A tasty IPA at one of the original San Diego brewpubs, now soon-to-be closing. Broken Yolk, which is expected to take over the space, can’t come close to being the oasis of craft beer, in the suburban desert of Mira Mesa, that Callahan’s has been. Lucky us we can find their fresh offerings at San […]
While in KCMO I stopped into Boulevard Brewing’s HQ for a few tasters with and old friend. Heavy Lifting is an IPA, which at 6.2% isn’t heavy at all. And Rye on Rye on Rye a stout aged in rye barrels. It’s got a boozy kick but a nice, clean finish.
Located at Harrahs Rincon in Valley Center. 6 drafts today. L to R are per the board (L to R, top to bottom). Last two (L to R) are a red IPA and a blueberry saison. Our fav was the Paradise Creek.
Arrh….right from da can.
I’ve not been a big fan of a good IPA but with added fruit. Sometimes interested in tasting it, but nothing I see more than just trying…and maybe that’s their marketing plan. If everyone buys just one once…. Pleasantly surprised that I’m enjoying this one. A 6.4% ABV beverage with a sweet fruit/citrus nose, nice […]
A nice 4.3% ABV gose brewed and bottled for Stillwater Artisanal by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, in Denver, Colorado. A lot of grapefruit flavor/notes. Some coming from the tartness of the style, but likely more intense from the Citra and Amarillo dry hopping.
The light one is the wit and the dark ones are stouts. The others are beer too. IMO..Dank Drank over the Drupe Fruit, and Uni over the Dorcha. Happy with both Exotic and Wit.
A delish IPA from the fine folks at Alpine Beer Company.
Piney n resinous, and a bit more sessionable at 8.5% ABV, compared to the first batch at 13+%ABV.
Grabbed this recently at an out of town small mom and pop market, that had an OK beer selection. Now home it appears to be about a year old. It poured ok, though carbination was a bit low. Smells similar to dried marijuana, which I’ve also experianced with beers made with Neomexicanus hops. Bitterness was […]
Very happy, and a bit surprised, to find this 8% ABV double IPA, collaboration beer from Amplified Ale Works and Alvarado Street Brewery, still on draft in Amplified PB. Really quite good.
Idaho 7 wet hop IPA at Mother Earth Brew on Main Street. 6.7% ABV.
Enjoying a coconut porter by our friend Kevin Buckley @barleyforge. Seem to remember this one in an ealier iteration when it was PB Tap house Toasted Coconuts on Rye. Nice and balanced without too much on the coconut end.
Very happy with this 7.5% ABV IPA brewed with Mosaic, Meridian and Denali hops. Fruit, melon and pine hop flavors with clean dry finish, and not malty sweetness.
I interpreted “enjoy as fresh as possible”, as in best before noon. Greatly enjoying this classic 10% ABV double IPA after breakfast.
I chose to pour into the glass from the previous beverage, and not drink directly from the decanter. Now I fear the glassware/beverage police will be handing our citations.
Bootlegger’s Brewing makes some great beer. Surprised, but glad, to find it at Bubba Gump, as Bubba Gump was not even on my list of places to eat. “I’m Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump.”
At Wheat & Water
9.2% ABV hidden in sweet liquid raspberry yumminess…like dessert.
A delish 6.7% ABV beverage at Pizza Port Solana Beach. It’s been a while…I really need to make an effort to stop by more often.
A tasty 7.3% ABV collaboration IPA from Karl Strauss Brewing and Amplified Ale Works. I’m not tasting raspberries.
In Anaheim for a few hours and thought we’d check it out. 8+% ABV double IPAs seemed like a good place to start. Both clean and good, but preferred the Naturia made with Mosaic and Simcoe. Between Michele and I we tried…hmm..8..maybe 10. All were clean and well made. Good stop and likely […]
Just having it, or carrying it with you, doesn’t make you smarter. You must know it, carry it inside you, absorb it…and, with practice, wisdom will come with Accumulated Knowledge.
