bitter Brothers Brewing

The first brewery to open in San Diego in 2016 is also San Diego’s newest brewery.  Go figure being only the 5th of January.   As expected I preferred the hoppy beers.  Michele preferred the Black Sheep coffee porter on CO2 over the nitro version. Just down the street from the Morena Costco, I can see […]

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Dirty Blonde

Nothing surprising, but a decent interpretation of a Belgian-style wit beer…or that’s my guess based on what I tasted.  4.5% ABV from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery.

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Happy Root Beer

Tasted 6 different hard root beers at today’s New Year Day party.  5.0% ABV to 7.5% ABV.  From San Diego, CA to Brooklyn, NY.  Many different flavor profiles.  Though all were sweet and distinctly root beer-ish, some were more sweet than others.  Some had more of a black licorice/anise flavor,  and one I recall having […]

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THREE WEAV3RS Blood Junkie

Very nice hoppy imperial red ale.  Nice hop nose and flavor up front, and a clean finish without the lingering bitterness. 8.7% ABV.

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Monkey King Saison

Very pleased with this light Belgian-style farmhouse ale from New Holland Brewing.  Though not on the label, per the brewery website only 5.6% ABV and 23 IBU. 

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Mother Earth Brew – Winter 2015

8.8% ABV barrel aged Sin Tax is their fourth of Four Seasons of Mother Earth.   The strong whiskey notes overpower the flavors of the peanut butter stout when first poured cold.  Flavors mellow to a nice blend of wood and whiskey on top of the original base beer as it warms.

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A Revolver and a Golden Girl

On the left, the 6.5% ABV GABF gold medal winner, Revolver IPA, from BNS Brewing for me, and Bagby’s 9.2% ABV  Golden Girl Belgian-style golden strong ale for the lady.

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Gonzo’s Biggdogg Vanilla Porter

Michele smuggled this back from her recent trip to Kalamazoo MI.  A smooth and sweet porter with strong vanilla flavors, starts good but finishes kinda watery. 7%ABV.  I found it odd to see on the label that “carmel color” was added along with “artificial flavor”.  Why was added color needed?   I assume the added flavor […]

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shady oak barrel house bokonon

This farmhouse ale brewed with Brettanomyces smelled great and was very promising.   Unfortunately this bottle had a strong aftertaste of bandaids/ adhesive/ antiseptic which made the lingering bitterness unpleasant.

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Mammoth Brewing Tasters

Our first visit since they moved into the old Whiskey Creek building…so it has been a while.   Our favorites were the Wild Sierra, their mountain farmhouse saison brewed with pine, and Bluesa Brett, a mildly tart blonde with brett. 

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2015 Harvest Wild Hop IPA

Brewed with Neomexicanus Hops, this is Sierra Nevada’s 5th of their 5 beer Harvest series.  I’m enjoying it.   Though a past version smelled strongly of marijuana, this one is less so.

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Black Doubt Brewing Company

Perfect timing for our board/ski trip to Mammoth, as this nano brewery opened for business a week ago.  Five tasty offerings and after a nice day on the hills we ended up getting more.

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BA God Damn Pigeon Porter

We’ve been sitting on this for a little while.  Not sure when it was released, but aged in rye whiskey barrels from 7-5-13 to 5-19-14.  8.2% ABV.  It has held up very well.  Nice wood and whiskey notes.

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Paw Paw Citra Melon

Session IPA from Michigan’s Paw Paw Brewing Company.  Pleasant hop flavor with citrus and fruit notes.

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Sunday BeerCycling

AleSmith was the first stop, followed by Duck Foot and then Regents Pizza for a big boy glass (the Fish IPA from Pizza Port Brewing) and a slice. Last stop Amplified Ale Works and their Soundcheck IPA.  A great way to spend a day.

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Breaking Bud n Fruitland w Apricot

As you might expect,  a big boy glass of Knee Deep Breaking Bud, an American IPA,  for me, and the dainty glass of Modern Times Fruitlands, gose, with Apricots for the lady. I’m not gonna lie, as much as I’m enjoying the Breaking Bud,  I should have got the Fruitlands.  More tart than sweet…more so […]

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Future Tripping DIPA

Came here for The Patsy, and stoked to find this recently tapped double IPA on draft.  Cheers to Kevin.  Damn good beer maker.  Grabbing some Patsy to go for some side by side coconut beer tastings.

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Bottle Logic Darkstar

13.2% ABV Imperial Stout aged a year in Buffalo Trace barrels.  Also a few palate cleansers… L to R…Pumpkin Pi, Tripel Point and Goldzilla.  Good stop.

