ReviewsBlack Boss Porter

Black Boss Porter is a Baltic Porter from Browar Witnica in Poland, a sweet, dark ale with 9.4% alcohol by volume. I got it along with the Boss Beer from a restaurant that was out of business, and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. (I had been a … Continue reading

The SessionThe next Session: Beer and Food

The next Session (October 5th) is being brought to us by Captain Hops of Beer Haiku Daily: Beer and Food. Don’t worry, I won’t make everyone write haiku or limericks or sonnets. I have chosen the theme “Beer and Food”. Mmmmmm… Beer and Food. I am looking for posts about … Continue reading

ReviewsBoss Beer

I acquired a couple bottles each of Boss Beer and its cousin, Black Boss (a Baltic Porter), from a local restaurant that went out of business and was having a garage sale. Based on that alone, I was a bit dubious as to how good the beer would be; you … Continue reading

ReviewsWailua Wheat

I jotted down some quick notes about Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing a couple of months ago, and now I’m giving it the full treatment. This ale is 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is brewed with passion fruit. While drinking it I was reflecting on the passion fruit character and … Continue reading

EventsPress Release: Holiday Ale Festival gathers three-dozen rare beers

The West Coast’s most prestigious winter beer sampling opportunity The Holiday Ale Festival is a joyous tradition among beer lovers who treasure the big beers of winter. Held outdoors in the chilly month of December, the festival pours more than three-dozen robust winter craft brews, the majority of which have … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #7: Brew Zoo

This month’s Session is being hosted by Rick Lyke, who came up with the "Brew Zoo" theme: Have you ever noticed how many animals show up on beer labels? We have lions and tigers and bears, plus various birds, reptiles, fish, assorted domesticated and wild animals, plus a few mythical … Continue reading

UncategorizedHops? Aphids!

So an update on my hop harvesting efforts over the Labor Day weekend. I picked hops on Saturday and on Monday, for a couple of hours or so each day, and ended up with hops split amongst 10 paper grocery bags—each of which would probably yield, I don’t know, about … Continue reading

ReviewsNaughty Nellie

Naughty Nellie is a "golden artisan ale" from Seattle’s Pike Brewing. According to Pike, it’s named "for Nellie Curtis, madam of the LaSalle Hotel, where Pike was founded." It’s easy drinking at 4.7% alcohol by volume. Appearance: Hazy copper colored (raw honey), light, thin white head. Sediment settled out into … Continue reading

UncategorizedHop harvest

My mom has a bumper crop of hops this year—she has hops growing off the end of her deck—so I picked a bunch of them today, and intend to go back for the rest (or as many as I can get) on Monday. I also took a bunch of pictures … Continue reading