8% ABV Belgian strong pale ale at Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle.
A new 9.4% ABV Belgian-style golden strong ale at Amplified Ale Works. It’s somewhat sweet, a bit of black pepper in the finish, and warming alcohol throughout. Nice beer.
L to R Free Range Lettuce, Chéne Bretta, and Ruby.
New one in a long series of IPAs from BSB. Uses TNT and Motueka hops for a really fruity profile. 6.7% abv
Now available east of I-5, Amplified Ale Works brew house, off Miramar Road, soft open has been happening since 3pm today. Enjoying the colaboration beer, Centerpointe, made with next door neighbor, Pure Project.
Odd for them to have made it. Odd also that we ended up with a bottle of it. 5.1% ABV. Smells like…stale kettle popcorn. Not much flavor…but I’m getting a watered down marzen, but a tad more sweet. Reminds me of popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys…but not in a good way.
Very refreshing 6.5% ABV saison. Mildly tart, a bit of brett funk, some white wine notes, some sweetness too, but not overly so. Way way more to choose from compared to my last visit.
Chose over Firestone Luponic Distortion, and it was a close call between this and Three Weavers Expatriate…but happy with my choice.
I’m very happy with Karl’s 7% ABV San Diego – style IPA. A well deserved bronze at last year’s GABF.
Of the 10+ drafts available, we chose 6. L to R, top to bottom, Belgian-style blonde, pale ale, IPA, coconut porter, milk stout on nitro, and double chocolate stout.
Pleasantly surprise with this Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale with brett from Santa Ana’s The Good Beer Company. 7% ABV, slightly tart, a little funk, clean finish. Nice beer. This was 2015 release.
An 8.5% ABV double India Pale Ale from the fine folks at Pizza Port Brewing Company.
Nose is sweet, but I don’t think I could have identified it as pineapple if it wasn’t indicated on the label. Flavor is not sweet, but seems less bitter and doesn’t have the crisp finish of the original. I get the most pineapple notes after swallowing a sip and then exhaling through my nose. Exhaling […]
I’m not surprised that this farmhouse golden ale from Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is really good. We’ve been eyeing the bottle in the back of the fridge for quite some time now. A nicely balance combination of flavors. Funky/earthy notes with mildly tart notes…also a touch of sweetness. Not dry. The 8% ABV is a […]
5.8% ABV made with Simcoe hops.
Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout and Backstreet Schism Rye IPA shortly before Rhythm & Brews fest in Vista.
Brujeria edition #10 is a wonderful funky 10% ABV farmhouse ale we smuggled back from Panama City, Panama. Loosely translated…Casa Bruja = Witch House, La Fantasma = The Ghost, Brujeria = Witchcraft
7.1% ABV with a dry finish, and packaged in a cool aluminum bottle.
Of the many options to choose from, this is what ended up in my glass….and I was not disappointed. Freshly tapped, and quite enjoyable, IPA.
A small consolation after this afternoons tax appointment. Another consolation may be required.
Still in the soft opening stage, but open hours are more regular than a week or two ago. L to R = top to bottom on the menu. First two glasses are both Daily Routine; the first is on nitro, the second CO2. Our favs were the Tiger Ride, the 8% ABV Belgian-style blonde, and […]
A 10% ABV imperial stout from New York’s Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series releases. Good, but not as enjoyable as the Choklat version was by itself. We found Choklat Oranj more bitter and less sweet and dessert-like.
Good, but not as good as previous years.
….in front of Acoustic Ales. I chose a flight… L to R, Hop Way to the Danger Zone, a 10% ABV triple IPA, Shojo IPA, a 6% ABV IPA brewed with rice and fermented with sake yeast, Road to the Abbey, an 8% Belgian-style abbey ale, and Westbound and Down, a 10% ABV Belgian-style quadruple. […]
A 6% ABV Automatic Brewing Company English strong pale at Blind Lady Ale House (BLAH). Much better than the ol’ run-of-the-mill English strong pale.
Always a good choice. At Waypoint Public.
