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

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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Consecration – Russian River Brewing Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 7

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 7

Consecration – Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA) ABV 10% 4.5 out of 5

My family was camping in bodega bay which made it easy to drive to Santa Rosa and pick up a few bottles at Russian River Brewing Company including this amazing American Sour Ale. consecration is an Ale aged 4-8 months in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels with currents added.

Dark brown color with a tan head. The most incredible sour scent with a wine nose. Strong tart and bitter sour flavor, I get the wine in the back end. I get the flavor of the currents at first taste. This is one great sour ale. The bottle is a little over 12oz and it’s $13.

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Blind Pig IPA – Russian River Brewing – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 6

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 6

Blind Pig IPA – Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA) ABV 6.1% 4.5 out of 5 –

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while but have never seen it in stores. I was camping up in Bodega Bay so I went over to Santa Rosa to pick up some beer at Russian River Brewing.

Nice thick whitehead and the color is dark golden. Scent of fresh sweet floral hops. The taste is sweet hoppy, not strong hoppy like other IPAs. This is much different then pliny the elder not as strong or bitter. I drank this on July 2nd and the bottle date of this bottle is 6-20-14. It is super tasty and a must buy again.

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SOS (Save Our Shores) – Abita Brewing (Abita Springs, LA) Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 5

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 5

SOS (Save Our Shores) - Abita Brewing (Abita Springs, LA) – Weizen Pilsner – ABV 7% 4 out of 5

I was at my local BevMo looking for a few beers to get some badges on untappd. I was looking for one Pilsner to get the Crisp as day badge. I found this pilsner from Abita brewing. I picked it up because I like Abita very much. Then I looked at the label and saw this message which made me say yes I support that I must buy this beer it’s the perfect one for this Badge.

“Save Our Shore this Abita Brew is a message in a bottle: a distress signal for the troubled waters of our Gulf Coast. For every bottle sold Abita will donate 75cents to the rescue and restoration of the environment, industry and individuals fighting to survive this disastrous oil spill. Want to do more? Visit Abita.com

The Color is light yellow but not see through (from being unfiltered) with fizzy bubbly carbonation and nice thick white head. The scent is fruity, light and crisp scent while being hoppy. Taste is light crisp and I’m gettng a light fruity banana flavor. I like this pilsner, it better then your average pilsner. Also at 7% ABV it is stronger then your average Pilsner.

I drank this beer while watching the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match to root on the USA!

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Firestone Walker Invitational 2014

Firestone Invitational 2014 May 31st 2014 – Paso Robles, CA

The story started when I heard about the pre-sale tickets and 100 VIP tickets months before the event and to my amazement they all sold out in seconds. Then the regular tickets went on sale but again they were sold out very quickly. I didn’t get a Ticket but my Friend Jeffery got an extra ticket and he offered it to me. I had never been to a Firestone Invitational but have heard many amazing things. I am very grateful to Jeffery for the ticket and the ride down.

Jeffery and I left to go to Paso Robles at 6:15am Saturday May 31st and we got in line at 9:45am. Getting there that early when the event started at 12:00 meant we were in front of the line and we got shade the whole time which was well worth it. We had a good size group of friends in line. At 11:30 they let people through the gate to get their glass, a program for the event, food plate and a ticket for one pour of the new release of Firestone walkers Colab with Three Floyd’s Ol’ Leghorn. So we got to sip on Ol’Leghorn which is a very nice barley wine while we wait for the rest of the event to open. They had the Merch shop open while you waited, so it made out to be a nice intro to the festival. The event opened at 12:00pm and sine we were in the front we went right to the Three Floyd’s tent knowing they will be packed all day until they run out.

Here is a list of everything I drank in order with. This for sure wasn’t everything available nor was it all the rare and most sought after beers. You really must pick and choose at this event for sure. Overall it was a great day with great beers and great people.

