My Beer Pix

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

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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“Monkey” Mike, Beer Molly & Mr. Liberty

So Mike (the new brewer at Port / The Lost Abbey) and Beer Molly decided to take a quick break from the Toronado in San Diego (Churchill’s Pub Crawl stop #3) and wander down 30th St. to a nearby adult bookstore to pick up some video entertainment for the limo bus in which we were […]

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The pub crawl begins

We’re starting off with breakfast and beer at Churchills before heading out.

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How to carry a beer on a bike

Normally I don’t put the NSFW stuff up here because this site is about beer, not scantily clad women (though the two seem to go together). However, I’m making an exception this time because this one is gets my respect for ingenuity and utility. Beer Molly says these type of beer carriers will never catch […]

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Rustic Bread & Cheese from Maine

My sister has been sending me regional food and drink from her new home town of Blue Hill, Maine.   Like me she was born and raised in California and uprooted a few years ago, floated for a little bit and then settled in Blue Hill. First it was beer, which I posted..I think.  Then it […]

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Lost Abbey welcoming new brewer with specially blended beer night

Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey will be hosting a “Meet the Monkeys” night at the brewery on Friday, January 9 from 4pm until 8pm in honor of the arrival of their new brewer, Mike Rodriguez. Mike comes to Lost Abbey from Boulevard Brewing of Kansas City, MO (one of the largest craft breweries in […]

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Damian & I having a pint of Alpine Nelson, courtesy of a care package from Jason & Ruth. We are so HOPPY:)

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Lightning Brewery’s Black Lightning Porter

The tree is out by the curb, the Christmas crap is 98% packed up and I felt it was a good time for a beverage. It’s good, but I enjoyed it more on tap for the short time it was available at Churchill’s.

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Recent Trip to Flying Dog

Lona and I went out to Flying Dog on Saturday (12/27) to meet up with some friends and have a few beers.  If you haven’t heard by now, their tasting room is unbelievable.  It was packed as usual.  Lona takes our son and pushes their way through the crowd to get to the far end […]

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The many benefits of beer

I like to tell people that what I love most about beer is that it makes me wealthy and intelligent and my wife young and attractive. I’m glad to see that others think the same way.

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07 Ichabod and Snow Flurries

We had snow flurries today. Kids loved it. This particular bottle of beer hasn’t lost a thing. It’s still just as tart as it was when it was fresh.

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Pub life San Diego style

At Hamilton’s in San Diego having hop sausage and beers from Stone, Ballast Point and Backstreet. Life here is awesome!

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Cooperstown NY

Chocolate Indulgence. True Belgian-Style Chocolate Stout. Very creamy with lots of chocolate (obviously) but not overpowering. Very nice beer.

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Weyerbacher

Double Simcoe IPA This beer is 100% Simcoe hops from our understanding and is absolutely fantastic. Considering how little they use hops on the East Coast, the Heavens opened up when we first sipped this beer. Next road trip…..Easton PA.

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weyerbacher 13th anniversary

this is a blegian inspired imperial stout that weighs in at a whopping 13.6%, but doesnt taste that big. i would give it 8 outta 10

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Gift exchange at Churchill’s

Kevin brought some beers for Christmas. Scarecrow from Wychwood, blueberry ale from Buffalo Bill and a Bear Republic black stout. Thanks Kev!

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Matt and Todd having a Christmas Eve Beer

Matt and Kevin (I like to call him Todd — ask him why) are over at Churchill’s getting ready to drink some Lost Abbey beers. They asked us to join them, but it’s Christmas Eve and we’re home with the kids so they’ll just have to make due without us.

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Lagunitas Ruben & The Jets

Ruben & The Jets. It’s another Frank Zappa Tribute beer. This one is similar to a porter with a lot of bitter coffee. It’s very tasty. Then again, it’s Lagunitas so we expect that

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Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn NY

Black Chocolate Stout. Insert whatever pun you feel necessary. As for the beer, it has 6 varieties of black, chocolate, and roasted malts. It’s got some bitter chocolate notes, however it’s a little light on mouthfeel. Which could be dangerous considering it’s 10% abv.

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Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner

Sam Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. An Intense Hop Experience. The label doesn’t lie. It has immense hop aroma like a double IPA, yet finishes clean like a Pilsner should. We would reccomend this beer to anyone.

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Fordham (Dover, DE) Dopplebock

fordham (Dover, DE) dopplebock lager 8% decent but nothing spectacular bought at a place called “beers & cheers” owner was awesome singing xmas carols the whole time

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Please welcome our new contributors

As a few of you have observed, in an attempt to bring ever more interesting beer pix, we’ve recently added several new contributors to the blog. So you can connect the beers with the names we’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new beer bloggers. Matt Dolman, Foreign Correspondent Accountant by […]

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America’s Oldest Brewery

Yuengling Traditional Lager Original Amber Beer is a favorite beer of a beer drinking colleague of mine.  She was heading back to Pottsville, PA for a visit, and since it is not available out here I gave her some advice on how to pack it and get some back in her luggage.  With creative packing […]

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A NightCap

Lona’s having Dogfish Head Chicory Stout and I’m having the Baltic Porter

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Mickey’s Ice

One for me, one for Tomme Arthur. I had to drive in ice rain to get it. How fitting.

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At Flying Dog

i am drinking double dog & D has the wild dog schwarz beer

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