My Beer Pix

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

Let’s play “Guess That Growler”!

For whatever reason we’ve accumulated a lot of growlers. A really lot of growlers. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 and growing since we never seem to remember to bring our growlers with us when we go brewery hopping, so we end up buying a new one or two every time we venture out. […]

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Another day, another Dogfish Head

The cool and tart beer was very refreshing after a warm July day.  And at only 4.5% alc/vol, I think I’ll have another.  yumm

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Aprihop from Dogfish Head Brewery

The first time I have DFH Aprihop it was on draft at my local watering hole.  I found the bottle to have a much more pronounced fruity apricot nose.   I find the citrus smell from the hops and the sweet smell from the apricot a very interesting combination in this seasonal release.  Get it […]

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Hers and his – why it works after 20 years

The one question I can count on when people find out the Beer Molly and I have been married for 20 years is “what’s your secret?” The best I can say is that we have a happy situation. Both of us love great beer, but niether of us like the same great beer. One look […]

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Certainly one of the few left in north county

After my random poll today at the brewery, I surmised that there are very few of these floating around.  After a long-ass, and hot day, this is perfect.  One of those not-so-big-beers that tastes like a big-ass beer.  Really..how often do you get that.  Too bad we have to wait until next fall to get […]

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Pub Crawling with the Pros in San Diego

A couple weeks back was the 50th birthday of Churchill’s bartender and all around great guy (even if he is English), Tony Dowson. To celebrate, friends Kevin Hopkins (who Twitters with the enthusiasm of a 16 year-old girl) and Brian Friel chartered a bus from Brewery Tours of San Diego, assembled 20 or so of […]

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4th of July Intoxication Guide

It’s Independence Day here in the ol’ U.S. of A. which means we’ll all be BBQing, indulging in adult beverages and essentially partying like it’s, well… the 4th of July. No doubt at some point during the day you’ll be standing about at a party staring at the really loud and obnoxious person at the […]

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Weekend Roadtrip: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

A couple of weeks back we decided to take a little roadtrip inland to Hangar 24 Craft Brewery in Redlands, California. We’d heard about Hangar 24 over a year ago while Beer Molly and I were hanging out in Las Vegas. At the time they were shutting down the brew pub in the Monte Carlo […]

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“Oh, you like beer? You gotta try this.”

A guy at work, said that to me and handed me a bottle of  Michelob Ultra Cactus Lime.  I reluctantly took the bottle, thanked him and told him I would share it with some friends of mine.  If the ingredients were on the label I would expect the first two to be carbonated water and […]

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Have a Bati while you wait

Yes, we’ve had a lot of adventures lately, plus the Real Ale Fest starts tomorrow so we’ll have a lot more. While I sort through what I’m going to post I want to share with you the beer I’m having right now: A Bati Beer from Kombolcha Brewery in Ethiopia. Some of our friends picked […]

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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout

For my after dinner beer I am tying the last of the Samuel Adams Imperial Series, their Imperial Stout.  Of the three (Imperial White, Imperial Bock and the Imperial Stout) I like the stout best.  I kinda figured I would and, whether purposely or subconsciously, I saved it for last.  9.2% Alcohol by Volume.

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Ninkasi Brewing – Spring Reign Ale

Relaxing with one of the beers given to be by Ninkasi Brewing when I visited Eugene, Oregon in April.  After sampling many big beers on tap yesterday (Cuvee de Tomme, Older Viscosity, Angels Share (Brandy), 3rd Anniversary IPA,  among others) something like this is nice..very refreshing.  It’s perfect to sip while chatting in the neighbors […]

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Portland Oregon Brew Stops

I was eager to hit the road after a week of playing.  To eager to go home, but I wanted to have time to visit a few breweries before we took off at 4pm.  We said our goodbyes and hit the road.  Snow flurries just east of us detured us from taking the route in […]

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Hanger 24 IPA

Here I was, sitting on the back patio taking a picture of my Hanger 24 IPA..my first pour off the growler that I got from the brewery last weekend….and wouldn’t you know…the dog, eager to play ball, jumped in my beer! For those of you concerned, the dog was able to drink his way out […]

