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Beer of the Week: Mavericks Brewing Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale

The 4th of July is right around the corner. It’s a long day of beer drinking and a session beer would be best for this occasion. With so many session IPA hitting the market, how about something different? How about something that is undoubtedly a session beer? The Beer of the Week is Mavericks Brewing’s Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mavericks Brewing Back in the Saddle Rye Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout

Most eople associate summer drinking with light bodied beers and hops. Don’t get me wrong, a hoppy pilsner or session IPA hit the spot when you’re trying to beat the heat. But the middle of the afternoon isn’t the only time we reach for a beer in the summer. Here’s a beer that makes sense in the waning twilight, sitting around the campfire, or simply to be served alongside some tasty summer BBQ. The Beer of the Week is Tallgrass Brewing’s Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Tallgrass Brewing Company Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout

Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Brewing Company Mosaic Session Ale

Summer is here and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the warm weather and a few beers. Getting the most mileage out of your beer is key with the sun beating down. Years ago, you had to decide if you were going to get the full flavored beer your craved or the hydration you required, but the craft brewing community has responded with beers that eliminate the need to compromise. This week’s beer is just one of those options. The Beer of the Week is Karl Strauss’ Mosaic Session Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Brewing Company Mosaic Session Ale

Beer of the Week: Ale Industries Uncle Jesse Session IPA

This past weekend was about Oakland for me. A college buddy had an idea for an arts and music festival on Oakland’s Lake Merritt to celebrate the Eastlake neighborhood. Brewed For Thought helped out by procuring a selection of beer brewed in an around Oakland. It only seems appropriate to feature one of those beers in this space today. The Beer of the Week is Ale Industries Uncle Jesse West Coast Session IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Ale Industries Uncle Jesse Session IPA

Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Summer is quickly arriving, especially here in Northern California. Between spring cleaning and chores around the yard, a beer that can quench thirst as well as refresh is essential. Thankfully, the craft beer community has embraced a new type of lawnmower beer, light bodied pale ales and IPAs of less then 5% strength. Seems like it’s time to get to work. The Beer of the Week is Firestone Walker’s Easy Jack IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Firestone Walker Easy Jack IPA

Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Flor de Jamaica Ale

This Beer of the Week is a long time coming. The summer has hit Sonoma County early and to be honest, I’ve been enjoying it and soaking it up. It seemed I needed a beer to match my mood to inspire me to get back to work and this week’s pick definitely fits that mold. The Beer of the Week is Mad River Brewing’s Flor de Jamaice Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Mad River Brewing Flor de Jamaica Ale

Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale

The first weekend in May is a special time in the Bay Area’s brewing scene. The summer is staring us down but we’re all waiting for one event to wave the green flag on the festival season: Boonville. This “Legenedary” beer festival attracts not just beer lovers but also brewers from all over the West Coast. It’s a weekend long camping-based trip anchored by one of  the best festivals around. You’ll need to keep hydrated as the weather is typically hot and dry (or pouring rain, nothing in between). In preparation for this festival, it’s only appropriate to reach for a session ale that can can keep us beer lovers happy. The Beer of the Week is Anderson Valley’s Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anderson Valley Highway 128 Keebarlin’ Pale Ale

Beer of the Week: Anchor IPA

The style that took over the world is supposedly the pilsner. It is, after all, the style that the largest breweries in the world brew, or at least claim they brew or are inspired by. Lately though, it seems that IPA is challenging the pilsner for the lofty title. While Bud IPA isn’t coming to a tap near you, the craft world is watching as the hop driven style becomes not just a popular style, but almost a requirement in the rapidly growing craft segment. More and more breweries who have survived for years without an IPA are turning to the hotly popular style. The Beer of the Week is Anchor Brewing’s IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Anchor IPA

Beer of the Week: Base Camp Brewing Ripstop Rye Pils

The warm weather hit Santa Rosa with a vengeance this weekend. If you were like me, it was a sprint for the shorts, sandals and AC units. Helping to lower the body temperature was a cold beer that could refresh while also stimulating the taste buds. The Beer of the Week is Base Camp Brewing’s Ripstop Rye Pils.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Base Camp Brewing Ripstop Rye Pils

Beer of the Week: Calicraft Brewing Co. The City IPA

Hops are what people want in beer. Sierra Nevada started us on our lupulin addiction, which has only intensified. Then came IPA, Double IPA, even Triple IPAs. As the modifier increased, so did the alcohol content. This week’s Beer wen in a slightly different direction. This beer was born an IPA and stands firmly on that ground at 6.4%. The Beer of the Week is Calicraft Brewing’s The City IPA.  Continue reading Beer of the Week: Calicraft Brewing Co. The City IPA