Alas, poor Yorick; errr…Erik!

So beer soaked Erik is out of commission for a little while. Contrary to my own personal mantra, Erik believes activities other than drinking beer are fun and good for you. Silly Erik. dislocationOur fearless leader decided to break his fall while mountain biking, but instead he dislocated and destroyed his elbow. He’s had surgery to put everything back together and is now on the long and  painful road to recovery. resetWhile that sucks, let’s focus on the important stuff; Erik is unable to partake of the nectar while on his meds. While I’m all for the drugs, they just don’t taste as good as the nectar. So to all fellow beer drinkers reading this, Raise a pint to Erik and wish him a swift recovery. Cheers brother Erik, I’ll do my best to pick up the slack.

That’s A Wrap

And so it ends…We finished the evening with cigars and Johnny Walker on the back patio in the fog, compliments of the brother-out-law.  I don’t know what I was smoking, but soaked in Johnny Walker it was GOOD.  The last beer of the evening was Green Flash West Coast IPA, one of my favorites and a beer I think I wrote about previously.  So to Bpa, Tony. Meg, Jim, Rog, Steph, Mary Jo, Hunter Mo, Erin and Staci – Thank you for a great evening and I look forward to good times with you all in 2012.  Happy New Year.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!  Johnny Walker Red, Coronado Idiot (5 caps, see earlier post), The Bruery Mischeif Belgian style(3 caps) and Stone Imperial Black IPA (4 caps)since the last post.  Doing well @ poker, can’t talk now.  Try to get one more in before I call it quits.  Wishing you all a prosperous and healthy New Year.

9:45 – The Trifecta

So I got 3 under my belt this past hour.  Up 1st, Bootleggers Brewery Rustic Rye IPA.  I was introduced to this last night by a couple of friends.  It’s a local micro in Fullerton, CA and I really enjoyed it the 1st time around.  It was just as good tonight.  4 out of 5 bottle caps but not enough time to write much about it.  Next up was a taste of The Lost Abbey Judgement Day.  My brother-out-law is a fan of this style so I gave it a try.  I’m going to give it 2 bottle caps, but take that with a grain of salt.  I’m not a big fan of this style; it tastes to much like a winter seasonal that I’ve never cared for.  Last one for the hour isn’t a beer but a whiskey; Devil’s cut from Jim Beam.  It’s not a bad drink, finishing with vanilla.  Not as much vanilla as Buffalo Trace if you’ve ever had that.  I’m more of a JD and Makers fan, but this wasn’t bad.  Thanks for the taste Uncle Jim.  Back in an hour…

8:30 – Le Freak

First things first, I need to pick up the pace.  Have been eating and chatting to much, need to focus.  Beer # 2 was Le Freak from Green Flash Brewing.  I’m a big fan of Green Flash so was anxious to have this for the 1st time.  This is a San Diego style Imperial Pale married with a Belgian style trippel.  I like it, but am not sure if it’s a repeat offender.  It’s definitely got the hoppiness of an IPA, but I’m not sure I got much of the Belgian style flavor.  It’s a very dry beer, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  I’m going to give it 3 bottle caps.  On to the next.  Let’s see if we can knock a couple out in the next hour.