8.2% ABV cider at Newtopia Cyder soft opening. Tasted the 3 ciders on draft to choose from. Also pouring are a 6.5% ABV Wyld Cyder and a 6.5% ABV India Pale Cider, made with mosaic hops. All clean and flavorful. The Wyld and IPC are less sweet and have slightly drier finish. Belgian Pineapple was […]
The 8.0% ABV double IPA is an Amplified Ale Works collaboration with Alvarado Street Brewery. Made with Nelson and Mosaic hops and fermented with brett trois yeast, the beer has the appearance of freshly squeezed orange juice, but with juicy citrus hop flavors. Thank you sir, may I have another?
A collaboration IPA between San Diego’s Council Brewing and Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery. Like a tart white IPA. The citrus notes of the hops may over-exaggerate the tartness. Interesting…but in a good way. Also grabbed a 100% Maybe IPA, made with Mosaic and Ekuanot hops, sidecar.
At Pizza Port in San Clemente having another one of their IPAs. 6.7% ABV
Wife slipped this into my glass without telling me. Hangar 24’s DIPA. A well balanced and very drinkable IPA that just happens to be 9% ABV. One 12 ounce bottle and I am already feeling it. Pretty sure the Mrs. is trying to roofie me, but I like this beer enough that I am okay […]
6.5% ABV from Rough Draft Brewing Co. It’s ok, but nothing great.
An ok 8% ABV double IPA from Tap 79 Brewing Co., found at Trader Joes. I am only guessing that Golden Road is brewing for them, like they were for the ol’ burro brand that came out a couple years ago. But with the smaller can size, 12oz compared to 16oz, and being […]
Though the Accumulated Knowledge was aquired some days ago, I didn’t really have time to absorb it until now. Feeling smarter with each sip. Hmm..I’m guessing the accumulated knowledge I retain is whatever I don’t pee out. Not quite sure how to measure that.
Though not a fan of coffee, the Extra Añejo Xocoveza (wine and tequila barrel aged) the 2013 Coffee Bourbon County Stout, were pretty damn good.
Very happy with Setting Sun Sake’s first bottle release. A 15% ABV sake dry-hopped with Motueka. Sweet with clean finish and pronounced alcohol flavors. I’m assuming the hops add fruit-citrus flavors and nose.
Delicious. Mildly tart oak aged saison with a bit of funk, and clean finish. Very nice. 2017 is only hours away.
At BLAH to celebrate Belgian New Year.
Found a lone can of Mother Earth’s 8.2% double IPA at Trader Joes and they sold it to me $1.60, plus CRV. At $0.13 per oz..it’s like I stole it.
A delicious IPA from Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery.
I got 4 bottles and a glass for Christmas. The box that it came in came with a whole variety of rules on what exact angle to hold the glass and for how long, which position to store it, and what exact temperature to store it. Not being one to follow the rules, I splashed […]
After leaving to open Artifex Brewing up in Orange County, Chris has returned as head brewer of Backstreet, Vista. Celebrating his return, he brewed up a delicious IPA he calls (fittingly) “Round 2.” At 7.6% abv, two rounds is probably all I will be able to handle.
Preferred the draft version to the bottle. Preferred the dry hopped version to the regular version…or what I recall out being like…as it’s been a while.
Nothing outstanding, but not bad either. Pale ale-ish wheat beer.
Uh Oh Ho Ho…a tad late on this one. Lucky the Stone Police didn’t come take it from the fridge drawer.
Ho Ho Ho..
At Wheat & Water.
Had tasted some of their offerings earlier this year in Denver, and decided to stop by while in the area. L to R, Charles de Mar (saison), Slow Riser 2.0 (red ale with coffee), Personal Agenda (pale ale) and DIPL(OMACY) (double India Pale Lager). All clean and tasty..
Pleasantly surprised with this 7.2% Citra and Simcoe IPA from OC’s Valiant Brewing. No malty sweetness with juicy hop flavors of pine and citrus peel…
Enjoyable, but I tasted more vanilla than I did watermelon in this 4.8% ABV wheat beer from The Phoenix Ale Brewery. The label mentions “…hint of watermelon to balance the tart, citrus flavors of the wheat.” I didn’t get any tartness either. Is it true that we drank on 8 Dec 16, where the […]
At Russian River having a pint before dinner. Row 2 Hill 56, a hoppy delicious pale ale.
