Beer, a Burg and perhaps a Mustache

What’s that? Another post from Stew in less than 6 months?!? How can this be? We’ll it’s a new year and being timely is on the agenda! So here goes: my GF and I recently went to the Steam Haus Gastro Pub in Corona last weekend for a late lunch. It was kinda slow but the service, beer and food was great despite what Yelp reviewers had to say.

The list goes from right to left as noted above…

What can I say about the Delirium that hasn’t already been said. It’s good, it’s Belgian so there you have it. The Inland Empire Brewing Company Victoria is an American Strong Ale that comes in at a whopping 11%. Very citrusy, very hoppy and very strong, what can I say, it was great! Next up was the Big Daddy IPA from Speakeasy. A good west coast IPA that wasn’t too strong, in at 6.5%. And last but not least in the flight was the Goose Island Mild Winter, American Mild Ale. I’ve never had anything from Goose Island before and this wasn’t overly strong but had a lot of flavor. Perfect to finish out the flight.

The MUSTACHE BURGER – Pat LaFrieda Beef* Patty with Portabella Mushroom Cap & a Horseradish Cream Sauce (not bad at $10 but no fries) And yes, we got some parmesan fries! And bacon mac n cheese!

More Info: (for those of you familiar with the area, it’s in the Dos Lagos shopping center across from Dos Lagos Golf Course).

The First Slide

2785 Cabot Road
Suite 110
Corona, CA 92883

That is all for now. Make the trek to Corona or if you’re in the neighborhood stop in, get a flight, a good burg and enjoy!

Cheers,Stew

Taste of Newport 2012 – Blondie / Devo

The Taste of Newport is the annual three-day food, wine and music festival put on by the Chamber of Commerce in Newport Beach, CA. You may notice, like I did, that they don’t mention “beer” in the description of the event, and in years past there was good reason. Last year I asked on Twitter if they would have any craft beer at the event, the response was, “We’ll have Shocktop”.

I was hoping to see Newport Beach Brewing Company at the event, but the local brewery wasn’t there. I was pleasantly surprised to see Golden Road and Bootlegger’s Brewery on the list this year. While they aren’t Newport Beach locals, they are Southern California folks. Golden Road is from LA, and Bootlegger’s is from Fullerton. Bootlegger’s recently won “People’s Choice” at the OC Brew Ha Ha event, so I started off with a Old World Hefeweizen.

The food and beer is great, but the real reason I go to Taste of Newport every year is the musical entertainment. In years past they’ve had folks like Sugar Ray, Foreigner, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Barenaked Ladies. This year there were two headliners on Saturday night, Blondie and Devo. I took a handful of beer soaked blurry photos of the bands for your enjoyment. Continue reading

Mr. Beer Soaked Homebrewer – part 4 first pour

Zachzilla Pale Ale

Zachzilla Pale Ale

It is named after my 3-year-old son who helped brew and bottle this one. My son, Zach, earned the nickname “Zachzilla” from his older sister because he likes to knock down blocks way more than build with them. Recently Zach has become more interested in building, so we decided to pass on the “zilla” name. Since this is an easy beer to knock down, at a mere 3.5% ABV, it now has the Zackzilla name. Continue reading

The last (few) beers I had, news, and a few other gems…

Hello all you micro beer folks!

First and foremost, the new Bruery Tasting Room is open! 7 days a week! For more information: check the Bruery for more info on whats flowing.

PS: Had a 4 oz pour of Coton, amazing. Chocolate Rain, Black Tuesday and Cuir are flowing on tap as well…

Second, I happen to be at the BJ’s in Brea a few weeks back for a happy hour adult beverage and stumbled across a Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. What, you ask is a 120 minute IPA? Continue reading

Call me Mr. Beer Soaked Hombrewer – part 2

Mr. Beer Premium EditionI mentioned earlier that I ordered a Mr. Beer homebrew kit. Well, it showed up last week and today was brew day.

It was simple as can be:

  1. 10 minutes to sanitize
  2. Dissolve the “booster” in 4 cups water (booster is basically corn syrup solids)
  3. Bring to boil, remove from heat
  4. Add extract, stir to create wort.
  5. Pour wort into fermenter
  6. Add cold water to make 8.5 qts
  7. Pitch yeast, stir, store in cool dark place
  8. Wait

Now we wait. I followed the Pale Ale recipe exactly as described in the packaging. I want to see how it turns out before tweaking the Mr. Beer recipes. All in all it was a very simple process with little to no mess. First impression… this is pretty awesome. I’ll report back on bottle day. Until then I’ll be emptying bottles. Cheers!

Beer Soaked Erik