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Brewery Profile: Dos Desperados Brewing Company

In San Diego, you get quite a range of breweries, encapsulating everything from “Wow, there’s a ton of corporate money behind this place” to “Did we accidentally step into a college kids’ basement?”  Somewhere along that spectrum lies the people who are just doing it right.  At the end of the day, it’s about the
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Beer Review: Velvet Merlin by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

I’ve likely said it before, but I’m not a stout person.  I don’t mean that I’m frail, I mean that I don’t like coffee, so I don’t like beers that taste like coffee.  The craft beer lover in me often feels inferior due to this fact, so I regularly try to dip my toes into
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Beer Review: Hop in the Dark by Deschutes Brewing Company

If you don’t follow my every move and exploit, then you’re not a stalker.  This is a good thing.  However, this also means that you may not know that my (now) wife and I took a drinking honeymoon.  I know that EVERYBODY takes a drinking honeymoon except for most Amish people, and Muslims, and recovering
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Beer Review: Four Seasons of Mother Earth Summer 2014 Imperial Brown Ale by Mother Earth Brewing Company

Sweet mother of Christ that is a long name for a beer.  As I was reading the label I felt like Fry in the episode of Futurama where he drank the emperor, reciting the illustrious list of people that I’ve drank.  Luckily, my ADD kicked in and I decided to buy it and try it
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Beer Review: Palma Louca by Cervejaria Kaiser

With the World Cup in full swing, I figured I had to drink some Brazilian beers in order to honor the occasion.  Enter Palma Louca, which represents 33% of the Brazilian beers that I was able to locate in my normal liquor stores.  I didn’t know anything about it other than it was Brazilian. Here
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Beer Review: Imperial Brown by Bayhawk Ales

I’ve been trying to get some brief interviews from brewers to add to the site but I’ve come up completely empty so far.  I’m really bummed because I came up with the name Interbrews for it and nobody will respond to a damn e-mail.  Deep sigh.  To tide you over (the four of you), I
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My Fling With Portland

Being from Nebraska, I’ve missed green.  Spring and summer bring about these vivid greens in plants that don’t exist in Southern California.  Flying into Portland, I got a taste of those vivid greens that come from actual rain and seasons.  And then I got a taste of a bunch of different beers. I was in
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Hiatus

You probably noticed the sound of silence on the blog for the past couple weeks.  If you don’t follow me on Twitter, you probably didn’t know that I got married on the 17th, that I had my bachelor party in Vegas on the 12th, or that I was going on my honeymoon right after the
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Beer Review: Baba by Uinta Brewing Company

I’m going to try to hide my pure, unadulterated love for this beer.  It could sleep with my fiancee and total my car and I’d still probably laugh, pay for its cab ride home, and tell all of my friends “Oh that Baba…”  Dammit, I was supposed to hide my beer boner.  But I digress.
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Beer Review: Una Mas by Left Coast Brewing Company

After a long day (three hours) of volunteering at Habitat For Humanity I felt that I had earned a beer.  Not that beers are things that you have to earn, but they taste better when you do.  I had picked this one up at a random stop by Whole Foods purely because I liked the
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Brewery Profile: Hess Brewing Company

Hess Brewing is all growed up now. When I first encountered Hess, it was a very small operation working out of a single bay in an industrial park. Their brewery doubled as a tasting room. There was a large refrigerator housing the kegs and bottles, a tap setup mounted onto the fridge, a bar akin
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Beer Review: RyePA by New Belgium Brewing

After a long, long day at work I needed a beer.  This was in the fridge in a big shiny bottle that looked like happiness so I pried the top off and sought better feelings in the bottom of the bottle.  Along the way I made observations.  Here they are.  I politely request that you
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Beer Review: Cherry Chocolate Bock by Samuel Adams

I’ve been doing the whole facts, pour, smell, taste thing but not today.  Don’t worry, I’ll give you all of these details, just in more of a ranting format. My one and only disclaimer: Samuel Adams puts a “best if drank by” date on their beers and I was pushing up on the expiration date
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Beer Review: #9 by Magic Hat Brewing Company