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cake!

my birthday cake

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A “non”-beer weekend

9 Downington” Lost Coast “Old Ale” Sat: Coniston Brewery “Old Man Ale” Lagunitas “The Censored” Brouwerij Strubbe “Ichtegem’s Grand Cru” Spezial “Rauchbier” Lager Brouwerij Drie “Fonteinen Oude Geuze” Avery “Out of Bounds” Stout So far, so GOOD!…. –0016362836a03b62e5046a9fb049 Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable After recovering from a bout of flu early in the week, I […]

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Dan Akroyd and Inferno Ale

Dan Akroyd was making an appearance promoting his Crystal Skull Vodka yesterday, but he’s a big beer guy too. Here he is with Lost Abbey’s Inferno Thanks for the photos Sheldon!

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Goose Island IPA at home

Drinking beer brewed a few miles from home. We were lucky enough to get two cases of Goose Island IPA for 20 bucks each a week or so ago. 83 cent bottles of IPA will go nicely over the holiday weekend!

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Hey, what are you drinking? Show us!

Be our guest blogger and share your beer pix with us this Memorial Day weekend! It’s Memorial Day weekend, the un-official beginning of summer and the official beginning of beer drinking season (which around here happens to end the day before Memorial Day weekend begins.) Being who we are, we naturally like to celebrate the […]

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Beer Molly – Beer Cover Girl

Hey look — Beer Molly is on the cover of the July issue of All About Beer magazine! (Along with some other people.) The photo was taken at The Angel’s Share release at the Lost Abbey back in February of `09. In case you’re interested, the folks standing next to her are (from left to […]

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In Need of a Good Spring Cleaning

Though I have consumed some of the liquid samples that were stored in my fridge, I still have some.  The whole bottom shelf, the bottom shelf of the door, and now bottles have moved up on to one of the condiment shelves.  I really need to dedicate some time to some spring cleaning; a day…maybe […]

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Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock

Home after a nice lunch and decided to try the second of my Samuel Adams Imperial Series, the Double Bock.  At 9.5% I may just need to take this sitting down.  Nah..it just made me thirsty for something with hops.

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Dogfish Head Brewpub in Rehoboth Beach DE

This is 75 min IPA. It’s a blend of their 60 and 90 min IPA’s. Even better that this particular batch is on cask. Very creamy and a very good East Coast IPA.

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A little Hair of the Dog

Home after a long-ass week, and enjoying a great beer. As I pulled the bottle from the fridge I realized I still hadn’t  posted my pix from my last day in Oregon.  I made time to hit a couple breweries before my flight of flavorless beer.  I hit Hopworks Urban Brewery (we met them when […]

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Video: tasting Pizza Beer

So a few weeks back Beermolly got a package from Johnathan Surratt (aka: Beerinator) of The Beermapping Project in a sort of chainletter-type beer swap. Among the many Midwestern brews was a bottle of something called “Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer”, which the label proudly proclaimed was an “Ale brewed with oregano, basil, tomato and garlic.” […]

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Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale

We’re sitting in Church hiding from the heat and enjoying a fresh keg of Drakes 1500 Pale. only 5.5 abv but really hoppy and smooth.

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A moment to relax in the sun

The last load of laundry in drying on the line, the pool has been vacuumed and skimmed, weeds pulled from the back lawn and did a little watering, I even made a trip to the library to drop off and pick up books as well as catch-up on some of my Oregon postings.  Time to […]

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Crescent Oregon

Between Eugene and Crescent, we encountered a lot of weather.  We had rain (and even saw the end of a rainbow), fog, hail, sleet and snow.  Another thing I noticed while driving on the 58 was the abundance of taxidermist signs.  Some were more professional looking, and may or may not have had a building […]

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Eugene Brewery #4 – HopValley Brewing Co

HopValley Brewing Co. is not actually in Eugene, but just east of I-5 and slightly north in the town of Springfield.  Having no clue where I was going, I called HopValley and the kind girl gave me turn by turn directions.  The drive was less than 10-minutes. I quickly browsed the beer menu and selected […]

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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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