My Beer Pix

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

SD Fire update: We’re Ok – just barely

Hey everybody, we’re fine. Covered with an inch of snow-like ash and coated in a nice smoky smell that probably won’t leave the house for 9 months, but otherwise fine. After three days of tension and a 20 foot wall of fire as close as 1,000 yards, we managed to escape any damage whatsoever. We […]

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San Diego Fires – My Beer Pix on the Run

It’s about 6:45 PM and you’re looking at the Rice Canyon fire burning about a mile to the north of us. (Those little bright spots are flames.) A quarter million people have been evacuated from San Diego — including all 45,000 people from the town of Fallbrook. We’re in Bonsall right next door and preparing […]

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Beer at the Ice Rink

Unfortunately, ice skating rinks are not known for their beer selections. Hmmm… bock beer…

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guy guys

That’s Beer Sage on the left and Brad Vint who manages the bottle shop. We’re in Pizza Port now drinking pitchers of GABF award-winning Sticky Stout and the awesome Poorman’s IPA.

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Not guy guys!

This is Ryan & Matt Ryan sell yeast for White Labs. He also cleans tanks and other various scut work at Pizza Port. We’re not sure what Matt does. He isn’t either.

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Good beer good friends!

After closing the brewery, we went out to dinner and then over to the Pizza Port Carlsbad Bottle Shop. It’s German beer tasting night! Hooray beer!

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Fresh Glass of Lost & Found

Mmmm. Is there anything better on an autumn afternoon that a nice glass of Lost & Found and a few good friends?

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Ten things I learned at GABF

Okay, by now you’ve read all the Great American Beef Festival Roundups, heard about the awards winners, and various pundit’s impressions, expressions and opinions. So now you get to read the rest of the story. This year was our (i.e., Molly, Mojo, Adam and me) first trip to “The Show”. And what a show it […]

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Session 9 is… beer and music!

I’m playing catch up this week and just noticed that beer blogging Session #9 has been announced. The subject is “Beer & Music” and will be hosted by Port Brewing / Lost Abbey head brewer (and GABF small brewer of the year) Tomme Arthur. From his blog: For this session, I am looking towards my […]

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GABF live blogging

If you’re with a brewery or the media there’s a special set of bathrooms just for you. Thank god!

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Appaloos Grill

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GABF Live Blogging: Big Tom Nickel

That’s big Tom Nickel pub owner, beer festival promoter, and author. He’s hanging out with all the cool kids in the Pizza Port wing of aisle M.

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GABF: Uh, just some water please

The sign reads “6 Pack water, $5.99; 6 Pack Miller Genuine Draft, $4.90; Proof that the world hasn’t gone completely crazy.” I’ll have some water please.

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GABF Live Blogging: Coors Country

Here we are in Coors country (or is that Molson Coors country, or MillerCoors country?). The biggest thing in the Coors booth is two flat panel TVs playing the NLCS. Not too many people drinking the beer though.

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Off to the Great American Beer Festival

Well boys and girls, we’re off to the Great American Beer Festival and four days of beer and the people who love it. This is our first trip to “The Show”, so we’re not exactly sure what to expect, but you can be sure that we’ll be blogging live from the festival and keeping you […]

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Session 8 : Beer & Food – The end of a fun day!

Well, we’ve reached the end of Session 8 and beer blogging Friday. Beer Sage, who did most of the Session blogging today is sleeping soundly, so it’s just me and Barnum out on the deck by our bar now. Before bed we’re doing a triple pairing of sorts (if it’s possible to triple pair) — […]

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Session 8 : beer & food – Dinner

9:00 pm – Dinner (NOTE:This is a day-long continuation of the Session 8 Beer & Food post, so make sure you start with Breakfast.) We enjoy eating late, so we wandered over to Churchill’s Pub for dinner a little past 9pm. Churchill’s is one of our favorite beer & food beer places because the tap […]

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Session 8 : Beer & Food – Snack time

5:30 pm – snack (NOTE:This is a day-long continuation of the Session 8 Beer & Food post, so make sure you start with Breakfast.) We’ve moved on over to Port Brewing where we’re holding down the tasting room bar for the evening. We were really hungry but unfortunately the popcorn machine once again caught fire […]

