The last beer I had…

was La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado which is a Stone Collaboration with The Bruery and Elysian Brewing Company. This ale is brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. Not your typical ingredients but quite tasty, not too very bitter and an ABV at 5.0%.

Fenugreek – Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Urdu/Hindi/Nepali). The leaves and sprouts are also eaten as vegetables. The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries.

Lemon verbena –Aloysia citrodora is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Common names include Lemon Verbena and Lemon Beebrush.[2] It was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century.

Stone Collaboration - La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado

Beer Soaked Erik's glass

You can find it at BevMo, Bruery Provisions, and Total Wine and Spirits

Edit (BS Erik): Also found at Pacific Park Market

California had a great showing at GABF 2011

We love craft beer… all craft beer! But as a California-based beer blog we are especially proud of all the California brewers who were awarded medals in this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. We raise a beer soaked glass in honor of our California brethren who represented us well in this years event. Cheers!

To find out who won for what category, check out the press release on the Brewers Association site.

Below is an edited list of just the California breweries who won a medal along with a link to their website. Congratulations California brewers! Continue reading

Why is California the Best Beer State?

Purple SunsetBecause it’s beautiful here!

Actually, that’s not a good enough reason. Obviously I’m biased because I live here, brew here, and drink here. Anytime I use an absolute quantifier word like “best” it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. But I’ve come prepared for the debate with the facts! Continue reading

Tustin Brewery 15th Anniversary

TBC_15thyearTBC 15th Anniversary Party and Beer Festival

When: Sun, August 14, 1pm – 4pm
Where: TBC (map)
Description:
Tickets on sale NOW!
$35 pre-sale ($40 at the door) and includes 15th Anniversary Glass and unlimited tastes of 40+ beers from: Stone, Green Flash, The Bruery, Bootleggers, Russian River, Continue reading