My Beer Pix

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

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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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Founder’s Backwoods Bastard

Still on draft at PB’s Iron Pig.  11.6% ABV barrel aged Dirty Bastard.  Dangerously smooth and easy to drink.

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Bottle Logic Passionate Dragon

A farmhouse saison brewed with passion fruit, dragonfruit and kumquats, and aged in a combination of white and red wine barrels.  An interesting mix of flavors with a lot of wine characteristics, and 8.8% ABV.

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Smash Hit IPA

68 and sunny in San Diego today. A delicious single malt single hop IPA from Back Street Brewing is the perfect way to enjoy it.

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Electrocution IPA

An awesome IPA to go with our lamb tacos and spinach salad, with salmon kabobs, at…you guessed it…California Kabob / Amplified Ale Works. 

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2014 El Mole Ocho

10.5% ABV Mexican mole inspired beer from New Holland Brewing Company, Holland, Michigan.  Not mole like the critter that burrows, but mole the savory cocoa-chili sauce. Sweety malty with cocoa flavors and mild chili spicyness.  Not picking up on the coffee so much. 

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Post Bike Ride Hop Crisis

Grabbed a 9.7% ABV imperial IPA aged with oak spirals, from San Francisco’s own 21st Ammendment Brewing, packaged in a pool-safe decanter, to enjoy in the warm spa after our ride.  Still quite good though a bit past it’s best by date. 

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Citraholic and a Blushing Monk

Founders Brewing ‘s 9% ABV sweet framboise lambic Blushing Monk for the lady, and Beachwood Brewing’s 7% ABV Citra IPA,  Citraholic, in the big boy glass for me.

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2014 Gardin

Another well made beer from Propolis Brewing.  This amber saison made with brettanomyces is tart and funky. 

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Straffe Hendrik Wild

Not wild like pants on backward and underwear on your head.  Wild as in re-fermented with brettanomyces yeast. Very nice.  Their 9% ABV tripel is already quite good.  Add to that the funky brett characteristics and it’s a different kind of good.  Only wish we had more so we could try again as it evolves […]

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Scary Jesus Rock Star

A 6.5% ABV apricot chamomile pale ale from Marshall, Michigan’s Dark Horse Brewing Co.  When first poured it smelled similar to pumpkin pie spices.  Very malty up front with dry, mildly hoppy finish.  Not really getting any apricot or chamomile, and trying to let it warm up….but keep taking sips trying to figure out what […]

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Urge O’side/ Mason Ale Works

Totally open, and last night diner wait was about an hour.  Bar area has open seating, and though packed we had beers in hand and found a seats at a shared table within a few minutes. Six beers available…the list below… ..plus a session IPA called “The “C” Word”, and a collaboration saison with Sierra […]

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Our first visit to Vista’s newest brewery…open for maybe a month now.    Clockwise from top (the foamy one), a fruit IPA, a scotch ale, a nelson IPA and a sour beer.

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Bitter Brothers Brewing

The first brewery to open in San Diego in 2016 is also San Diego’s newest brewery.  Go figure being only the 5th of January.   As expected I preferred the hoppy beers.  Michele preferred the Black Sheep coffee porter on CO2 over the nitro version. Just down the street from the Morena Costco, I can see […]

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Dirty Blonde

Nothing surprising, but a decent interpretation of a Belgian-style wit beer…or that’s my guess based on what I tasted.  4.5% ABV from Detroit’s Atwater Brewery.

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Happy Root Beer

Tasted 6 different hard root beers at today’s New Year Day party.  5.0% ABV to 7.5% ABV.  From San Diego, CA to Brooklyn, NY.  Many different flavor profiles.  Though all were sweet and distinctly root beer-ish, some were more sweet than others.  Some had more of a black licorice/anise flavor,  and one I recall having […]

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THREE WEAV3RS Blood Junkie

Very nice hoppy imperial red ale.  Nice hop nose and flavor up front, and a clean finish without the lingering bitterness. 8.7% ABV.

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Monkey King Saison

Very pleased with this light Belgian-style farmhouse ale from New Holland Brewing.  Though not on the label, per the brewery website only 5.6% ABV and 23 IBU. 

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Mother Earth Brew – Winter 2015

8.8% ABV barrel aged Sin Tax is their fourth of Four Seasons of Mother Earth.   The strong whiskey notes overpower the flavors of the peanut butter stout when first poured cold.  Flavors mellow to a nice blend of wood and whiskey on top of the original base beer as it warms.

