Sharkbite Red

It occurred to me that even though I brought back a case of Sharkbite Red from Pizza Port in Solana Beach, I’ve been neglectful in actually reviewing it—and it’s almost gone. Time to remedy that! Sharkbite is Port’s signature beer. They say, "A very robust Red ale made with Centennial … Continue reading

Article on beer destinations

There was an article in Sunday’s paper that I found rather interesting, though it was picked up off the wire from AP and so has no set "home" online. So, here’s the article from a Toledo paper (first result I plucked from Google News): Wine country too snooty? Brewery hopping … Continue reading

Red Barn Ale

Red Barn Ale is another of the beers from The Lost Abbey, one of their year-rounders. Their website says: This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with … Continue reading


Devotion is a limited-edition brew from The Lost Abbey, one of the ones I received in the PR care package a couple of weeks ago. It’s a blonde Belgian abbey-style ale, served up in a 750ml corked bottle, and is one of their lower-strength beers at 6.25% alcohol by volume. … Continue reading

The next Session announced

The other blogs have noted this already, too… I seem to be falling behind these days. The folks over at the Hop Talk blog are hosting the July Session and have announced the theme: Atmosphere. Beer is about more than flavor, IBUs, and the debate over what is a craft … Continue reading

Rogue Portland Saturday Market Artisan Ale 2006

This is the heretofore-unknown Rogue ale I picked up on our Memorial Day trip to Portland, at the Saturday Market. There’s no style attached to it, other than the "Artisan Ale" tag, though I noticed with some surprise as I read the label more closely, getting ready to pour it, … Continue reading

Bend Brewing wins a gold at the North American Beer Awards

Saw this blurb in the local paper: Bend Brewing Company (one of my locals) won the Gold Medal for English Old Ale at the North American Beer Awards. The beer they won for was Outback X, one I’m actually not familiar with (sounds like an extreme version of their Outback … Continue reading

Old Nick

Young’s Old Nick is a traditional English barleywine, though it may surprise people to find out it’s only 7.2% alcohol—in this day and age of super-strength beers, 7.2% sure doesn’t seem like much. Quite the contrary, it fits the traditional style exactly—and it’s not just the alcohol strength that makes … Continue reading

Kegerator giveaway

I got the email for this a little while ago and kept forgetting to post it, and I’ve noticed the other beers blogs have been beating me to the punch, so here we go: The Kegerator Give-Away. It’s a contest running from June 1st through August 1st wherein you submit … Continue reading

Old Bounder

Old Bounder is a barleywine from Boundary Bay Brewing Company up in Bellingham, Washington. It’s 9.6% alcohol by volume. The site states: A rich, full-bodied barley wine with a smooth caramel sweetness, warming alcohol content and balanced hop character. Excellent with desserts as an after diner beverage. To be appreciated … Continue reading