My Beer Pix

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

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Newly Developed Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada’s 2015 Harvest series, number 3 of 5, included hop varieties I has no idea even existed.  But let’s be honest, I kinda live in a cave and know very little about anything.  With roll-off-the-tongue names, such as HBC431 and HBC472, as well as SS05256 and SS06300, it’s in only a matter of days […]

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Hess Tasters

Some of dis n some of dat.  Very happy with Hoptuitus IPA, and she enjoyed My Other Vice berlinerweiss with pomegranate. 

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BFM Bon Chien

Tasty Swedish made lambic/ wild ale.  Nice mix of acid and wood flavors.   Would have never guessed 11%ABV.

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2007 Cable Car

Originally brewed to celebrate Toronado SF 20th Anniversary, and only made available at Toronado, I was fortunate to be given a few bottles.   Going on 9 years in the bottle and still quite spectacular.  A wonderful blend of tart, mildly sweet fruit and oak flavors, with a smooth finish.

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Deux Amis

Very enjoyable barrel aged wild ale collaboration from Karl Strauss and Monkey Paw.  Great tart and wood flavors, slightly sweet.  Get it while you can.  Currently on draft at Karl Strauss PB where Arts and Amps is going off.

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Westvleteren 8

Picked up a 6-pak on last years bike ride through Belgium.  If we weren’t on bicycles we could have carried more,  but, oh well. 

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Here Gose Nothin’

Tasty, and very tart, gose from Bloomington, IL own DESTIHL Brewery. 

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Bolt Brewery Little Italy

Yep, another new brewery stop on our ‘ol standby Sunday bike route.  Rode it backward today so Bolt would be open by the time we coasted by.

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Half Door Brewing Revisited

When they first opened the only house beer available was their Irish stout.  I was happy with it, but only had the one beer before moving on. Many more options this time. We chose the following for our flight. I thought they were all pretty good.  IPAs too.  I preferred the Hoban House IPA, with […]

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Invasion Pale Ale

Drink’n rite out a da can, n like’n it a lot.  Kinda sad dat its ma last one.  Yummy fruity and citrus hop nose, over pale malt base with mild bitterness and 5%ABV makes this very drinkable.

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Off Color Eille

Very tasty farmhouse saison from Chicago.  Has wit beer like spices, but more malty.  Cool to find this locally…Bine & Vine.  Wish we could find more Off Color Brewery beers in town, but heard we are lucky to get what we do, as they have a hard time keeping up with demand.

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DESTIHL Brewery Abbey’s Single

Likely due to the spicy tomatillo salsa still burning my lips,  I didn’t notice any of the fruity flavor characteristics indicated on the can,  but I enjoyed it.  Michele thought it too hoppy, so I got hers too.  I thought it very mild on the hop bitterness…also maybe  due to my spicy lips.

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Rivertowne Grateful White

Tried this 6.1% ABV Belgian-style wit, from Rivertowne Brewing Company in Export, Pennsylvania, with our  fish taco lunch today, and was quite happy with it. 

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Three Taverns Le Peche Mode

Three Taverns Craft Brewing took over the space that Sweet Water Brewing once occupied in Terminal A (A25) at the Atlanta Airport.  Sweet Water Brewing is still in Terminal B (B11). Le Peche Mode is a Belgian-style saison brewed with peaches.  It seemed most of their offerings were Belgian-inspired, including a Belgian-style IPA and a […]

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Turk’s Head Lager

Turk’s Head Lager can be found virtually anywhere on the island (Providenciales), and is by far their most popular.  They also make an amber and a stout.  Tried the three in bottles, as well as the lager and amber on draft, and liked the amber on draft most, but that was a rare find. 

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Islander Ginger Beer

A delightful change to the lagers and sweet rum drinks.  5% ABV slightly spicy/peppery ginger ale.  Oddly, this “Carribean Beverage Turks & Caicos  Born” was brewed and bottled in Greenville, SC.

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Duet IPA

Not enough to “Duet all night long”, but enough for maybe, 38 minutes…if you sip slowly.

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Ranger Creek Cardamom Tripel

Just like it says on da bottle, it’s small batch series No. 10.  First cold sip had a bitter finish.  Definitely better flavor and balance as it warms.  

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Eliza5beth

This beer literally jumped out of the cabinet wanting some attention.  If she didn’t hit her lid and start leaking we could have put her back and let her get a bit older…but that didn’t happen. Very tasty farmhouse ale aged on apricots from the fine folks at Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales

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Thunderstruck IPA

Very impressed with Stone Brewing’s 19th Anniversary beer.  What I would imagine if Alpine made and imperial version of their Nelson. 

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TPA not IPA

Texas Pale Ale from South Austin Brewery.  Another liquid refreshment from a brewery we were unable to visit on our recent trip. A somewhat dry malt base with a pleasant balance of hop bitterness that lingers after you swallow.  Decent, but not my favorite from the trip.

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Regalia

Tasty.  Malty Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale with Brett from Saint Louis, Missouri’s own Perennial Artisan Ales. 

