My Beer Pix

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


Saranac Pumpkin Ale

A pumpkin beer on Halloween.  You know it’s good when it comes in a jug.


Princess Squared Fresh IPA

Continuing my month long adventure into wet hopped IPA this one is princess squared IPA from backstreet throughing in Vista. It is a wet hopped IPA with mosaic. 8.75% ABV pretty damn good.


Barley Forge Hefe

I snuck behind the Orange Curtain yesterday to pop in and see how head brewer Kevin Buckley (@buckleybrau) was doing in his new digs at Barley Forge Brewing Co. ( @barleyforge ) in Costa Mesa, CA. The place hasn’t opened yet, but they’ve got a soft opening this Saturday, October 25th, just to see how […]


La Flama Dorada & Coup D’etat

A stop at Pizza Port Ocean Beach.  The GABF award winning Belgian-style Tripel, La Flama Dorada, in the dainty glass for the lady,  while I chose a big boy glass of the fresh hop IPA made with Mosiac hops, Coup D’etat.


Sour Mead

Love this stuff! Made in Oceanside by Golden Coast Mead… We’ve had a couple of bottles, draft @amplifiedales, and tasters at the LJ Art & Wine Fest. Need to get up there and visit!


Solis Occasus #33

Greatly enjoy good IPAs in cans, and this did not disappoint.  I’m glad that Hess has numbered the Solis Occasus IPAs, to differentiate between them… some have liked more than others.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t see, or maybe didn’t recognize,  the version or number on the can.  The only reason I knew it was #33 was […]


Whistler Pale Ale

Surprisingly the piece of the Northwest is woefully lacking in hoppy beers so I am on my third day without an IPA. Fortunately there is no lack of good pales so I am muddling along. This one is from Whistler Pale Ale. Actually pretty good. #BC #coquitlam


Granville Island Pale Ale

Still in Vancouver Island and now having a Granville Island pale ale. I wanted the ipa but they were all out. Sage was sad but the pale isn’t bad.


Enjoy by 9.20.14 IPA

Doing my best to follow the simple instruction imprinted on the bottle by the manufacturer.


Sierra Nevada Harvest IPA

Third of five beers is a single hop IPA brewed with Equinox hops.  I really like trying single hop beers and sampling the characteristics it has to offer.  I enjoyed it.  And earthy bitterness and cedar aroma is right on.  Plus it’s 22oz for $6 in am easy to use decanter.   What’s not to like.


World of Beer (Orlando)

Tasters of Cigar City Lactobacillus Guava Grove on Cask, 2 Funky Buddhas, and a JDub’s…. #drinklocal


Red Betty IPA

A surprising IPA with a bold hop forward profile and a nice caramel coloring. From Central City Brewing in Surrey BC


Southern Slice

Collaboration beer from Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing and Athens’ Terrapin Beer Co. 


Daytripper at Ritual Kitchen

Must be Mother Earth Day, as I found myself ordering another Mother Earth Brewing beer when I stopped in at Ritual. 


Cans O Cali Creamin’

Found a few of these “props” in the fridge after the photo shoot today.  Way cool…Mother Earth Brewing’s Cali Creamin is now available in a pool safe  decanter.


BeerCycle Stop at Blind Lady

Pizza Port OB Flyin’ Hawaiian, a Bavarian – style hefe, in the big girl glass for the lady,  and Craftsman Mesa Verde, a barrel aged sour with white wine grapes, in the tiny snifter glass for me.   Yay beer!