This beer bugs me, but mainly because it bugs other people.  When I do any beer review, I do some internet research to make sure that I’m not way off base with what I’m tasting and smelling.  I’ve already mentioned my less-than-ideal sniffer, but I always like hearing that what I’m seeing, smelling, and tasting
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Beer Review: Black IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company

Factoids:  Black IPA by Green Flash Brewing Company from their Hop Odyssey limited release series.  7.2% fun, 92.8% other liquid.  22 ounce bomber that came with its own lovely crumpled brown paper hobo bag.  And it cures lupus. The Pour:  There are rocket-propelled hops smells that hit you in the face like a money shot
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Beer Review: Anvil ESB by AleSmith Brewing Company

I’m going to pretend that I’m a beer blogger for once and do a beer review.  Don’t worry, there will still be nonsense and hyperlinks, I’m just going to try to provide actual, useful feedback for once.  I can thank Wolf Linderman for the format.  I don’t think it’s his creation, nor do I think
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Beer Shirts

“You’re too old for graphic t-shirts,” she said right before she stabbed me in my goddamn heart.  Okay, so the second part isn’t true, but the quote certainly is.  Those venomous words spewed from the mouth of my beloved fiancee as we were blowing off some consumer steam after several months (weeks) of diligent, responsible,
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Beer Review: 805 by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

I went to high school with this kid Drew who I didn’t like.  In fact, over the years, I grew to hate him.  Drew was good at everything.  Everything.  He was recruited by Division I schools in football, basketball, track, and baseball.  He dated the prettiest girl and the coolest girl (two different girls; at
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Beer Review: JubelAle from Deschutes Brewery

3.0 out of 5 Stars I want to love this beer. I want to love all winter beers. The sheer idea of trying to bottle Christmas is amazing. This one is just off. The Deschutes website says that this is “A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping.” I agree with
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Competitive Disadvantage

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I use the Untappd app regularly to log the different beers that I try. It’s Twitter-like ability to have 140 character comments comes in really handy, especially when you’re on the tail-end of a day of tasting. The pitfall that I’ve come across is that Untappd has badges.
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Google Glasses

While Google Glass is sweet the same way that Segway scooters are sweet, this post actually has nothing to do with either of them, other than I needed some sort of witty title.  Mission accomplished?  This post is about beer and other booze glasses.  After all, what you drink out of says just as much
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Beer Review: Aroma Prieta from Drake’s Brewing

I make no bones about my general dislike of most IPA’s. I view them as the meatheads of the beer world; no elegance, no creativity, just cram as many hops into a beer as you possibly can and then convince everybody that the awful, bitter, dry aftertaste is what beer is supposed to taste like.
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Beer Review: Pater 6 by St. Bernardus

Belgian beers are a unique beast. Some people love them, other people are dumb. If you want an approachable Belgian beer, Pater 6 is a good choice. Lighter in both flavor and alcohol than some of the other beers from St. Bernardus, this beer has the big, Belgian, yeasty flavor that I’ve come to know
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Brewery Profile: New English Brewing Company

New English checks off all of the boxes on my “What I want out of craft beer” list.  I don’t actually have a physical list anywhere, but if I did, the boxes would include items such as “Is the brewery in some random, obscure industrial park?”  Yes, it is.  “Is the ‘tasting room’ really just
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(Beer) Challenge Accepted!

This post is about a simple, easy-sounding beer challenge.  Eighty beers in eighty days.  “One beer a day, how hard can that be,” asks the dumb couple who clearly doesn’t know themselves by now. Mandy and I recently moved to Encinitas, California which has a much broader selection of restaurants and bars than our previous
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Tragedy

What a fitting start to my beer blog adventure.  Yesterday, I had my wisdom teeth out.  After 31 years I finally made the long overdue call to rid myself of them.  This, in and of itself, is not a tragedy.  Where things turn Shakespearean is that our home-base bar, Encinitas Ale House, just announced that
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Boddington’s and Beer Apps

A lot of my enjoyment of beer comes from the fact that I’m simply not a snob. This has been a common theme throughout my life. While I enjoy good music, I still get all geeked when the Black Eyed Peas come on. I like pop music for the same reason that I like Boddington’s;
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