My Beer Pix

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

Humming Wires

A collaboration IPA between San Diego’s Council Brewing and Monterey’s Alvarado Street Brewery.   Like a tart white IPA.  The citrus notes of the hops may over-exaggerate the tartness.  Interesting…but in a good way.  Also grabbed a 100% Maybe IPA, made with Mosaic and Ekuanot hops, sidecar.  

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Smell You Later IPA

At Pizza Port in San Clemente having another one of their IPAs. 6.7% ABV

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Iconic double IPA

Wife slipped this into my glass without telling me. Hangar 24’s DIPA. A well balanced and very drinkable IPA that just happens to be 9% ABV. One 12 ounce bottle and I am already feeling it. Pretty sure the Mrs. is trying to roofie me, but I like this beer enough that I am okay […]

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Tap 79 Double IPA 

An ok 8% ABV double IPA from Tap 79 Brewing Co., found at Trader Joes.   I am only guessing that Golden Road is brewing for them, like they were for the ol’ burro brand that came out a couple years ago.   But with the smaller can size, 12oz compared to 16oz, and being […]

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Accumulated Knowledge 

Though the Accumulated Knowledge was aquired some days ago, I didn’t really have time to absorb it until now.  Feeling smarter with each sip. Hmm..I’m guessing the accumulated knowledge I retain is whatever I don’t pee out.  Not quite sure how to measure that.  

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Some Coffee Beers..

Though not a fan of coffee, the Extra Añejo Xocoveza (wine and tequila barrel aged) the 2013 Coffee Bourbon County Stout, were pretty damn good.

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Viridescent Waves

Very happy with Setting Sun Sake’s first bottle release.  A 15% ABV sake dry-hopped with Motueka.  Sweet with clean finish and pronounced alcohol flavors.  I’m assuming the hops add fruit-citrus flavors and nose.

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Tired Hands Ourison

Delicious.  Mildly tart oak aged saison with a bit of funk, and clean finish.   Very nice.  2017 is only hours away. 

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Hop Diggity

Found a lone can of Mother Earth’s 8.2% double IPA at Trader Joes and they sold it to me $1.60, plus CRV.  At $0.13 per oz..it’s like I stole it.

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Duvel Golden Ale

I got 4 bottles and a glass for Christmas.  The box that it came in came with a whole variety of rules on what exact angle to hold the glass and for how long, which position to store it, and what exact temperature to store it.  Not being one to follow the rules, I splashed […]

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Round 2 IPA

After leaving to open Artifex Brewing up in Orange County, Chris has returned as head brewer of Backstreet, Vista. Celebrating his return, he brewed up a delicious IPA he calls (fittingly) “Round 2.” At 7.6% abv, two rounds is probably all I will be able to handle.

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Dry Hopped Anchor Steam

Preferred the draft version to the bottle.  Preferred the dry hopped version to the regular version…or what I recall out being like…as it’s been a while. 

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Hopscape

Nothing outstanding, but not bad either.  Pale ale-ish wheat beer.  

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Enjoy By 11.25.16

Uh Oh Ho Ho…a tad late on this one. Lucky the Stone Police didn’t come take it from the fridge drawer.

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Chapman Crafted Beer

Had tasted some of their offerings earlier this year in Denver, and decided to stop by while in the area.  L to R, Charles de Mar (saison), Slow Riser 2.0 (red ale with coffee), Personal Agenda (pale ale) and DIPL(OMACY) (double India Pale Lager). All clean and tasty..

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Citcoe Drive IPA

Pleasantly surprised with this 7.2% Citra and Simcoe IPA from OC’s Valiant Brewing.   No malty sweetness with juicy hop flavors of pine and citrus peel…

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Watermelon Ale

Enjoyable, but I tasted more vanilla than I did watermelon in this 4.8% ABV wheat beer from The Phoenix Ale Brewery.   The label mentions “…hint of watermelon to balance the tart, citrus flavors of the wheat.”  I didn’t get any tartness either. Is it true that we drank on 8 Dec 16, where the […]

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Row 2 Hill 56

At Russian River having a pint before dinner. Row 2 Hill 56, a hoppy delicious pale ale.