Mango Tart Saison

Yep, just walked into a brewery in the middle of the day by myself like a big girl for this beer! Delicious! #councilbrewing


Toolbox Brewing

Vista’s newest brewery.   I missed their soft opening yesterday by minutes but was able to squeeze into their second opening today.  Impressive beers right from the start… what’s not to like.   Stand out beers were the tart saison and 11% ABV bourbon barrel-aged vanilla coffee porter.  Brett IPA was gone before I got there. Definitively […]



A collaboration between Ft Collins, CO breweries Odell and New Belgium, I found this to be a really good, classic American (read: hoppier than your typical pale) Pale Ale. No need to add weird adjuncts, ferment it in a used Honda, wave dead cats over it, or other gimmicks. A great beer all the way […]


Three Floyds Pride & Joy

Floral hop nose up front when poured from the bottle,  but it diminishes quickly.   Nice hop bitterness over a mild amber ale and a dry finish.  Mild ale must mean low ABV as it is not indicted on the bottle.


Sweet Baby Jesus and Daddy Fat Sacks

At our stop over in Philly our gate was next to Jet Rock Bar & Grill, which had a close to 50 taps, most of which were craft beers.  The lady chose the Duclaw Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and I chose the Daddy Fat Sacks IPA from Roy Pitz Brewing. 


Monarch Pilsner

It’s a hot day and perfect for enjoying one of the brews I brought back from our trip to Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. This one is Monarch Pilsner from Snake River Brewing in Jackson Hole, Wy.


St. Bernardus B & B Beers

The B & B has a honor bar stocked with St. Bernardus beers.  Liquid refreshments were necessary after biking appox. 30 miles through Belgium’s countryside.  I grabbed the Watou Tripel and the lady had the Grottenbier. 


Fort Lapin at ‘t Brugs Beertje

Tried a couple during our short stop at one of the best beer bars in the world… but only one pic on my phone.  Very good tripel.


De Dolle

Oerbier Special Reserva 2012 is their regular Oerbier aged in wine barrels…13% ABV sour yummyness. Dulle Teve (interpreted as Mad Bitch) 10.. their tripel, is one of their regular beers. Lichtervelds, is a seasonal hoppy Belgian blonde. All offerings were a little to hoppy for Michele, but with nothing lower than 8% ABV it makes […]


De Garre Tripel

Very possibly the best tripel I have had in my life…. but still trying to find one better.


Stone Enjoy By 08-16-14

Whew. Found this one in the back of the fridge and managed to pour it just in time! Can’t image what would have happened if I hadn’t found it until tomorrow.


Baby Face at Ritual Kitchen

Very refreshing session version of Alpine Beer Company’s Nelson IPA…like a half Nelson.   Team PubQuest bike beer stop #3. 


India Pale Ale from Nebraska Brewing

Per the label,  this 6.9% ABV beer was inspired by West Coast IPAs.  Malty and lingering bitterness, but I didn’t get any of aromatic citrus I thought I would get base on the words imprinted on the can.

enjoying a few different bottles

Grand Teton Brewing

Just over the hill from Jackson abd Sbake River Brewing is Victor Idaho, home of Grand Teton Brewing Company. A very large brewery for such a small town, the beer is terrific. I had the Sweetgrass APA with Simcoe hops while the wife enjoyed their famous Bitchcreek Brown.


Arizona Wilderness Brewing

A hip bustling brewpub in Tempe with great beer and a sour program… Glad I could pop in and try a couple; loved the Berliner Weiss!


Snake River Brewing

With the Mrs. in Jackson,  WY enjoying a couple of pints. That’s Pioneer Creek Porter on the left and Paka’s IPA on the right. #snakeriverbrewing


Some Sour Cultures

Made a quick stop at Culture Brewing before a concert at Belly Up and found two sour beers on draft: a grape sour and a cherry sour.  I enjoyed enough to make the trek back the next day after a day at the races… and was happy to see they were still available.   Both about […]


SPA at Home

Kinsa like a mini vaca…Enjoying  bottled version of Port Brewing’s Summer Pale Ale.  Seasonally available on draft for a couple years now, this is the first year for bottles.  Nicely balanced 6% ABV pale ale.  Or maybe I’m just excited that I got home from before dark…


Flying Saucer – Nashville

Work trip dinner destination night 2. Yay, make your own flight! Able to try some more new local/Southern beers.