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Klokke Roeland

At Brabant.  So good we each had to get our own.

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Stash IPA

We did not make it to Independence Brewing Co. while in Austin, but we did find a bottle of something to bring back.  Piney and resinous with a lighter malt base; I enjoyed it.  My first sip I swear I tasted pineapple, but so much after that.

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Day Break 4 Grain Breakfast Brew

Though we didn’t really think about it while picking it out, looking at the can now, being called “Day Break” and with words like “4 Grain Breakfast Brew”, I would have guessed a coffee beer; a coffee porter maybe.  I was wrong.  A low hop light ale with a smooth, almost sweet finish.  I can […]

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Portneuf Valley Brewing

In Pocatello, ID. A charming lille brewpub down by the tracks in a cool brick building. I am enjoying the Grog, IPA. She is having the Portneuf Cocoa Porter.

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Oasis Tasters with a View

About 30-mins NW of downtown Austin, Oasis Texas Brewing has as awesome 3rd level outdoor patio overlooking Travis Lake.  Even with the wonderful view, it wasn’t enough to want to suffer through even sharing a pint.

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Deep Ellum IPA & Purple Rhine

IPA for me on left,  she chose a prickly pear berlinerweiss from Ranger Creek Brewing called Purple Rhine. 

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Hops & Grains Brewery

I’ve seen their Green House IPA on draft all over. The Oak and Alt is a blend of two versions of their Alt beer; 50% aged on french oak,  50% aged in bourbon barrels.

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(512) Pecan Porter (nitro)

Being 11am n all, I found myself gravitating to the pale and white IPA, where she preferred the wit.

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Hop Delusion IIPA (cask)

My glass on the right, Michele chose the Rahr Angry Goat weizenbock.  At a 90 degree plus room temp,  the cask beer warmed quickly.  Need to go draft next time.

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Lily & Seamus Sour Mash

Another fine beer from Lone Pint Brewing.  This one is a pale ale.  Still at Stanley’s…this time at the pasture bar.  The breeze back here helps in this 100 degree plus heat. 

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Prairie Eliza5beth

On draft at Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza.  A farmhouse ale aged on apricots. 

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NXNW Beer

Raptor’s Delight, Belgian-style pale ale, in the big boy glass for me and Cactus Jack, a Belgian-style saison with prickly pear, for the lady.

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Half Pour of Half IPA

Austin Beerworks Kinda slow…me thinking it was more a pale ale and not an IPA…duh…half IPA = pale ale.  She preferred the Fire Eagle IPA over the half IPA, and ended up with the berlinerweiss, Einhorn.

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Electrocution IPA

It was not an easy decision choosing between their Hommel Hoff and Electrocution…both sooooo good…. but there comes a time when one must decide.   I chose right for now.

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Iron Fist Tasters Barrio Logan

Awesome new tasting room looking out toward Coronado bridge.  Very cool indoor/outdoor space.  Address is listed on National,  but suite faces west, on Newton. L to R Coconut Blonde, Dark Days (rum barrel age imperial oatmeal stout), Roots of Wrath and Dr. Strangematter.

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Hand Shake IPA

A tasty collaboration IPA from Alpine and Green Flash. Our first visit to Alpine Beer Co’s new restaurant / pub.  Very nice and plenty of room with both indoor and outdoor seating.   Alpine beers as well as guest beers on draft.

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Last of the Jai Alai

Well…in this house anyway.  Very happy to find this among the other cans in the vegetable drawer.

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Horny Devil at La Jolla Tap & Grill

Opened maybe a week ago, and the place is busy.  OK draft list, but nothing to make a special trek for.  I chose Alesmith Horny Devil.  Can’t go wrong there.

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Hop Crisis

Damn good beer at The Car Bar from 21st Ammendment Brewing. 

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Thirty-three IPA

I haven’t tried a Latitude 33 Brewing beer since original brewer Kevin moved on.  A different hop profile and more malty base than I recall, but I’m comparing with what I recall from the draft version of the Camel Corps.

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Hartley Pale Ale

Enjoyed on draft previously, recently found it in the bottle format and thought to give it a try.  It’s OK, but not great.  Something about the bitterness and smell is off compared to what I recall from draft versions being.  Or could be the spicy food I pared it with.  Need to do a side […]

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

So very, very good. Unexpectedly good the first time, and sought after the next.  In my opinion,  the draft version doesn’t compare to the bottle.  Citrus and tropical fruit, with distinct hop bitterness and a pale malt base.  The 9%ABV is like a cracker jack prize.

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Sweet Water 18

Based on taste I would not have guessed a Belgian-style tripel.  Malty and hoppy, with Belgian-esk esters, I would have categorized a hoppy Belgian-style amber.  Didn’t stop me from finishing it.

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Homework Series #5

Jus like it says on da label..it’s a beer.  Pale in color and Belgian in style.  Not bad, but liked the recent draft version I had better.

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Mo Betta Bretta

Found this in the closet.  Easy drink’n brett beer from Lost Abbey and New Belgium.  Hard to believe was released 3 years ago.

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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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