Central Valley Brewfest

Well, after a week of trying to beat my digital camera in to working, I lost the battle. I lost all my photos from the local Central Valley Brew Fest in Turlock, CA on May 10th. I was incredibly impressed with the turn out, as well as the selection provided by the craft brewers. There…

My October Favorites

October was a month of good fortune when it comes to beer for K and I. We were lucky to visit Sierra Nevada for their Single, Fresh, Wet and Wild festival, and sample what felt like hundreds of beers. We also visited Southern California again, and visited The Bruery, and Bootlegger’s Brewing. I feel a little biased in…

Sierra Nevada’s SFWW Festival

K and I went up to Chico this past weekend to go to Sierra Nevada’s Single Fresh Wet and Wild Festival. There were over 50 breweries with close to 150 beers. It was completely sold out, with plenty of food to eat, and a great energy throughout the whole building. Some highlights for me were…

Awesome Bottle Shares

Here are some photos from recent bottle shares I’ve either hosted, of attended. There’s far too many beers to talk about, but what has really stood out to me are the sours we shared. Cascade’s The Vine, and The Bruery’s Sans Pagaie were both incredibly flavorful, tart, but not overpowering to the point it affected…

Oak Barrels Win Again

Oak barrels have won again. This Gentlemen’s Club (aged in oak barrels) really has the tasting aroma notes of an Old Fashion cocktail. It has a rich oak taste with notes of cherries and citrus, combining to make a relatively booze-y style beer. It was incredibly smooth, and easy to drink despite the high alcohol…

Gigantic Brewing

I’m pretty excited to see more of Gigantic Brewing here in California. I’ve only tried these two (High Fidelity Pale Ale, and an IPA), both were incredibly fresh and flavourful. This is a nice change to the Oregon options only being Ninkasi and Rogue in my area. As a typography and label artwork nerd, Im…

Collage

Last night, I was able to try “Collage,” a collaborative beer from Oregon’s own Hair of the Dog and Deschutes. For some reason, I wasn’t super crazy about it. It was incredibly boozy, which I rarely mind, unless it is reminiscent of cough syrup. This was like a warm, heavy, caramel and fruit cough syrup….

“6 Trends We Noticed at the CBC13”

“6 Trends We Noticed at the CBC13” This is a repost from drinks.seriouseats.com, with a great analysis about what’s in store for craft brewing in 2013. While we’re already in April (can you believe it?), I’ve noticed some of these already, especially CANS. More and more we’re seeing canned craft beers, and I don’t think…

Ninkasi Spring Reign Ale

Wow, this was a flavourful, fresh, full bodied pale ale. Great floral notes from the hops, but also very smooth at the first sip, with a bit of hoppy bite that lingers after. Pale ales are usually a little heavy for me, even though I am a huge fan of IPAs, IIPAS, IIIPAS. Strange, I…