My Beer Pix

A visual tribute to beer and the people who love it.

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God Damn Coconut Pigeon Porter

From Chicago’s Spiteful Brewing, this robust porter is smoother than I recall the original and other versions.  Still a nice roasty finish but less bitter. Coconut not noticeable when cold, and subtle as it warms.  It’s got that 8.2%ABV thing going for it too.

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Mystic Brewing Three Cranes

Just like the label says, a farmhouse ale with cranberries.  Not tart or sweet,  but with distinctive fruit character. 

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Electro-Lite

Looks like another beautiful day in San Diego.  A session IPA may be the perfect 11am beverage.

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Wednesday Bottleshare

Bottleshares are a great opportunity to try something you may normally not have access to.  This group does a great job of bringing in stuff not easily found.  Michele gets the photo credit

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Jammer

A Gose from Brooklyn’s Sixpoint  Brewery.  Not overly salty, which is good, but would prefer it a bit more tart.  Easy drinking.

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Cigar City Invasion Pale Ale

Very tasty right outta da can.  A wonderful citrus – hop aroma when you first pop it open that diminishes as you sip.  Nice crisp bitterness, and only 5% ABV. 

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Hop Gun from my Sweetie

Totally stoked with the mail-order beers Michele surprised me with.  We first tried Funky Buddha’s 7%ABV IPA, Hop Gun, on our recent bike trek down the Florida Keys.  A very drinkable and balanced American-style IPA. 

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Abnormal Beers

We tried a splash of this and a splash of that before committing to a whole beer.  I chose Boardroom, a Belgian-style IPA, the one on the left,  and she chose Living the Dream, an apricot saison.

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Modern Times Hooloo Mooloo

Damn fine 10%ABV IPA from our friends at Modern Times.  Arguably one of the best post-Sour Fest beers available to mankind.  

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Beatitude Mango Tart Saison

Very refreshing and a good pelude to tomorrow’s Sour Festival at Stone.  From San Diego’s Council Brewing Company.

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Knee Deep Breaking Bud IPA

6.5% ABV and incredible. Never had anything from Knee Deep, but this is an amazing IPA. Gives me a reason to visit Auburn, CA.

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Short Pump Saison

The Virginia farmhouse ale from Lickinghole Creek Crest Brewery is reminiscent of many beers we tasted on our first trip to Belgium.  A distinct Belgian yeast aroma, and pleasant mix of malts and hops.

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Ruination 2.0

@buckleybrau dropped by with a sixer of Stone’s #ruination 2.0 today. it’s lighter in color and has a different hop profile than the original. A lot more citrus. Honestly the original was one of those beers that got me into the bigger IPAs, but in a world of so many great IPAs, it had fallen […]

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Base Camp Ultra Gnar Gnar IPA

Found this Portland OR. brew in a small liquor store a block from Disneyland in Anaheim.   I love how much better craft beer is being distributed these days.

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Kona Big Wave Golden Ale

Limited selection here pool side in Anaheim.  Aluminum bottles and 3 taps to choose from. 

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Resplendent

That was the word that popped into my head when I was handed a glass, smelled and tasted the 2015 Blushing Monk.  A sweet and full bodied Belgian-style ale fermented with raspberries from some of the fine folks of Grand Rapids, MI.  And the 9.4%ABV doesn’t hurt either…well…right now anyway.

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Belching Beaver Tasters

Tasted Passion of the Weiss, a honey wheat with orange and passion fruit, Berry Tart, with raspberries and blackberries, Rabid Beaver, their rye IPA, and All The Way, a 10.8%, 100 IBU triple IPA.  The Beaver is a good thing.

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Alesmith .394

Though I’ve enjoyed this beer many times on draft, this is my first taste of the bottled version.  Very happy with it. 

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Electro-Lite n Rare Form

At Amplified Ale Works with a big boy Electro-Lite session IPA and a sidecar 4oz of Rare Form, their 13.?% barrel-aged quad…really good.

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Cabana Boy IPA

Equinox, citra, rakau and motueka hops in another well balanced IPA from Back Street Brewing in Vista. The brewer here really nails IPAs.

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Heal the Bay IPA

Still very happy with this seasonal IPA from LA’s Golden Road Brewing.  In 16oz big-boy cans no less..which is appreciated. Heal the Bay.  Golden Road.  I.P.A… with all those 3 syllable lines I feel a Haiku in the making. Golden Road Piney and resinous ale Heal the Bay

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Karl Strauss Hunter Blond Ale

Tasted the Rough Draft Southern Triangle IPA as well as the Alesmith IPA,  but ended up going with the Hunter. 

