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Atomic Kangarue – The Bruery – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode # 15

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Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode # 15

Atomic Kangarue – The Bruery (Placentia, Orange County, CA) Produced in Collaboration with Smog City (Torrance, CA) ABV 9.5% 4 out of 5 Dry – Hopped Sour Ale with Grapes

They brewed this with 2 grape varieties and Dry Hopped with Amarillo Hops

Bright orange color with a thick white head and well carbonated. The scent is light and fruity. You can really smell the hops and grapes. This Ale has a bright sour flavor. I get the sweetness of grapes first then it turns sour and I get the dry hop in the back end.

It is a great sour and very different from what I’ve seen. I love new and unusual beers! My Neighbor said its the best sour he has ever had.
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Gruit (Lips of Faith) – New Belgium Brewing – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 14

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Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 14

Gruit (Lips of Faith) – New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO) ABV 6.6% 3.7 out of 5 – Ancient Ale bittering the beer with Herbs. Herbs used in this beer are Horehound, Bog Myrtle, yarrow, wormwood, and elderflowers.

The Color is a bright golden yellow and lots of carbonation with a thick white head and the lacing washes away pretty quickly. Scent is funky, malty and floral. Taste is bright, bitter and dry. A light bitter herb flavor. This ale is very different but grows on you after a glass or two
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Le Terroir (2014) Lips of Faith – New Belgium Brewing Co – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 13

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Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 13

Le Terroir (2014) Lips of Faith – New Belgium Brewing Co (Fort Collins, CO) – ABV 7.5% 4.7 out of 5 – Dry Hoped Sour Ale Barrel aged for 2 years then dry hoped 8 days with Amarillo and cascade Hops.

Le Terroir means “of the Earth” in French. A dark golden amber color with a nice thick white foamy head. The scent is an amazing sour fruit and sweet hops. The flavor is tart and sour like you would expect with a dry hop punch at the front. There is so much going on in the front of each sip with a dry hop punch and sour tart hit. I find this to be a great sour ale with a elegant flavor and you can taste the love for brewing craft beer in ever sip.

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Festina Peche – Dogfish head Brewing – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 12

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Festina Peche – Dogfish head Brewing (Milton, DE) – Berliner Weisse with Peach – ABV 4.5% 3.5 out of 5

I have missed a couple weeks sorry yall, family life comes first. I am making it up with a very tasty beer from a great American craft brewery. This is a light beer with a bigger taste then most Berliner Weisse beers but it does not taste like you would think.

Festina Peche has a tart almost sour flavor and has a green apple flavor more then Peach. The peach is light and on the back end. The color is a light golden yellow with a bright white head.

We had a 5 gallon keg of it at a beer booth I worked and got to taste a good amount on my break.

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Pumpking – Southern Tier Brewing – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 11

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Pumpking – Southern Tier Brewing (Lakewood, NY) ABV 8.6%

Copper color with a cloudy unfiltered look and a thin white head. The scent is heavy of nutmeg and spices with not much else. Tastes of pumpkin and spices. It reminds me of a pumpkin pie. A good solid pumpkin beer but the spices are overpowering my palate.
I really did like the beer but the spices were a little strong this year so I gave it a 3.5 out of 5. Still my favorite has been Almanac’s heirloom pumpkin ale.

The bottle says: Imperial Pumking – Brewed with Pumpkins, natural flavors, 2 Varieties of Hops and 2 types of malts. Pumpking is an ode to Púca, the mythical Celtic horse beast said to entice careless travelers onto it’s back and take them on a terrifying night ride through the Forrest. It is a Journey from which you will return forever changed. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s spiced aroma and deep copper color to entrance you. Taste the beer and you are bewitched, powerless to resist the Pumpking. This beer is brewed with a pagan spirit, but should be enjoyed responsibly.

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Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 10 – Special Labor Day Edition – Wiseacre – Snowbeard Barleywine

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Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 10 – Special Labor Day Edition

Labor Day celebrates the hard working blue collar labors. It seems a lot of the jobs and positions for hard working labors that this holiday was founded and meant to celebrate are gone from this country. So many machines, robots and foreign outsourcing took these jobs away from the American citizens. With that said, Hats off to all the laborers left in the USA including the welders, plumbers, assembly line workers, truck drivers and all the other hard working stiffs out there.

Now I am not trying to go on a political rant, but I think the brewers and hard working folk that work hard to make all the beer we love should be celebrated on Labor Day. Brewing beer is a labor of love but it is also hard work. To everyone working in the breweries from the guy driving the fork lift, to the person filling kegs and growlers, to the head brewer thank you all for your labor of love!

Wiseacre Brewing Co is a new brewery in Memphis, TN in the last couple years. Memphis is an AMAZING city! I love it but it really didn’t have many breweries of craft beer places until the last 3 years. It took this new national craft beer boom for Memphis to really get going of local craft beer. One of my best friends owns Memphis Filling station and have me this bottle. It aged almost 4 months after I got it before I opened it today.

