21st Amendment – Back in Black

21st Amendment – Back in Black – Black IPA – 6.8% ABV – 65 IBU

Back in BlackInspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, we rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. Our Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected.

Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six-pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.


Yeastie Boys – Pot Kettle Black

As a middle-class white kid growing up in suburbia in the 80’s, I formed an instant bond with a few Brooklyn kids who had their own brand of punk-rock hip-hop, the Beastie Boys.

So when I saw this label on a bottle at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, I didn’t even think twice about buying it. Any brewery who had the puntastic sense of humor to name themselves after my childhood favorite band was alright in my book.

Later, when I got home and was putting my loot into the beer fridge, I noticed that the Yeastie Boys are based in New Zealand. So I headed over to the computer, looked up their website and saw that their blog is called “Swill Communication“, (the blog looks like it was abandoned in 2009, but the name still rocks.) Another brilliant Beastie Boys reference pun, so I was definitely on board with the brewery, but that about the beer?  Continue reading

Great Divide Brewing – Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Great Divide - Espresso Oak Aged YetiYeah, I know, you were expecting another IPA review. What can I say? We like our IPAs around here. But we drink other beers too, and this here is proof. This is an Imperial Stout. Not just any Imperial Stout, mind you, this is a Yeti. But not only is it a Yeti, it’s an Oak Aged Yeti. But wait there’s more, it’s not merely an Oak Aged Yeti, it’s an Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. So what does that mean? Well keep reading and you’ll find out. Continue reading

More Brown Than Black IPA – Stone Collaborations

More Brown Than BlackAs we’ve said in the past, when craft beer folks get together to brew good things happen. This is another one of those “good things”. Back in August of 2011, Hurricane Irene was an Atlantic hurricane which devastated the East Coast of the United States with massive flooding. The Alchemist brewery in Vermont was destroyed. You may know them as the brewery behind “Heady Topper“, a 16 oz. can of hoppy greatness, (so we’re told… unfortunately, Heady Topper is not available in these parts.) But the folks who have had it tell me it’s wonderful stuff.

So back in November of 2011 three breweries teamed up, Stone, Ninkasi, and The Alchemist, to produce this More Brown Than Black IPA in order to raise proceeds to benefit the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund. The goal is to help to rebuild the brewery and surrounding areas. With a brew like this they are sure to raise a bunch of money.

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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.