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A Revolver and a Golden Girl

On the left, the 6.5% ABV GABF gold medal winner, Revolver IPA, from BNS Brewing for me, and Bagby’s 9.2% ABV  Golden Girl Belgian-style golden strong ale for the lady.

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Gonzo’s Biggdogg Vanilla Porter

Michele smuggled this back from her recent trip to Kalamazoo MI.  A smooth and sweet porter with strong vanilla flavors, starts good but finishes kinda watery. 7%ABV.  I found it odd to see on the label that “carmel color” was added along with “artificial flavor”.  Why was added color needed?   I assume the added flavor […]

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shady oak barrel house bokonon

This farmhouse ale brewed with Brettanomyces smelled great and was very promising.   Unfortunately this bottle had a strong aftertaste of bandaids/ adhesive/ antiseptic which made the lingering bitterness unpleasant.

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Mammoth Brewing Tasters

Our first visit since they moved into the old Whiskey Creek building…so it has been a while.   Our favorites were the Wild Sierra, their mountain farmhouse saison brewed with pine, and Bluesa Brett, a mildly tart blonde with brett. 

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2015 Harvest Wild Hop IPA

Brewed with Neomexicanus Hops, this is Sierra Nevada’s 5th of their 5 beer Harvest series.  I’m enjoying it.   Though a past version smelled strongly of marijuana, this one is less so.

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Black Doubt Brewing Company

Perfect timing for our board/ski trip to Mammoth, as this nano brewery opened for business a week ago.  Five tasty offerings and after a nice day on the hills we ended up getting more.

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BA God Damn Pigeon Porter

We’ve been sitting on this for a little while.  Not sure when it was released, but aged in rye whiskey barrels from 7-5-13 to 5-19-14.  8.2% ABV.  It has held up very well.  Nice wood and whiskey notes.

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Paw Paw Citra Melon

Session IPA from Michigan’s Paw Paw Brewing Company.  Pleasant hop flavor with citrus and fruit notes.

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Sunday BeerCycling

AleSmith was the first stop, followed by Duck Foot and then Regents Pizza for a big boy glass (the Fish IPA from Pizza Port Brewing) and a slice. Last stop Amplified Ale Works and their Soundcheck IPA.  A great way to spend a day.

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Breaking Bud n Fruitland w Apricot

As you might expect,  a big boy glass of Knee Deep Breaking Bud, an American IPA,  for me, and the dainty glass of Modern Times Fruitlands, gose, with Apricots for the lady. I’m not gonna lie, as much as I’m enjoying the Breaking Bud,  I should have got the Fruitlands.  More tart than sweet…more so […]

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Future Tripping DIPA

Came here for The Patsy, and stoked to find this recently tapped double IPA on draft.  Cheers to Kevin.  Damn good beer maker.  Grabbing some Patsy to go for some side by side coconut beer tastings.

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Bottle Logic Darkstar

13.2% ABV Imperial Stout aged a year in Buffalo Trace barrels.  Also a few palate cleansers… L to R…Pumpkin Pi, Tripel Point and Goldzilla.  Good stop.

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Phantom Ales

Not to be confused with Phantom Carriage in Torrance, Phantom Ales is in Anaheim.   From L to R – Grand Cru, Sour Barrel-aged Saison,  Flying Brick Double IPA, Aletheia Cider, Simcoe Fusion IPA,  and a  Barrel-aged Grand Cru, a collaboration with Bootleggers Brewery. Her favorite was the 9.8% ABV Grand Cru, where mine was the […]

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THREE WEAV3RS BREWING

All pretty good…though a bit bummed we could only choose between their core flight or their specialty flight.  Enjoyed the splash of First Rodeo, the first anniversary IPA. 

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Happy Thanksgiving

Churchill’s X was my post Thanksgiving family meal beverage…well…more like my post post…post beverage.  Good none the less.

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Baby Xocoveza

8.1% ABV Xocoveza for the holidays and the new year packaged in recyclable 12oz serving vessles…and per the label, now to be an annual release.   Cheers to Chris Banker. 

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Enjoy By 10.31.15

Pushed to the back, it was forgotten or overlooked until now.  Only a tad late though.

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Le Ferme Farmhouse Ale

I enjoyed this Oklahoma brewed farmhouse ale bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces.  Refreshing.  Some fruitiness and tartness, and a bit of funk. 