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Phantom Ales

Not to be confused with Phantom Carriage in Torrance, Phantom Ales is in Anaheim.   From L to R – Grand Cru, Sour Barrel-aged Saison,  Flying Brick Double IPA, Aletheia Cider, Simcoe Fusion IPA,  and a  Barrel-aged Grand Cru, a collaboration with Bootleggers Brewery. Her favorite was the 9.8% ABV Grand Cru, where mine was the […]

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THREE WEAV3RS BREWING

All pretty good…though a bit bummed we could only choose between their core flight or their specialty flight.  Enjoyed the splash of First Rodeo, the first anniversary IPA. 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Churchill’s X was my post Thanksgiving family meal beverage…well…more like my post post…post beverage.  Good none the less.

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Baby Xocoveza

8.1% ABV Xocoveza for the holidays and the new year packaged in recyclable 12oz serving vessles…and per the label, now to be an annual release.   Cheers to Chris Banker. 

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Enjoy By 10.31.15

Pushed to the back, it was forgotten or overlooked until now.  Only a tad late though.

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Le Ferme Farmhouse Ale

I enjoyed this Oklahoma brewed farmhouse ale bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces.  Refreshing.  Some fruitiness and tartness, and a bit of funk. 

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Death by Coconut vs Maui CoCoNut Porter

We decided to have a blind taste test to compare the 2.  It’s been a while since I’ve had it, but have always enjoyed Maui’s CoCoNut Porter and it was the first thing I thought of when I tried Death by Coconut last night.  Death by Cocont nose and flavor are more sweet and rich […]

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Death by Coconut

A newer offering from Oskar Blues Brewing is a very smooth porter with a roasty-coconut-milk chocolate nose and a flavor to match.   All that and 6.5% ABV.  Very good….will try side by side with Maui’s Coconut Porter soon.

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Propolis Brewing Litha

Really quite delicious.  A sweet floral/ earthy nose, flavor is mild tartness with subtle herb / earthy notes that linger on the palate long enough that you want another sip.   Going down way to fast. This is the second Propolis beer we tasted.  Both very good.   We definitely need to get our hands on some […]

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2010 DeuS (Brut des Flandres)

Really quite good…and not like anything else I’ve tasted.   In a small classification of Biére de Champagne/ Biére Brut.  I’d describe as Belgian golden strong ale with semi-sweet brut champagne chacteristics…tiny bubbles and 11.5% ABV too.

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Alesmith .394 Pale Ale

At The Joint in OB.  Always a good choice,  though had I spent a bit more time reading the signs before ordering,  I would likely noticed that Sculpin IPA are $2.50 pints all night on Tuesdays…and you would be seeing a post of that instead.

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Another Visit to Second Chance

I chose tasters of CoCoRasa, their robust porter brewed with coconut and vanilla, Seize the IPA, their regular ‘ol IPA, and Fool Me Twice, an imperial IPA.  All very good.

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DFW Layover Beer

The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout from Lakewood Brewing Company, Dallas, Texas.   

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Allagash Golden Brett

A heck of a good thing going on here in my mouth.  Slightly tart, a bit funky with notes of wood.  This one bottled July 1, 2015, so we only had laying around for a few months.

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2015 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

The fourth out of five beer series from Sierra Nevada. Not even gonna dirty a glass, n drink it right out of da jug.  24oz of yummy 6.8% wet hop IPA for $5.99 plus crv n tax = good deal. 

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Duet….

…, but not all night long.   In this case the 22oz of IPA lasted approximately an hour, sipping in between bites of food.  First Green Flash bottle of Alpine beer I’ve of  tasted.  I enjoyed it.  Not sure if Alpine bottled using Green Flash vessels,  or if Green Flash is now bottling the product.

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Bravehorn Scotch Ale

The second Bolero Snort Brewery beer Michele smuggled back home from her recent trip to New Jersey.  A sweet malty ale clocking in at 7% ABV.  I don’t taste cranberries or orange peel than the label says it was brewed with.

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Ballast Point Homebrew Mart

Suprisingly good were Grunion with pineapple and guava, Sculpin with mango and the cask of Sculpin with passionfruit.

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What Would Jeremy Brew?

A piney and resinous colaboration IPA from South Park Brewing Company and Stone Brewing’s Jeremy Moynier.

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Kagua Rouge

Designed by Nippon Craft Beer, Tokyo.  Product of Belgium.  An 8% ABV mildly spiced Belgian amber ale. 

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Forty Acre Wet Hop IPA at Hess

Hess Brewing OB tap room grand opening is off to a slow start…no line is a good thing.  About to tap the cask of 2014 barleywine.  No food truck…yet.  No face painting…yet.  Free pretzels snacks…while they last.

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Moovember Milk Stout

From Bolero Snort Brewery in New Jersey.  Smooth malty sweetness up front, a bit watery in the middle with mildly bitter roasty finish.  All that and 5.3% ABV.  Brewed and bottled by High Point Brewing Co., also from New Jersey.