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Ol’ Leghorn – Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA) and Three Floyd’s (Munster, IN) – barleywine ABV 10.5% 4.5 out of 5

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Barrel Aged Blot out the Sun – Three Floyd’s (Munster, IN) Imperial Double Stout – ABV 12% 5 out of 5

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Rosa Hibiscus Ale – Revolution Brewing (Chicago, IL) Herbed Beer – ABV 5.8% 3.5 out of 5 it was light and fresh but I expected more Hibiscus

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Reality Czech – Moonlight Brewing (Santa Rosa, CA) Czech Pilsner – ABV 4.8% 3.5 out of 5

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El Hefe Añejo – Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, CA) Tequila Barrel Aged Hefeweizen – ABV 11.2% 4.5 out of 5 I had never heard of Golden Road Brewing and they had no line at the time so I went and checked out what they had and found this Gem. You could really taste the agave in it. It was so good and because I had never heard of them and I liked it so much I was telling strangers all day about this beer and it has to be a favorite of the day.

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Saison-Brett – Boulevard Brewing (Kansas City, MO) ABV 8.5% 4 out of 5

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Pentagram – Surly Brewing (Brookyln Center, MN) Sour Ale – ABV 6.66% 5 out of 5

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Darkness (2013) – Surly Brewing (Brooklyn Center, MN) Imperial Stout – ABV 9.9% 3.5 out of 5

Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) – AleSmith Brewing (San Diego, CA) Double Stout – ABV 12% 4.5 out of 5

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Remy Ooh-La-La – TAPS fish house and brewery (Brea, CA) imperial Stout – ABV 12.3% 5 out of 5

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Stormcloud – Rahr & Sons Brewing (Fort Worth, TX) IPA – ABV 6.5% 3.5 out of 5

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Let me take a quick break here to talk about the food. They had food vendors all over the place from mostly local restaurants. The food was included with the price of the ticket just like the beer. They had some amazing food at this festival!! I was in line for food at 2:00 when I saw Cigar City completely run out of beer.

Vieille Artisanal Saison – Crooked Stave Artisanal Ales (Denver , CO) ABV 4.2% 4 out of 5

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Nocturn Chrysalis (Blend 1) – Jester King (Austin, TX) Blackberry Sour Ale – ABV 6.7% 5 out of 5 this is one of the best sours I have ever had!

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Appelation – Beavertown (Hackney Wick, London, E3 2NT) Apple Saison – ABV 9% 3 out of 5 I was expecting more of of this beer

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Vanilla Coffee Eclipse – FiftyFifty Brewing (Truckee, CA) vanilla coffee Double stout – ABV 11.9% 4.5 out of 5

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Notorious IPA – Boneyard Beer (Bend, OR) Triple IPA – ABV 11.8% 3.5 out of 5

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Wineification – The Bruery (Placentia, CA) Wine Grape Fermented imperial stout (Black Tuesday) – ABV 15.7% 4 out of 5 this beer was only available to society members and you had to show your card. It was a nice perk for sure!

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San Diego Surprise – Alpine Beer Co (Alpine, CA) ABV 5.5% 3.5 out of 5

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Miso Hoppy – FiftyFifty Brewing (Truckee, CA) English Summer Ale Made with Soriachi Ace hops originally made for Sapporo Brewery in Japan – ABV 4.2% 3 out of 5

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Tokyo Black Porter – Yo-Ho Brewing (Saku-shi, Nagano, Japan) ABV 5% 4 out of 5

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popcorn pilsner – Sun King Brewing (Indianapolis, IN) ABV 5.1% 3.5 out of 5 you can really taste the popcorn!