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Death by Coconut vs Maui CoCoNut Porter

We decided to have a blind taste test to compare the 2.  It’s been a while since I’ve had it, but have always enjoyed Maui’s CoCoNut Porter and it was the first thing I thought of when I tried Death by Coconut last night.  Death by Cocont nose and flavor are more sweet and rich […]

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Death by Coconut

A newer offering from Oskar Blues Brewing is a very smooth porter with a roasty-coconut-milk chocolate nose and a flavor to match.   All that and 6.5% ABV.  Very good….will try side by side with Maui’s Coconut Porter soon.

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Propolis Brewing Litha

Really quite delicious.  A sweet floral/ earthy nose, flavor is mild tartness with subtle herb / earthy notes that linger on the palate long enough that you want another sip.   Going down way to fast. This is the second Propolis beer we tasted.  Both very good.   We definitely need to get our hands on some […]

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2010 DeuS (Brut des Flandres)

Really quite good…and not like anything else I’ve tasted.   In a small classification of Biére de Champagne/ Biére Brut.  I’d describe as Belgian golden strong ale with semi-sweet brut champagne chacteristics…tiny bubbles and 11.5% ABV too.

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Alesmith .394 Pale Ale

At The Joint in OB.  Always a good choice,  though had I spent a bit more time reading the signs before ordering,  I would likely noticed that Sculpin IPA are $2.50 pints all night on Tuesdays…and you would be seeing a post of that instead.

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Another Visit to Second Chance

I chose tasters of CoCoRasa, their robust porter brewed with coconut and vanilla, Seize the IPA, their regular ‘ol IPA, and Fool Me Twice, an imperial IPA.  All very good.

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DFW Layover Beer

The Temptress Imperial Milk Stout from Lakewood Brewing Company, Dallas, Texas.   

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Allagash Golden Brett

A heck of a good thing going on here in my mouth.  Slightly tart, a bit funky with notes of wood.  This one bottled July 1, 2015, so we only had laying around for a few months.

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2015 Northern Hemisphere Harvest Wet Hop IPA

The fourth out of five beer series from Sierra Nevada. Not even gonna dirty a glass, n drink it right out of da jug.  24oz of yummy 6.8% wet hop IPA for $5.99 plus crv n tax = good deal. 

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Duet….

…, but not all night long.   In this case the 22oz of IPA lasted approximately an hour, sipping in between bites of food.  First Green Flash bottle of Alpine beer I’ve of  tasted.  I enjoyed it.  Not sure if Alpine bottled using Green Flash vessels,  or if Green Flash is now bottling the product.

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Bravehorn Scotch Ale

The second Bolero Snort Brewery beer Michele smuggled back home from her recent trip to New Jersey.  A sweet malty ale clocking in at 7% ABV.  I don’t taste cranberries or orange peel than the label says it was brewed with.

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Ballast Point Homebrew Mart

Suprisingly good were Grunion with pineapple and guava, Sculpin with mango and the cask of Sculpin with passionfruit.

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What Would Jeremy Brew?

A piney and resinous colaboration IPA from South Park Brewing Company and Stone Brewing’s Jeremy Moynier.

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Kagua Rouge

Designed by Nippon Craft Beer, Tokyo.  Product of Belgium.  An 8% ABV mildly spiced Belgian amber ale. 

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Forty Acre Wet Hop IPA at Hess

Hess Brewing OB tap room grand opening is off to a slow start…no line is a good thing.  About to tap the cask of 2014 barleywine.  No food truck…yet.  No face painting…yet.  Free pretzels snacks…while they last.

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Moovember Milk Stout

From Bolero Snort Brewery in New Jersey.  Smooth malty sweetness up front, a bit watery in the middle with mildly bitter roasty finish.  All that and 5.3% ABV.  Brewed and bottled by High Point Brewing Co., also from New Jersey.

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Electrocution IPA

At the source, and very good batch…though can’t recall a bad batch.

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2015 Estate Homegrown IPA

Sierra Nevada’s IPA using brewery grown organic wet hops and barley.  Malt forward with lingering resinous  bitterness.

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Crème Brûlée Stout

9.6% ABV imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans from New Yorks Southern Tier.  Happy Halloween.

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Haysaw Saison

From Burial Beer Co., in Ashville, North Carolina, a 6.2% ABV Belgian-style farmhouse ale, malty sweetness with a dry finish.

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Time Capsule July ’14

Wild ale brewed and bottled by Big Al Brewing in Seattle, Washington.  Not funky, not oak aged, not sour but not all bad…just not great.  4.2% ABV

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Barking Squirrel

In Toronto having a lager from Hop City,  a local brewery here in Ontario.

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2015 Celebration

Always something to look forward to.  This malt forward fresh hop IPA from Sierra Nevada rarely disappoints.  Cheers.

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