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    27 2015 August

    Saint Archer Pale Ale

    Yet another brewery on the San Diego scene, Saint Archer distinguishes itself by maintaining a surprisingly limited line up of beers. While this culture of craft beer definitely values diversity, there’s nothing wrong with a...

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    25 2015 August

    Clown Shoes Brewing – Undead Party Crasher

    Clown Shoes Brewing out of Ipswich, Massachusetts is an entertaining deal. The name, the story and label artwork all combine to create an unforgettable bottle of beer. Conveniently, their beers are also delicious. Apparently, Clown Shoes...

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    20 2015 August

    Ballast Point Brewing – Black Marlin Porter

    Ballast Point Brewing has been a respectable force in the ultra competitive San Diego beer landscape. Historically, I’ve found their lineup to be more moderate in character than the more notorious Stone and equally capable Green...

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    18 2015 August

    Iron Springs Brewery – The Crippla

    Iron Springs Brewery out of Fairfax, California brings us this Oatmeal Stout out of relative obscurity. I have had their DIPA “The Crippla” before and found it to be respectable, if not exactly ground breaking....

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    13 2015 August

    El Segundo Brewing Co – Two 5 Left DIPA

    El Segundo Brewing Co resides near the beach in the shadow of the Los Angeles International Airport. Most of their beers are named in honor of local landmarks and features; and the double IPA is...

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Saint Archer Pale Ale

August 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Yet another brewery on the San Diego scene, Saint Archer distinguishes itself by maintaining a surprisingly limited line up of beers. While this culture of craft beer definitely values diversity, there’s nothing wrong with a brewer who’s dedicated to perfecting the beers that they do make before expanding their menu. It seems that Saint Archer...

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Clown Shoes Brewing – Undead Party Crasher

August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Clown Shoes Brewing out of Ipswich, Massachusetts is an entertaining deal. The name, the story and label artwork all combine to create an unforgettable bottle of beer. Conveniently, their beers are also delicious. Apparently, Clown Shoes started out as a liquor store that decided to start brewing and distributing their own beer. Lucky for us. I’ve...

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Ballast Point Brewing – Black Marlin Porter

August 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ballast Point Brewing has been a respectable force in the ultra competitive San Diego beer landscape. Historically, I’ve found their lineup to be more moderate in character than the more notorious Stone and equally capable Green Flash. Their fish/nautical themed beers are consistently well rounded and I’m never hesitant to sample their wares. This porter effort...

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Iron Springs Brewery – The Crippla

August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Iron Springs Brewery out of Fairfax, California brings us this Oatmeal Stout out of relative obscurity. I have had their DIPA “The Crippla” before and found it to be respectable, if not exactly ground breaking. It’s good to see them continuing to distribute outside of their local area continue to offer craft beer devotees a...

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El Segundo Brewing Co – Two 5 Left DIPA

August 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

El Segundo Brewing Co resides near the beach in the shadow of the Los Angeles International Airport. Most of their beers are named in honor of local landmarks and features; and the double IPA is a tribute to LAX’s southernmost runway. [Full disclosure: I am an airline pilot who comes from an aviation family that...

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Mother Earth Brewing Co. – Boo Koo IPA

August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

You can be excused for not knowing Mother Earth Brewing Co. because apparently they’ve existed primarily as a homebrew supply store, and only since 2010. But they do bottle and distribute beer. Boo Koo IPA is the first beer of theirs I’ve ever seen or tasted, and I’m always a sucker for a new beer....

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Anderson Valley in Boonville, California (look that one up on a map) is an established name in the craft beer world; most famously known for their exceptionally smooth Amber Ale. Over the past couple of years, they’ve been aging beers in old Wild Turkey barrels. On the surface, the concept seems great: I like beer...

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Rogue Brewing – Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Oregon’s Rogue Brewing- they often produce beers with flavors and themes that sound amazing to me, but the result is bizarre and off target from my expectations. Yet every couple of months, I find myself staring down a Rogue bottle that I’m compelled to try for reasons I can’t actually...

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From Dust Bowl Brewing in Turlock, California is Therpaist Imperial IPA. I wasn’t able to track down much specific history about Dust Bowl Brewing, but it seems like they’re relatively young in the regionally-distributed-craft-beer game. I have had their Hops of Wrath IPA which I rated above average, but that’s my only prior experience with...

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21st Amendment – Brew Free or Die IPA

July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Continuing on my patriotic theme with yet another beer from 21st Amendment, it’s Brew Free or Die IPA. This is probably one of 21st Amendment’s most popular beers, and is widely available in stores in the Bay Area. It’s popularity shouldn’t be very surprising, it’s the kind of IPA that doesn’t punch you in the...

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