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Tuesday Tastings: McMenamins for the holidays

With Christmas just around the corner I thought today’s Tuesday Tastings should highlight some seasonal, holiday-themed libations, and McMenamins recently provided me with two. McMenamins Kris Kringle This beer is, of course, the company’s annual Christmas beer, available from mid-November through December 25. I received a bottle last month, and popped it open yesterday. This Winter Warmer is 6.84% alcohol by volume and they say: The busy-as-elves McMenamins brewers have created another wonderful gift for … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: These Modern Times

For this week’s Tuesday Tastings, I have two beers from San Diego’s Modern Times Beer, which I had picked up back over the Labor Day weekend when we were visiting family in Burbank. Modern Times is a recent addition to the southern California brewing scene, launching in 2013 supported by a Kickstarter campaign, and have focused on interesting, hybridized, style-eschewing beers. They say: We focus (non-monogamously) on aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. We often brew … Continue reading →

The Session #105: Double Feature

It’s the first Friday of the month once again so that means I’m drinking and writing for another round of The Session! You know the drill: collaborative beer blogging, we write on a common theme suggested by this month’s host, who will then roundup all the entries so we can see what everyone else wrote (and thought). And for this month, our host is Mark at Kaedrin Beer Blog, who has suggested Double Feature: For … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Angel City Brewery mix pack

Today’s Tuesday Tastings notes comes from a mixed case of Angel City Brewery beers, which I had picked up at Costco while in Burbank over the Labor Day holiday. The pack contained their IPA, Social IPA, Pilsner, and Oktoberfest, a decent style spread. Angel City was founded in 1997 in downtown Los Angeles, to be LA’s first micro/craft brewery, and at the beginning of 2012 they were acquired by acquired by Alchemy & Science, some sort … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Harvest Season

For this week’s Tuesday Tastings I’m going very seasonal, with a selection of harvest beers appropriate for the autumn. Gilgamesh Brewing Fresh Prince of Ales Gilgamesh Brewing out of Salem, Oregon, brews a number of unusual ales (including Mamba—not hopped but steeped instead with black tea, which is not my favorite) and has several with punny names. Case in point: they have a wheat beer they named DJ Jazzy Hef, so it’s only natural they … Continue reading →