About Jan

I'm originally from Pennsylvania, the home of the Yuengling, the oldest continuously operating brewery in the US. There I was weened on fizzy yellow Budweiser as a teenager but discovered quality over quantity just before I was of legal drinking age. I think my first clue was with Bass Ale, realizing that 1 bottle of Bass had the same effect as two Buds, but with less hangover the next day. At that time, around 1990, there weren't really any craft brews around, at least none that were available in my small city. I've been in the Valley of the Sun here in Arizona since "winter" of 1991 and began my craft beer Odyssey shortly thereafter. They weren't called "craft beers" back then but microbrews. Anchor Steam and Sierra Nevada were among the first I tried, and man were they eye opening at the time. From what I remember, we had only one local brewpub back then, in Tempe, called Bandersnatch. They brewed a delicious Milk Stout. Four Peaks opened in 1997 and went on to prove and inspire that good, local beer could become extremely popular and profitable. Since then, many new breweries have opened around the Valley and around the state. While not the craft brew mecca that CA has become, AZ is holding it's own with many diverse offerings across the immense beer palate. I love beer!

Happy IPA Day from AZ

After a long day of slaving in the warehouse, I returned home, showered, grabbed a couple slices of pizza and then headed to AZ Wine for a few beverages from their fine taps.

I started off with a Deviant Dale’s IPA from Oskar Blues which clocks in at a respectable 8% ABV. As IPA’s go, it’s got a decent amount of bitterness but the floral hoppiness really sets it apart. On a hot day, I could see myself easily drinking 17 or 18 of these before falling from the bar stool.




My next selection was a recent favorite that I’ve enjoyed for the last few weeks. Uinta Brewing’s DUBHE (pronounced Doo-bee) IMPERIAL BLACK IPA. It’s a big beer at 9.2% ABV but it hides it very well (so I had two!). It definitely has all the hallmarks of an IPA but has a nice malty aspect to it as well. The hops is dominant for sure and even after a few minutes, you can still tell that you were drinking an IPA.



Upon returning home, I remembered that there was a growler of Ska Brewing Modus Hoperandi waiting patiently in the fridge. Cat went to see a band at a local bar last night when AZ’s new growler law went into effect at midnight. They gave away complimentary growlers with a paid fill, so she brought home an IPA! The description on the Ska website sums it up pretty nicely, so I’m just gonna plagiarise it here! “It’s Old Man Bitter

A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your Native American cousin and you woke up in a pine grove full of grapefruit trees.

An American-style India Pale Ale with a deep golden-orange color. Bitter and hoppy, with a surprisingly smooth finish.
Modus Hoperandi, an IPA sitting at 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.” 

So, Happy IPA Day! Grab a growler and come to AZ and get it filled with the nectar of your choice…anywhere that has taps!

Greetings from the Sonoran Desert!


I hope you don’t mind me publishing this but I’ve been lurking here for a while, the ‘quiet’ guy living near the Burning Bird in Arizona. I love Beer Soaked and know I will find it invaluable the next time I make a visit to SoCal and need to replenish my near-empty ice chest. I’ve already preloaded your favorite beer stores into the Android, so I’m locked and (getting) loaded.

Anyway, I stopped at my neighborhood beer store and had a couple of pints tonight. I brought home one that has been a favorite of mine for many years, and if you can find it in Cali, do yourself a favor and buy a bomber to enjoy. It’s called Inebriator Stout by Sonoran Brewing and clocks in at 9.1% ABV. It’s one of the most delicious Imperial Stouts that I’ve tried and I’m proud that it comes from Arizona. Cheers from the desert!


Sonoran Inebriator Stout Limited Edition 2011