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Oarsman Ale – Bell’s brewery Inc. (Michigan) Berliner Weisse – ABV 4% 3.5 out of 5

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Saison – Funkwerks (Fort Collins, CO) ABV 6.8% 3 out of 5

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Cellerman – Triple Rock (Berkeley, CA) saison – ABV 6.5% 4.5 out of 5
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Scires (2010) – Birrificio Italiano (Limido Comasco, CO, Italy) Cherry Sour Ale – ABV 7.5% 4.5 out of 5

Tiny Bubbles – Hollister Brewing (Goleta, CA) Gose – ABV 4.5% 4.5 out of 5

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Lil Opal – Firestone Walker (Paso Robles, CA) Saison – ABV 5.6% 4 out of 5

Trip in the Woods – Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA) Scottish Ale – ABV 9.6% 4 out of 5

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And that is it for the Firestone Walker Invitational we left the event about 5:00pm and walked back to the Motel 6. On the way back we saw D from Bobby’s Liquer and ISO. It’s always good to see that guy. We got back to the motel and I thought ok well have a few beers at the pool with our group. We were the first in the pool area and cracked a bottle and all of a sudden tons of people start getting to the motel from the Festival and I said wow this place sold out with beer heads I guess. Then the other tables start filling up with people opening beers. Beer Jesus the awesome guy he is starts taking the bottles we were opening and sharing with the other tables and they then start sharing with us. After about 30 Minutes of that I look around and the pool area is packed, every table chair, people siting along the pool and some in the pool. It became a massive bottle share and I got to meet a lot of great people from all over. Here is my Beer list from this Epic Pool bottle share.

Cap’n Skoon’s Baltic Stout – Westbrook brewing (Mt. Pleasant, SC) ABV 10% 4 out of 5

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Serendipity – New Glarus Brewing (New Glarus, WI) Fruit Sour Ale – ABV 4% 4.5 out of 5

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805 Blonde – Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA) ABV 4.7% 2.5 out of 5
This was the first time i tried this beer and I expected more. A group from San Francisco shared this with us.

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Gose – Westbrook Brewing (Mt. Pleasant, SC) ABV 4% 4 out of 5 I do love this beer!

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pseudo Sue – Toppling Goliath Brewing (Decorah, IA) ABV 5.8% 4 out of 5

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Mischmishmish – The Bruery (Placentia, CA) ABV 8.8% 4.5 out of 5

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Sosus – Toppling Goliath Brewing (Decorah, IA) Double IPA – ABV 8% 4.5 out of 5

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Hyper Dog – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago, IL) Milk Stout with Cacao and Coffee – ABV 7.5% 3.5 out of 5

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Strawberry Rhubarb – New Glarus Brewing (New Glarus, WI) Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale – ABV 4% 5 out of 5 this is one of the best beers I have ever had!

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Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout – Goose Island Beer (Chicago, IL) ABV 13.4% 5 out of 5

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West Ashley (Batch 5) – Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (Capitola, CA) Saison Aged in Pinot barrels with Apricots – ABV 7.3% 4.5 out of 5

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Redemption – Russian River Brewing (Santa Rosa , CA) ABV 5.15% 3.5 out of 5

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Mokah (2014) - Southern Tier Brewing (Lakewood, NY) ABV 10% 4 out of 5

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Ninja VS Unicorn – Pipeworks Brewing (Chicago, IL) ABV 9% 4 out of 5

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Barrel Roll No. 4 Hammerhead (2014) - Hanger 24 Craft Brewery (Redlands, CA) ABV 11.2% 4.5 out of 5

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Swami’s IPA – Pizza Port (Carlsbad, CA) ABV 6.8% 4 out of 5

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Pulling Nails (Blend #1) – Side Project Brewing (Saint Louis, MO) ABV 6% 4.5 out of 5

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Le Saisonner – Side Project Brewery (Saint Louis, MO) ABV 4.8% 4.5 out of 5

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Syndicate No. 1 – Speakeasy Ales and Lagers (San Francisco, CA) ABV 10.5% 4.5 out of 5

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Danish Red Lager – Figueroa Mountain Brewery (Buellton, CA) ABV 5.5% 3.5 out of 5

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