My Beer Pix

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

Eugene Brewery #3 – Eugene City Brewing

Eugene City Brewing is a couple blocks south from Steelhead, and is owned by Rogue.   The place was empty.  Now it was before noon on the Monday after Easter, but still…where was everybody?  They had a large group of taps so I got closer to take a look. Instead of me choosing I told my […]

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Eugene Brewery #2 was Ninkasi Brewing

Everywhere I went I asked my server, or other patrons, where they would recommend I go for my next beer.  My server at Steelhead pointed me to Ninkasi Brewing.  Unlike all the other places I had visited, this was not a brew pub; it was a production brewery only. Their taps for tasting while I […]

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Craft Beer as a source for Beer Crafts

Hey, how clever is this? Rather than letting all those hoods & wires from cork-stoppered beers go to waste, our fellow blog author, Adam, is now recycling them into tiny pieces of wrought iron furniture. As you can see from the photo here, we are now the proud owners of a Parisian sidewalk bistro set […]

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Samuel Adams Imperial White

While out today I purchase one each of the Samuel Adams Imperial Series.  Today’s sampling was the Imperial White, a wheat ale brewed with spices, which clocks in at 10.3% alc./vol.  wow

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Eugene Brewery Crawl: 1st stop Steelhead Brewery

In July of ’07 we first met Teri Fahrendorf, Steelhead Brewery’s Brewmaster for 17-years, as she was “following the clouds of wort steam across the nation” in her pink boots. Though she has moved on from Steelhead, it was beer I have wanted to taste since meeting and talking to her.  I was not disappointed. […]

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Port / Lost Abbey 3rd Anniversary Party May 9th

Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey today announced that it’s 3rd anniversary party will be held Saturday May 9th from noon to 7pm (or whenever they finally kick everyone out). Along with excellent beer from the barrel archive and great food by Chef Vince, the brewery will also be hosting a live performance by local […]

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Friday’s Brewery #4 was McMenamins Pub & Brewery

Considering that the Oregon brewpub Guide is only ten pages, and that includes the cover and the pull out map, and that McMenamins Pubs covers over two pages front and back, it would seem McMenamins is as common to Oregon as taco shops are to southern California.  McMenamins represents 48 of the 138 listed brewpubs […]

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Friday’s Brewery #3 was Silver Moon Brewing

Having had Bend Brewing and Deschutes beers before, I pretty much knew what to expect.  Silver Moon Brewing, on the other hand, was someone I had not heard of.   It was also just a couple of blocks east of Bond and within walking distance. The first thing I noticed was the tight range of alcohol […]

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Bend Watering Holes

While visiting with Tanya, at Bend Brewing, I asked her where she would recommend I go to grab a good pint of beer.  She said The Blacksmith Restaurant.  That it had a decent tap list and even a better bottle list, and that is was located in the building right behind Deschutes Public House.  So […]

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Friday’s Brewery #2 was Deschutes Brewery & Public House

One block over and one block up from Bend Brewing you will find Deschutes Brewery & Public House..OK maybe you won’t find it..but I did. Top to bottom and left to right, I ordered my set of six tasters.  I like the idea of putting it on a pad. Though it does not show well […]

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A Deschutes by the Deschutes

I arrived at Deschutes Brewery yesterday just in time to watch the last of their guests leave and witness them dragging in their  “Beer Tasting” sign. While the rest of my party enjoyed the comfort of a warm dark movie theater, I decided to sit outside in the sun, have a pint and down load […]

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Bend Brewing Company

My Friday included visits to four brewery/ brewpubs (Bend Brewing, Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Silver Moon Brewing, McMenamins Pub & Brewery) and two watering holes (Summit and Blacksmith). My first stop of the evening was Bend Brewing Company. I had them pour samples of Elk Lake IPA, Outback Old Ale, Axe Head Red, Pinnacle […]

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After a long drive I was greeted with pizza and beer

Between Portland and Crescent we had winds, rain, snow, hail, sleet and fog.  We were lucky we didn’t hit any ice coming over the 58.  After 4-hours of crazy weather and car snacks, the pizza and beer tasted awesome.  The beer is a light bodied ale from Cascade Lakes Brewing Company called Rooster Tail Ale.  […]

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Today in History: Run of the Alewife

Imagine my surprise when I checked my RSS reader to find that today is the traditional beginning of the run of the Alewife of Cape Cod. “Running Alewives?” I said to myself (not being familiar with the running kind, since that might spill beer). “How curious. I must learn more.” So I Googled “Alewife Run” […]

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Wall Street Journal Covers Lambics

The Wall Street Journal’s Charles Forelle has a rather good article in yesterday’s online pub covering his recent visit to Cantillon in Belgium. Written for the non-beer geek, it’s good coverage of the Lambic style and its connection to the origin of beer (and the discovery of all alcohol for that matter). Interestingly, there’s a […]

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Killing time waiting for tires

My van is getting new tires, so I’m killing a couple hours @ Fenway Sports Bar & Grill with my phone, a Sierra Nevada porter and some Euro-soccer.   Update: Fenway in Carlsbad, CA. Not Mass. Sorry Boston friends, I’m not sneaking around without you.

