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    23 2015 February

    Schubros Brewery Festbier

    Schubros Brewery from San Ramon, California, is relatively young, but offers a respectable range of year-round and seasonal beers. They brew a good variety and manage to avoid anything that could simply be described as...

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    19 2015 February

    Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale

    In yet another episode of my conflicted relationship with Rogue, we have the case of Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale. In my mind, Chipotle means smokey and slightly spicy. Now I’ve had my share of chile beers...

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    14 2015 February

    Stone Enjoy By 02.14.15

    Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By series has been an entertaining effort that produces excellent IPAs and enjoys utilizing well known dates like the 4th of July, Christmas, and April 20th… whatever day that is. But the idea...

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    12 2015 February

    Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

    I have a strange relationship with Rogue Ales: I often see their bottles at the store and think “They’ve made exactly what I want in an experimental beer!” and then end up bizarrely disappointed when...

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    02 2015 February

    Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary Ale

    The brewers at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, California, have been consistently excellent with their special releases. Parabola, their annual Imperial Stout, is among the best examples of the breed. No surprise then that their...

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Schubros Brewery Festbier

February 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Schubros Brewery from San Ramon, California, is relatively young, but offers a respectable range of year-round and seasonal beers. They brew a good variety and manage to avoid anything that could simply be described as “lager”. Festbier is a tribute to that famous Bavarian party that any good beer drinker should know. The style is...

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Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale

February 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

In yet another episode of my conflicted relationship with Rogue, we have the case of Rogue Farms Chipotle Ale. In my mind, Chipotle means smokey and slightly spicy. Now I’ve had my share of chile beers that range from just right to 3 sips and I nearly vomited (that was a ghost pepper beer). I’m also quite a...

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Stone Enjoy By 02.14.15

February 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By series has been an entertaining effort that produces excellent IPAs and enjoys utilizing well known dates like the 4th of July, Christmas, and April 20th… whatever day that is. But the idea is to produce an IPA that relies on being consumed relatively quickly, implying that it’s a precious and short-lived window...

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Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

I have a strange relationship with Rogue Ales: I often see their bottles at the store and think “They’ve made exactly what I want in an experimental beer!” and then end up bizarrely disappointed when I drink them. Is it my fault for setting an unrealistic standard? Possibly. Don’t ask what I was expecting when...

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Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary Ale

February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The brewers at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, California, have been consistently excellent with their special releases. Parabola, their annual Imperial Stout, is among the best examples of the breed. No surprise then that their 18th Anniversary Ale, which contains a Parabola blend and is aged in oak barrels, is absolutely stunning. The entire blend...

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Anchor Steam Merry Christmas 2010

January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

For some amazing scientific reason that I don’t fully understand, aging alcohol at home is alleged to enhance the flavor and character of the drink. Wine and whiskey connoisseurs have long known this, and now craft beer is eager to join the party. My personal experience is probably best summed up via an evening with...

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Tweak – Avery Brewing

January 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tweak, by Avery Brewing in Colorado, can best be described through analogy to an exotic super car. It’s fairly rare, it’s overpowered, it assaults the senses and there are very few people who would seek it out and then drink it every day. In that sense, it’s amazing and I love it! This particular version...

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Jolly Roger – Drake’s Brewing

January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Drake’s Brewing from San Leandro, California, has been producing a special edition beer every year called Jolly Rodger. Each year (going back to 2009) there are variations on the recipe, but they’ve all tended to be strong Imperial beers. This year’s bottle is an Imperial Stout with coffee flavoring from bay area legend Blue Bottle....

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Pairing your beer… with Girl Scout cookies

January 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Food and beer go together so wonderfully that there’s a whole world out there devoted to pairing the hop juice with delicious bites. A pale ale goes great with a burger, put a tripel with something spicy, and order a hefeweizen next time you’re enjoying some sushi. There’s another bit of culinary bliss out there...

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The Abyss – Deschutes Brewing

January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Deschutes Brewing in Bend, Oregon is an established name in the large scale craft beer world. Along the lines of Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, Deschutes was an early force against the big domestic breweries. They made their reputation on solid beers like Mirror Pond Pale, and continue to branch out and offer special editions...

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