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Electrocution IPA

At the source, and very good batch…though can’t recall a bad batch.

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2015 Estate Homegrown IPA

Sierra Nevada’s IPA using brewery grown organic wet hops and barley.  Malt forward with lingering resinous  bitterness.

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Crème Brûlée Stout

9.6% ABV imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans from New Yorks Southern Tier.  Happy Halloween.

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Haysaw Saison

From Burial Beer Co., in Ashville, North Carolina, a 6.2% ABV Belgian-style farmhouse ale, malty sweetness with a dry finish.

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Time Capsule July ’14

Wild ale brewed and bottled by Big Al Brewing in Seattle, Washington.  Not funky, not oak aged, not sour but not all bad…just not great.  4.2% ABV

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Barking Squirrel

In Toronto having a lager from Hop City,  a local brewery here in Ontario.

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2015 Celebration

Always something to look forward to.  This malt forward fresh hop IPA from Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints.  Cheers.

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Pliny the Elder at Lucky 13

Making a good day that much better.  If in Alameda, Lucky 13 is a good beer spot, with Chimay on draft.

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Burma Beer House Ale

Made by Oakland’s Ale Industries for Burma Superstar restaurants, I found this spiced shandy-like beer very refreshing.  Ginger, lemon and coriander flavors over a light bodied beer paired well with the spicy food.  4.6% ABV.

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Fieldwork Storm Surge DIPA

At Capitol Beer in Sacramento.  The fine folks at Capitol Beer drive to Berkeley to pickup the kegs at Fieldwork Brewing, bringing good craft beer to the masses.

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Vertical Epic 08-08-08

I like this re-release of their original Belgian-inspired IPA.   I think it tastes like I remember, but that was a lot of beers ago. I also enjoyed Your Father Smelt of Elderberries, a strong ale which, I would assume was made with elderberries, but couldn’t really tell by the taste.

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Tropical & Juicy IPA

At Port Brewing.  I would like to try them all side by side.  I think #2 citrus and something was my favorite.

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Mini Bottle Share

In approximately 6 hours last night, the four of us polished off 18 bottles of some pretty awesome beer.  I didn’t get a photo of the Amplified 2015 barrel aged Rare Form, or Dual Artisanship a collaboration beer from Perennial Artisan Ales and Prarie Artisan Ales…as well as a few others. It wasn’t until I was […]

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Pumpkin Pie Porter

From Deep River Brewing Co. in Clayton, North Carolina.  Pleasant roasty porter.  Pumpkin is more noticeable as it warms.  Less pie spice flavor doesn’t overwhelm the porter and pumpkin flavors. 5.9% ABV.

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Autumn Belgian Quad

12% ABV barrel aged offering from the fine folks at Mother Earth Brew Co.  Damn good beer.  A nose of sweet dried dark fruit, molasses and wood aged alcohol.  Flavor does not disappoint.  I look forward to trying this after cellaring for a few years.

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Kern River Shuttle Bunny

Kern River Brewing 8th Anniversary Ale is an 8.5% ABV double white IPA.  The nose is full hops with notes of pine, cedar, and even marijuana.  It has a wonderful hop flavor over the low malt/wheat base.  I need to get another bottle.

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Lost Abbey Track 10

13.something % ABV imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels with coffee and cocoa nibs added.  Preserved well.

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Recolte Du Bois

This farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with apricots, from Tahoe Brewing, is by far the best beer I had all day.  Slightly tart, fruity but not too sweet. Very refreshing.

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Hell Yes Ma’am

A 9.2% ABV Belgian-style strong golden brewed and canned by North Carolina’s own Raleigh Brewing Company.  Though we both thought it tasted true to the style, we tasted different things.  I found it more dry, while she felt it more sweet. 

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Jai Alai IPA by da Pool

A nice day for a beer by the pool.  Yep…that’s one of the coveted “d’Brickashawna” koozies to keep my beer cozy.

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Rogue farms 7

Rogue Farms 7 and a Youngs  chocolate Stout to finish off the week

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The Pit and the Pendulum

It poured a bit murky, but not chunky.  Fruit and funk nose.  Very pleasant saison-like flavor; mildly fruity, subtle sweetness, nice finish with just a bit of bitterness…enough to make me want another sip. Overall very happy with this  Belgian-style ale with peach and brett from the fine folks at Atlanta’s Sweet Water Brewing Company.  […]

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Churchill’s X IPA

Made by Bear Republic Brewing for Churchill’s Pub San Marcos with limited availability.  Though still very good,  it’s different than I remember.   This batch has almost a black peppery spiciness to the finish that I don’t recall in previous batches.  

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