Deschutes Brewery – The Stoic

Converting Wine Snobs to Beer Geeks

So I had some friends over for dinner the other night. They are notorious wine snobs, you know the type. They are very nice people, and I like them a lot. But they don’t drink beer, unless you count Corona, and I don’t. Well, I took it as a personal challenge to help them to see beer in a new light. So I went into my beer cellar and brought out the big gun, The Stoic. Continue reading

Ballast Point – Sculpin IPA

Ballast Point - Sculpin IPAIf seems like we have a preference for California beers, we do. There are lots of reasons for that, mainly we are located in California so they are the most available to us. Also, we have already stated many other reasons that California is the best beer state. So it’s not really a surprise that Ballast Point is making the blog headlines. The only surprise is why Beer Soaked Scott hasn’t already posted his review. After all, this is one of his favorite brews. Then again, I’ve learned that it’s not always best to ask why Scott hasn’t done something. Ever heard the saying “Don’t poke an angry bear”? Continue reading

Firestone Walker – Double Jack

 You Must Try This Beer!

Firestone Double Jack

So let me start off by saying that if I ever come to your place and find an unopened bottle of Firestone Walker Double Jack in your possession I will force you to open it and share it with me. And I’m not a violent person, but I might even knock a pregnant woman out of the way to get this beer. So don’t make your pregnant wife go beer shopping for you, I’m just sayin’.

You see, this one kicked Pliny The Elder off the top of my IPA list. Yeah, I know, I usually don’t show my cards until much further down the page when I reveal my bottle cap rating in my beer reviews. But, WOW! I don’t know why I waited so long to try this one. Continue reading

Hair of The Dog – Adam

Hair Of The Dog - AdamThis is one of those beers that brings back fond memories of when I started really appreciating craft beer with my good friend Chris. Back in 1994 I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Batch 1 of the “Adambier”.

I had moved away to college and was keeping in contact with my good friend Chris via electronic mail and instant message on this thing called AOL. We mainly talked about different stouts that we’d tried and one day he told me about this great beer he had found called “Hair of the Dog”. It was so complex and unlike anything he’d ever tried before. I was intrigued and set out to find this “Hair of the Dog” beer.

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Oskar Blues – Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Pliny and Ten FidySo last Friday I took the day off work to run some errands. I had to take the car in to get the brakes done, so while I waited for the auto shop to hook me up I walked down the block to one of my favorite bottle shops. It was crack of the morning and the store just opened. My regular beer expert at the store wasn’t in yet so I was walking up and down the beer fridge staring at over 400 choices to see if there was anything calling out to me. Just then the produce guy came up to me and asked if he could help. I told him that I usually pick Mike’s brain for something interesting to try and he said that Mike doesn’t get in until noon. Then he said the magic words… “Let me check in back and see what he’s got stashed away.” Continue reading