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Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Company Kick Start Imperial Porter

February is a tough month to be a beer lover. San Francisco Beer Week, Pliny the Younger, barleywines galore, it’s a miracle we don’t wake up every morning with a pounding headache and the syrupy taste of high gravity beer and fresh hops lingering on our breath. Sometimes we just need something to get us going and keep us going. This week’s beer is exactly that. The Beer of the Week is Mad River Brewing’s Kick Start Imperial Porter. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Company Kick Start Imperial Porter

San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 1)

San Francisco Beer Week has come to an end. For everyone, with the myriad of events to attend, each Beer Week is unique. In years past I have tried to apply themes to my activities: IPAs, sours, staying local, etc. This year, the demands of life made the theme “Get it where you can.” As such my Beer Week started a bit early, missed some of the major events, but was a great time and I can’t wait for next year.  Continue reading San Francisco Beer Week 2015: My Recap (Part 1)

Beer of the Week: Abita Brewing Mardi Gras Bock

One of my favorite holidays of the year is Mardi Gras. Maybe it’s my Catholic upbringing, or maybe it’s my fascination with a city to which I’ve never been, but I love me some Fat Tuesday. As such, it only seems appropriate to crack some craft beer from the Crescent City to mark the day. The Beer of the Week is Abita Brewing’s Mardi Gras Bock.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Abita Brewing Mardi Gras Bock

Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing Brotherhood Steam Beer

It’s San Francisco Beer Week, so let’s keep[ it simple. I’m showcasing a San Francisco classic that’s putting a new twist on their flagship style. The Beer of the Week is Anchor Brewing’s Brotherhood Steam Beer. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anchor Brewing Brotherhood Steam Beer

Beer of the Week: Sudwerk Brewing Company California Dry Hop Lager

With all the talk about brewing the hard way, complicated ales and fussing over beer, I wanted to pick a beer that’s about less fuss. I wanted to pick a beer that, maybe once upon a time, the big boys aimed to brew. Or maybe it’s the beer the big boys will one day aim to brew. I’m not certain, but either way, here it is. The Beer of the Week is Sudwerk’s California Dry Hop Lager. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Sudwerk Brewing Company California Dry Hop Lager

Beer of the Week: Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA

It’s been a while since I posted a Beer of the Week. With such a long layoff, I figured, go big or go home. So I’m going bigger than big. The Beer of the Week is Gigantic Brewing’s Gigantic IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Gigantic Brewing Gigantic IPA

Beer of the Week: Brasserie Dupont Triomfbier Vooruit

Vanberg & DeWulf began importing Belgian beers in 1982. It was thanks to their importing that Americans were able to taste Duvel, Rodenbach, Affligem and many more. In 2011, they began a worldwide celebration of their portfolio with the Coast to Coast Toast. This past February, after over 30 years in the business, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield made the decision to retire from the industry and chose Total Beverage Solutions to carry on their business. This is the first year Wendy and Don are not directly involved in the Coast to Coast Toast (to be held this Thursday, November 13th at 7 pm PST). It’s only appropriate that this is also the first year this particular beer is offered in the United States. The Beer of the Week is Brasserie Dupont’s Triomfbier Vooruit.
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Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Red Reuben

Writing about beer is hungry (and thirsty) work. If only someone would brew a beer designed specifically for pairing with one of my favorite sandwiches. Well, someone did. The Beer of the Week is Bison Brewing’s Red Reuben. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Red Reuben

Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

It’s a fine line that brewers have to walk. Do something original, or “extreme” and it’s seen as a gimmick. But what if that gimmick, is actually honest brewing science and meant to improve the beer drinker’s experience? Stone challenged the standard 90-day shelf life of IPAs with their Enjoy By IPA, complete with bottles screen printed with the expiration date, a mere six weeks after bottling. Now, Lagunitas has gone one step further. The Beer of the Week is Lagunitas’ Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Lagunitas Brewing Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout

This weekend, I was asked the question, “What makes for a fall seasonal?” My answer was longer than this space provides, but the general idea was that they provide a slight kick, be conducive to conversation and a more intimate setting, such as family gatherings. When I tasted this week’s beer I was immediately taken to memories of fall and family. The Beer of the Week is Stone Brewing’s 2014 Collaboration with Chris Banker and Cervecería Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Chris Banker / Stone / Insurgente Xocoveza Mocha Stout