My Beer Pix

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

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That’s a secret beer

the maker of America’s best beer right now is downing a secret blend Nah, that’s a lie. It’s a Mickey’s tall boy from the same gas station where Mojo gets burritos. Tomme loves the malt liquor. So the girls feed his habit. His only problem? “The beeches need to learn the difference between a quart […]

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Photos from the Stone Anniversary Festival & Port Brewing Pre-Party

Yes, I finally got around to sucking all the photos off my camera and loading them to the web. As usual, the Port Brewing party was a hoot (and the food was great). Plus Tomme put Hop 15 on cask (wow!). Stone’s party was great too. Got to see a lot of fun people and […]

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Live blogging – AB Onion Ring line

The onion ring line (free onion rings!) is twice as long as any beer line. (Pretty much a toss up between Maui Brewing and Russian River).

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Live blogging – The Steves having a beer

That’s Steve on the left (of Summer of Beer blog fame), and other Steve (who, as far as we know is not famous). The stopped by for breakfast and beer before heading out to the Stone Anniversary party

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Session 7: The Brew Zoo – Saints, Monkeys and Beer in the desert

This time around it was Rick Lyke’s of Lyke 2 Drink turn to pick the subject for beer blogging Friday. A hat tip to him for making “The Brew Zoo” the topic. Molly and I just sent our oldest off to college at the University of Arizona a couple of week’s ago. The UA is […]

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Stone Anniversary & Port Brunch Saturday

Saturday September 8th we’re heading out to Stone Brewing’s 11th Anniversary party. It’ll be our fourth time at the festival, and we always have a great time. There will be 39 breweries from as far away as Holland and Germany pouring beer that weekend, plus a lot of great food and fun people. It’s been […]

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Hop 15 Wrapped in Stone Hops

Does it get much better than this? A cold Hop 15 on a hot September 1st afternoon! The Stone glass is Sick is it not? Cheers, Tom and Wendy

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The beer for our food/beer pairing awaits!

A friend of Monday Night Brewery fancies himself a chef, and is using tonight as his first pass at combining beer with food. We’ll be drinking 2 beers: Lagunitas Maximus IPA with dinner and Rogue Shakespeare Stout with dessert. I’ll send a pic of the food too! Happy Labor Day, everyone!

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Friends and some Carlsbad Chronic

Hanging out with G-Love and Trixie and having a pitcher of Carlsbad Chronic Pale Ale on a really hot afternoon in San Clemente

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Beer Pix: Hair braiding at Port

That is Damian. He looks like Hootie from the Blowfish. He is braiding a girls hair while we have a beer at Port Brewing. He is also thinking of being the next senator from Idaho Hooray beer!

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Great Divide Titan IPA

Titan IPA helping ring in the eve of the first college football Saturday of the Fall. Fight On for ol’ SC!

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Update: Show us your beer pix!

Ok, boys and girls, the live beer pix blog email line is open! Show us how you’re celebrating the end-of-summer weekend in living color. Email / SMS your beer pix to: pix @ mybeerpix.com For all the nitty gritty details on how you can blog live to our site, check out the previous post.

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You and A Weekend of Beer Pix – Be Our Guest Blogger

This weekend is Labor Day weekend – the traditional end of summer for those of us here in the States. Being who we are, we naturally like to celebrate the end of the season with (what else) Beer and pictures! But this time around we thought we’d do something really special and invite you to […]

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Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting Wrap Up

Last Saturday was Lost Abbey’s first annual barrel tasting event, and as promised, it was a night of food, festivity and really fine beer. The sold out event began a little after 6pm as people filed into the brewery to sample a little Devotion and Red Barn as preparation for the main attractions. Once folks […]

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Vince and Tomme on the dock with Vince’s “Junkyard kitchen”. Amazing what these guys can do with some barley, barrels and a BBQ

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Those a cinnamon roles that Vince made to pair with The Angel’s Share. Mmmmm!

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Beer Fan Steve and friends

That’s Steve (as in Steve of Summer of Beer fame) on the far right, a couple of lovely young ladies and yet another guy named Steve (or Stephen). W00t Steve!

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All attendees got to bottle and cork their own Veritas

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Barrel Tasting Party

I am excited about the barrel tasting party tonight and the Lost Abbey. It’s the 1st one the brewery has put on and it’s sold out. Only 100 lucky people get to go and I’m one of them. I’ve trying to pick out my outfit for many days and it’s so hard but I think […]

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Travel the “Beer Highway” in San Diego

As regular readers of our (irregularly updated) blog know, we’re all about the beer scene here in San Diego, California. More specifically, we’re all about the beer scene in Northern San Diego county, particularly along State Route 78 that we like to call “the beer highway”. Along a 12 mile stretch of road that runs […]

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Did you say “Beer Festival” or “Bear Festival”?