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Indra Kunindra Ballast Point

By Indian style I thought they meant IPA and not necessarily a dark, flavored, spicy curry.  I can’t tell yet if it actually is curry, but it’s got an amazingly unique nose and a spicy afterbite that’s warm, calm, and re-assuring.  This one’s worth a try, but completely 180 degrees from what I was expecting. […]

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Tin Roof Gameday IPA 

No ABV listed on the can.   Decent, but nothing great.  I’ve liked some of Tin Can Brewing’s  other offering better.

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Red River Brewing Tasters

Things have grown for Red River Brewing since our first visit a couple years ago.   Back then they were operating out of a small brick building, had no tasting room, and working long hours to keep up with the requests for the one beer they were making at the time; Hay Ryed.   Today […]

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Humble Farmer 1st Cut IPA 

A work associate, well acquainted my affliction for good craft beer, surprised me with a growler from something just outside my radar.  Humble Farmer Brewing Company, in Holtville, just outside of El Centro, is brewing up fresh suds.  Word has it they are willing to share, for a small fee, to whoever stops by and […]

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2006 DeuS 

Enjoying a 10-year old bottle of DeuS for our 7th anniversary.  Seems more boozy than the 11.5% ABV that the label indicates, with pleasant flavors of dried dark fruit, mild sweetness up front with dryer Belgian yeast finish.  Very good, but different from what I recall from later/ younger versions we enjoyed.

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Hops Out for Harambe..

…was one of the few beers I tried, but ended up with the Just Outstanding, from Kern River Brewing.   Many great beers on draft around town post SD Beer Week.

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Carnevale Ale

The date stamp was not clear, but guessing 2010 vintage.  It’s held up nicely.   Some fruity notes that weren’t there before.  

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Riley’s Red from Little Apple

Back in manhattan, KS so naturally I hadon’t to.drop in to Little Apple Brewing Co. surprisingly warm for mid-November here. Mid 70’s. Cold beer is just the ticket.

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Single Wide in KC

Working in KCMO has its perks. Great BBQ and Boulevard Beer from the source

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Soundcheck 4

A new wet hop IPA on draft for Amplified Ale Works 4th anniversary party, along with 21 other Amplified offerings.  

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A Couple Rough Draft IPAs

My Coors Light neighbor had a gathering this weekend and the few beers not meeting his palate were left untouched.  He called them “brown bottle beer” and grouped them with the like of Pacifico, and Stella.. I don’t recall having a Rough Draft beer since we stopped by their brewery opening  day. Pleasantly surprise with […]

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Eppig Brewing

San Diego’s newest craft brewery. All low IBU options.  My fav was the blonde, while Michele preferred the Berliner Weisse.  

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2016 Celebration 

An annual treat from the fine folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.  

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Barrel Harbor South Island Pils

Celebrating a warm Saturday at Surfside Tap Room in Oceanside. I’m enjoying a refreshing South Island Pils while the Mrs. nurses a Black Marlin Mocha Porter from Ballast Point.

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Stack Me Greens Fresh Hop IPA

Enjoying yet another wet hop beer — this one from @artifexbrewing in San Clemente, CA. Clean, fresh and juicy. So much so that there’s a bee (upper left) hanging out hoping for a little nectar for her own purposes. #wethop #ipa #its90degreesinsandiegotoday

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Fall Brewing Plenty for All

A nice czech pilsner from Fall Brewing Company, which I have yet to visit. Perfect beer for a 90 degree October day. Yeah, I know, it’s in a Belching Beaver glass.

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Deceitful IIPA

Delicious DIPA from Back Street Vista. Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial hops with a surprisingly well-balanced malt profile. 8% ABV but you’d swear it was no more than 5%. Deceitful indeed.

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Dragon’s Milk

An enjoyable 11% ABV bourbon barrel-aged stout from New Holland Brewing.  I thought the beer was a good balance of all the flavors…though I would have preferred flavors to linger a bit longer after swallowing.  

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Punkin Ale from Dogfish Head

Was sitting on the patio and enjoying this @dogfishhead seasonal so much that I almost forgot to get a photo. Every year is just a little bit different and yet always delicious.

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Elysian Great Jasmine Not

Elysian is my new favorite brewer.  Elysian Avatar Jasmine IPA is not. It’s more saccharin than a vanilla at sea on nitrogen.  It’s drinkable, but so is Stella when you need to.

