My Beer Pix

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

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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OBF Wrap-Up

It’s Sunday, I’m on my way back to San Diego, and I’d like to leave you with some final thoughts on my visit to Portland and the Oregon Brewer’s Fest.  First, if you plan to go and want a chance to taste most if not all the beers, then go Thursday and Friday.  I was […]

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Saturday is the day…

…when this festival seems to become the “in” spot to be.  This is the south tent about 5ish.

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Saturday after 5pm at the OBF…

…these are the lines to buy mugs and tokens.  Wow!  That’s a lot of people and that’s coming from someone that’s worked the door at the Port 2nd Anniversary and the front gate for the last 6 years at the Stone Anniversary.

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Friday – A Fellow Beer Blogger

This is Bill who beer blogs at www.its-pub-night.com. Bill approached me to see if I was the real Tomme from Lost Abbey or one of Tomme’s many doubles.  Since Bill only had his fest mug and nothing else with him, I fessed up and admitted to being a look alike.

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Matt Dolman getting some (mistaken) love at the Oregon Brewers Festival

I was on the phone this morning with our foreign correspondent Matt Dolman who is on assignment at the Oregon Brewers Festival up in Portland. He told me yesterday he was wearing his Lost Abbey shirt and “doing his journalistic duty” (read: drinking beer) when a guy walked up to him and said “Hey – […]

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Ne Goeien Collaboration beer releases today

Today is the release over at the Port Brew/Lost Abbey of Collaboration brewed by Hildegard Van Ostedan & Tomme Aurther. It’s a Belgium Saison 5.5% ABV in 750ml bottles. (I’m thinking of wearing my blue dirndl for the release.) I had some last night and really enjoyed the beer. I also had 2 pints of […]

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Apparently…

…they’re a bit more liberal here in the Northwest than San Diego.  My response was “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.”  Beer transcends political ties.  It’s a uniterer.

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I joined the BN Army…

 …boot camp is apparently a little easier than the Corps, all I must do is drink beer, I think I can handle three months of this.

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Isabelle Proximus releases Saturday

Five great brewers – one incredible beer It’s official — the long-awaited Isabelle Proximus will be released this Saturday (June 28) at 10 a.m. at Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey in San Marcos. If you’ve been locked in a closet for the past year-and-a-half, then you’re probably not aware that this is the Gueze-style […]

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Pizza Port Real Ale Fest Photo Round-up

Last weekend was the always popular Real Ale Festival at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. Friday had an afternoon VIP session with some incredible beers — for the few minutes that they lasted (we had to hear about them at the Lost Abbey tasting room that night). And Friday night and Saturday afternoon were quite the […]

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New pig

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Next up: Cover of Rolling Stone

This month’s Celebrator has the Lost Abbey crew on the cover — and pretty much every page. Best part IMHO — I think Bo’s (second from left) fly is open.

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It’s My Birthday Today!

Today is my birthday. I love to celebrate it every year with good friends and, well you guessed it, great beer. Tonight I’m meeting a bunch of friends over at Churchill’s Pub in San Marcos, Ca If you get a chance, please swing by and buy me a happy birthday pint. We will be there […]

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Good news: beer is recession proof

Wandered across this story as I stood at the gas station filling my car with $4.32/gallon gas (welcome to California). Turns out no matter what the economy, people buy beer. Think I’ll go have one to help soothe the $85 chunk that just got taken out of my wallet. Beer is recession-proof (via 11Alive.com, Atlanta, […]

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Molly’s Select Porter

We are over at Backstreet Brewery in Vista and brewer Adam Carbonell has finally put Molly’s Select Porter on tap. Naturally, I am very happy because a) it was made just for me, and b) it’s really good.

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Joel & Jordan

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Private Party at the Toronado San Diego Tonight

Tonight is “friends and familiy” night at the new Toronado Bar in San Diego. (offspring of the world famous Toronado in San Francisco). The public opening of the bar is next Wednesday, but we’ve been lucky enough to get invited to the party tonight as guest of Ivan Derezin, owner of Churchill’s Pub & Grill. […]

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Monica is serving us well @ Shakespeare’s

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