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Beer Molly’s Favorite Guinness Commercial

Those who know Beer Molly know that she’s a good Irish girl with a love for Guinness. Since she also likes rauchbier, stouts, porters, etc. I always assumed it was because of the flavor. After watching this (now banned) commercial, I’m re-thinking my assumptions.

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A little dessert before dinner

At about 2pm yesterday we were told that the 5-gal keg of Ballast Point’s Victory at Sea, which was tapped Friday, was still pouring.  5-hours later it was still on tap…lucky us. Victory at Sea is a coffee vanilla imperial porter.  I enjoy the bottle but prefer it on draft.  Get it when you can. […]

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Pre-Belgian Fest

the key to a successful beer fest is a good base. Our choice was Don’s Country Kitchen

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Last Saturday’s beer gathering number 2

Session one of the Belgian Beer Party, at Carlsbad Pizza Port, has already started and I hope to finish this post before the live posts start trickling in.  Beer gathering #2 had some real treats.. First was Surly Brewing Co Oktoberfest beer called Surly Fest Lager. Followed shortly by Weyerbacher Riserva 2008.  Ale with Raspberry […]

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I’m lagging on my postings

Here it is Friday, and I haven’t even posted pix from last weekend.   It was one hell of a work week and I am looking forward to a great beer weekend.  I have emptied my camera so I am ready…for whatever.  Last Saturday I had two small beer gatherings. The first one was a friends […]

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10 sitautions you should not mix with beer

Jason Mosley (aka “Mr. Bacon Pants“), isn’t simply a bacon lover / beer enthusiast / tech connoisseur / variety commentator, occasionally he’s also damned insightful. He’s got a great post over at his site on 10 situations that don’t mix with beer, complete with video snippets and rich, creamy links. Personally, I could come up […]

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The last of Adam’s brews

We’re sitting on the patio at Backstreet enjoying a warm, sunny spring day and having a couple of Adam C’s final brews from Backstreet – La Costa Rasta, a Coffee Stout and India Pale Lager, which is, as you might guess, a lager with lots of hops.

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Adopt this brewer

Ladies and Gentlemen, meet our homeless brewer of the week, Gordie Gerski. A Canadian-Polish mix recently re-located here from Kansas City to run Port Brewing’s new bottling line, he is friendly, housebroken and has all his shots. He likes to watch mixed-martial arts, baseball and anything with Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen in it. He […]

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A quick stop at Alpine Beer Company

New After my appointment in El Cajon I ventured just a few more minutes east. I was hoping they still had some Nelson IPA, but no…this batch only lasted a week.  I feel fortunate to have had a few pints of Nelson at Churchill’s 2009 Hopocolyps a week and a half ago. Alpine posted new […]

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When life gives you a recession: make beer

The Wall Street Journal has an article today about the rise of craft brewing even as the rest of the economy is in the tank (or should I say fermenter?). Turns out a lot of folks who were laid off, downsized, or otherwise de-employed are tapping their inner entrepreneur and getting into the micro-brewing business. […]

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Hot Rocks and Homework

Not quite a full 22oz pour, but still better than a 4oz taster.   I expect to be up late, so I doubt this is my only post for the evening.

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Why I don’t drink beer from cans

I don’t know what to say about this photo other than WTF? Photo via Failblog.org   Going through my mind as I look at this— Uh… why? Oh, wait – it’s his “six pack” abs. A couple more beers and he’s got room for a 12 pack What does this guy’s wife / girlfriend / […]

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Man Drinks Hot Rocks… and likes it

That “man” in the headline is me, of course. I’m currently enjoying a cold pint of Hot Rocks, the new stein-style brown lager from Port Brewing Company. Yes, it is delicious. For those who don’t know the backstory on this one, Hot Rocks is a collaboration between Port Brewing’s Tomme Arthur and Bend Brewing’s Tonya […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Local 2

Local 2 is brewed with Honey and Citrus Peel. It’s 9% abv. This beer is similar to a Belgian Quad. It’s very effervecent and very clean. This is a very nice beer that will find it’s way into some care packages.