A tasty 11% ABV triple IPA from Livermore, CA. It was not an easy choice between the three on draft. Benchmark’s 13.5% ABV Hildegard was good. So was Acoustic’s 10% ABV Hop Way to the Danger Zone. This is not the first time I chose something in the middle….this time it just happened to be […]
At Southpark Brewing Company. Sad to see they no longer are doing the fresh fish thing. Looks like many good options still…and beer is still good.
Nice mild 4.9% lambic with grapes added by Free Will Brewing in Pennsylvania. Picked up on a recent work trip in another state last year. Florida maybe…
Resident Brewing, located in the back of the downtown/gaslamp location of The Local, has been pouring their own beers for about a month now. Five on draft when we stopped by last Sunday. Nothing outstanding, but all were decent and clean.
Of the 6 drafts available, 2 were CO2 and Nitro versions of the same beer. L to R we chose Dankness Visible IPA, Hopmata IPA, Holy the Voyd Stout on Nitro, and INGSOC with regular CO2. Happy with both IPAs.
An interesting beer. Along with it being very sour, I get hints of a metallic thing and mild Anaheim chili pepper. No spicyness, just the hint when I exhale. I would guess it’s not oak aged. Nothing like the sweet fruit lambic beer we had from De Troch when in Belgium. Not bad, but not […]
…in proper glassware, thanks to Blind Lady Ale House’s most recent “keep the glass” Belgian New Year celebration.
This 6.3% ABV wet hopped IPA had a BB date on the can of 25 Dec 15. Virtually no hop nose. Flavor has a pleasant bitterness, but hops are more subdued and malty sweetness is more prominent. Need to try more fresh. I’m pretty sure this was something grabbed when back east recently and stuffed […]
The last of the few smuggled back from our recent trip to New Orleans. Pleasant piney and resinous flavors and aroma, with balanced malt flavors. No sweet malt flavors, which is a good thing. All that and 6.5% ABV.
Squatters, Sam Adams and Deschutes at a hole in the wall in Vegas
Had to go to Las Vegas to get this one. Unita in Utah
A very nice 6.5% ABV blond from Panama’s Central Cerveceria. We found on draft at Lynchburg Beer & Blues. Lynchburg was a great find with 12 decent taps. The board indicated 5 taps of Casa Bruja beers, but one was out, 5 taps of Tres Gatos (another Panama micro brewery) beers, but one was out, […]
We found this beer from Spain at the local market and added to our cart. This 6% ABV ale brewed with rosemary and honey, unfortunately, is not doing it for me. I smell dirty leather. Taste and mouthfeel are like I’m drinking from a growler of gruit opened yesterday, recapped and put back in the […]
A 12% ABV light lager from Holland. Years ago I’ve has the regular stuff, available at Trader Joe’s and other fine establishments, but was not aware other Oranjeboom products. Interesting flavor/mouth feel. Somewhat like a regular lager, but a bit more sweet and once in your mouth you can smell the alcohol, with a slight […]
Nice bottle shop specializing in American craft beer. They have 4 rotating taps, and yesterday they had a Stone tap take over, which included Go To IPA, regular IPA, Arrogant Bastard and Ruination DIPA. They sold out in less than 3 hours. I was happy to find Chivo de Parra on draft, and while sipping […]
Only on draft at their old town location.
A 3.5% pale light lager from Columbia. Not good, but not offensive either. For similar styles in the area, I preferred the Panama or Balboa.
We found it on draft at The Londoner Pub, not too far walk from our hotel. They had 3 of Casa Bruja Brewery, a local micro brewery, beers on draft. Chivo de Perro IPA was my fav.
Much deserved Blanche and Pale Ale at a local Panamanian brewpub after a 3 mile walk from our hotel on this 91 degree day!
Interesting selection of beers at the market down the road. One was this tripel from Holland, and it was chilled. We are enjoying it. 8.5% ABV, slightly sweet with a clean finish.
…and the selected tasters were… Koala Food, the 10.1% ABV tripel-style gruit was the unanimous fav.
Of the many choices… four were chosen… .. not a bad beer in the bunch. The 7.5%ABV Mosaic hopped Traction IPA was my fav. The Belgian-style golden strong, Azreal, clocking in at 10.1% ABV is a close second.
