Jun 21

Kern River Brewing Class V Stout

Kern River Brewing Class V Stout

Kern River Brewing Class V Stout

Kern River Brewing Class V Stout is a smooth brew. I made it a point to try more stouts as I got away from them for some time now. I went in looking for some bourbon barrel stouts and saw this gem. I have tried Just Outstanding IPA by Kern River Brewing and they make some quality brews. I knew this Stout will not disappoint, I picked up the last one they had in stock along with other craft brews and was on my way. It pours a nice dark brown color with a tan head. I tasted hints of chocolate but not to over whelming, goes down smooth. I went back the next day to pick up some more and was informed that it was a limit one per person. God it sucks when that happens.

Kern River Brewing Co. describes this Stout as: This non-traditional beer is an Oatmeal Stout, Milk Stout and an Imperial Stout all in one. With a complex flavor profile ranging from coffee to chocolate, the sweetness is complemented with Chinook and Cascade hops to produce an extraordinary finish. But at 8.5% ABV, don’t let the smooth taste fool you; this beer is like the Kern at high water – “Not for the Timid”.

ABV: 8.5%

Jun 14

Brouwerij Huyghe Delirium Nocturnum

Delirium Nocturnum

Delirium Nocturnum

There are some beers that just require you to have a certain appreciation for the dark style in witch they are brewed Delirium Nocturnum is one of those. This brew is not liked by most people I have talked to, in fact some would go as far as to call it disgusting, I would disagree. I enjoy beer that has a harsh taste and dark in color. I think its a bold move for brewing companies to make a quality beer and not concern themselves on what the majority of the public wants.

This beer came to my fridge when my wife and I went shopping for our weekly supplies of craft brews. She had tried the Delirium Tremens before and was curious on what this Nocturnum had to offer. I knew if was a strong beer as I had it once before at a bar, but I let her buy it knowing I would be able to drink it once she didn’t want to. When time for tasting came she tried it and to my surprise enjoyed it.

The brew pours a reddish-brown color with a thin white and slightly mocha foam. Tastes strong with hints of spices, with a balance of bitterness and a sweet taste.

ABV: 8.5%

May 24

Duff beer for me! Duff beer for you!

On May 23, Universal Studios Orlando announced that they will be adding a new area to their theme park, Springfield!

Springfield

The home of one of America’s favorite TV families, The Simpsons, will have their animated town recreated for the delight of all visitors. While this isn’t a new endeavor for Universal Studios, their theme park in Hollywood already has a mini Springfield, there is one bit of information in their press release that makes a world of difference.

“…there will be Duff Beer, brewed exclusively for Universal Orlando.” -Press Release

homerduff

When The Simpson took over 7-11 all over the countries while promoting their movie, one of the biggest disappointments was the lack of Duff Beer in their coolers. Simpsons fans had to settle for Buzz Cola. Now we can actually try the same beer that Homer and his friends drink repeatedly.

It was not announced who will be brewing their Duff beer. We can only hope it’ll be some craft brewery and not Anheuser-Busch.

So who’s down for a beer-ligion vacation to Orlando to share a Duff Beer at Moe’s Tavern?

May 02

Hidden Cup Holder Bottle Opener

Credit Redditor Bombingofdresden

Credit to Redditor Bombingofdresden

This cool little feature was found in a Mercedes Minivan. Being a Mercedes you’d figure they’d have a hidden corkscrew but I guess even Mercedes drivers want to pop open a beer after dropping the kids off at soccer practice.

As beer drinkers we can applaud cool openers, even if this one pushes the responsibility line. I know the only reason I don’t open a beer while driving is because of the difficulty of getting my opener off my keys that are in the ignition.

But with this dandy feature I can just pull at my cup holder and pop open my beer with no hassle.

Whoever designed this definitely has a drinking problem but at least he’s sharing that problem with the world in a positive way.

A toast to the alcoholic Mercedes interior design engineer. You do us proud.

May 01

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder

Russian River Pliny the Elder came to my hands by surprise. I was at my local craft store looking for a Enjoy By and sadly they did not have any in stock. A fellow craft drinker over heard and told me to pick up a Pliny the Elder Double IPA. he explained how Russian River has been brewing IPA’s with short expirations dates for some time now. He went on about how great the brew is and that I had to get it. The truth is it doesn’t take to long to convince me to try a new beer especially when its a IPA. There was a limit of one per customer, I hait it when they do that, but I guess you cant complain when it is brewed in limited supply. I purchased several beers that day but this is the one I opened and poured first. It pours a nice clear copper color with a smell of pine. Taste is rich of flavorful hops and high in bitterness. It truly is a great fresh IPA. I can’t wait to try Russian River’s highly talked about Pliny the Younger. If the Elder tasted this good The Younger should be a real joy.

Russian River gave this brew a very interesting name, here is their explanation of how they came bout it: “Where did we come up with this name? Back in the year 2000, our friend, Vic Kralj, who owns the Bistro in Hayward, California, decided to have his first ever Double IPA festival. Vic invited 10 breweries, 6 of whom (including us) had to brew something special for him since we had nothing that would fall under this style category. Vinnie had made a Double IPA at Blind Pig in 1994, but was not brewing one at Russian River Brewing at the time. He had an idea for the recipe, but not a name. After much research in beer books, brainstorming, and deliberation, we came up with “Pliny the Elder”. Pliny, the man, lived in the first century- 23 to 79 A.D. According to our brewing references, he and his contemporaries either created the botanical name or at least wrote about Lupus Salictarius, or hops, currently known as Humulus Lupulus. That was a very early reference to an important part of any Double IPA! Pliny the beer has now become one of our flagship brews!”

