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Musings about the Great American Beer Festival

By now lots of people have chimed in with their thoughts and experiences regarding this year’s GABF, so I’m not going to clog up the interwebs with yet another long-winded post about this brewery or that beer. Rather, I’m just going to share a few impressions and move on. This was only our second trip […]

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Port Brewing has new ownership

Cascade and Amarillo now run the place. Humans are still welcome if they bring a can of tuna and don’t disturb their naps.

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More photos from the wildfire

This is a photo from the Juliet wildfire as it advances over the hill in three places (one is just to the right that you can’t see). Right now it’s heading toward those houses in the valley. To see a photo gallery taken from our deck click this link.

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Wildfire view from MyBeerPix HQ

Must be October because the wildfires are buring again. Here’s a view about 2 miles from our back deck Update: The fire has a name. It’s “Juliet.”

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GABF re-cap coming soon

We’ll be posting a recap of the 2008 GABF and plenty of photos soon. We flew back to San Diego from Denver last night (Sunday the 12th) and haven’t had a chance to sort through the pix just yet. Stay tuned.

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An audience with a royal

GABF is such a big time in Denver that even royalty makes it out.  Here’s Matt w/the Alpha King at Falling Rock.

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Sandlot Brewing @ Coors Field

Ivan and Matt are excited that Sandlot is open.  but then again, they also get excited about spreadsheets.      

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High school musical?

Leaving Great Divide, is this an audition for high school musical.  Sage, Ivan, Molly, and Adam yuk it up on Wed.

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GABF brewer’s schwag

Contents of the GABF brewer’s schwag bag – magazines, pen, bottle opener, and my fav, a Wahl travel beard and moustache trimmer. (Also good for ‘trimming other things’ according to package.)

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GABF – Denver we’re having problems

Sorry for the lack of regular posts here from the GABF. I dropped my phone and cracked the faceplate and messed up the camera, so it’s a lot harder to blog from the phone. To make matters worse, the Denver convention center only has reliable wireless on the lower level well away from the floor, […]

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GABF day 2 – breakfast

The morning of day two requires a fairly heavy meal to offset the previous night. After breakfast we’ll blog a quick recap of yesterday then move on to stir up more trouble

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GABF day one recap

I’m going to start this post on Wednesday the 8th since I didn’t get a chance to sit down and post yesterday. (Phone blogging is all well and good for the short “what are you doing” posts — but woefully lacking for the longer stuff.) Our GABF experience got off to a rocky start when […]

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It’s Julian!

Julian Schrago is here with Pizza Port Solana Beach. He’s in the Pro-Am competition with Tovarich Russian Imperial Stout

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At Breckenridge Brewing

We’re at Breckenridge Brewing in Denver the night before GABF opens. This is Ivan from Churchills having a vanilla porter

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GABF Fantasy Draft

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been forced to listen to Beer Molly as she frets over her picks at The Beer Mapping Project’s GABF Fantasy Draft for 2008. She’s particularly mad at Izzy for taking Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey, a pick to which she felt entitled as she IS Tomme Arthur’s […]

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The Ritual Tavern – San Diego

(From the Pre-GABF housecleaning file) September 25th was my birthday, so Molly offered to take me out to The Ritual Tavern down in San Diego for drinks and dinner. The last time we were there was the evening the Toronado San Diego opened — an infamous night that involved Molly and Ritual co-owner Staci flashing […]

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A Visit from Saint Peter

On our way to pour at the Tucson beer festival a couple of weeks ago, we swung by the brewery to pick up three kegs of High Tide. It was a Friday morning so we weren’t expecting anyone but the brewery crew to be there. But as we walked into the brewhouse, there was Tomme […]

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Pre-GABF Housecleaning

We’re off to the GABF today, where we’ll be broadcasting live Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Thursday isn’t an official show day, so you can just join us as we wander through Denver seeking the best beer Colorado has to offer). However, in the run up to the festival, we’ve actually been quite busy… just haven’t […]

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Look what Adam found in the back of the Fridge!!

There cannot be many full bottle of Surf’s Up Symposium IPA floating around. Brewed by Green Flash Brewing of Vista, CA for the World Beer Cup last April, the only people who got it were attendees of the Craft Brewer’s Conference. Adam’s a lucky guy to be drinking this hop bomb of an IPA.

