25 best beers in America, from Men’s Journal

This seems familiar, but I don’t seem to have blogged about it yet: the 25 Best Beers in America, from Men’s Journal. (It’s dated from October 2006.) You might remember they listed their Best Beers in the World back in 2005, which I did blog about. Interesting list. I’ve only … Continue reading


Aventinus is one of the beers I recommended in my 50 Beers to Drink Before You Die series. This wheat Doppelbock (a Weizenbock, actually) is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and has "original bottle fermentation." Truth be told, I’m not actually sure what they mean by this, other than allowing it to naturally … Continue reading

The next Session (May): Mild Ales

Jay at the Brookston Beer Bulletin is hosting the next installment of The Session, and today he’s announced the topic for May: Mild ales. More specifically: The theme will be “The Mysterious Misunderstood Mild” to coincide with CAMRA’s May promotion Mild Month. Saturday the 5th will also be National Mild … Continue reading

Gonzo Imperial Porter (Wild Dog Series)

Just before we left for San Diego a couple of weeks ago, I got a PR shipment from the good folks at Flying Dog Brewery containing two beers to sample and review: the Wild Dog series of their Gonzo Imperial Porter, and their Heller Hound spring seasonal. Strangely enough, I … Continue reading

The Session #2: Day of the Dubbels

I wanted to subtitle today’s Dubbels Session, "Dubbel Dubbel Toil and Trouble," but out of respect for Alan‘s running the show this month I abandoned my Bardly-themed title and went with his title. Mine was probably too nerdy, anyway. Dubbels are somewhat under-represented in my beer repertoire, so when I … Continue reading

Stone Brewing Company

More than any other brewery in San Diego, I wanted to visit Stone. (Sorry, others—not a sleight against you. I’ll get to you too, someday.) Part of the reason is that Stone is more well-known around here than the others, and (this sounds a little dumb) they have a kind … Continue reading

Coronado Brewing Company

Coronado Brewing Company is located in Coronado, the "island" across the bay from San Diego. Located on the east end of Orange Avenue (the main drag), we had lunch there while taking in some of the Coronado island atmosphere. It’s a very picturesque brewery from the outside, though once again … Continue reading

Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Our first night in San Diego we visited Karl Strauss Brewing Company for dinner. They have several locations, and the one we went to was their downtown one, which is something like four blocks from the water. It’s a picturesque building too—but stupidly, I didn’t take any photographs. Hey, I’d … Continue reading

The San Diego breweries I actually managed to visit

Well, despite my wish list of breweries in San Diego I wanted to visit, the realities of a family trip changed opportunities somewhat, but I still got to visit a good number. Mind you, I’m not complaining at all—I got to drink good beer everywhere we went, so that’s a … Continue reading