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Moonlight Mead at Brewhouse SJC

We stopped to taste some of the Moonlight Meads they were pouring today (still pouring);  Paramore, Wet n Wild, How Do You Like Them Apples and Them Little Apples…sooooo good.  Think I’m liking Paramore best. Thought I would cut the sweetness with a couple IPAs.  I chose Tap-It S.N.A.F.U., at 11.1% and 127 IBU, and […]

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Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse Ale

Just what I needed.  After the 9.4% IPA and sun by the pool, this reminds me of a lightly sweetened peach tea, with a squeeze of lemon…but better.   If I had one of those fancy sit-on-and-drive lawnmowers, I would hope this is  what I would have in my cup holder on a hot day.

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Enjoy by Now

Picked up this morning.  Took a few hours to chill.   Poured into a pool-safe drinking vessle.  Very pleased sitting by the pool, with book and Enjoy By 07-04-15 IPA right now.  

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Societe The Pupil

It was a tough choice between Blind Pig, Fall Brewing’s Green Hat and this…but I made my choice.

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Port Mystery Brew

Mmm..tasty…IPA.  I’m thinking last year’s High Tide has held up very well.

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Apricot Saison

Very refreshing offering from Carlsbad’s Arcana Brewing.  Slightly tart with distinct apricot.  4.6%ABV and 20IBU.  Easy drinking.

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Vista Village IPA

After a couple months out of circulation I finally stopped off at Back Street Brewing to see what was new. This one Vista Village IPA, a 6.5% IPA with Simcoe and Cascade.

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Coronado Brewing Bike Stop 2

First visit to this location.  Had no idea it also had food option…awesome, cuz I’m hungry.  Chose the Stingray IPA to go with ceviche and wahoo tacos.

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Avery Maharaja IIPA

I can’t remember the last time I’ve had Maharaja from a bottle.  I’ve mostly enjoyed on draft.  Very tasty.

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Cycle Brewing Derailer

The crowler of their double IPA traveled well from our recent trip to St. Pete.   Yumm.

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5th Anniversary Big Mot Her

I would have guessed the beer included the newly discovered cluster type hop neo-mexic-anus based on the smell alone,  but was wrong if you believe what they wrote on the bottle.  One big (ass) mother of a beer…10.something percent…If I could only get up…I could tell for sure.

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Rip Currant In the Curl IIPA

Chose this to go with my salad in an attempt at eating healthy…but going down too fast to expect any to still be in by glass by the time the food gets here.

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Higashino Farmhouse Saison

A very good saison from Tahoe Mountain Brewing Co., brewed with green tea,  Asian pear juice,  rosehips,  Szechuan peppercorns, toasted brown rice ‘n shit.  I expect their “signature yeast blend” with Brett played a good part in making this what it is.   Funky and a bit tart, and it has that 6%ABV going for it […]

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Exit 3 Blueberry Braggot

Had it not said braggot on the bottle I would have said strong ale.  Not sweet and I don’t notice blueberries, but it does have that 15%ABV thing going for it.   I know…I tastes like Klokke Roland…but higher octane.  From New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewing Co.

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Calicraft Buzzerkeley

It tastes familiar…though can’t quite place it.   We kept tasting it and trying to recall what and where,  and…well. ..it’s gone. 

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Coppertail Free Dive IPA

Smuggled west from our recent Tampa trip.  Resin and pine nose,  but very mild bitterness.   Malt more pronounced as it warms.   Not bad,  but I would not classify it as an IPA, more like a pale ale.  No ABV listed on bottle but would guess between 5% and 6%.

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Hop Freshener Citrusy and Piney

Just checked out the latest release from Port / Lost Abbeys Hop Project. Great hop profile but a little danker than I would have guessed. Still a delicious beer.

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Sixpoint Hi-Res

The malty sweetness hides the 10.5% ABV.  Pleasant bitterness does not linger.

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Ninkasi Expo 58

Very refreshing after a day of yard work.  5% ABV and only 20 IBU in this Belgian-Style golden pale ale. 

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Up Top! IPA

From Sarasota, Florida’s Jdub’s Brewing Company.  Smooth and malty,  without lingering bitterness.  I enjoyed it.  It’s got that 6.5% ABV thing going for it as well.  

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Citrus & Piney

Very nice IPA.  Still on draft at the brewery and only a couple of bottles left.   Get it while you can.

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Coppertail Brewing Co.

We didn’t get a chance to try any of the Coppertail Brewing beers while in the area, but grabbed a few bottles to go before flying back home.  

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7venth Sun Brewery

7 house beers on draft and a few guest beers.   Her favorite being Dancing in the Street, a Brett berliner Weiss with watermelon, my first to finish being the Intergalactic Pale. 

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Beerpix Pix

“Wait, don’t drink yet.  I gotta take a picture.”  Tried Monk in the Trunk Belgian amber ale from Florida’s Inlet Brewing, and Florida Avenue India Pale Ale from Cold Storage Craft Brewery.

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A little 4.20 at the Airport

By 4.20 I mean Stone Enjoy By 4.20.15 IPA.  By little I mean 12oz in lieu of the more often seen 22oz bomber.   I would hope no explanation needed on the word airport..