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Support boobs and beer – 2 of your favorite things

Admit it, you like breasts and you like beer (good beer — Beer Sage tells me there’s no such thing as bad breasts). So why not support both with a fund raiser we’re doing at Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey this Friday, October 3rd? From 4pm to 8pm we’ll be hosting a “Beer for […]

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Check out Lost Abbey’s GABF Video

Lost Abbey submitted a video as part of a GABF marketing campaign. The topic had to be why beer lovers and brewers love GABF and what the brewery is doing regarding its sustainability efforts. I think the video looks pretty good. To can find other breweries’ submissions by searching the term Beer Lovers and Brewers […]

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At TableRock Brewpub in Boise

Having returned home from Tucson, I promptly hopped on a plane and flew to Boise where I am now enjoying a HopHead IPA at TableRock. Hoppier than I thought.

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Great Tucson roadtrip part 1

We’re at Gentle Ben’s in Tucson. That’s Paul the bartender telling stories about people who mess their pants in bars

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Tustin Brewing Tap List

Tap list is pretty standard for a brewpub. They’ve got a light ale (whatever that is), a hefe, an American pale ale, a red, a porter, and something called RoofRooster Rye – Which I am guessing is named after the rooster weathervane on the roof. They’ve also got 3 guest taps. Bouzy Rouge from Newport […]

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At Tustin Brewing Co.

Today we’re at Tustin Brewing in Orange County, CA. Turns out it is in the same plaza as my business dinner tonite. Lucky me!

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A man who loved his beer and life has died. Well.

I like to tell Beer Molly that when I die I want my body thrown in the woods and all my friends to go out, get publicly drunk, obnoxious and arrested in my honor. Then I read the obit for a guy that recently dies in Wyoming. Among the gems in his send off: “He […]

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Guilty pleasure

Last day of summer, the weather’s still nice. Time for one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I can’t resist PBR.

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Homegrown Hop 15 on tap at Lost Abbey

So we’re sitting here having pints of Homegrown Hop 15. that’s Hop 15 dry hopped with locally-grown Centennial hops courtesy of Sheldon out in Fallbrook. Tomme has the full story on his blog right here. This is an extremely limited release — it’s only on tap at the brewery. But judging by its popularity, we’ll […]

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Surly Bender

Mmmm…Surly Bender, good stuff.  This was one of several beers I rec’d in a trade and it was good.  If only we could get out here instead of forcing our friends to fill their luggage with it.  BTW, I did share it w/several people.

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Spinnaker’s Iceberg Strong Pale Ale

Iceberg is one of the two brews I brought back from Victoria, BC.  This was a tasty brew.  At 6% ABV, it’s not something that I would consider “strong,” but it would qualify as that to the folks in BC.  The hops were good, not overpowering and I think the description of a classic Northwest pale […]

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merry friggin christmas

Yes my cameraphone sucks but what you are looking at is a barrel of Santa’s Little Helper in Bourbon barrels. there’s 14 of them and they will be incredible’ when released. mark your calendar.

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Greg and the girl

Faultline is having an Oktoberfest and Greg wants to attend if this girl will serve him beer

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Main Tap Tavern

My friends just opened a new bar in El Cajon about two months ago.  It’s the Main Tap Tavern.  They’ve got a nice list of draft beers and a very decent bottle list.  Forgive me, because I forgot to take a pic of the beer board.  This is Barbara and Zack.  Take the link above to get […]

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Back Home

I’m back in town and one of the first stops after unpacking luggage was Churchill’s.  Mmmm this Pliny the Elder is good. 

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Way out west for a beer tour

Matthew from Atlanta, Georgia is in San Diego on a beer tour. He’s also a Lost Abbey Patron Sinner and Saint (conflicted?), so we’re going to show him a good time.

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Quinault Rainforest

Since I keep talking about the rainforest, here’s a pic for you.  It was wonderful, wet, and a bit muddy.  Thank God for raingear and waterproof hiking boots! 

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They’ve got Deschutes!

Wow, maybe this place isn’t as rustic as I originally thought.  They’ve got Deschutes!  Black Butte Porter in the bottle and Mirror Pond Pale Ale on tap.

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Lake Quinault Lodge

So I’ve been driving in my rental car for almost 3 hours and am now at my destination, Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Forest (a northwestern rain forest).  This lodge has been featured on the PBS Lodges of America special (the whole reason I was coerced into visiting by my SO) and is […]

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Washington Coast

While there’s no beer in this shot, take a look at the ocean and shore, what a view.  

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Coming to America

So, the time in Victoria is done and now on the way back to the States on the ferry from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles.  Here’s your correspondent with the Washington coast in the background.  Whe aksed what I had to declare upon arrival, I said glad to be back and I’ve got a couple […]

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Finally, a non-touristy place for a pint or two

Today, I’m headed to Ferris’ Oyster Bar.  It’s a local hangout that Alana told me about, with good beers, great oysters, and a non-touristy atmosphere.  I can’t say enough good things about the waitresses and bartenders here.  The service level is great, the tattoos are interesting, and eclectic factor makes this place a 10 on […]

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Some good beer food

So, later we’ve meandered downstairs for some good beer food.  Nothing better than some good bread, good cheese, and fresh heirloom tomatoes to have with some tasty beer. I’m having a Phillip’s IPA (my new Canadian go-to beer).