A tasty 8% ABV Belgian-style golden strong ale brewed in collaboration with Strand Brewing and Ladyface Ale Company, for Eagle Rock’s 6th anniversary. Very nice, but, as you would expect, the brettanomyces characteristics have not developed in the 30 days since bottling.
An enjoyable, sweet and malty red clocking in at 7% ABV. Brewed by Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Steenberge for Lucky Baldwins 20th Anniversary. Only available at the three Lucky Baldwins locations.
The beer is a 5.8% ABV saison. I’m enjoying it. I envision hockey hair being sweaty and plastered to the scalp, like after wearing a helmet. Totally opposite of heat mizer hair.
Amplified Ale Works 9.1% ABV double India Pale Ale. Drinking at the source.
To share with my Valentine.
My sweetheart gave me a 6-pak for Valentine’s Day. She’s the best. Though we have had it on draft, I believe this is the first time enjoying from the can. Or should I be saying in the can. Hmm..either way out sounds like I’m in the bathroom…which I’m not. Enjoying directly from the decanter. Anywho…it […]
Decent, but nothing great.
A 9.5% ABV American Trippel smuggled back from a recent trip to New Jersey.
This tart farmhouse ale from Wicked Weed Brewing was very refreshing after an 80 + degrees day here in the lower left. Though a wonderful brew, I’m not really getting any noticeable fig notes. It’s also got that 6.5% ABV thing going for it.
A nicely crafted 11.1% ABV triple IPA from the fine folks a couple hours north. Though the first couple of sips seem a bit strong, the last half of the glass goes down way to fast. Very good, but not sure it was worth the $12 bottle price. I was impressed that my local beerstore, […]
Big boy glass of the Alpine Beer Company IPA for me, and a dainty glass of Russian River Brewing dark sour beer for the lady. Very happy with my Hop Boxed…wish they didn’t already have last call, cuz I would like another. I like the smell, initial flavor and mouth feel, of the Propitiation. But….after […]
No funky Christmas spices, just 12% ABV dark Belgian strong ale yummyness.
A 5% ABV black cherry cream ale from Erie Brewing Company. Not surprising it is light bodied with a sweet malt finish, and no noticeable bitterness. Black cherry flavor emphasizes the sweetness, but does not overwhelm the cream ale flavor.
At Blind Pelican where between 4pm and 8pm daily 1 dozon raw oysters are $3 and 1 dozen char-broiled oysters are $9, when purchased with beverage. The char-broiled oysters were spectacular. Hope to be back before 8.
Back again at Avenue Pub. Floral and citrus nose. Plesant bitterness with hints of grapefruit peel, lingers a bit after swallowing then is gone. 5.4% ABV.
Though celebrating 25 years, not really a good beer stop. I might be able to finish the Black Forest, which is a bit more roasty than a black lager but not quite a porter.
A session IPA from New Orleans own nano brewery, Courtyard Brewing. Plenty of guest beers too.
Envie is a hoppy pale ale and King Cake is a spiced golden ale. Avenue Pub is open 24-7-365..and has the best tap list we’ve seen since arriving. On parade days they dumb it down a bit and don’t pull from their extensive bottle list. We’ll need to stop by again.
The GABF gold metal winning, 7.2% ABV, west coast-style, Hop Drop n Roll IPA, from Charlotte’s own NoDa Brewing for me, and Shotgun Betty, the 5.8% ABV German-style hefeweizen from Raleigh, NC’s, Lonerider Brewing Company, for the lady. We we’re both very pleased with our choices. Carolina Beer Co. definitely has a better beer selection […]
Yep…from Delaware to Orlando, and bottle to a glass to my mouth.
Alaskan beers on Alaska Airlines. Went well with free pretzel, corn nut snack thing.
Very impressed! All 12 beers were very well made. We will be back!
Rosetta is a 5.6% ABV kriek brewed by Belgium’s Liefmans Brewery exclusively for Ommegang. Though darker than expected, it was a very good blend of tart and sweet. No notes of wood, so I would guess aged in stainless. It’s hard to go wrong with Cigar City’s Invasion Pale Ale.
