Brew Ho Ho – the not nearly as elaborate or bitchin as Erik’s post and other tastings/ramblings

Hello all –

Yes, I am actually posting this in a somewhat timely manner. Not 3 months later as with the Brew Ha Ha! Gotta love it. So without further adieu, here is my list from the Brew Ho Ho (from what I can remember):

Haven Brewery – Hell Ryed

Bootlegger’s – Holiday

Old Orange Brewery – Old Dummy

Hangar 24 – Warmer

Stone – Vertical Epic 12.12.12 and IPA

Rogue – Dead Guys

Ritual – Hellion

Epic – Red Ale

Ballast Point – Sculpin

Maui – IPA

Never had Hellion before but it was damn good. Keep a look out for it!

All in all a good day with my buddy Owen and we also met up with the Beer Soaked crew. Always a good time!!!

I happened to live in Orange and stumbled into Hollingshead with my good friend Christina who works for Duvel, Ommegang, Maredsous, etc for a nice tall mug of Pliny from Russian River. Just give them a holler and you just might get lucky and get a mug. This is a great place, just don’t tell them you are a Bears fan!

And just recently, again in Orange went to The Bruery Provisions and tried the Dogfish Head Hell Hound on my Ale

I got some tasty beer for Christmas and I’ll try to report on that in the not too distant future but more than likely it will be some time in late January 2013. I will say there is some Black Tuesday 2012 and some Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich. Until then!

Cheers,
Stew

Respect Your Elder(s)

The Beer:  Russian River Pliny the Elder

 

Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler, officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work, Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops, “Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

8.0%ABV, 1.071 O.G

Gold Medal, 2006 World Beer Cup (Double IPA Category)
Gold Medal, 2005 GABF (Double IPA Category)
Bronze Medal, 2004 GABF (Double IPA Category. Continue reading