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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...

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21st Amendment – Hell or High Watermelon

July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing is locally known for, among other things, printing their cans (not bottles) with fantastic artwork. And on my 4th of July week, I was patriotically drawn to two of their...

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Ballast Point Piper Down

July 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

From the self proclaimed Mecca of craft beer, San Diego brewers Ballast Point give us Piper Down. It’s a scotch ale that follows the apparent tradition of giving these beers hilarious names like Sheep Shagger...

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The boys and girls from Chico continue their expansive foray into the hoppy beer genre with another year of Fresh Hop IPA. This example using hops from New Zealand. The result is an exceptionally smooth and...

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Altamount Beer Works Mac Drizzle

July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

From Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, California comes Mac Drizzle. This is a Dark Cascadian Ale ringing in it 9% ABV. The brewers named it in honor of slain local rapper, Mac Dre. The beer...

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Ninkasi Ground Control

July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the race to add new and original ingredients to craft beer, Eugene, Oregon brewers Ninkasi have sent yeast into space to create Ground Control. Gimmicky though it may be, one can’t help but admire...

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

July 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

From legendary California brewer, Sierra Nevada, Hoptimum enters its second year of bottling. This high powered IPA represents yet another escalation in the hop arms race among west coast brewers. Intense flavor and high ABV...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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