Liquid Bread downtown Campbell, CA December 29th

December 29th 2012 Liquid Bread downtown Campbell, CA

This was my first time at liquid bread. With the name liquid bread I expected a lot plus they got a good review by the beer runner http://beer-runner.blogspot.com and I like his blog. I have heard about it being over priced and their food being super overpriced. It was much smaller then I thought it would be and it’s true the beer prices are a little high and the food prices are even higher. The beer selection was good but our server had no knowledge of the beer even though he thought he did. I would still rather go to BYR of Belgium when in downtown Campbell but I will return someday for sure.

Allagash Bourbon Barrel Aged Black
Portland, ME – ABV 9.3%
Dark black color, nice brown lacing. The smell lacks the strong oak barrel aged scent. The flavor wasn’t as strong either, it was a good beer but not up to my bourbon barrel aged standard. It has a nice sweet back end but not up to par and way over priced.

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Affligem Noel
Opwijk, Belgium- ABV 9%
The scent is very yeasty. It is a dark red color. Very good fruit taste to it. The smell and taste is like nothing I’ve had before tastes of black licorice and dried fruits. This is a great Belgian strong dark ale!

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Hermitage Oatmeal Stout
San Jose, CA – ABV 5%
Dark black stout. Smells and tastes of chocolate and oats. It was a little thin for a stout but great sweet flavor.

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Picnic Beer October 14th 2012

We have a picnic every year in October. We sell beer at this year we have 7 kegs 6 different kinds of beer. We had the Dogfishhead 120, Lagunitas IPA, New Belgium Somersault, Spaten Oktoberfest, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Firestone Walker Pale 31.

Dogfish head 120
120 Minute IPA is brewed to a colossal 45-degree plato, boiled for a full two hours while being continuously hopped with high-alpha American hops, then dry-hopped daily in the fermenter for a month and aged for another month on whole-leaf hops! ABV 18.5%

This ultra strong ale is dark in color and lightly carbonated. It drinks more like a brandy or cognac. This ale should be served in 6 oz pours or if someone is bold 8 oz pour. I had a full
Pint of this beer that night but I’m a crazy man lol. I got a growler of this beer the next day and drank it for weeks after. It is the strongest beer I’ve had but very good.

Lagunitas IPA
This is a great stand-by. It is one of my everyday drinking beers. This a full bodied and flavored IPA. We had two kegs of this beer that day it is that good and popular. ABV 6.5%

New Belgium Somersault
This a light refreshing beer perfect for the summer and the hot beaming sun. Light color and citrus flavor on the back end
ABV 5.2%

Spaten Oktoberfest
This is a marzen style ale. it pours a dark amber color. it has bold flavors like most marzen style ale but drinks easy ABV 5.9%

Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
A good IPA with a almost peach, mango flavor ABV 7%

Firestone Walker Pale 31
A California style pale ale. They brewed this beer in homage to California being the 31st state. It is a good light pale ale ABV 4.9%

That day we sold more of the Spaten Oktoberfest and Lagunitas IPA then anything else. After we had all the workers stay and finish off the beer and we helped them out with that. It was 12 hours of selling then drinking beer.

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The Bruery Tap take over December 20th 2012

December 20th 2012 Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA The Bruery tap take over pint night. Autumn Maple, 12 days of Christmas – 5 Golden Rings, Smoking Wood Rye barrel-aged, Rugbrod brown, and Mischief on draft

12 days of Christmas – 5 Golden Rings
winter seasonal brewed with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with the delicious sweet and tangy flavor of pineapple ABV 11.5%

A cloudy unfiltered look with a orange, light amber color. A orange peel aftertaste with complex hoppy flavor. I like it for sure

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Autumn Maple
Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel and with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented their traditional Belgian yeast strain ABV 10.00%

A very dark red color. Strong flavor with a hard bite. The smell if red apples and my friend says a almost Belgian white, you can tell it will fizz and slit carrot sent.

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Smoking Wood
Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels ABV 10%

Very dark black color like a porter. The smell perked me up made me really happy because it had that oak cask aged beer smell. I tasted it and was punched in the mouth with intense Smokey “oak cask aged” flavor. It is so complex the flavors change in you mouth and the after taste a a light smokey almost rye whisky flavor

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Fruet
This was a bottle not tap but was VERY good. My friend Jesse got the last bottle and I got about half the bottle. I smelled it and could tell its a oak cask aged ale so I grabbed the bottle to look and yup it’s aged it bourbon casks. YES! It was darker color. Creamer the the smoking wood. This is right up My alley this was my favorite that the Bruery made. Old Ale ABV 15.50%

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Tart of Darkness
Sour stout aged in oak barrels sour black ale ABV 5.60%

First off the beers so far we have been drinking are good craft high ABV content so forgive my intoxication from this point on. The smell I get a light hint of oak barrel aged ale but the tartness come through on the smell. The taste is strong with tart and this black ale has a kick, it is not very thick but full bodied. The after taste I get a Smokey flavor.

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Black Albert Royal Stout
This bottle was given to my beer partner Jesse by the head beer guy at Harry’s. Holy crap this is a amazing strong ale this is a $22 12 oz bottle ABV 13.00%

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Firestone Sucaba
This bottle was also given to my beer partner Jesse by the head beer guy. High ABV, strong flavor, very limited, this oak aged ale is super strong and high quality. This is a $25 bottle. ABV 12.50%

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Summary is The Bruery beer is good high quality brewery but the beer guy here said the lower quality beers like the mischief and rugbrod are not worth drinking so we didn’t. It was a good night for Oak Cask aged ale which is my favorite brews.