I’ve been to quite a few beer festivals, but I don’t think I’ll be attending any in Serbia any time soon. From the article: BELGRADE, Serbia (Reuters) — A 23-year old Serb was found dead and half-eaten in the bear cage of Belgrade Zoo at the weekend during the annual beer festival. The man was […]

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Be glad you’re not a homebrewer in Bahrain

Ran across this little snippet of news from beautiful, sunny and sandy Bahrian: TWO INDIAN men have been accused of operating an illegal “cottage industry” of brewing and selling alcohol. One is accused of setting up the brewery in his house and the other of obtaining, possessing and selling alcohol to customers and being an […]

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Updated: Lost Abbey First Annual Barrel Tasting

Just a quick update to my earlier note on the Lost Abbey Barrel Tasting. The full press announcement is now on their website right here. And a link to the online tickets can be found right here.

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Best Beer in the USA

Inside Bay Area’s William Brand had a little ditty over the weekend about the Toronado’s 2oth Anniversary party coming up this weekend. (warning: IBA’s layout is kinda hosed. If you can’t read it, there’s a mirror right here.) In the article there’s a few quotes from Toronado proprietor and beer demi-god David Keene (who also […]

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The Session #6: Fruit Beers

“No fish, no fruit.” It’s a pretty straightforward policy — one that I held for many years and applied to both pizza and beer. (A personal Reinheitsgebot if you will.) It still holds for pizza, but over the years I’ve modified it for beer to allow certain fruits — sour apples, cherries, grapes are allowed, […]

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At Downtown Johnny Browns

Stop number three is Downtown Johnny Brown’s located in the civic center plaza just off third street. A good beer bar for local brews, but deserted on weekends. (Mostly a business crowd from the courthouse and civic center.) I’m drinking a Speedway Stout and Beer Sage is having Sculpin IPA from Ballast Point

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I hope it’s good

Damian says this is a great beer bar. I hope he’s right. Our next stop

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Irish breakfast Sunday before a day of drinking good beer.

So the kids have gone off to ComicCon and we have an excuse to explore San Diego’s Gaslamp district in search of the perfect beer bar in downtown SD. Right now we’re having an Irish breakfast at Dublin Square just off 4th street. We’ll blog throughout the day and let you know what we find.

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40 Days in the desert: aka 14 days without Beer Pix

“Where the hell are you and why the hell aren’t you posting?” That’s the reader email that greeted me this morning –- 14 or so days since our last post to our beer and sun-soaked corner of the Internet. A two week hiatus isn’t so long in the grand scheme of things, but apparently its […]

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live bloging -hamiltons

This is Hamilton’s Bar in North Park, San Diego. Great beer selection. I’m having a Racer 5 from Bear Republic. Tony’s decided to become a cross-dresser.

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we are at hamitons. It’s dark in hre.

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San Diego Pub Crawl This Weekend

I know, our postings have been a little slow the past couple of weeks. I’ve been really busy with the summer rush here at the Mercantile, and Sage has a new contract with a security software company that’s kept him from doing much of anything other than… well, actually, I don’t know what it is […]

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The Session #5: Atmosphere

First off, kudos to Hop Talk for selecting “Atmosphere” as the subject for Session #5. If you read / look at this little blog more than a couple of times you’ll realize that Molly and I enjoy beer culture — people and places – as much as the beer itself. So “Atmosphere” is a topic […]

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Beer Tasting Night: The Good, The Bad and the Clam Flavored – Part 1

Last week I wrote about a 10 year-old bottle of Olde English 800 Malt Liquor Molly and I were about to open, sample — and hopefully survive. Well, after standing at our bar for several minutes staring at that 40 ounce bottle we decided that something as special as this had to be shared with […]

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What is a “Craft Brew”?

I’m late to the party on this one because I was out of town (and I’ve been drinking Olde English 800). Over at Seen Through a Glass Lew Bryson is mulling the meaning of the term “craft beer” and whether it applies Anheuser-Busch’s Beach Bum Blonde Ale. There’s a lot of back and forth in […]

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Celebrating Summer with a 10 year old beer

Greetings fellow beer lovers. Molly and I have been in Tucson exploring the beer offerings of southern Arizona the past few days (a fact you may have noticed by Molly’s posts from her nifty new camera phone (2 mexapixels and a full keyboard — pretty awesome). After I’ve had a chance to weed through the […]

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Off to another brewery

Okay, we’ve moved on to Gentle Ben’s Brewing right next to the University of Arizona.

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Let’ see how it tastes

Nimbus has 10 beers on tap right now and we’re about to try them all. The head brewer is about to come down and talk to us about them. Should be good!

