• 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....

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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Betty IPA

January 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Hangar 24 from Redlands, California has been around for a few years, offering a standard variety of beers and labeling them with aviation themes. While I certainly appreciate the airplane connection, the beers themselves have often stayed on the benign side of the character spectrum, especially when compared to other Southern California brewers. Finally I...

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Back Home Gingerbread Stout

December 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Craft brewers have embraced the winter or holiday beer concept for several years now, with new offerings popping up every alongside the old pros that have been brewing their own versions for years. Golden Road Brewing in LA is relatively young brewery, and to my knowledge, this represents their first attempt at a winter beer. Their...

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River Horse Brewing Company

December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Finding new locations for the show requires scouting trips. While scouting locations for our fourth episode, we decided to visit River Horse Brewing Company to see if they might be a good fit for the show. Thinking we were walking into your average micro brew, we found something very unique instead. The first to greet...

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