By Indian style I thought they meant IPA and not necessarily a dark, flavored, spicy curry. I can’t tell yet if it actually is curry, but it’s got an amazingly unique nose and a spicy afterbite that’s warm, calm, and re-assuring. This one’s worth a try, but completely 180 degrees from what I was expecting. […]
Very happy with this 6% ABV barrel-aged mildly tart ale made with peaches.
No ABV listed on the can. Decent, but nothing great. I’ve liked some of Tin Can Brewing’s other offering better.
Things have grown for Red River Brewing since our first visit a couple years ago. Back then they were operating out of a small brick building, had no tasting room, and working long hours to keep up with the requests for the one beer they were making at the time; Hay Ryed. Today […]
A work associate, well acquainted my affliction for good craft beer, surprised me with a growler from something just outside my radar. Humble Farmer Brewing Company, in Holtville, just outside of El Centro, is brewing up fresh suds. Word has it they are willing to share, for a small fee, to whoever stops by and […]
Enjoying a 10-year old bottle of DeuS for our 7th anniversary. Seems more boozy than the 11.5% ABV that the label indicates, with pleasant flavors of dried dark fruit, mild sweetness up front with dryer Belgian yeast finish. Very good, but different from what I recall from later/ younger versions we enjoyed.
…was one of the few beers I tried, but ended up with the Just Outstanding, from Kern River Brewing. Many great beers on draft around town post SD Beer Week.
The date stamp was not clear, but guessing 2010 vintage. It’s held up nicely. Some fruity notes that weren’t there before.
…per the tap handle and beertender, from Alpine Beer Co. Tasty.
6.5% ABV American Strong Pale Ale.
Back in manhattan, KS so naturally I hadon’t to.drop in to Little Apple Brewing Co. surprisingly warm for mid-November here. Mid 70’s. Cold beer is just the ticket.
Enjoying an IPA at the Belfry in KCMO.
Working in KCMO has its perks. Great BBQ and Boulevard Beer from the source
A new wet hop IPA on draft for Amplified Ale Works 4th anniversary party, along with 21 other Amplified offerings.
My Coors Light neighbor had a gathering this weekend and the few beers not meeting his palate were left untouched. He called them “brown bottle beer” and grouped them with the like of Pacifico, and Stella.. I don’t recall having a Rough Draft beer since we stopped by their brewery opening day. Pleasantly surprise with […]
San Diego’s newest craft brewery. All low IBU options. My fav was the blonde, while Michele preferred the Berliner Weisse.
An annual treat from the fine folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.
Tasters in Montreal!
Decent, but not as good as some of the previous Fruitlands. 4.8% ABV
Celebrating a warm Saturday at Surfside Tap Room in Oceanside. I’m enjoying a refreshing South Island Pils while the Mrs. nurses a Black Marlin Mocha Porter from Ballast Point.
Enjoying yet another wet hop beer — this one from @artifexbrewing in San Clemente, CA. Clean, fresh and juicy. So much so that there’s a bee (upper left) hanging out hoping for a little nectar for her own purposes. #wethop #ipa #its90degreesinsandiegotoday
A nice czech pilsner from Fall Brewing Company, which I have yet to visit. Perfect beer for a 90 degree October day. Yeah, I know, it’s in a Belching Beaver glass.
Very happy with the 9% ABV double IPA Use These Hops Up!
Delicious DIPA from Back Street Vista. Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial hops with a surprisingly well-balanced malt profile. 8% ABV but you’d swear it was no more than 5%. Deceitful indeed.
An enjoyable 11% ABV bourbon barrel-aged stout from New Holland Brewing. I thought the beer was a good balance of all the flavors…though I would have preferred flavors to linger a bit longer after swallowing.