Snowbeard – Wiseacre Brewing (Memphis, TN) ABV 9.5% Barelywine 4 out of 5

Dark orange color with a thick white head. It’s a thick ale you cannot see through. Strong malt flavor with hoppy after taste. Scent of malts and grain. A strong beer with a even stronger after taste.

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Chocolate Rain – The Bruery – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 9

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Episode 9

Chocolate Rain – The Bruery (Placentia, CA) ABV 18.5% 4.5 out of 5

Imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and Vanilla beans add to each barrel. The cacao nibs come from San Francisco’s TCHO.

Black in color. Very strong bourbon scent not very much head and no lacing. The taste is very thick and very very strong, tastes of chocolate and bourbon. This is the strongest beer I have ever had! It is stronger and heavier then dogfish head 120 minute.

I first had Chocolate Rain in Memphis, TNN in 2013 but this year I had this at my friend Scott’s house in the Santa Cruz mountains

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True Brew Too is moving to Portland in one year

I will be moving to Portland after this school year (June 2015). It is time to relocate, get a new job, get a bigger place, start brewing beer, and be able to drink more beer. There are mo any other reasons for my family to move but this is a beer blog so I am going to spin it in a beer way.

I would love to get some readership up there before I move. I have been researching and talking to folks to find out where I should go first for beer. I am finding there are so many breweries, pubs and craft beer joints all over Portland. I am thinking about checking out the fallowing places first Cascade brewing, Portland growler Co, Humble Brewing, Upright brewing, and base camp brewing.

If you have any info or tips on beer in the Portland area let me know please. If you know someone in the Portland area that loves great bee please tell them about this blog. Thank you all. I love the Bay Area and will be back to visit often.

Santana Row Beer Walk – July 30th 2014

My friend and co-worker Marissa won two tickets to the Beer Walk at Santana Row. Her and her Husband couldn’t make it so she offered them to me. I was very happy to take them. I have now attended all 3 beer walks this year! I found a good friend to go with me. My good friend Sid got to my place a little late so we didn’t get to the beer walk until 6:45pm when it started at 6:00pm

Single Hop Mosaic – Hermitage Brewing (San Jose, CA) ABV 7% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: Lake Creek Blue

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Golden Gate Gose – Almanac Beer Co (San Francisco, CA) ABV 5% 5 out of 5 Soooo good! Sweet and salty. Pouring Location: Beau Bijou Jewlery

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Flipside – Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA) ABV 8.4% Double IPA 3 out of 5 I hoped for it to be better. Disappointing Pouring Location: Flying Lizard Design

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Raspberry Lambic Style Ale – Six Rivers Brewing (McKinleyville, CA) ABV 7.4% 4.5 out of 5 super tasty and pretty strong for a lambic. Pouring Location: Thea Mediterranean restaurant

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Sasquatch Ale Double IPA – Six Rivers Brewing (McKinleyville, CA) ABV 9% 4 out of 5 this is double IPA that has the malt front facing and not overly hoped. It is very smooth and tasty Pouring Location: Thea Mediterranean Restaurant

Six Rivers Brewing was a new one for me and boy did they impress me. I will be looking for their bees now.

Kolsch – Santa Clara Valley Brewing (San Jose, CA) ABV 4.5% 3.5 out of 5 Pouring Location: The Blues Jean Bar

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New Almaden Red Ale – Santa Clara Valley Brewing (San Jose, CA) ABV 10% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: The Blues Jeans Bar

Hop Head Red Double IPA (2014) – Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA) ABV 8.1% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: Donald J. Pliner

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Pear Cider – Red Branch Cider and Brewing (Sunnyvale, CA) ABV 6.9% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: Chico’s

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Hard Black Cherry – Red Branch Cider and Brewing (Sunnyvale, CA) ABV 6.9% 2 out of 5 Pouring Location: Chico’s

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Orange Wheat – Hanger 24 Craft Brewing (Redlands, CA) ABV 4.6% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: Orvis

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That is when we quickly got a bite to eat at the Veggie Grill (vegan chicken strips) before heading to the next spot for beer.

Pale Ale (Yellowtail) – Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits (San Diego, CA) ABV 5.2% 4 out of 5 Pouring Location: Maggiano’s Lityle Italy

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Lux – Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene, OR) ABV 5% 2 out of 5 I was extremely disappointed in the selection Ninkasi had. Pouring Location: BlowFish Sushi

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Asahi Black (Kuronama) – Asahi breweries (Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Japan) ABV 5% 4.5 out of 5 soooo good!

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Supplication – Russian River Brewing – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 8

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 8

Supplication – Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA) – ABV 7.75% 4.5 out of 5

This is a great sour ale! They take a brown ale and age it 9 to 15 months in Pinot Noir barrels adding sour cherries, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus to each barrel. They referment the ale in the bottles.

Darker amber color with a nice white head and nice lacing. I smell fruit and the sour scent wasn’t as strong as I expected. I get a sweet smooth sour flavor with no tartness or bitterness. A sweet cherry flavor and the Pinot noir comes through ok the back end. This is a top notch sour ale and you must expect nothing less from Russian River Brewing.

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