Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Upon arrival we had lunch at Max's near SFO, and were delighted to find Devil's Canyon Amber Ale on tap. I hadn't had any DC beer since we left for MI, so that was a treat!
Friday night's dinner at Miss Pearl's in Oakland featured Jamaica Red, brewed by Mad River Brewing. Sadly, I had one too many to take any legible notes!
On Saturday we headed up to Petaluma to meet some friends for dinner, and luckily, I'd recently had some Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra Ale, and knew they had opened a Tap Room. Of course, we HAD to stop in... M tried "Ruben & the Jets", the last of their Zappa tribute beers. At 13% ABV, we were pleasantly surprised to find it very drinkable! Brewed with brown sugar, he said there were touches of coffee and a flavor that touches the palate then "poof" gone, leaving a hint of sweetness and a rather syrupy mouthfeel. I had the Ferkin "Stupid Brown Maximus Ale", a brewer's choice "science experiment", served at room temperature. What a delightful blend of flavors! It was hoppy and citrusy with a long lovely finish.
Later that night, we found ourselves back in Oakland fairly early, so we wandered over to a most excellent little historic dive, Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon in Jack London Square. If you ever find yourself in Oakland, this is DEFINITELY a must-see attraction. It isn't every day that you get to drink in a bar dating to 1883, with a floor and bar sloping due to the 1906 earthquake. The bartenders and clientele were all personable and fun and we walked out feeling almost giddy, we had such a good time. It was here that I got to imbibe in both Anchor Steam (on tap) and Racer 5 (bottle).
Now THAT was a good trip!!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Beer Festival countdown!
The event is July 24-25 at Riverside Park, and tickets are on sale now. They are cheaper if purchased in advance, so what are you waiting for???
Monday, June 8, 2009
Do What You Want, But...Please Don't Crye
On Friday, Jeff and I went to dinner at Arbor Brewing Company, something that we often do on Fridays. I had dropped him off and then parked the car, so when I got there, he had already gotten us beers. Good, good man! I had a Sacred Cow IPA waiting for me. Jeff slid his drink to me and said, "Try some."
I took a sip and tasted a crisp, light beer with a nice hit of hops. "What is it?" asked I.
"C'rye Baby Rye," said he. "And you'll never guess what its ABV is."
I shrugged a little. "What, about 5, 5.5?"
He showed me the menu where the beer was listed as 7.75%. Dude! I never would have guessed. I could have quaffed down a few of those and only realized the high ABV after I was jumping up and down on the table, singing "Clang Clang Clang Goes the Trolley."
The beer is made with plae and caramel malts with 35% malted rye. It is made with Mt. Hood hops, which accounts for that "hit" of hops I mentioned.
I'm not sure how long this will be on the menu, so get down there and have some. Just don't drink so much that you start singing Judy Garland songs...unless you're into that sort of thing :)
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The Wolf of the Farmer's Daughter
Anywho! The beer was good. It had a nice finish full of American Liberty Hops goodness...very smooth. I got a slight citrus hit from it after it sat in my mouth for a minute. It also had a "dry" mouth feel, which I sometimes find irritating but I could live with this.
After I finished the TWOTFD, I had an Amarillo Pale. It was perfect, as always...smooth, nice hops--just YUM!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Super Liquor IV
But I digress. Super Liquor IV is between points A and B, so we stopped in to fuel up. I can't begin to describe the squeal I emitted when I saw that they carry Speakeasy beers from San Francisco!!! AND a whole host of Abita beers!!! I didn't have time to check out the entire selection, only the cooler, but next time... oh yes.... time will be spent perusing the aisles. Who knows what I might find? If they carry Dixie or El Toro, M may have to carry me out on a stretcher....