THE FINAL BEER #100!!

If you haven’t seen it already, here it is!  The FINAL beer of my 100 Barrel-Aged and Oak Influenced Beers, I give you the classic and incomparable KBS from Founders Brewing: June 28 : Kentucky Breakfast Stout : Founder’s Brewing Co : with Laurie Delk of 100 Beers.30 Days. from New Brew Thursday on Vimeo….

Standouts of the Countdown, Beers #94-99 of 100

The longest post of my countdown, but it’s time to wrap this baby up and move on to the next  challenge!! So here they are folks, some of my favorites of the countdown saved for the home stretch of reviews: BEER #94 Nebraska Hop God, 10% ABV: One of the most memorable of Stone’s Oakquinox festival…

A Brewmaster Chat, Beers #87-90 of 100!

Talkin’ about barrels & sours! Join me for this fun & educational tasting with Paul Segura, Head Brewmaster of Karl Strauss as we taste through their 22nd and 23rd Anniversary beers and the wild beers that are now coming from the brewery:

The Wonders of Bourbon County Stout, Beers #77-81

Join me as I talk with Ken Hunnemeder from Goose Island about their famous Bourbon County Stout! We taste 4 from the line, talk about the brewery, the reaction to their buyout from ABInBev and more. It’s a beer geek learning experience you won’t wanna miss!

Straight from the Barrel: Bacon & Eggs, Beers #75-76

It was my great honor to talk with Yiga Miyashiro of Pizza Port Ocean Beach and get an exclusive tasting of his award-winning Bacon & Eggs straight from the whiskey barrels! Add to that a coffee blending with Heather from Bird Rock Roasters, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a morning…

In the Shadow of Giants….

No, not the NY Giants. I wouldn’t have been nearly so excited (Sorry, NY fans)…No, these giants are the men shaping the craft beer world like the master artists of the Renaissance.  Think Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Botticelli, except with liquid rather than paint. It was my great pleasure to meet this triumvirate of brewing…

Black magic, serpents, and black holes…

After a long, yet delicious week of wine tastings and events, there is something wonderful about sitting back in a big lush, velvet chair and drinking dark, lush beers…and sampling a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon.  Hahaha, come on now folks, when have you EVER known me to take it one thing at a time? BEER #…

What beer goes good with Champagne?

Hmmm. A tough one.  Especially since Wednesday night was Cork & Bottle’s famous Grower Champagne Tasting.  Ahh yes, folks, bubblies you wanna wrap your arms around and never let go.  It was a tough call, but I held strong in the face of Egly-Ouriet (reeediciously good!), Pierre Gimmonet, Rene Geoffrey (Joe, you know this one…

May the Dark Force be with you…

Nursing a hangover and a headache that made me run clear into my bathroom door frame (way to go champ), I dragged my tired and yet excited behind over to watch the Saints/Panthers game at my friend Mike’s house.  With my Zapps’ BBQ potato chips, of course. And for a variety of reasons, I ended…

Dark beer, sammiches, and Gonzo….

What do you get when you add a bottle of luscious Campo Al Mare, a bottle of meaty, spicy, peppery Cote Rote, 2 bottles of stout, 1 bottle of imperial porter, various sips of other stouts and belgian beers, and 1 1/2 glasses of champagne in one evening? A monster hangover.  And a headache that…

I hear the train a comin’…

Folks, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting a local homebrewer yesterday to taste his award-winning beer, the absolutely delicious Man in Black Stout. And I tell you, I learned a TON. Virgil Russell, the chef of this special concocotion, gave me a crash course in homebrewing and the development of his recipe. The kind…