Press Release: Beach to Brewery Beer + Music Fest

The 6th annual Surfrider Foundation Beach to Brewery Beer + Music Fest is being held Saturday, May 9 at the Karl Strauss Brewing Company main brewery in Pacific Beach. The event will feature 20 beers on tap and ground-breaking indie acts. All proceeds from the event will benefit the San … Continue reading

The next Session is in two days…

…and I more-or-less let it sneak up on me. The topic is “Beer Cocktails” and it’s hosted by Beer at Joe’s. And of course, I really know next-to-nothing about beer cocktails beyond the rudimentary basics of the Black and Tan. So I guess I’ll look up some recipes online and … Continue reading

Vanilla Java Porter

From February’s Beer of the Month Club (yes, I get behind on reviews. And?) came Atwater Block‘s Vanilla Java Porter. Atwater Block Brewery is located in Detroit, in their historic Rivertown district, and was established 12 years ago, in 1997. They say: We are able to brew our brands in … Continue reading

Received: Red Chair IPA, Mirror Mirror

A package came today from Deschutes Brewery, containing their two newest beers in their Bond Street and Reserve Series, respectively: Their Red Chair IPA, and Mirror Mirror Barleywine. Both of these are beers I’m excited about; the Red Chair because I’ve sampled it already and it’s quite good (brewed to … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: Homebrew!

Tonight I opened up a bottle of the Belgian-ish homebrew I made back in March (which I bottled almost two weeks ago). I’ve taken to calling this a “Belgian-style amber ale” though if you recall, I didn’t follow any particular guidelines beyond what ingredients struck my fancy as I browsed … Continue reading

ReviewsSpring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa Weizenbock

I received my Beer of the Month selections yesterday, and I was pleased to find a beer inside that goes perfectly with Spring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa, an “Unfiltered Wheat Doublebock” (really a Weizenbock) from Cervejaria SudBrack which is located in Brazil. I hadn’t yet heard of this brewery; according … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: Cinder Cone Red

Deschutes Brewery produces two beers that can vie for the title of “spring seasonal”: Buzzsaw Brown and Cinder Cone Red. Buzzsaw Brown, however, shows up from January to March so to my mind it isn’t the spring beer (though it’s not really a “late winter beer” either). No, Cinder Cone … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: The new (non) traditions

Besides exploring Bocks a bit yesterday, I’ve been giving thought to what sorts of springtime beers have been taking hold (here in America, at least) as a “traditional” spring beer. Of course, the short answer is “none”; there is no one particular style emerging that fills the role in the … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: Ninkasi Spring Reign

At 6% alcohol by volume, I’m not sure I would agree with Ninkasi that their Spring Reign is a “session beer”, but compared to their other beers (and to Pacific Northwest beer sensibilities these days), it could be. Their description: Spring forward with this refreshing seasonal ale. Notes of toasted … Continue reading

Spring Beer Week: Bocks

Bocks are the traditional beers of spring, brewed during the winter months for tapping in mid-March, or for religious festivals like Lent. For Lent in particular, fasting monks derived their sustenance and nutrition from high-gravity Bocks brewed for that purpose (Doppelbocks—the “liquid bread”). Bocks come in all manner of shapes … Continue reading