Lock, Stocked and Two Knuckle Sandwiches

New Years Eve Prep

Getting geared up for New Years Eve @ Beer Soaked Scott’s place. Aside from what you can see, buried in the back is Sierra Nevada Narwhal and Murphy’s Irish Stout. Top shelf is Bootleggers Mint Chocolate Porter, Firestone Wookey Jack, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest and Stone Vertical Epic 12-12-12. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and Beer Soaked New Year!

Bacon and Beer, Not Bacon AND beer

I love bacon; grew up on it in fact. Aside from my Dad’s occasional weekend breakfast masterpieces, I remember my sister and I cooking bacon after school to eat as a snack every now and then. Go ahead, get it out of your system and insert fat joke here. As I was saying, Bacon has some inherent qualities; salty, smoky, greasy and crispy. Take away any one of those and it’s just not bacon. Don’t believe me, try eating a piece of non-crispy bacon. It’s like a chewy pork noodle, and that ain’t right people. Chewy pork noodle is opening for Taylor Swift by the way. Maybe not. As I was saying, it’s my opinion, nay LAW, that bacon must retain these 4 characteristics to be BACON. So what’s my point you ask? Simple, the bacon and (insert anything here) fad needs to stop NOW. It’s gone on long enough. I’ve been given bacon gum, bacon chocolate bars, bacon infused vodka, even made bacon chocolate chip cookies myself; and now I’ve had a bacon beer. None of them are what they should be, even my own cookies. I opened a bottle of beer this afternoon under the pressure of designated wife/driver Staci. She wanted to try it, and even though I knew what was coming, I did as I was told. I’m a good husband if nothing else.
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Strawberry Bomb

Moe Szyslak from Simpsons, not impressedI found a bottle in the back of the man fridge this evening that I didn’t recognize so I grabbed it out of curiosity. Sporting a label that would be more at home on the cover of a Doors album, it was absent of any recognizable logos but clearly stated “Strawberry Blonde”. Closer inspection revealed that it was brewed by Bayhawk Ales (Irvine, CA) for Belmont Brewing (Long Beach, CA).

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Linch Pin White IPA

I’ve been looking forward to this beer since I heard about it in May, and thanks to Beer Soaked Erik, I had the opportunity to partake of its cloudy goodness today.  Linch Pin is a  collaboration between Founder‘s and Green Flash breweries brewmasters; Jeremy Kosmicki and Chuck Silva respectively.  The grog pours a cloudy gold with a good size head and lacing.  Appearance wise it compares to an unfiltered hef.  A good hearty sniff gives you a nose full of citrus; orange and grapefruit to be specific.  Taste wise this beer is interesting to say the least.  It starts with the aforementioned citrus, but the wheat malt is prominent with a noticeable but not overbearing note of clove.  My favorite part of this beer however is the finish; a dry, spicy pepper bite with that lingering hop tang that stays on your tongue for the next 30 minutes.  I also noticed this beer was carbonated higher than expected, but that’s not a bad thing, I think it lent to the dry finish.  I’ll finish by saying that I couldn’t help but think of this beer as a hoppy hef and I really enjoyed it.  4 beer caps for you Linch Pin, and 5 for you Erik.  Thanks for the birthday beer.

Firestone Fieldtrip

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and quite honestly, my only excuse is laziness.  I’ve got a few things to catch up on, starting with a trip to Firestone brewery in Paso Robles.

Last month I found myself in Atascadero, CA with Beersoaked Guido.  Atascadero is next door to Paso Robles, which is home to Firestone brewery, and Firestone brewery is home to some of the finest beer I’ve ever had.  We were lucky enough to enjoy a four course pairing in their Taproom restaurant, and this is a summary of it. Continue reading