My Beer Pix

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

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Palanfrina

A 9% ABV gruit from Italy made with chestnuts. Malty sweetness and alcohol, like a boozy mild English brown ale but with a Belgian – like yeast..maybe.  Interesting.  I couldn’t tell you there were any kind of nut in the beer based on flavor…but I suppose without the chestnuts it would have been imported Italian […]

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Fourthmeal

A hoppy Belgain style collaboration ale from The Bruery and Maine Beer Company.  6.something% ABV hops more fruity, with pleasant bitterness.

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Hula Bay IPA from Left Coast

An exclusive from Left Coast Brewing for Islands restaurant. Light bodied and citrusy. Perfect for a warm day in late spring

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Beatitude Pineapple Tart Saison

Pineapple not evident at first taste..mostly just tart and wet.   But I get hints of pineapple after I swallow a sip and exhale through my nose.  

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Saint Archer Mosaic IPA

Quite possibly the best MillerCoors beer I’ve tasted.  Still got that 9% ABV thing going for it and only 6 bucks at Price Club. 

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Another Gold Record

A damn good Belgian-style strong golden ale from Amplified Ale Works.  …and more drunk for your buck at $3.50 each…almost half price….for another six minutes.

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On a Mission to Plunder

In a world of popular session IPAs this is a real IPA, thank goodness someone brewed a complex IPA which as rich as you can get.  It’s got all the taste of a West coast DIPA, but the smoothness of a regular IPA with some bite of citrus and pine.  This beer is so rich […]

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Mischief rising

A little young, sour and yeasty, but a great golden Belgian ale.  A little malt and maturity would make this one go a long way. It’s got a unique dryness that makes it worth drinking.  I bought it at OC wine mart in YL for $7.99 so worth the price.

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California Wild Ales

Beautiful day to taste R&D samples from California Wild Ales while they await permits.  All 7 samples tasted of tart Lactobacillus and most were fruited.  

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Pikes Peak Gold Rush

An enjoyable 9% Belgian-inspired strong golden in Colorado Springs…complete with local frogs croaking ‘n all.  Not all south of Denver is lost. For me..  next trip….plan better. .

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Panther IPA

7.6% ABV at Colorado Mountain Brewery,  Colorado Springs.  

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Electrocution IPA

A great day for a bike ride.  We stopped at Amplified Ale Works new Miramar location for some fuel.  I chose a small glass of the Electrocution IPA, she chose the G-string, the Belgian-style strong golden listed as Gold Record at PB location.

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Top Rope IPA

Another local IPA. This one 6% abv. A solid 16 ounces of IPA.

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At Little Apple Brewing

Having a 24/7 session IPA (unfiltered IPA 4.6% abv) and an Irish Angus Stout (6.2% abv). Both are delicious. #manhattan ks, #littleapplebrew

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Eagle Rock White Rabbit 

Random old bottle found in a liquor store stamped “enjoy by 06.06.14″… Loved it originally, now excessively boozy with less flavor. 

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Tiger Bite and Tiger Paw

At Topeka, Kansas’ very popular Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant enjoying a Tiger Bite IPA and Tiger Paw Porter

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Slow Ride Session IPA

From New Belgium. Nice and hoppy but with an ABV that makes it possible to have one at lunch and still be functional the rest of the day.

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Sunny Day Electrocution IPA

Another beautiful day in San Diego…so clear after yesterdays rain.  A nice reward for making the 2 mile trek down the coast to Amplified Ale Works. This 7.1% ABV west coast IPA is never a bad choice.  I expect we will need to fortify for the trek back home.

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Shake a Day IPA

From Big Sky. Super fruity hop profile, 7% ABV. Definitely a thumbs up.

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De Dolle Ara Bier

8% ABV Belgian strong pale ale at Fathom Bistro Bait & Tackle.

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Gold Record

A new 9.4% ABV Belgian-style golden strong ale at Amplified Ale Works.  It’s somewhat sweet, a bit of black pepper in the finish, and warming alcohol throughout.  Nice beer.

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Toolbox Brewing

L to R Free Range Lettuce, Chéne Bretta, and Ruby. 

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It’s Dynamite IPA

New one in a long series of IPAs from BSB. Uses TNT and Motueka hops for a really fruity profile. 6.7% abv

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Amplified Miramar Now Open

Now available east of I-5, Amplified Ale Works brew house, off Miramar Road, soft open has been happening since 3pm today.   Enjoying the colaboration beer, Centerpointe, made with next door neighbor, Pure Project. 

