Stone – Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

Stone – Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

Ruining palates for ten years – 10.8% ABV – 110 IBU

I have to admit that back in June 2002 I was not drinking the first batch of Stone Ruination India Pale Ale. At that point the bitterest beer on my list was still Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It wasn’t until fairly recently, that I started getting into the high IBUs. (International Bittering Units)

BE WARNED: This one is a whopping 110 IBUs! Continue reading

The last beer I had…

was La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado which is a Stone Collaboration with The Bruery and Elysian Brewing Company. This ale is brewed with pumpkin, yams, toasted fenugreek, lemon verbena and birch bark. Not your typical ingredients but quite tasty, not too very bitter and an ABV at 5.0%.

Fenugreek – Trigonella foenum-graecum) is a plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is used both as a herb (the leaves) and as a spice (the seed, often called methi in Urdu/Hindi/Nepali). The leaves and sprouts are also eaten as vegetables. The plant is cultivated worldwide as a semi-arid crop and is a common ingredient in many curries.

Lemon verbena –Aloysia citrodora is a species of flowering plant in the verbena family, Verbenaceae, that is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Common names include Lemon Verbena and Lemon Beebrush.[2] It was brought to Europe by the Spanish and the Portuguese in the 17th century.

Stone Collaboration - La Citrueille, Celeste de Citracado

Beer Soaked Erik's glass

You can find it at BevMo, Bruery Provisions, and Total Wine and Spirits

Edit (BS Erik): Also found at Pacific Park Market

Crow Burger Kitchen, revisited

Crow Burger Kitchen

Crow Burger Kitchen | fine food + beer

So I got a chance to finally return to the Crow Burger Kitchen in Newport Beach the other night. This time around I decided to do things a bit differently. If you read my previous review of this craft beer burger joint you may remember that I had a couple pints and reviewed them along with the food. This time around I went with the whole family and ordered a flight of 4 oz. tasters to go with my meal instead of going for a full pint. Continue reading

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

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