My Beer Pix

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

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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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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