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Enjoy By 4.20.15 IPA

Enjoying well before the Enjoy By date…which usually doesn’t happen unless on draft..though not sure why.

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Modern Times Protocosmos IPA

Intense fruity and citrusy hop flavors over a light-bodied dry malt base…makes it quite enjoyable.   Can’t recall where I picked up, but more would be a good idea.

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Ruby’s Tears

Fresh off the plane from Chicago is this gose with hibiscus from Marz Community Brewing Co.  Less tart and more salty then most gose I’ve tried.  Perfect for replenishing lost precious bodily fluids.

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

Totally not expecting what I tasted.  Saw the “mosaic” and “IPA” and thought I should give it a try.  Very tasty, but didn’t realize it was a 9% ABV  double IPA until I had it in my mouth,  then read the bottle.  Piney n citrus n yummyness…grabbin more next time.

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Council Brewing – Vienne

Picked up my bottles previously purchased via BPT, and had a little sample on tap!  This French style Biere de Mars was aged in Oak barrels for 4 or so months on persimmons and peaches along with the addition of a house Lacto/Brett blend.  The kegged version tasted very nice and smooth on tap today, […]

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Board full of Tasters and A Handful of Peter

Picking up the first release from Toolbox Brewing Co.  Missed the Peter on draft by 30 minutes of so,  but still plenty to enjoy.   Tart X with apricots, Purple Drink, Grass Fed Lettuce and My Cousin Strawberry. Next going for The Virgin Cherry. 

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Rip Current Tasters

Hoppy stop…R to L…Red Flag IIPA (9.2%ABV), In The Curl IIPA  (10.3%ABV), Double Impact Zone IIPA  (10.6%ABV) and Lupulin Lust IPA (8.3%ABV).

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SPBC IPA

Typed the long way…South Park Brewing Company India Pale Ale.  Very tasty with the South Park Tacos.

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Eagle Rock Ginger Saison

A lot of ginger at first.  The nose diminishes a bit over time, but it retains the ginger flavor.  At 5.3% ABV, it paired  well with a warmer than average March day.

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Toolbox Sour Stop

L to R…tart X with apricots, Purple Drink and Grass Fed Lettuce.  3 of the 10 on tap today.  Darn good beer.

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Grapefruit Scuplin

While trying out a new restaurant near my office my waiter suggested I sample the Sculpin IPA with grapefruit. Personally, I think Scuplin is already juicy and citrusy enough, so this one was a little over the top. But at least a had plenty to sample before I made up my mind.

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Post BeerCycling Beer

Darn near 35 miles and 4 beer stops (Legacy Tap Room , Saint Archer, Alesmith and Green Flash).  Though a bit different than originally planned…with 2 stops added just before we passed them,  and one removed so we could avoid some hills, all in all a great day. A can of Swami’s can only make […]

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A A Meeting

Had a lunch meeting at Slater’s 50-50 up in Lake Forest last week. After the meeting was over I decided to hang around and see what they had on tap. At the recommendation of my lovely bartender I ended up having this really nice IPA. A collaboration between Artifex Brewing (where Chris, the former headbrewer […]

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Artifex Brewing Pico Pale Ale

At Churchills in San Marcos.  Very tasty and found it worked well washing down my fish n chips.   Their tap list is limited in preparation for 2015 Renaissance this Saturday.  Had my phone battery not died while there I could have snapped some preview tap list pics.  I wish I could remember more than a […]

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Three Weavers Knotty DIPA

Very nice.  Kinda a small glass for 7 bucks…but maybe at 8.5% ABV they feel the need to help the average consumer regulate… or maybe it’s just me.

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Saint Archer Pale Ale

Beer and fresh shucked oysters… sounds like a balanced meal… and at $1 an oyster and $5 a beer,  we may be here for a while.

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Golden Road Brewing 2020 IPA

Picked up a couple cans to take for a spin, but didn’t read the box that may have provided some background.   I’m guessing it is named after the bitter, dank and resinous TV news duo of Barbara Walters and Hugh Downs, or  maybe the keen eyesight of some young hipster. Though I would usually choose […]

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Ironfire Synner Pale Ale

The lady got The Blondie from Acoustic Ale Works.  Should go well with our grilled chopped salad with salmon and grilled vegetables here at Promiscuous Fork..

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Alesmith X

  …for me while the lady enjoyed the Saint Archer White. 

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Harvest Wild Hop IPA

From Sierra Nevada, this last of their 2014 five batch Harvest series features the wild hop Neomexicanus.   First time I tried was on draft and it had the unmistakable scent of marijuana.  And not just a little like it…a lot like it.  With the bottle I didn’t get that at all… just the great wet […]

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Post BLAH Mystery Bike Ride Refreshments

Decided not to try the flight and went straight to big boy glasses.  Automatic 6th Anniversary IPA for me and Automatic 6th Anniversary Belgian Blonde with Apricots for the lady. 

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