The last 10 or so beers I’ve had and why I lag at putting up posts…

Hello all –

BeerSoakedStew here and I have REALLY lagged on posting anything beer related for quite sometime. I got a new job as a director at an outpatient clinic in Brea and also recently got engaged, so I guess that gets me off the hook somewhat! Ha! So here goes with the last 10 or so beers I’ve had.

1. Bear Republic – Cafe Racer 15 Real Ale

  • This was a tasty beer and it tends to bite you back, not in a hoppy/bitter way but in a 9.75% kinda way

2. Stone – R & R Coconut IPA

  • Not too strong in the coconut dept for all you hop heads out there. Very smooth.

3. Bootlegger’s – Far Out IPA

  • not sure why it’s “far out”, not once did I feel to channel my inner hippy! The Boot doesn’t usually disappoint! Continue reading

OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’ Collaboration Beer

 

Orange County Brew Ha HaBeer Soaked readers should know by now that our favorite Orange County craft beer festival is approaching. That’s right, it’s almost time for the annual OC Brew Ha Ha on Saturday, September 7th, 2013.

Did you know that they are brewing a special collaboration beer for the event? We were invited to brew day for the OC Brew Ha Ha ‘HOP MONSTER’, and here’s the story…

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Three local Orange County brewmasters; Aaron Barkenhagen of Bootleggers BreweryEvan Weinberg of Cismontane Brewing Company, and Jerrod Larsen of Tustin Brewing Company, all came together to brew a commemorative beer for the OC BrewHaHa festival. They sat down over some beers and after taking a look at the graphic novel themed artwork for the 2013 BrewHaHa they decided on a massively “hopped up” Red Ale that would consist of Citra, Nelson, and Galaxy hops. “It was a no brainer. It had to be a hoppy red. I mean, just look at the artwork.” – Aaron Continue reading

Lock, Stocked and Two Knuckle Sandwiches

New Years Eve Prep

Getting geared up for New Years Eve @ Beer Soaked Scott’s place. Aside from what you can see, buried in the back is Sierra Nevada Narwhal and Murphy’s Irish Stout. Top shelf is Bootleggers Mint Chocolate Porter, Firestone Wookey Jack, Alesmith Speedway Stout, Port Brewing Santa’s Little Helper, Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest and Stone Vertical Epic 12-12-12. Wishing everyone a happy, safe and Beer Soaked New Year!

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