• 01 2015 September

    W00tstout 2015

    When you count yourself as a beer snob, you might be inquired upon to answer the question “What is your favorite beer?” or “What’s the best beer you’ve ever tasted?” Your answer to these questions...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

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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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 most popular brews. Emblazoned with the Statue of Liberty is Hell or High Watermelon. I’d had this beer a few...

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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 and Kilt Lifter. And what is a Scotch Ale exactly? A less-hopped beer that boils longer to achieve a sweeter,...

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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 easily drinkable IPA that isn’t overly bitter. The hops are very much present, however, and you won’t forget that they’re...

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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 falls into one of the less popular categories of craft beer, and that’s a good thing because our pint glasses...

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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 that kind of willingness to attempt innovation. The concept rides on the back of the emerging civilian space economy. Ninkasi...

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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 mark this as a weapon of mass craftiness. It’s what some have come to expect in the craft beer scene:...

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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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