The Globe Dine Bar – Belgian Beer paradise and international gastropub

TheGlobeDineBar - exteriorThe other night I found myself in Garden Grove on a date night and so we popped into a craft beer place that I’d heard a lot about, but had not yet tried. Their tagline is “Globally inspired, seasonal cuisine, exclusive Belgian craft beers, engaging European hospitality.” My expectations were set pretty high, and The Globe met them all.

The Venue

The Globe Dine Bar
12926 (Historic) Main St., Garden Grove, CA 92840 – (714) 537-7471

The restaurant is located on Main Street in historic downtown Garden Grove, (just a couple of blocks away from GGHS where Steve Martin graduated in 1963.) The cobblestone street gives it an old-timey look and feel. There was ample parking on the street and a huge parking lot behind Main Street, next to Coastline Community College. Continue reading

Pere Jacques – Goose Island

Pere Jacques 2011Creamy, buttery, floral, very nice. Compliments of my Bro Cesar.

The Beer

Goose Island – Pere Jacques – Belgian Style Ale
8% ABV – 26 IBU

Brewer’s Notes:

Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.


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

Castle Brewery Van Honsebrouck – Bacchus

This is one of those beers that I recently found in my cellar and didn’t recall anything about it at all. I don’t know where I bought it, and don’t remember why I picked it up in the first place. So I went into it totally blind. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

The bottle is a thick green glass with black wrap around the cap, kind of like a wine bottle. The labeling is fairly simple, “Bacchus Belgian Ale” with cheerful fellow on the label holding a mug of beer.

Since I was in the mood for something different, I grabbed a glass and popped the top. Continue reading