Our first Croatian craft beers. Both were clean, balanced and true to style. Both seemed more American-style and less similar to their European counterparts. The 5.3% ABV Pale Ale ale was refreshing and had a mildly hopped finish. The 6.5% ABV Porter was smooth and roasty with with no unpleasant bitterness.
Točeno on draft for me and the bottle of Tomislav for the lady. The 7.3% ABV Tomislav Croatian made dunkel was the better of the two. The Slovenia made pale lager on draft was just…not my style.
Eighteen (18) delicious ciders from local apples
Nothing like a big, hoppy DIPA to take the edge off a hot summer afternoon.
Seeing Adam’s Betty in a can, I got jealous and had to go get my own. This is one of those I prefer in a bottle.
I’m enjoying it. An 8.1% ABV hoppy strong golden..what’s not to like?
Quaint location inland a bit, and full of locals. Wide variety of tasty beers. My fav was the Golden Sabbath. Lunch was great, too.
A brief break from cider.
A delicious blend of cider and peach wine. Pleasantly tart with a more dry finish, and 8% ABV. Really quite good.
Straight out of da can.
A pale ale with mild bitterness and nice funky brettanomyces characteristics.
Fresh off the plane Vári Nővérek ’16, from Hungary’s Szent András Sőrfőzde, is like a hoppy American-style session pale ale. It remind me of a northern east coast IPA or pale ale, with some rye with the malt. No citrus or pine notes, but a distinct dry bitter finish.
I like watermelon. I also like Dorado, Ballast Point’s 10% ABV double IPA. I don’t think I would have thought to mix the two…but why not give it a try. When first poured, the nose is sweet watermelon and very little hop character. Taste is not sweet but hop bitterness over the malt base, with […]
Untappd tells me I tried 15 new beers while in Hungary. Some big commercial yellow beers and a few craft beers. I can’t spell their names, but could look them up if I had to…
My fav of the many brews we tasted at last week’s International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fair. A pleasantly tart wine-barrel-aged, dry-hopped saison. 6.5% ABV and 15-IBU. From Sudwerk Brewing, Davis, CA. Quite nice. Hmm..or was that last, last week? Time flys when you’re…busy…doin’..stuff.
A 9% ABV gruit from Italy made with chestnuts. Malty sweetness and alcohol, like a boozy mild English brown ale but with a Belgian – like yeast..maybe. Interesting. I couldn’t tell you there were any kind of nut in the beer based on flavor…but I suppose without the chestnuts it would have been imported Italian […]
A hoppy Belgain style collaboration ale from The Bruery and Maine Beer Company. 6.something% ABV hops more fruity, with pleasant bitterness.
By Beachwood Blendery… Nice mellow tart funky sour.
An exclusive from Left Coast Brewing for Islands restaurant. Light bodied and citrusy. Perfect for a warm day in late spring
At the Petrol Station #wheninhouston #drinklocal #worktrip
Pineapple not evident at first taste..mostly just tart and wet. But I get hints of pineapple after I swallow a sip and exhale through my nose.
I remember the Greeter at the pottery shop used to wave at everybody driving through town. 3 or 4 decades later, they are using his likeness on their label. Malty, drinkable, though it reminds me of a fresh harvest hopped beer. 34 IBUs, 6.3%
At Legends Craft Brewery, Anaheim.
Quite possibly the best MillerCoors beer I’ve tasted. Still got that 9% ABV thing going for it and only 6 bucks at Price Club.
Very nice, and it’s got that 7%ABV thing going for it too.
A damn good Belgian-style strong golden ale from Amplified Ale Works. …and more drunk for your buck at $3.50 each…almost half price….for another six minutes.
In a world of popular session IPAs this is a real IPA, thank goodness someone brewed a complex IPA which as rich as you can get. It’s got all the taste of a West coast DIPA, but the smoothness of a regular IPA with some bite of citrus and pine. This beer is so rich […]
A little young, sour and yeasty, but a great golden Belgian ale. A little malt and maturity would make this one go a long way. It’s got a unique dryness that makes it worth drinking. I bought it at OC wine mart in YL for $7.99 so worth the price.
Beautiful day to taste R&D samples from California Wild Ales while they await permits. All 7 samples tasted of tart Lactobacillus and most were fruited.
An enjoyable 9% Belgian-inspired strong golden in Colorado Springs…complete with local frogs croaking ‘n all. Not all south of Denver is lost. For me.. next trip….plan better. .
7.6% ABV at Colorado Mountain Brewery, Colorado Springs.
At the source.
A great day for a bike ride. We stopped at Amplified Ale Works new Miramar location for some fuel. I chose a small glass of the Electrocution IPA, she chose the G-string, the Belgian-style strong golden listed as Gold Record at PB location.
Another local IPA. This one 6% abv. A solid 16 ounces of IPA.
Having a 24/7 session IPA (unfiltered IPA 4.6% abv) and an Irish Angus Stout (6.2% abv). Both are delicious. #manhattan ks, #littleapplebrew
Random old bottle found in a liquor store stamped “enjoy by 06.06.14″… Loved it originally, now excessively boozy with less flavor.
At Topeka, Kansas’ very popular Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant enjoying a Tiger Bite IPA and Tiger Paw Porter
From New Belgium. Nice and hoppy but with an ABV that makes it possible to have one at lunch and still be functional the rest of the day.
Another beautiful day in San Diego…so clear after yesterdays rain. A nice reward for making the 2 mile trek down the coast to Amplified Ale Works. This 7.1% ABV west coast IPA is never a bad choice. I expect we will need to fortify for the trek back home.
From Big Sky. Super fruity hop profile, 7% ABV. Definitely a thumbs up.
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.