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Twisted Pretzel Wheat

Odd for them to have made it.  Odd also that we ended up with a bottle of it.  5.1% ABV.  Smells like…stale kettle popcorn.  Not much flavor…but I’m getting a watered down marzen, but a tad more sweet.  Reminds me of popcorn flavored Jelly Bellys…but not in a good way.

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Booze Bros Sauer Blanc

Very refreshing 6.5% ABV saison.  Mildly tart, a bit of brett funk, some white wine notes, some sweetness too, but not overly so. Way way more to choose from compared to my last visit.

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El Segundo Mayberry IPA

Chose over Firestone Luponic Distortion, and it was a close call between this and Three Weavers Expatriate…but happy with my choice.

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Aurora Hoppyalis IPA

I’m very happy with Karl’s 7% ABV San Diego – style IPA.  A well deserved  bronze at last year’s GABF.

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Midnight Jack Brewing

Of the 10+ drafts available,  we chose 6.  L to R, top to bottom,  Belgian-style blonde, pale ale, IPA,  coconut porter, milk stout on nitro, and double chocolate stout.  

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Lunch with Wild Lady

Pleasantly surprise with this Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale with brett from Santa Ana’s The Good Beer Company.  7% ABV, slightly tart, a little funk, clean finish.   Nice beer.  This was 2015 release.

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Kook

An 8.5% ABV double India Pale Ale from the fine folks at Pizza Port Brewing Company. 

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Pineapple Sculpin

Nose is sweet, but I don’t think I could have identified it as pineapple if it wasn’t indicated on the label.  Flavor is not sweet, but seems less bitter and doesn’t have the crisp finish of the original.  I get the most pineapple notes after swallowing a sip and then exhaling  through my nose.  Exhaling […]

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Aberrant

I’m not surprised that this farmhouse golden ale from Oregon’s Logsdon Farmhouse Ales is really good.  We’ve been eyeing the bottle in the back of the fridge for quite some time now.  A nicely balance combination of flavors.  Funky/earthy notes with mildly tart notes…also a touch of sweetness.  Not dry.  The 8% ABV is a […]

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Black and Gold

Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout and Backstreet Schism Rye IPA shortly before Rhythm & Brews fest in Vista.

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Casa Bruja La Fantasma

Brujeria edition #10 is a wonderful funky 10% ABV farmhouse ale we smuggled back from Panama City, Panama. Loosely translated…Casa Bruja = Witch House,  La Fantasma = The Ghost, Brujeria = Witchcraft

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Pizza Port SB 152 IPA

Of the many options to choose from, this is what ended up in my glass….and I was not disappointed.  Freshly tapped, and quite enjoyable, IPA.

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De Garre Tripel

A small consolation after this afternoons tax appointment.  Another consolation may be required.

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Culver Beer Company Tasters

Still in the soft opening stage, but open hours are more regular than a week or two ago. L to R = top to bottom on the menu.  First two glasses are both Daily Routine;  the first is on nitro, the second CO2. Our favs were the Tiger Ride, the 8% ABV Belgian-style blonde, and […]

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Southern Tier Choklat Oranj

A 10% ABV imperial stout from New York’s Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series releases.  Good, but not as enjoyable as the Choklat version was by itself.  We found Choklat Oranj more bitter and less sweet and dessert-like.

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Not the Worst Place for a Flat Tire

….in front of Acoustic Ales.   I chose a flight… L to R, Hop Way to the Danger Zone, a 10% ABV triple IPA,  Shojo IPA, a 6% ABV  IPA brewed with rice and fermented with sake yeast, Road to the Abbey,  an 8% Belgian-style abbey ale, and Westbound and Down, a 10% ABV Belgian-style quadruple. […]

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A 7.3% ABV red IPA from Stone Brewing.  Reminds me of a rye IPA.  Decent, but nothing great.

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Lobster Telephone

A 6% ABV Automatic Brewing Company  English strong pale at Blind Lady Ale House  (BLAH). Much better than the ol’ run-of-the-mill English strong pale.

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Altamont Brewing Scarcity IIIPA

A tasty 11% ABV triple IPA from Livermore, CA.  It was not an easy choice between the three on draft.  Benchmark’s 13.5% ABV Hildegard was good.   So was Acoustic’s 10% ABV Hop Way to the Danger Zone.  This is not the first time I chose something in the middle….this time it just happened to be […]

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Don’t Call It A Comeback IPA

At Southpark Brewing Company.  Sad to see they no longer are doing the fresh fish thing.  Looks like many good options still…and beer is still good.