12 South Taproom – Nashville

Work trip dinner destination night 1 in Nashville. Chosen for selection of local brews. Although no taster sizes available, I was able to try a few small tastes… Fav was the GABF award winning Yazoo Hefe.


True Blonde Dubbel

Hard to believe I found this beer from Durango, CO’s Ska Brewing at the same Escondido gas station I get my fine Mexican food.  Hell, for as long as Ska has been around it wasn’t distributed here in the lower right, and we could only get by bringing back in your luggage… that must have […]


Beers at BLAH

Allagash Victor for the lady and Pizza Port Su-Bourbon Stout on cask for me. Team PubQuest beer cycling beer stop #4. 


Faction Diverge IPA

A very nice IPA from Alameda CA on draft at Waypoint Public.  Team PubQuest beer cycling beer stop #3.


Loverbeer Beerbrugna

A sour wild ale with plums.  On draft at Brabant.  Team PubQuest beer cycling beer stop #2. Hashtag#fueledbycraftbeer


Urge IPA and Day Tripper…

.. at Mother Earth Brewing.  Both were very good,  but the Weizen Bock, Day Tripper, really hit the spot for me.


East Bayliner Weisse

The folks from Ale Industries, in Concord,  CA, did a great job with this barrel aged Brett Berlinerweisse.  A really good mix of tart and funk, light and refreshing.   All that and only 4.5% ABV.  Wish we could remember where we picked it up…I could go for another right now.


Maui Brewing Co, – Brewpub

Dinner last week at the Maui Brewing Brewpub in Lahaina included tasters of fun beers local to the island… My fav was “Barefoot Brew” (Amber Ale w/ Hawaiian Honey).


Bachelors’ Ball at Societe

Left to right Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hop versions of the Bachelor.  Reminds me of the single hop series that Mikkeller released a few years back…  OK,  maybe they make it every year and I just remember tasting them a few years back…. at the International Beer Festival at the Del Mar Fair in fact. […]


Ol’ Burro Tap 79 IPA

The new Trader Joe’s India Pale Ale, brewed and canned by Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing, is really pretty good.   Drinking right from the can there was a lot of grapefruit-like citrus up front,  but the intensity is a bit less as I continue to enjoy.  6.5% ABV in a 16 oz can for a […]


Leggy Blond & Treble Tripel

A great time to visit Amplified Ale Works/ California Kebab in PB.   The new batch of Leggy Blond is the best since, well… that time that… I guess ifhad justbeen a while.  And at only 5.something % ABV  they serve it in a big boy glass.  Great summer beer.  The tripel is served in one […]


North County IPA

a tribute to North County San Diego by Latitude 33 Brewing. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a while.


Seattle Stop #16 (last one)

But, who is counting… Machine House Brewing located in a cool old brick building serving all beers from hand-pumped casks. Stopped in while waiting for Full Throttle Bottle shop to open before heading to the airport. (Bottle shop doesn’t follow posted hours, and we didn’t get to go in….)


Reuben’s Brews – Seattle

After an awesome dinner at a place called Rock Creek, in the Fremont area, we made Seattle Beer stop #15…Reuben’s Brews.   This place came highly recommended at many of our previous beer stops, so I’m glad we didn’t miss it. The one to go back for was the Imperial Rye IPA… very nice..Blimey Triple IPA […]


A stop at Geaux

A little Louisiana culture In Washington State… Good beer and fun New Orleans French Quarter decor. Seattle Beertrip stop #14.


Black Raven Brewing

Seattle beer stop lucky number 13 was Black Cat Raven…also in Redmond.    Ten quality beers available to taste on our visit.  Again, a really nice tasting room with solid tables and chairs.  The tasting room floor plan looks like it grew as they grew.  Smaller interconnected spaces, but it flows well… multiple serving locations and […]


Hi-Fi Brewing

Very clean and fancy for a 9 mo old brewery… Delicious clean beer. Seattle Beertrip stop #12


Bushnell Craft Brewing Co.