Was sitting on the patio and enjoying this @dogfishhead seasonal so much that I almost forgot to get a photo. Every year is just a little bit different and yet always delicious.
Elysian is my new favorite brewer. Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA is not. It’s more saccharin than a vanilla at sea on nitrogen. It’s drinkable, but so is Stella when you need to.
Lots of good, and very little bad, packed into this tiny bottle of bitter beer. I feel that with every sip I’m reducing my chances of getting scurvy.
Continuing my fresh hop IPA journey in Bend, I am currently enjoying an Idahop. 6.8% ABV and 75 IBUs.
One of the best offering I’ve had from Lagunitas. 6.5% wet hop IPA. Going for another.
Yep. That’s all that’s left of a very delicious wet hop IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing in Bend, OR
Enjoying an IPL and Pond Monkey Pale at Craft Kitchen on the Deschutes River in Bend, OR.
An offering from Anchor I had not tried. I like it better than the regular steam beer.
I have a lot of go-to beers. Sculpin IPA is one as long as there’s no fruit in it. Coronado Idiot is just one of my all time favorites. San Clemente Left Coast’s beer is just the right beer at the right time. It’s better than Pizza Port’s Kook, 6.5% by volume. Some nice crisp […]
A hoppy brown ale, with a hop bitterness on top of the roasted malt bitterness, all the way from Austin, Texas. Not really my style, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it.
Amplified Ale Works wet hopped IPA.
I had the draft version of this beer at Bressi Ranch some weeks back, and very much enjoyed it. This 6.2% “San Diego” pale ale was made with Mosaic and a mix of Australian hops, and would be considered an IPA in other parts. Though it’s supposed to be stocked at each of their […]
The flavor is remenisent of a Tootsie-Roll dissolved in large quantity of soda water…more watery than Tootsie-Roll. As one might imagine, it’s not very good. Not sure how much better it would have been if we had fresh, whenever that would have been. Couldn’t fine a date on the bottle, but snowflakes make me think […]
A 7% ABV collaboration IPA…from Mohawk, Tony’s Darts Away and Bagby Beer. I’m told Mohawk and Tony’s Darts Away are owned by the folks from Golden Road. I was pleased with it…went well with vegan happy hour foods.
The $4 pint for the night at Diablo Taco, from Baja Brewing. It worked for me. The day is looking up.
A newer offering at Amplified Ale Works. 6% ABV, well balanced…get while you can cuz I doubt it will last long.
A 6% ABV from Figueroa Mountain Brewing. Maybe the same as the Fig Mtn Mosaic I had elsewhere, indicating 5.5%..but with someone typing or writing it out on the beer menu, I’m not so sure. Enjoyed both.
I’m get zero fruit flavors or smell from this 6.5% ABV IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Hungary. Maybe it has no fruit but thought it needed it. A somewhat dry bitter finish, that reminds me of grapefruit peel, overpowers any malty sweetness. I’m enjoying it, though I think more […]
A “Slovenian” pale ale from Pizza Port Bressi. Crisp and clean 4.8% abv. I didn’t even know there were Slovenian pale ales.
Found this little gem in the beer cellar while doing a little re-arranging the other day. What carbonation there was is gone, but the tart raisin, cherry and malt remains. Pretty solid for an 8 year old.
Michele’s colorful name for this American amber ale, dry hopped with Mosaic, and made at do-it-yourself brewery, Citizen Brewers, during a party celebrating a good friend’s birthday, was sadly not selected as the official name for the beer. I’d like think it was only because we did not make the label required for the group […]
..Brand Beer. A 5.5% ABV pre-prohibition pilsner from Indiana’s Upland Brewing. Not really my favorite style of beer, but decent enough..I ain’t pouring it out. Also not wasting time with a glass…drinking right out of the can. Oddly the pale malt, or so I assume cuz the can is opaque, reminds me of unsalted oyster […]
I’m pleasantly surprised by this 7.7% ABV American-style IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Budapest. Balanced with pleasant hop flavors that linger slightly on the palate, and no malty sweet aftertaste.