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Grape Sour by Free Will

Nice mild 4.9% lambic with grapes added by Free Will Brewing in Pennsylvania.  Picked up on a recent work trip in another state last year.  Florida maybe…  

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Resident Brewing

Resident Brewing, located in the back of the downtown/gaslamp location of The Local, has been pouring their own beers for about a month now.   Five on draft when we stopped by last Sunday. Nothing outstanding, but all were decent and clean. 

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Burning Beard Brewing Soft Opening

Of the 6 drafts available, 2 were CO2 and Nitro versions of the same beer.   L to R we chose Dankness Visible IPA,  Hopmata IPA,  Holy the Voyd Stout on Nitro, and INGSOC with regular CO2.  Happy with both IPAs. 

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De Troch 2014 Oude Gueuze

An interesting beer.  Along with it being very sour, I get hints of a metallic thing and mild Anaheim chili pepper.  No spicyness, just the hint when I exhale.  I would guess it’s not oak aged. Nothing like the sweet fruit lambic beer we had from De Troch when in Belgium.  Not bad, but not […]

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Maredsous Tripel…

…in proper glassware, thanks to Blind Lady Ale House’s most recent “keep the glass” Belgian New Year celebration. 

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Sixpoint 2015 Sensi Harvest

This 6.3% ABV wet hopped IPA had a BB date on the can of 25 Dec 15.  Virtually no hop nose.  Flavor has a pleasant bitterness, but hops are more subdued and malty sweetness is more prominent.  Need to try more fresh. I’m pretty sure this was something grabbed when back east recently and stuffed […]

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NOLA Hopitoulas IPA

The last of the few smuggled back from our recent trip to New Orleans.  Pleasant piney and resinous flavors and aroma, with balanced malt flavors.  No sweet malt flavors, which is a good thing.  All that and 6.5% ABV. 

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Trio of cervezas

Squatters, Sam Adams and Deschutes at a hole in the wall in Vegas

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Hop Nosh

Had to go to Las Vegas to get this one. Unita in Utah

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River Down Ale

A very nice 6.5% ABV blond from Panama’s Central Cerveceria. We found on draft at Lynchburg Beer & Blues.  Lynchburg was a great find with 12 decent taps.  The board indicated 5 taps of Casa Bruja beers, but one was out,  5 taps of Tres Gatos (another Panama micro brewery) beers, but one was out, […]

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La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal Premium

We found this beer from Spain at the local market and added to our cart.  This 6% ABV ale brewed with rosemary and honey, unfortunately, is not doing it for me.   I smell dirty leather.  Taste and mouthfeel are like I’m drinking from a growler of gruit opened yesterday, recapped and put back in the […]

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Oranjeboom Premium Strong

A 12% ABV light lager from Holland.  Years ago I’ve has the regular stuff, available at Trader Joe’s and other fine establishments, but was not aware other Oranjeboom products. Interesting flavor/mouth feel.   Somewhat like a regular lager,  but a bit more sweet and once in your mouth you can smell the alcohol, with a slight […]

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Chivo de Perro IPA at BrewStop

Nice bottle shop specializing in American craft beer.  They have 4 rotating taps, and yesterday they had a Stone tap take over, which included Go To IPA, regular IPA, Arrogant Bastard and Ruination DIPA.  They sold out in less than 3 hours.   I was happy to find Chivo de Parra on draft,  and while sipping […]

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Aguila Light

A 3.5% pale light lager from Columbia.  Not good, but not offensive either.  For similar styles in the area,  I preferred the Panama or Balboa.

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Casa Bruja Chivo de Perro IPA

We found it on draft at The Londoner Pub, not too far walk from our hotel.  They had 3 of Casa Bruja Brewery, a local micro brewery, beers on draft. Chivo de Perro IPA was my fav.

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La Rana Dorada (Panama)

Much deserved Blanche and Pale Ale at a local Panamanian brewpub after a 3 mile walk from our hotel on this 91 degree day!   

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Hertog Jan Tripel

Interesting selection of beers at the market down the road.   One was this tripel from Holland, and it was chilled. We are enjoying it.  8.5% ABV, slightly sweet with a clean finish.

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Mumford Brewing Tasters

…and the selected tasters were… Koala Food, the 10.1% ABV tripel-style gruit was the unanimous fav.  

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Arts District Brewing Company

Of the many choices… four were chosen… .. not a bad beer in the bunch.  The 7.5%ABV Mosaic hopped Traction IPA was my fav.  The Belgian-style golden strong, Azreal, clocking in at 10.1% ABV is a close second.

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Eagle Rock Brewery Zes

A tasty 8% ABV Belgian-style golden strong ale brewed in collaboration with Strand Brewing and Ladyface Ale Company, for Eagle Rock’s 6th anniversary.  Very nice,  but, as you would expect, the brettanomyces characteristics have not developed in the 30 days since bottling. 