ABV: 8.0%

May 01

BeerLigion Cycling Jersey 2013

BeerLigion Cycling Jersey 2013

BeerLigion Cycling Jersey 2013

The BeerLigion Cycling Jersey 2013 is one of the best peaces of clothing in my closet. I signed up for a 50 mile cycling event in Mexico a few months ago and decided it would be nice to represent Beerligion.com on the ride. The tour starts in Rosarito Mexico and continues along the cost ending in Ensenada Mexico. The jersey includes logos from Live2Blade.com ran by my good friend Armando Colunga and is dedicated to show you aggressive rollerblading through his eyes. The Bowligans bowling team who are best described by their team slogan “A Drinking Team with a Bowling problem.” and ZinoFresh the printing t company that made this cycling jersey possible.

The tour takes place on Cinco de Mayo weekend so we will be sure to be drinking the best craft beers Mexico has to offer. More posts will follow with our drinking experiences so be sure to check back in.

Jersey printing by: www.zinofresh.com

Apr 29

A Degree in Beer Craft

As the craft beer market continues to grow so does interest in brewing.

According to the Brewer’s Association there are 5 colleges around the United States that offer professional courses in brewing. Soon there will 6.

CSU

Last week Colorado State University unveiled not only that they will be offering courses in brewing soon but they will be building a brewery on campus. The microbrewery will be built alongside a new classroom which will offer students a hands on opportunity to brew some beers. I imagine more than just brewing majors will be taking this course as frat boys across the school will be lining up for the opportunity to learn how make their own brews.

 

Fort Collins BreweryColorado is already known as one of the great states for breweries. Fort Collins, which hosts CSU, already has 12 other breweries. More than likely this course could lead to some interesting opportunities for students at nearby facilities.

Collaborations between the university and breweries could lead to some advancements in brewing as well. We’re entering a brave new world in beer craft and with places of higher education putting their resources behind this development the future of our favorite beverage looks quite bright.

Hopefully other universities will begin to offer these sorts of courses.

Apr 11

Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos

Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos

Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos

Brewery Ommegang Rare Vos came to my hands in a strange way, I don’t remember buying it because the night was a blur. My cousins and I went out for a friend’s birthday to a bar in Downtown LA. The bar is great good beer and a great environment. We were having a good time playing pool and drinking brews and every now and then the occasional round of shots would come around. I was drinking Epic Brewery Double IPA throughout the night, that with the shots got me quite buzzed. What makes this bar awesome is that inside there is a store so on your way out you can purchase beer to take home. After closing my tab at the bar I made my way to the store towards the exit. I selected a six-pack of Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard and this Rare Vos. I pointed at the bottle and told the clerk “Fuck It ill take the red one”, I must admit drunk me makes some good beer choices. I got to tell you this is one of the best Amber Ales I’ve had.

Brewery Ommegang describes Rare Vos as: “Rare Vos Amber Ale is styled after the smooth, drinkable beers popular in Belgian cafés. It pours a light copper hue, contrasting beautifully with a big, creamy white head. The nose offers orange blossoms and slight spice. On the palate, the caramel maltiness shines strongly but with little sweetness. The profile leans toward dry fruity (yeast-affiliated), slightly fruity/hoppy with a beguiling spiciness. This complex, medium-bodied beer has a smooth mid-palate and moderate dry finish. Well-balanced in all elements, it’s a mild, mellow brew.”

ABV: 6.5%

Food Pairings: Black truffle and lobster risotto or pork belly and mustard greens. Add it to chili, jambalaya or gumbo to give your dish a pleasant bitterness and roastiness.

Apr 05

Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA

Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA is a beer I bought in a batch of brews. I often go to my local craft store and grab a basket full of beer bottles. I’ve been enjoying Karl Strauss beers for some time now and I’m set out to try as many of their wonderful brews as I can. So when I walked across the Big Barrel Double IPA I did not hesitate to grab it. Talk about a tasty strong brew this is a beer that kick starts your taste buds. It pours a rich amber color with a nice white head that settles quickly. The head leaves a nice ring after every swig on the glass of your pint. The taste is full of flavors, some fruity, honey and obviously hoppy. Good brew to have in your taste collection so be sure to pick it up.

Karl Strauss describes it as: “When we kicked-off this series of intense hoppy beers, we wanted to go big. Imported New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops provide a vibrant tropical aroma that raises eyebrows and expectations. Aggressive amounts of Warrior and Ahtanum hops produce an assertive bitterness that stands out against a firm malt backbone. Balanced even at 90 IBUs, Big Barrel leaves a considerable first impression that serves as a prelude of things to come.”

ABV: 9.0%

Availability: Limited Release in kegs and 22oz. Bottles. First of the Karl’s Coastal Reserve Series.

Apr 05

Primo Island Lager

Primo Island Lager

Primo Island Lager

Primo Island Lager is a smooth tasting Hawaii lager. It’s funny because one of my best friend’s nickname is Primo. He’s one of the funniest people I know and has the tendency to call everyone he meets primo, cousin in spanish. The first time I meet the guys I didn’t know if he just had a hard time remembering my name. But then I noticed a pattern he called all the guys primo and all the girls prima. It didn’t matter if he knew you for a few minutes of years. Then one day we discovered Primo Island Lager and of course he got a hot head and was very proud they named a beer after him or so he likes to tell the story. So my buddies and I had to get our hands on this and give it a shot just to see it the beer actually lived up to its name.

Primo Island Lager pours a clear gold somewhat yellow color with a soft foamy white head. very smooth taste sort of a corn flavor and hint of bread like a dry grain. The smell wasn’t spectacular enough for me to remember it but overall a good tasting lager.

ABV: 4.65%

 

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