Slater’s 50/50 Beer Tasting

Hey folks –

Unfortunately, due to the wonderful world of modern technology, my original post had been deleted by WordPress. So here goes off of memory from that evening. I want to say thanks to Erika from Slater’s 50/50 for having me out to the location in HB. I got to see my friend Christina who works for Duvel/Moortgat/Ommegang and she had filled me in on a few of the things being poured. The following will be in the order of beers tasted (and remembered!).

Stone Brewery –  Mixtape Ale-GK & LU’s Blend Vol. 1

Stone - Mixtape

This is a combination of 7 different varieties from Stone. Yes, 7 different beers including: Levitation, LeVariation (small batch of Stone Levitation Ale that was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain), Sublimely Self-Righteous, Smoked Porter, Cali-Belgique, 2011 Imperial Russian Stout, and 2011 Belgo-Anise Imperial Russian Stout with a dash of sage, hot peppers, lemon thyme.  This was quite tasty indeed! What a way to start of the evening!

Ommegang – Rare VOS

Ommegang - Rare Vos

Christina explained this beer to before but I had yet to try it.  It is a bold yet light brew that is not to hoppy or spicy and comes in at 6.5%. ABV and can also be found at Total Wine and Spirits

Ballast Point – Sculipin Habanero

Ballast Point - Sculpin Habanero

Yeah, you read that right, Sculpin with Habanero peppers! This beer had quite a kick. Now I love Sculpin IPA on its own but when you add a kick it takes this wonderful beer to a whole new level. Now the guy from BP told me that this beer wouldn’t be bottled but this was a pic I found on the internet so you could see what it looks like. He said that it would only be available on draft if you are lucky enough to find it! So if you do, I highly recommend it!

Sorry for the short review, next time I will do a better job at saving notes and saving rough drafts!

Cheers and enjoy,


PS: Thanks again to Erika and the fine folks at Slater’s 50/50 in HB


Twin Screw Steamer – Boatswain Double IPA

Trader Joes 2 buck upchuck

Just don’t do it. Please spend the extra cash and grab a decent brew.

I saw this one while shopping for groceries the other day and thought I’d take one for the team and give it a try. Heck, for $2 it was worth a try.

I was wrong.

The flavors are off, it’s not well-balanced, and ultimately ended up as a drain pour.

Too bad, so sad. Won’t be buying this one again.

1 Beer Soaked Cap

don't do it


Hair Of The Dog – Ruth

It is said that to prevent rabies you should take the hair of the dog that bit you and rub it into the bite wound. Is there any truth to that? I don’t know. However, based on that saying it’s also said that to cure a hangover, in the morning you should drink whatever you were drinking the night before.

Hair of the Dog brewing company in Portland, Oregon makes great bottle-conditioned beer. But, I don’t see it as the kind of stuff that I’d get a hangover from. For me, they make sipping brews. These are fine crafted beers that I like take my time with and savor the flavors. I’ve already spoken my mind on Hair of the Dog – Adam. So this time I am taking a peek at Ruth. Continue reading

Citra – Knee Deep Brewing

Knee Deep Brewing Co.

Located in Northern California is an All-American town called Lincoln. I remember driving through Lincoln many times back in college on my way from Chico State to Lake Tahoe. It was a sleepy little train town that you might miss if you blink on your drive down highway 65. But over the year’s it’s grown and now Lincoln even has an award-winning brewery, Knee Deep Brewing Co. I had a chance to try the single hopped Citra Extra Pale Ale over the weekend.  Continue reading

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.