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The Session #25: Dirty Secrets

It’s Session #25 (#thesession) and we’re supposed to give a little love to the lager in our life. I survived last night’s Hopocalyse at Churchills and my body is having a hell of a time climbing out of a hole I dug with at least five or six double IPAs (great, IPAs I might add). […]

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A quick stop at San Diego Brewing Company

During my travels today I found myself near San Diego Brewing and stopped in for a pint.  Though none of my favorite San Diego Brewing beers were on tap today, there were plenty guest beers to choose from.   Of the guest beers there was nothing I that really yelled out “drink me”, or that […]

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Deschutes Jubelale followed by a Blind Pig Chaser

My last Jubelale was not nearly as enjoyable as tonight’s, I suspect due to drinking it after a pint of Pliny the Elder.  The Pliny just killed the nice bite of the Jubelale.  This time I switched the order and started with the Jubelale and chased it with a Russian River Blind Pig IPA.  Yum

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A pic that kinda sums up our long-ass Saturday

Though I brought my camera with me to the Carnevale Party, I failed to use it.  I prepared by deleting old pics off of my card and charging my battery, but I don’t recall taking the camera out and actually taking pictures with it. Maybe due to the difficult access of my fancy robe, maybe […]

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Photo Wrap-up from Lost Abbey Carnevale

Yesterday Matt Dolman a quick overview of some of the fun and festivities from last weekend’s Carnevale at The Lost Abbey, so today I thought I’d share the rest of the photos with you all. (Ok, most of the the rest of the photos. As you might guess, costumes, masks, music and liberal amounts of […]

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Nature’s Reward

After shoveling an insane amount of snow from my driveway and the neighbor’s driveway, these true winter warmers will go down nicely. The only downside is that it started to snow again as soon as I finished shoveling.

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2009 Carnevale – Tease Pics

I’m busy with that pesky thing called work, but wanted to get a few pics from Saturday’s 2009 Carnvale Celebration posted.  Funny thing about beer and cameras, they seem to make me irresistible to attractive women. As evidenced by this pic. But, it also makes irresistible to Mike from Lost Abbey…   On second thought, […]

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Priming liver for tomorrows Angels Share release

Yes, I have so many pint glasses that they are stored in boxes in the garage.  Yes, I broke one while washing dishes.   Why spend money on a glass?  Because I enjoy drinking from it…why else…  It is all about the experience. After a long-ass week I finally get a chance to sit down and […]

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Beer Wars Movie

I dunno, maybe this has been around a while and I’m clueless, or it’s a brand new thing. Either way, I just noticed the site for an (apparently) indy flick, Beer Wars, with an inbound link to us, so I thought I’d take a look. The site is slow (really slow sometimes), but it looks […]

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Sam Adams Imperial Series Imperial White Ale

This is a very interesting beer. It’s sugary sweet but not like Dogfish 120 IPA. It’s 10.3% abv is not hidden at all. I believe Tomme uses the phrase ‘Fire Water’ At only $10 for a 4-pack it’s a good price. Try one now and let the others cool down a bit.

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My Bloody Valentine

We received our care package from Jason and Ruth. This is one of our favorite beers and we’re very thankful.

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Sharing Vindecation from Schooner’s Grille & Brewery

Last October, at the Great American Beer Festival, I ran into the head brewer of Schooner’s Grille & Brewery, Craig Cauwels.  He was sandwiched between the busy booths of The Lost Abbey and Russian River.  He makes an awesome oatmeal stout and other tasty beers.  If you don’t believe me, check out his list of […]

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A Care Package From the McNairs

UPS showed up with a care package from the McNairs in chilly Maryland. Apparently they’ve been doing a little traveling since they relocated to Gaithersburg from sunny San Diego. Let’s see, that’s a Local 1 from Brooklyn Brewing, a Baltic Porter from Old Dominion, a Mad Elf from Troegs and an Otter Creek Russian Imperial […]

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What to get the couch potato who has everything

Yeah, I know this video is a month old, but it’s new to me, and it might be to you too. A couple of things that might make it better: 1) support for 12 ounce bottles; 2) voice command (“Fridge, toss me a beer!”) Awesome in every other aspect though.

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Saturday the 14th ended much better than Friday the 13th

Our local watering hole, Churchill’s, had some wonderful beer on tap.  The Abyss and My Bloody Valentine were actually tapped Friday the 13th.  We were just lucky they were still available when we went. Matt Dolman brought the Founders Breakfast Stout to share.

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Hell of a night at the Ranch

I’m having one hell of a beer for one hell of day. Okay, actually I just found a couple of bottles down in the cellar. But it’s still good.