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Session 8 : Beer & Food – Lunch

12:45 pm – Lunch (NOTE:This is a day-long continuation of the Session 8 Beer & Food post, so make sure you start with Breakfast.) Last night was pizza night here at the ranch, so that naturally makes today’s lunch leftover pizza. I’ve paired my two slices of pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, tomato and onion with […]

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Session 8 : Beer & Food – Breakfast

The subject of this month’s Session (graciously hosted by Beer Haiku Daily) is beer and food. Molly and I have long held the opinion that beer is food, but if everyone wants to do beer and food, fine, we’re flexible. We can do that too. Undoubtedly a good many of our beer blogging fellows will […]

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Video: Toast to Michael Jackson

Sunday, September 30th was National Toast to Michael Jackson day. A small crowd of us went to Port Brewing/Lost Abbey and raised a glass of Mr. Jackson’s Malhuer in a toast lead by head brewer Tomme Arthur. Here it is in all it’s video goodness:

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Pub crawl

From Long Beach, Calif. The dropped in to toast to Michael Jackson with us.

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Brandon, Matt and Ryan

The boys are all very happy with their beers from Lost Abbey. Now we’re sending them on their way and Sage and I are off to see 3:10 to Yuma.

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a Breckenridge 471 shirt

This is another guy who came over from the Stone AHA rally. I like his shirt because it’s a Breckenridge 471 IPA shirt. We were pouring beer next to Breckenridge at the Tucson Beer Festival last week, and while I didn’t like the 471 (Sage is the hophead), I did really like the vanilla porter.

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Charles Papazian and Tomme Arthur and a 40

Charlie and Tomme are going to bust open a 40 of Mickey’s and toast their homies. Well, they’re going to bust open the 40 just as soon as Charlie figures out how to open it.

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Charles Papazian and Tomme Arthur

Charles Papazian dropped by The Lost Abbey after making an appearance at the homebrewer’s rally at Stone Brewing. Here he is with Tomme. (I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t know who Charles Papzian was until Sage explained it.)

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Kathy and Mike

It’s their first time visitng the brewery. I think they’re having a good time.

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Party time while everyone’s gone

Tomme and Sage went over to Stone Brewing to the homebrewer’s rally. That leaves me running the bar with all these guys drinking beer. Should I be afraid?

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Homeboy Tomme and a Mickey’s

Tomme’s having a Mickey’s Big Mouth. None of his doo rags are clean so he tied a plastic bar to his head instead. (This, ladies and gentlemen, is what great brewers look like in real life.)

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As Seen on TV: Beer Stealer Logan Perkins

We’re hanging out and tasting a variety of stuff at the bottle room at Pizza Port Carlsbad and in walks Logan Perkins, the West Coast rep for Belgian Beer importer D&V International. (That’s the lovely Colleen next to him.) For those who don’t know, Logan is (minorly) famous because he’s the guy who stole Zane […]

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At Pizza Port Carlsbad’s Bottle Room

We’re taking a little mid-week break at the bottle room at Pizza Port Carlsbad this evening. Being the porter/stout girl that I am, I’m having a Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout for starters.

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Staring at good bottled beer

A lot of people seem to be fascinated by the fact that all the Lost Abbey Beers are cork-stoppered. We keep getting asked “is this beer?”

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Choice of way too many

The only thing cool about this beer is the name. But the girls they hired to pour are pretty fun.

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Breckenridge Brewery Girls

Breckenridge Brewery is right next to us and they’ve got a couple of really nice girls pouring 471 IPA, Summer and Vanilla Porter. (The Vanilla Porter, btw — very tasty.)

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What’s on tap for the weekend

A couple of good beer festivals this weekend. 13th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer Tonight is the 13th Annual San Diego Festival of Beer in Downtown San Diego. The $25 admission fee gets you 10 tastes, and there’ll be 50 or so microbreweries on hand, so there’s plenty to choose from. Best of all, […]

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Jr and spicy wings

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