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Lucky Baldwins Red Belgian Ale

An enjoyable, sweet and malty red clocking in at 7% ABV.  Brewed by Belgium’s Brouwerij Van Steenberge for Lucky Baldwins 20th Anniversary.  Only available at the three Lucky Baldwins locations.

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Hockey Hair at Manzanita PB

The beer is a 5.8% ABV saison.  I’m enjoying it.  I envision hockey hair being sweaty and plastered to the scalp, like after wearing a helmet.  Totally opposite of heat mizer hair.

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Hopslam from my Valentine

My sweetheart gave me a 6-pak for Valentine’s Day.  She’s the best. Though we have had it on draft, I believe this is the first time enjoying from the can.   Or should I be saying in the can.   Hmm..either way out sounds like I’m in the bathroom…which I’m not.  Enjoying directly from the decanter. Anywho…it […]

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Flying Fish Exit 4

A 9.5% ABV American Trippel smuggled back from a recent trip to New Jersey. 

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La Bonté with Fig

This tart farmhouse ale from Wicked Weed Brewing was very refreshing after an 80 + degrees day here in the lower left.  Though a wonderful brew, I’m not really getting any noticeable fig notes.  It’s also got that 6.5% ABV thing going for it. 

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El Segundo Power Plant TIPA

A nicely crafted 11.1% ABV triple IPA from the fine folks a couple hours north.  Though the first couple of sips seem a bit strong,  the last half of the glass goes down way to fast.  Very good, but not sure it was worth the $12 bottle price.     I was impressed that my local beerstore, […]

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Hop Boxed & Propitiation

Big boy glass of the Alpine Beer Company IPA for me, and a dainty glass of Russian River Brewing dark sour beer for the lady. Very happy with my Hop Boxed…wish they didn’t already have last call,  cuz I would like another.  I like the smell, initial flavor and mouth feel, of the Propitiation.  But….after […]

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Scaldis Noël

No funky Christmas spices, just 12% ABV dark Belgian strong ale yummyness.

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Derailed Ale

A 5% ABV black cherry cream ale from Erie Brewing Company.   Not surprising it is light bodied with a sweet malt finish, and no noticeable bitterness.  Black cherry flavor emphasizes the sweetness, but does not overwhelm the cream ale flavor. 

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Parish Envie and Abita Mardi Gras Bock

At Blind Pelican where between 4pm and 8pm daily 1 dozon raw oysters are $3 and 1 dozen char-broiled oysters are $9, when purchased with beverage.  The char-broiled oysters were spectacular.  Hope to be back before 8.

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Southern Prohibition 2016 IPA

Back again at Avenue Pub.  Floral and citrus nose.  Plesant bitterness with hints of grapefruit peel, lingers a bit after swallowing then is gone.   5.4% ABV.

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Crescent City Brewhouse Tasters

Though celebrating 25 years, not really a good beer stop.  I might be able to finish the Black Forest, which is a bit more roasty than a black lager but not quite a porter. 

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Join the Parade

A session IPA from New Orleans own nano brewery, Courtyard Brewing.  Plenty of guest beers too.

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Parish Envie and Mudbug King Cake

Envie is a hoppy pale ale and King Cake is a spiced golden ale. Avenue Pub is open 24-7-365..and has the best tap list we’ve seen since arriving.  On parade days they dumb it down a bit and don’t pull from their extensive bottle list.   We’ll need to stop by again. 

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Charlotte Airport Brews

The GABF gold metal winning, 7.2% ABV,  west coast-style, Hop Drop n Roll IPA, from Charlotte’s own NoDa Brewing for me, and Shotgun Betty, the 5.8% ABV German-style hefeweizen from Raleigh, NC’s, Lonerider Brewing Company, for the lady. We we’re both very pleased with our choices.  Carolina Beer Co. definitely has a better beer selection […]

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Rosetta and Invasion

Rosetta is a 5.6% ABV kriek brewed by Belgium’s Liefmans Brewery exclusively for Ommegang.  Though darker than expected, it was a very good blend of tart and sweet.  No notes of wood,  so I would guess aged in stainless.  It’s hard to go wrong with Cigar City’s Invasion Pale Ale.

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Caribbean Chocolate Cake

A collaboration beer from England’s Siren Craft Brew and Cigar City Brewing from Tampa, FL.  An interesting mix of flavors that I thought very tasty.  Dark roasted malts you may expect from an imperial stout,  but smooth and not bitterness, like a milk stout. 

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