A collaboration beer from England’s Siren Craft Brew and Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, FL. An interesting mix of flavors that I thought very tasty. Dark roasted malts you may expect from an imperial stout, but smooth and not bitterness, like a milk stout.
Last one in the fridge drawer.
R to L…apricot wheat, IPA, imperial stout, coffee stout, double IPA, and brown ale.
Still on draft at PB’s Iron Pig. 11.6% ABV barrel aged Dirty Bastard. Dangerously smooth and easy to drink.
A farmhouse saison brewed with passion fruit, dragonfruit and kumquats, and aged in a combination of white and red wine barrels. An interesting mix of flavors with a lot of wine characteristics, and 8.8% ABV.
68 and sunny in San Diego today. A delicious single malt single hop IPA from Back Street Brewing is the perfect way to enjoy it.
An awesome IPA to go with our lamb tacos and spinach salad, with salmon kabobs, at…you guessed it…California Kabob / Amplified Ale Works.
10.5% ABV Mexican mole inspired beer from New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, Michigan. Not mole like the critter that burrows, but mole the savory cocoa-chili sauce. Sweety malty with cocoa flavors and mild chili spicyness. Not picking up on the coffee so much.
A tasty 8.5% ABV double IPA.
Grabbed a 9.7% ABV imperial IPA aged with oak spirals, from San Francisco’s own 21st Ammendment Brewing, packaged in a pool-safe decanter, to enjoy in the warm spa after our ride. Still quite good though a bit past it’s best by date.
Founders Brewing ‘s 9% ABV sweet framboise lambic Blushing Monk for the lady, and Beachwood Brewing’s 7% ABV Citra IPA, Citraholic, in the big boy glass for me.
Another well made beer from Propolis Brewing. This amber saison made with brettanomyces is tart and funky.
One of the two draft beers available.
A nice malty 8% ABV imperial IPA from Sierra Nevada. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of it before now.
Not wild like pants on backward and underwear on your head. Wild as in re-fermented with brettanomyces yeast. Very nice. Their 9% ABV tripel is already quite good. Add to that the funky brett characteristics and it’s a different kind of good. Only wish we had more so we could try again as it evolves […]
A 6.5% ABV apricot chamomile pale ale from Marshall, Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing Co. When first poured it smelled similar to pumpkin pie spices. Very malty up front with dry, mildly hoppy finish. Not really getting any apricot or chamomile, and trying to let it warm up….but keep taking sips trying to figure out what […]
Totally open, and last night diner wait was about an hour. Bar area has open seating, and though packed we had beers in hand and found a seats at a shared table within a few minutes. Six beers available…the list below… ..plus a session IPA called “The “C” Word”, and a collaboration saison with Sierra […]
The first brewery to open in San Diego in 2016 is also San Diego’s newest brewery. Go figure being only the 5th of January. As expected I preferred the hoppy beers. Michele preferred the Black Sheep coffee porter on CO2 over the nitro version. Just down the street from the Morena Costco, I can see […]
Nothing surprising, but a decent interpretation of a Belgian-style wit beer…or that’s my guess based on what I tasted. 4.5% ABV from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery.
Tasted 6 different hard root beers at today’s New Year Day party. 5.0% ABV to 7.5% ABV. From San Diego, CA to Brooklyn, NY. Many different flavor profiles. Though all were sweet and distinctly root beer-ish, some were more sweet than others. Some had more of a black licorice/anise flavor, and one I recall having […]
Very nice hoppy imperial red ale. Nice hop nose and flavor up front, and a clean finish without the lingering bitterness. 8.7% ABV.
Very pleased with this light Belgian-style farmhouse ale from New Holland Brewing. Though not on the label, per the brewery website only 5.6% ABV and 23 IBU.
8.8% ABV barrel aged Sin Tax is their fourth of Four Seasons of Mother Earth. The strong whiskey notes overpower the flavors of the peanut butter stout when first poured cold. Flavors mellow to a nice blend of wood and whiskey on top of the original base beer as it warms.
I found a bottle of 2014 Lazy Marmot Maibock from Grand Teton Brewing in the fridge.
A wee bit of the 12% ABV Belgian Merry Ho Ho libation.