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,

Stew

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

 

Crow Burger Kitchen – Newport Beach

So I thought I’d mix things up on the site with a restaurant review now and then. But only if they have craft beer on the menu!

The Crow Burger Kitchen is a hip burger joint in the Balboa Peninsula area of Newport Beach, California. This place definitely does not disappoint in terms of craft beer selection. Check their website before you go for the current beer offerings as they rotate their taps regularly and have a nice selection of bottled brews. It has a very cool atmosphere with both indoor and patio seating. It has TV’s throughout, (great for sports fans), I watched Sunday night football from the patio. And for kitch factor the waiters take your order with an iPad. Either that or they play Angry Birds while pretending to take your order. Continue reading

Better Late Than Never

So I’m the new guy to the Beer Soaked family. I did attend the 2011 BrewHaHa but have been lagging big time on writing a blog. What can you expect from a physical therapist!

My favorites from the BrewHaHa:


  • Noble Ale Works
    (Located in Anaheim by the Big A) – Alpha Red: a bold hearty red that has just the right amount of punch 

  • The Bruery
    (Located in Placentia) – Autumn Maple: a bold beer made with Yams, and a plentiful amount of spices it tastes like Thanksgiving.

  • and 2 beers from the Ommegang (Cooperstown) label – Adoration and the BPA: the BPA is a hoppy like an IPA but still aims toward a farm-house beligian, very tasty. The Adoration is a limited edition Belgian-style dark beer that will comes in at 10% and should be available in mid-October

A few other beers were sampled but it were lost in the shuffle. Although I was able to fill my growler after work with a something might tasty (It’s nice working 2 minutes from the Bruery), the Humulus Wet from The Bruery. It was quite hoppy, yet as they say not an IPA. Read more about this unique beer on The Bruery’s blog. Until next time,

Dr. Stew