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Mitchell’s ESB

I couldn’t wait and opened the Mitchell’s ESB.  Wow, this is a nice ESB.  I’ve got to see if Holiday Wine can get me some of this.  Just take a look at the color.

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Follow the yellow brick road…

Simcoe way was the yellow brick road to James Bay Beer & Wine Merchants(Spinnakers) @ 425 Simcoe St.  Talk about timing, this place had been open about four days.  I walked in during a wine tasting, perused the aisles and was drooling by the time I reached the beer section.  When I got to the […]

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Give me a sign

While I’m enjoying the sites of Victoria, I still am having this craving for hops, which is a bit surprising since I’m constantly complaining that all I want is a nice ESB or maybe a nice lightly hoppy Belgian (perhaps 2 or 5 pints of Devotion, mmmm).  So with info from Starr @ the Oswego, […]

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Bard & the Banker

How do you follow up High Tea at the Empress Hotel?  Why with a visit to a local pub of course.  We visited the Bard and the Banker on Government Street after receiving a recommendation from Cailie, one of our three favorite waitresses (Cailie, Starr, and Alana) at the Oswego Hotel.  Sorry, but pics did […]

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High Tea at the Empress Hotel

While visiting Victoria, it’s mandatory that you experience High Tea at the Empress Hotel. The fragrant malt coming from the tea is great. The nibbles are tasty and if you’ve been to one of my beer parties, not unfamiliar. Here’s the tea service and the food platter.

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Right Under My Nose

Turns out that I didn’t need to go out searching too far for a decent IPA, I found one right here at the Hotel Oswego.  Phillip’s IPA is a nice IPA reminiscent of a Samuel Smith IPA. 

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Okanagan Spring Pale Ale

Here’s one of the standards that can be found in most of the pubs and restaurants.  Okanagan Spring Pale Ale.  This was a malty ale, very little hoppiness to it, but still tasty.

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Hop Shortage?

What’s funny is that I searched high and low, and could not find the flowers I was looking for, so I asked one of the gardeners there where were the hops?  They looked at me funny, once I explained I was from California, they just chuckled and walked away.  I soon found out that the […]

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Butchart Gardens

So I arrived in town, checked into the hotel and headed out to Butchart Gardens, unfortunately, I thought Rebecca said Bush Gardens.  No beer, but it looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? 

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A Californian in BC

Hi, it’s Matt and I’m blogging from Victoria , BC (that’s British Columbia, not Baja California).  Here’s the Parliament Bldg

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Old friends dropping by

The Wirtz boys from Arizona and Fitz from Washington state dropped by the brewery to hang out today

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This Weekend: Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Pre-Stone Brunch

Duuuuudes! This weekend is Stone Brewing’s 12th Anniversary party and beer invitational. More importantly, it’s also Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey’s annual Pre-Stone Party Brunch! If you’re not familiar with this tasty ritual, before Stone’s “A” Session kicks off around 11 a.m., The Lost Abbey flings open it’s doors and serves up a massive […]

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Witch’s Wit Bottles Released… Finally!

After several weeks of delays due to labels, Witch’s Wit finally released in bottles today. A very light 4.8% ABV and brewed with Grapefruit, Orange Peel and Cardamom, it’s crisp and refreshing. Perfect for hot summer days. In honor of the release Molly donned her witch outfit to work the bar. As with all the […]

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Indians in the Lost Abbey

Some friends from India came into the brewery the other day and convinced us that we need to send Tomme to brew on the subcontinent. Not a bad idea. Here’s one of our buddies holding his beer and a sticker that reads “Drink your beer. There’s sober kids in India.”

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The tap list at Breakwater

Here’s the tap list: 3 taps for Ballast Point (pale, ipa and pils), two Stone taps (pale and the anniversary chocolate)’ bud light’, pbr, blue moon, paulaner, leffe, deshutes black butte, full sail amber, O’side ale works strong, racer 5, firestone lil opal, sierra nevada torpedo, sierra pale, firestone pale, full sail ltd and wyder’s […]

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At the new Breakwater Brewing in O’side

We’ve dropped into the new Breakwater Brewing on the Coast Hwy in Oceanside, CA. They’re not actually brewing yet, but the tap list is good and the food is tasty.

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I’m Trying Stone’s Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

We’re home today recovering from the Rate Beer Summer Gathering yesterday. (Yes, everyone was very cool.) I’m sitting on the back deck trying this Stone brew that’s been in my beer fridge for a few weeks.

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