Russian River's Supplication

Russian River's Supplication

Posted on Jun 17, 2010 in Craft Beer | 2 Comments

A couple months ago, I discovered another great bottle shop in San Diego. Some people geek out in high-end electronics stores, some people get big-eyed at jewelry stores, and some people go crazy in candy shops. But for me, a well-stocked bottle shop makes my heart go pitter pat.

De Landtsheer’s Malheur 10 and 12

De Landtsheer’s Malheur 10 and 12

Posted on May 22, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Malheur means misfortune. I felt anything but unfortunate as I sat sipping this golden Belgian strong ale from De Landtsheer with its honey mouth-feel, yeast and apple flavor, and mild but crisp hop finish.

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop

Dogfish Head’s Aprihop

Posted on May 7, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Spring fever is busting out all over in San Diego. And I was looking to celebrate the weather with a patio brunch and a few good friends. But our meal of fresh salads, vegetable tarts, and incredibly moist Hawaiian cake needed just the right beverage: a 4-pack of Dogfish Head’s Aprihop beer.

3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

3 Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 in Craft Beer | One Comment

Spring has sprung. That means if you live in Washington, DC, you are probably enjoying some beautiful cherry blossoms. And if you live in San Diego, it means you’re probably enjoying some extraordinary cherry-inspired Belgian beer at a festival.

Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine

Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot Barleywine

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

I head to a pub for a little b-ball action and some beer. On tap, the perfect basketball brew: Bigfoot barleywine.

Cantillon Iris

Cantillon Iris

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

One sip of this Cantillon lambic and I was back in Brussels, a city built on swamps, where irises used to grow in abundance. And where great beer can be had by all.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Even in a city like San Diego where the sun never sleeps, it can be hard to find that perfect combination of great beer and good outdoor atmosphere. One of my favorite places is Downtown Johnny Brown’s. On this particular day, I was savoring a Brown Shugga from Lagunitas Brewing.

Kern River Citra Double IPA

Posted on Mar 5, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

East coast or West coast, about this time of year everyone is itching for spring. And a string of rainy days had made that itch worse here in San Diego. Sipping a tastes-like-the-outdoors citrusy beer somehow makes it better.

Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

So before I left Wisconsin, my host and I shared an almost champagne-split-sized bottle of an almost-champagne-tasting beer – Lindemans Gueuze Cuvee Rene. The Cuvee Rene, a Belgian brew, was actually a touch fruitier and sweeter than most of the other gueuze I’ve had.

New Glarus Cran-bic

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 in Craft Beer | No Comments

Sorry, Cracked Wheat, but this lambic style ale may be my new New Glarus favorite. I just can’t resist a little bit of berry.