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by Sean on April 21, 2016

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Maui & Stone in South Bay

by Sean on August 27, 2016

If the valley isn’t your thing over the Labor Day weekend, then the South Bay has two events for you.
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Sunday, August 28th – Hudson House hosts Maui Brewing and an End of Summer Luau
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Sunday, September 4th – Playa Provisions hosts Stone Brewing for a Labor Day Block Party and a beer garden.

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An Allagash Boneyard

by Sean on August 27, 2016

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Sometimes you need an extra push to commit to a beer dinner. So, in that vein, check out this Boneyard Bistro menu and the Allagash beers that they are pairing with it….(One big plus is that you have some choice in this matter)

STARTERS
Pineapple & Green Chile Shrimp Sopes with Guacamole | Cotija
*Allagash Tiarna

or

Kobe Donut Sliders with Strawberry Jelly | Bacon Jam
*Allagash Avance

ENTRÉE
Crispy Jerk Fried Chicken with Mango Chutney | Smashed Plantains
*Allagash Victoria

or

Braised Short Rib with Ancho-Cocoa Mole | “Street” Corn | Spanish Rice
*Allagash St. Klippenstein

(another) or

Seared Scallops with Kafir Lime Rum Butter | Grilled Mango | Thai Basil | Fried Rice
*Allagash Little Brett

DESSERT
Bourbon-Cream Filled Churros with Coffee Dust
*Allagash James Bean

or

Stonefruit & Cardamom Cheeescake Truffles
*Allagash Interlude

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Tavour Taste Test

by Sean on August 26, 2016

One-Time beer Podcaster, Richard decided to try out the Tavour service for getting craft beers delivered to his door.

Of course, we had to have a tasting session….and of course the tasting session expanded to other beers not from the service, but the focus is on the two new ales, from two breweries that I had not heard of at all. (And that was just the collaborative IPA)
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Droste Effect was a chocolate stout from Alewerks in Williamsburg, Virginia. Kudos to the clever name and cleverer label. The beer had a lush chocolate taste that mellowed into what I would call more a porter than a stout. For a beer that is 9.2% ABV, it was quite light once that chocolate faded.

C_LVIN is a collaborative kind of East Coast IPA from Abandoned Building Brewing and Brewmaster Jack. Another example of a great brewery name. The ABB IPA was orange and a touch hazy. There was a good mixture of earthy and dankness. It was strong enough to make me mark down the name for the future.

Other beers drunk were the La Quinta Indian Canyon IPA which was rather blah. Drinkable but nothing leapt out, Brouwerij West and The Dog Ate My Homework was a lovely red color and quite lively. I made a complete hash of the pour and got pink foam everywhere. King Swirly the 2nd was a real stout with a lot, a lot of vanilla. Little Brett from Allagash was my favorite. Farmhouse meets golden ale with a touch of hop to it.

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Greedo Shot First

by Sean on August 26, 2016

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Do you want to relive Tatooine’s favorite bar in real life instead of on a DVD?

The pop-up Scum and Villainy bar (somewhere in Hollywood, address unknown) based on the bar from the original Star Wars will open up this winter (with reservations).

Once you make your reservation, and upon arrival, you will get two themed drinks, a souvenir pint glass and a Scum and Villainy challenge coin, whatever that is.

It is unclear if Corellian Ale will be on tap but I am sure that George Lucas won’t be there.

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Black and Tan from Japan

by Sean on August 25, 2016

In a craft beer world that with new SKUs every minute it is amazing that Sapporo hasn’t had a new beer since way back in 2004! Now they do.
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Sapporo Premium Black is headed to us next month straight from their Canadian brewery. Basically the dark lager version of the pale lager you can get now. As far as mass market lagers go, it is a solid pick for the price.

Now you can get a dark roasted version with notes of chocolate and coffee and a slightly different can design.

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Zwanze 2016

by Sean on August 25, 2016

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Amongst the dedicated beer days on the calendar, Zwanze Day gets special marks for selecting breweries and bars to pour a special Cantillon beer each year. For us in L.A., driving will be involved because the two closest for the October 1st celebration of the 2016 Framboise are:
Bagby Beer — Oceanside, California
Beachwood BBQ — Seal Beach, California

You can of course celebrate at home with a bottle or find a bar with a good list of Belgians and create your own Zwanze.

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Dry Hopped and Steamed

by Sean on August 24, 2016

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Anchor Brewing has decided to monkey around with their iconic Steam Beer.

The new Steam variant will be dry-hopped which will impart a stronger hop aroma on top of the malty base beer thanks to what the San Francisco brewery is calling a “blend of new and traditional hops.”

Hops have grown in prominence with Anchor with their cans of Go West IPA and Double Liberty and now they get a whole new platform.

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Hitachino in SF

by Sean on August 24, 2016

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Hitachino Nest Beer has a solid and established reputation in the United States and is one of the few Japanese breweries that has made inroads (along with Baird) with craft beer fans who haven’t stopped drinking foreign beers.

The 200-year-old Japanese brewery is taking that a step further and opening its very first U.S. restaurant San Francisco. An Izakaya (Japanese tavern) by the name of Hitachino Beer & Wagyu.

There will be ten exclusive Hitachino beers on tap, brewed specifically for the restaurant alone. For the Sake crowd there will be somewhere from five to eight sakes from Kiuchi Brewery, alongside local wine.

Mark another stop in San Francisco for international beer.

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McMenaCan’s

by Sean on August 23, 2016

With the addition of their bottle shop on 23rd in NW Portland, came crowlers for McMenamin’s beers which was a big jump for a chain where most people filled the beer into mason jars. (including me on a couple of occasions). Now the crowlers have begat Ruby Ale and Hammerhead into 160z cans.
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I doubt that the line-up of cans will grow exponentially past 2 or 4 at tops but now you have a few more options if you have a family member in California who is addicted to Ruby Ale and just can’t believe it isn’t available everywhere.

Both will be available to go at all of McMenamins’ 54 locations across Oregon and Washington as singles ($2.75 each) or in 4-packs ($10).

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Paso Marzen

August 23, 2016

As far as choices of beers to can, Firestone Walker made a good one, in my mind, by adding their “Paso Märzen Bier” AKA Oaktoberfest to their 16oz cans. Even if it is just a seasonal. Usually this classic Märzen style with a skosh extra West Coast hoppiness is mostly available on draft. But this […]

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