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Red Poppy Release

So the Release of Lost Abbey’s Red Poppy was a couple weekends ago and all the usual suspects were in tow along with a whole group of new peeps. Beyond just getting some great beer, we also drafted a whole bunch of folks into peeling a few hundred pounds of Mandarin Oranges for a couple […]

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Poorman and Me

Actually, I’m not a “poor man” (unless you count having no money, no income and a lot of debt as “poor”), but last night Beermolly and I went to Carlsbad Pizza Port with the Monkeys for a couple of pints and pizza. Monkey Mike and I got a pitcher of Poorman’s IPA, which is my […]

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Brandy Angel’s Share Arrives Feb 28

It’s official, the 2009 release of brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share will be released at The Lost Abbey on Saturday, February 28th at 10 am.  Unlike previous releases of this incredible barleywine, this one will be available in both 375ml and 750ml bottles, which is a nice change since getting through a whole 750 of this […]

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Beer Photo of the Week: “Break Time”

This photo doesn’t really have anything to do with anything other than the other day I caught Mike Rodriguez (aka: Port’s new brewer, “Monkey” Mike) taking a little time out in the barrel room to “catch up on his reading.”   His wife assured me that he usually does that elsewhere, but the “library” might […]

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Starting the morning off, right?

Making a batch of Bloody Mary’s in the original decanter, you must first pour off a bit so there is room for the vodka.  In lieu of making a Bloody Mary with the first pour, I made my own Naty Ice Chelada… I was not going to use a good beer for the morning breakfast […]

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We’re going to need a bigger box

We’re waiting until the temps climb back above freezing before we mail Tomme’s Ice. It’s tempting to include 2 gifts for Sydney as well.

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Drowning our sorrows Part II

This is actually what started the home-sickness. O’Brien’s hosted a Russian River night last night with a stunning list of beers. (See Sage’s post on the pallet of Russian River) A few of our friends who attended kept us in loop via picture messages. We were greatful, but it’s a little depressing ya think? As […]

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Drowning our sorrows

Lona and I had a HUGE dose of home-sickness today. For those that don’t know, Red Poppy is Lona’s favorite Lost Abbey beer. It was released today and we were really bummed we weren’t there. To make matters worse, after tearing through our entire stash of beer I realized that we had drank our last […]

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Backstreet Brewing turns into a dark alley

Word has just come down that Adam Carbonell was just laid off as head brewer at Backstreet Brewing in Vista, CA. According to Adam, he was told that the company, which operates numerous Lamp Post Pizza outlets (Backstreet Brewing is the microbrew side of the operation), is “downsizing” and corporate head brewer Ryan Aikens, who […]

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From there to here there must be beer

Following the trail of bottle caps I found myself at Churchills.  First pint was Full Sail’s Wreck the Halls IPA. Before heading home I enjoyed a Jubelale from Deschutes…mmm

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my that’s a big tank in your bay door.

The boys at Port Brewing got a couple of new fermenters today, but getting them into the brewhouse turned out to be more of an engineering challenge than originally anticipated. This is a picture of the first one which is stuck in the loading bay door.

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A quick sip at Pizza Port Carlsbad

After a busy weekend we ended it with a quick bite, and some sips, at Pizza Port Carlsbad.  Yeah..we had food, blah, blah, blah… My first beer was The Warrior Black IPA brewed at the San Clemente Pizza Port and imported to San Diego County. When the pizza arrived my warrior was almost gone, so […]

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Beer Touring in Georgetown

Spent the day in Georgetown-it was actually warm enough to walk around outside. Heading into Pizzaria Paradiso/Birrifico Paradiso

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The making of a Stein Beer

Last weekend Tonya Cornett, brewmaster at Bend Brewing, flew down here to San Diego to do a collaborative brew with Tomme at Port / The Lost Abbey. Both Tonya and Tomme are last year’s World Beer Cup champion brewers (Tonya for the small brewpub category, Tomme for the small brewery category), so the beer they […]

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Eggs, sunny side up

Okay, it’s not really a beer pic (unless you count the beer glasses on the left), but I thought it was a cool pic anyway. This is breakfast the other morning. Obviously I like my eggs sunny side up. Lest you think this is a fluke, I found happy faces in some bell peppers once […]

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Churchill’s Pub Crawl Wrap-up – Part 1

As many of you already know, this past Saturday, January 17th was the (quasi) annual pub crawl sponsored by Churchill’s Pub and Grille here in North County San Diego. For Beer Molly this is one of the seven or eight highlights of the year (right behind her birthday, Christmas, and any other event at which […]

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