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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

Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

October is here and beer lovers have a few things to be excited about. The end of September brings Oktoberfest lagers. The hop harvest means plenty of fresh hopped beers will find their way onto local taps and, in some cases, firkins. But October is likely known best for pumpkin infused ales. This week’s Beer of the Week is Anderson Valley’s Fall Hornin’.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Brewing Fall Hornin’ Pumpkin Ale

Beer of the Week: North Coast Brewing Puck the Beer

Last week I wrote about Founder’s Brewing as a brewery who I felt could do no wrong. I’m following it with another personal favorite brewery. The Beer of the Week is North Coast Brewing’s Puck the Beer. Continue reading Beer of the Week: North Coast Brewing Puck the Beer

Beer of the Week: Founder Brewing Company Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale

As craft beer lovers, we discover breweries who, in our biased opinions, can do no wrong. I have a couple of breweries on this list, and today we’re featuring one. The beer of the Week is Founders Brewing’s Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Founder Brewing Company Dark Penance Imperial Black India Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Moa Brewing St. Joseph’s Tripel

The seasons are changing. Oktoberfest is around the corner and our easy-drinking summer beers aren’t always the best choice for the cool evenings of Fall. Grab something with a bit more kick, something that will stand up to the spiced dishes just around the corner. The Beer of the Week is Moa Brewing’s St Joseph’s Tripel. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Moa Brewing St. Joseph’s Tripel

Beer of the Week: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

Here in Sonoma County, the harvest season is upon us. Be it bines of hops or grapes on the vine, the bounty of our county is on full display. At the same time, we’re in the midst of a scary drought. I’m really feeling the Steinbeck references, so here we go. The Beer of the week is Hops of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Kermit the Hop

Last Thursday, #IPADay happened and it awoke a taste for hops in me. Not that I typically dislike hops, but this summer has been about bright pilsners, sessionable brews and refreshing beers with subtle notes. Since dosing myself with copious amounts of hops, I’ve been craving that resinous bitterness and piney aroma. The Beer of the Week is Bison Brewing’s Kermit the Hop.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Bison Brewing Kermit the Hop

Beer of the Week: Speakeasy Ales and Lagers Untouchable IPA

This Thursday is #IPADay, where the beer community comes together to drink an IPA. The big flavor of hops and potent kick have made IPA the most popular style in the craft beer world and spurred much of the growth we have seen in the past few years. Grab your favorite IPA and raise a pint this Thursday. In the meantime, I’ve got a great IPA to share with you. The Beer of the Week is Speakeasy’s Untouchable IPA
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