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Enjoy by 10.31.16

Lots of good, and very little bad, packed into this tiny bottle of bitter beer.  I feel that with every sip I’m reducing my chances of getting scurvy.

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Idaho by 10 Barrel Brewing

Continuing my fresh hop IPA journey in Bend, I am currently enjoying an Idahop. 6.8% ABV and 75 IBUs.

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Sizzle fresh hop IPA

Yep. That’s all that’s left of a very delicious wet hop IPA from Cascade Lakes Brewing in Bend, OR

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Craft Kitchen in Bend

Enjoying an IPL and Pond Monkey Pale at Craft Kitchen on the Deschutes River in Bend, OR.

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Dry Hopped Steam Beer

An offering from Anchor I had not tried.  I like it better than the regular steam beer.

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San Clemente Left Coast Pale Ale — The perfect ending to your week

I have a lot of go-to beers.  Sculpin IPA is one as long as there’s no fruit in it.  Coronado Idiot is just one of my all time favorites.   San Clemente Left Coast’s beer is just the right beer at the right time.  It’s better than Pizza Port’s Kook,  6.5% by volume.  Some nice crisp […]

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Rogness Taxon

A hoppy brown ale, with a hop bitterness on top of the roasted malt bitterness, all the way from Austin, Texas. Not really my style, but that didn’t stop me from finishing it.

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Graveyard’s Pale Ale

I had the draft version of this beer at Bressi Ranch some weeks back, and very much enjoyed it.  This 6.2% “San Diego” pale ale was made with Mosaic and a mix of Australian hops, and would be considered an IPA in other parts.   Though it’s supposed to be stocked at each of their […]

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Shockolate Wheat

The flavor is remenisent of a Tootsie-Roll dissolved in large quantity of soda water…more watery than Tootsie-Roll.  As one might imagine, it’s not very good.  Not sure how much better it would have been if we had fresh, whenever that would have been.  Couldn’t fine a date on the bottle, but snowflakes make me think […]

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Mohawk Bend 5th Anniversary Hoppy Ale

A 7% ABV collaboration IPA…from Mohawk, Tony’s Darts Away and Bagby Beer.  I’m told Mohawk and Tony’s Darts Away are owned by the folks from Golden Road.  I was pleased with it…went well with vegan happy hour foods.

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Peyote Pale Ale

The $4 pint for the night at Diablo Taco, from Baja Brewing.  It worked for me.   The day is looking up. 

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Soundcheck Wet Hop IPA 

A newer offering at Amplified Ale Works.  6% ABV, well balanced…get while you can cuz I doubt it will last long. 

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Mosaic Pale Ale

A 6% ABV from Figueroa Mountain Brewing.  Maybe the same as the Fig Mtn Mosaic I had elsewhere, indicating 5.5%..but with someone typing or writing it out on the beer menu, I’m  not so sure. Enjoyed both.

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Brew Your Mind Peach Please

I’m get zero fruit flavors or smell from this 6.5% ABV IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Hungary.  Maybe it has no fruit but thought it needed it.   A somewhat dry bitter finish, that reminds me of grapefruit peel, overpowers any malty sweetness.  I’m enjoying it, though I think more […]

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Huff n Puff

A “Slovenian” pale ale from Pizza Port Bressi. Crisp and clean 4.8% abv. I didn’t even know there were Slovenian pale ales.

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Cuvee de Tomme 2008

Found this little gem in the beer cellar while doing a little re-arranging the other day. What carbonation there was is gone, but the tart raisin, cherry and malt remains. Pretty solid for an 8 year old.

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Beautiful Princess Yeasty Red Vagina Ale

Michele’s colorful name for this American amber ale, dry hopped with Mosaic, and made at do-it-yourself brewery, Citizen Brewers, during a party celebrating a good friend’s birthday, was sadly not selected as the official name for the beer.  I’d like think it was only because we did not make the label required for the group […]

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Champagne Velvet..

..Brand Beer. A 5.5% ABV pre-prohibition pilsner from Indiana’s Upland Brewing.  Not really my favorite style of beer, but decent enough..I ain’t pouring it out.  Also not wasting time with a glass…drinking right out of the can. Oddly the pale malt, or so I assume cuz the can is opaque, reminds me of unsalted oyster […]

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Hopster nyilván IPA

I’m pleasantly surprised by this 7.7% ABV American-style IPA that Michele smuggled back from her recent trip to Budapest. Balanced with pleasant hop flavors that linger slightly on the palate, and no malty sweet aftertaste. 

