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!

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

Erik’s last Hurrah

This is the story of my last craft beer. You see, I dislocated and broke all three bones in my elbow on May 30th. I had surgery to repair the damage on June 6th. I had planned on posting this before the surgery, but wasn’t able to give it the time it deserved. The weekend before surgery I was offered one last hurrah because post-surgery I’d be on heavy pain killers which do not play well with alcohol. As a beer blogger, this was a horrible diagnosis. Since I’m also an avid mountain biker, and don’t want to jeopardize a speedy recovery, I am going to comply with the doctors orders and stay alcohol free until the doc gives me the thumbs up. Enough of the back story, let’s get to it.

Where should I go?

Beachwood BBQ Tap ListI immediately thought of a place that I first heard about when I started beer blogging about a year ago. I was at a friend’s house for a backyard BBQ. One of the guests, Rolf, had on a “Pliny the Elder” t-shirt. We started chatting about craft beer, and he told me about this great little spot near his house in Seal Beach where he loved to go. Tons of taps, all craft beer, with a rotating beer list. Oh, and great food too. Continue reading

The last beer I had (actually 2 and a small restaurant review)…

Was quite good from Congregation Ale House in Azusa. I have already been to the one in Long Beach and I have nothing bad to say about that. I only wish the one in Azusa was there when I was in physical therapy school a few years back.

  1. Beer number one was a collaboration from Stone, the TBA on draft. I did a review previously on this beer but just hadn’t had it on draft. It’s even more tasty on draft.
  2. Beer number 2 was from Epic, it was their Hopulent IPA. For more info click here.

Hopulent IPA

Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops. This beer will have changes to the grain bill and seasonal hop changes. The character of Hopulent IPA is over the top, too much of everything—a real HOP HEADS DELIGHT!  Release one weighed in well over 9% ABV with almost 10 pounds of dry hops in the 10-barrel tank.

The rib eye burger and pretzel with beer fondue was great.

Epic BrewingCongregation Ale House


Congregation Ale House
619 N Azusa Ave, Azusa, CA (626) 334-2337