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Pink Boots came to Port Brewing

Talk about coincidences. Thursday morning I read Al at Hop Talk’s post on Teri Fahrendorf, former Steelhead Head Brewer, now on a 10,000-plus mile journey across the U.S. as the Pink Booted Road Brewer. Friday afternoon Molly and I wandered into Port Brewing to do our usual Friday night shift behind the bar in the […]

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History of Beer Part 2: 1516 – 1898 AD

So I was wandering around the Internet late last night looking for some inspiration on for a big BBQ we’re having this weekend and I found an obscure little blog called Uptown Flavor with what looks to be a great Cajun Bourbon chicken recipe. Coincidentally, it also had a fresh post titled The History of […]

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Brewery Hopping gets noticed

The International Herald Tribune has nice article today on what it refers to as “brewery hopping”, or what we all know as “a Pilgrimage” (i.e., visiting craft breweries and tasting the beer). From the article: Although beer lacks a major destination such as Napa Valley in California, many beer aficionados are taking vacations that are […]

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Port Brewing Releasing Hop 15 in Bottles

Word just came down from Moses (aka Tomme Arthur) himself that Port Brewing’s Hop 15 will be released in 22 0z. bottles this Friday, June 15th. If you’re not familiar with the beer, it’s an Imperial IPA that gets its moniker from the fact that it’s hopped 15 times with 15 hops at 15 minute […]

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One Year-old wins five medals at beer festival

One year old Port Brewing / Lost Abbey managed to walk away with a record five medals at the First Annual San Diego Craft Brewer’s Festival this weekend, beating out big name breweries such as Boston Beer, Stone Brewing, and New Belgium for the honor. Paso Robles’ Firestone Walker did tie Port Brewing for the […]

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San Diego County Fair Craft Brewer’s Festival wrap-up

This past Saturday Molly and I joined hundreds of craft beer lovers at the San Diego County Fair First Annual San Diego Craft Brewer’s Festival. The venue and weather couldn’t have been better – the Paddock area of the Del Mar fairgrounds was transformed into a large circular beer garden and accompanied by sunshine, blue […]

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SD Craft Brew Festival – more beer time

Ok enough live blogging. I am going to go do some serious tasting now. This is the Porter with Chocolate from San Diego Brewing. Good! Full wrap-up and more pix from Sage tomorrow!

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SD Craft Brew Festival – Tomme wins 5 medals!!!!

Tomme Arthur and Port Brewing/Lost Abbey won five medals — more than everyone else! 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze! Firestone-Walker won five too. Pizza Port and Boston Beer each got four. Lots of other winners too. Shipyard’s Export Ale Bitter won the ‘best of show’. Beer Sage will have all the details on […]

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SD Craft Brew Festival – Award time

It is award time. The big guy on the left is Tom Nickel of O’Brien’s Pub. The silver tank is the grand prize. It is a real working fermenter. If you win you are supposed to brew beer in it and pass it to the winner next year — better than the Stanley Cup, don’t […]

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My first – Maui Brewing Coco Porter

Still live at the SD festival. My first is a Coconut Porter from Maui Brewing Company. Never had it before and it is really good! Beer Sage is enjoying Maui’s IPA too! Wish we could find their beer here more easily

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We are in!

Thank god we finally made it through that line! Now it’s time to do some beer tasting!

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1st Craft Brewers Festival at the San Diego County Fair

Today we’re heading off to the San Diego County Fair for two reasons — 1) Our son has an art project in competition today, and 2) it’s the fair’s first ever Craft Brewers Festival (w00t!). So after we’ve been to the art competition, loaded up on funnel cakes, hot dogs, and other deep fried fair […]

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10th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival Round-up

Last weekend was the 10th Annual San Diego Real Ale Festival held at Pizza Port in Carlsbad. In all there were more 60 beers from eight (mostly western) states, and seven countries – all casked and served through a beer engine, with a handful of bottle conditioned real ales as well. As usual, organizers Tomme […]

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Beer Holder Irks Animal Activists

From the “is that a toad in your beer?” file: The Australian city of Townsville (the real one, not the Powerpuff Girls one) has landed itself in a bit of hot water over a “Stubby Holder” (aka: the neoprene beer holder/cooler) encouraging people to visit and play a round of “Cane Toad Golf”. Cane Toads […]

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Session #4 – Port Brewing / Lost Abbey

Beer Molly and I walked into the tasting room for the first time a little over a year ago. The first weekend open to the public, it was deserted except for the two gentlemen standing behind its now signature 30 foot long redwood and stainless bar. We wandered up to the bar, introductions were made […]

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The Top Beer Bloggers Revealed – Part 2

Last Friday I wrote about a little experiment I did in an attempt to determine the most popular beer blog on the web. Basically I wrote a script that does a little triangulation between ranking systems on a blog aggregator (Technorati), a search engine (Google) and a blog reader (Bloglines), and tosses back the results. […]

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Real Ale Festival This Weekend – Carlsbad, Calif.

A quick heads-up for those of you who will be in the San Diego / Southern California region this weekend. June 1 and 2 (that’s this Friday and Saturday) is the 10th Annual Real Ale Festival hosted by Pizza Port in Carlsbad. The festivities start at 4pm on Friday and pretty much run until closing […]

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The Top Beer Bloggers Revealed

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most popular beer blogger of them all? Yeah, okay, dorky intro, but it’s an interesting question because all the beer blog readers I know seem to have different lists of blogs they read. What’s more each claims that his (or her) blogroll contains “the most popular and […]

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