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Infinity+1

The 12.3% ABV triple IPA from Hess Brewing is quite nice.  No underlying sweetness in the base, just great hop flavors..which only linger on the pallet a short time urging you to take another sip.   I had a bottle couple months ago and enjoyed, but I think I like this bottle that’s been on […]

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Citracado IPA

Stone’s 20th Anniversary beer has resinous and dank hop flavors with lingering bitterness long after you’ve swallowed, or spit it out… if’n that’s your thing.   No malty sweetness that you can find in some higher gravity IPA.  This one’s clocking in at a respectable 9% ABV. It’s working for me at the moment. 

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Cutthroat Pale in Utah

One thing I do like about the craft beer revolution is that you can get a good beer in Utah. On a Sunday.

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Über Jam

I’m like’n this 6.6% ABV Belgian-style ale.  Somewhat sweet up front, mild bitterness on the finish, and overall refreshing.  A new offering from our friends at Amplified Ale Works.

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Oneida 

Enjoyed this 5.8% ABV hoppy pale ale from Modern Times Beer Company.  Not sure if it is pronounced wăn-ee-tah, or won-ee-dah, or oh-nee-dah…

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Barba Pale Ale 

We found an alley with plenty of shadow, a nice breeze and the local brewery’s beer on draft.  The draft version is much better than the bottle of the same beer we tried earlier. The bottle was flat and too sweet..almost syrupy. On draft it’s still malty, but in addition to the better mouth feel […]

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Benevolent Son IPA

Another in a long list of IPAS from Back Street brewing in Vista. 6.6% abv, bright, fresh and crisp with just a little maltiness. Perfect for an ungodly hot day.

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Varionica Pale Ale

Decent, but not my fav.  Malty base is a bit too sweet to me.  

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A La Americana

The 5.4% ABV American-style wheat beer generously hopped with Mosaic is one of the best Croatian beer we’ve had so far. With the light /pale malt body and pleasant bitter finish it was very refreshing. It’s made on the island of Hvar just a 5 minute bike ride from Hvar town center (maybe a 20 […]

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Zmajska Pivovara Pale Ale

Our first Croatian craft beers.  Both were clean, balanced and true to style.  Both seemed more American-style and less similar to their European counterparts.  The 5.3% ABV Pale Ale ale was refreshing and had a mildly hopped finish.  The 6.5% ABV Porter was smooth and roasty with with no unpleasant bitterness. 

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Dalmatian Beer

Točeno on draft for me and the bottle of Tomislav for the lady.  The 7.3% ABV Tomislav Croatian made dunkel was the better of the two.  The Slovenia made pale lager on draft was just…not my style.  

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Majaraja IPA

Nothing like a big, hoppy DIPA to take the edge off a hot summer afternoon.

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Betty IPA in bottle

Seeing Adam’s Betty in a can, I got jealous and had to go get my own. This is one of those I prefer in a bottle.

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Millstone Cobbler

A delicious blend of cider and peach wine.  Pleasantly tart with a more dry finish, and 8% ABV.  Really quite good. 

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Hungarian Craft Beer

Fresh off the plane Vári Nővérek ’16, from Hungary’s Szent András Sőrfőzde, is like a hoppy American-style session pale ale.  It remind me of a northern east coast IPA or pale ale, with some rye with the malt.  No citrus or pine notes, but a distinct dry bitter finish.

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Watermelon Dorado

I like watermelon.  I also like Dorado, Ballast Point’s 10% ABV double IPA.  I don’t think I would have thought to mix the two…but why not give it a try. When first poured, the nose is sweet watermelon and very little hop character.  Taste is not sweet but hop bitterness over the malt base, with […]

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Beers in Hungary

Untappd tells me I tried 15 new beers while in Hungary.  Some big commercial yellow beers and a few craft beers. I can’t spell their names, but could look them up if I had to…

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Fünke Hop Farm

My fav of the many brews we tasted at last week’s International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fair.  A pleasantly tart wine-barrel-aged, dry-hopped saison.  6.5% ABV and 15-IBU.  From Sudwerk Brewing,  Davis, CA.  Quite nice. Hmm..or was that last, last week?  Time flys when you’re…busy…doin’..stuff.

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