Seattle beer stop #11, like stop #10, is 30 mins outside Seattle in Redmond. Unlike stop #10, Bushnell is a 3 month old brew pub.  4 drafts today, our favorite being Dunkadelic Milk Stout.     


Easy Jack from Firestone Walker

Ran into this one at the market. Really light on the malt profile and super lemony with the hops. The label says it’s a summer session IPA and I totally agree. Very nice.


Mac & Jacks Brewing

Seattle Beertrip stop #10… 6 tasters available in their retail store. Been around ~20 yrs.


Stoup for the People – Seattle

Another PubQuest find…Stoup Brewing. Beer stop #8 on our Seattle beer adventure.  7 drafts to try. Not on the board was S.M.A.S.H., Single Malt And Single Hop pale ale.  Her fav was the Bavarian Hefe…For me the Citra IPA.  


Fremont Brewing – Seattle

Their seasonal Summer was my fav… an exceptional light bodied hoppy pale ale…but all we tasted were good.  We found Seattle beer stop #7 on PubQuest.


Epic Ales at Gastropod – Seattle

Though difficult to see from their menu,  they had 9 house drafts available, plus bottles.  We enjoyed one of each of the drafts, and grabbed bottles to go of Beet Down and Huckleberry Sour… two sour beers they had available. Seattle beer stop #4


Three Beers at Two Beers – Seattle

L to R, Immersion Amber,  Evolutionary IPA and HBC336 Smash IPA.   Seattle beer stop #3.  Great beer stop.  Ok..4 beers..maybe 5…plus ciders.   We really thought in necessary to try a bit more.  I’ll let Michele rave about their ciders.    I felt in necessary to enjoy their 12% ABV triple IPA, Ascension. 



From the back of the fridge:  this fall release brewed with pumpkin, from Midnight Sun Brewing, is still very tasty 9 months old.


Gold Brick Pale Ale

Another offering from Trader Joes Ol’ Burro line of beers canned by Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing.   A decent pale ale 5.5% ABV and only a buck 25 for a 16 oz can.  I’d drink it again.


Includes Full Length Album…

… but unable to pour music from the bottle.   A newer type of collaboration.    Telegraph released the beer, a smooth and tasty saison, and the band Buellton,  releasing their album Silent Partner. 


Luchador En Fuego

We grabbed this bottle after seeing the Mexican – style chocolate stout with spices and vanilla, but didn’t realize it was bourbon barrel aged until we tasted it.  More flavors of wood than of  bourbon, very smooth… and it’s got that 11% ABV thing going for it.


The Round Bar

A shoutout for high school friend, Paula, who recently opened a craft beer tap room in my hometown of Shreveport, LA! 60 beers on tap and huge bottle selection! Nice to have choices other than fizzy yellow beer!


Red River Brewing

A nanobrewery producing small ‘bladder’ style kegs of one beer (Hay Ryed) sold to local taps in Shreveport…. No tasting room. Expansion plans underway pending investments. (There is only one other craft brewery in town, yet a lot of beer is drunk in Louisiana on hot summer days!). Thanks Beau for the tour!


Pool Side Wipeout

After hours of yard work on a warm day a dip in the pool and much need hydration makes for a perfect break.


2012 Mo-Betta-Bretta

This collaboration beer from Lost Abbey and New Belgium is aging well.  


2012 Tahoma Kriek

We have had a few Double Mountain bed beers since they started distributing to the lower left, but really haven’t heard anything about their sour beers.  This one poured clear and with foam head which disappated very quickly.  Smells just like it tasted…very tart, no sweetness, very little cherry notes,  but we enjoyed it.  hides […]


Real Ale Devil’s Backbone

An 8.1% ABV Belgian-style tripel from the fine folks of Blanco,  TX.   On draft at Dallas- Fort Worth airport.


NOLA Hopitoulas IPA

One of the best beers I’ve had since leaving San Diego.   A good balance of hops and malt.  Hops have floral and citrus notes…very drinkable.