Audrey, Christine an Jeremy are super knowledgeable about the beer they serve at Harry’s Hofbrau talk to one of them if you go there

Day After info: I had a great time last night had good company my beer drinking partner Jesse, a coworker of ours and his BF, the servers at Harry’s, we met a good group of guys that were drinking high quality beers and were knowledgeable about beer. I dont drink beer to get drunk but these brews had such high ABVs I did get drunk.

Heretic Brewing tap take over November 8th

November 8th Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA. Heretic brewery tap take over. on Tap that night: Evil Cousin, Evil twin, Shallow Grave and torment.

This was a good night I got to try all 4 beers.

Evil Cousin – West coast imperial IPA. Good IPA I’m just not a fan of imperial IPAs. ABV 8%

Evil Twin – Blood Red west coast Amber. A very tasty amber full of flavor. It’s a must have. ABV 6.8%

Shallow Gave – Porter. This was my favorite out of the 4 but I’m a huge fan or porters and stouts. ABV 7%

Torment – Belgian Dark Strong ale. Not everyone can get get a Belgian Strong Ale right but this one did. Strong bold complex flavor dark color. It is a high quality ale like all the beers I had from Heretic that night. ABV 10%

Heretic brewery is a good beer maker. I liked all 4 beers that night they brew in the Bay Area in Pittsburg, CA right by the water.

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Belgium beer November 23rd

November 23rd 2012. BYR of Belgium and Campbell Brewing Company Downtown Campbell, CA

Beer lovers know that German and Belgium beer is some of the priciest beer you can buy $8-$10 a glass. BYR of Belgium was having their Black Friday Draught deals $1-$2-$3 something. All I thought was that’s crazy cheep for great beer!

$1- Maes Pils and Ommegang BPA
$2- Liefmans Fruitesse, Affligem Blond, Lost Abbey Judgement Day
$3- Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet

I had the Kwak, Lost Abbey, Affligem, and 2 BPAs. I also had a beersicle which was the Liefmans Fruitesse with some water, vanilla and sugar. It was really really good!

Kwak is a good amber Belgian ale with 8.4% ABV it was served in a interesting glass held by this wooden handel it was a favorite of the night.

Lost Abbey Judgement day was dark and strong fully of complex flavors and heavy malts with a 10.5% ABV this hard hitting California brewed Belgian style ale was a winner in my book. My friend got the last pint of the keg and I got the first pint of the new keg. We got to see an taste the difference. Of course the new keg is fresher beer but it also was darker and the flavors more complex like the old keg just lost all the flavor and body of the ale.

Affligem Blond came with a biscuit. It was light almost airy but good flavor. Nice and refreshing after the two heavys Kwak and lost Abbey. It is a quality Belgian blond ale 6.7% ABV

Ommegang BPA is always good. It’s a great Belgian style pale ale brewed in New York. This is one of my favorite beers Ommegang brew. ABV 6.2%

BYR of Belgium also has GREAT traditional Belgian food! They also have A wide selection of Belgian beer in bottle including many sour ales which make my Friend Jesse happy.

After those brews we were feeling pretty good but they closed so we went across the start to the Campbell brewing company. We all got the Scottish Ale they brew in house. It does not live up to the Campbell name nor is it a good Scottish Ale. The color was light more like a Red ale, it wasn’t heavy like a true Scottish ale it didn’t have to settle. The flavor was a Scottish ale but lacked the bite and body. I will not be getting that again

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Widmer Brothers December 6th

December 6th 2012. Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose California. Pint Night Widmer Brothers tap takeover. Options were Widmer Brrrbon 2012, Brrrbon 2011, Brrrbon 2010, Milk Stout, Falconer’s IPA, SXNW, and Lemon Grass Wheat.

I only had 2 hours that night so I tried the Brrrbon 2012, Brrrbon 2010, Milk Stout, and Flaconer’s IPA.

The Brrrbon 2012 is aged in oak casks that bourbon was aged in. Oak cask aged ale happens to be my favorite of all brews. The oak cask aged ales have a hard alcohol flavor and bite. This one had a great flavor hints of whisky. It was a little more red then dark and the consistency was much lighter then most dark thick oak cask ales I have had and that threw me off a little but the flavor was good just ladling more of a bite. ABV 9.4%

The Brrrbon 2010 is aged longer in the oak cask. It had more bite, was darker and thicker then the 2012. basically what the 2012 was missing the 2010 had. It was a great Oak cask aged ale! The flavor has much more complex then the 2012, stronger whisky hints and a robust bite. ABV 9.4%

Widmer Milk Stout was a dark almost pure pitch black, thick stout. I was expecting a creamy stout with the milk almost like Murphy’s. It was nothing like what I expected it was super smokey and strong. My friend and I almost said it had a ashtray flavor because how strong the smokey flavor is but that’s not fair it’s not that bad then it wouldn’t be drinkable and this was for sure drink able. It was enjoyable to drink it you like smokey stouts but because how smoky it was it made you drink it slower then you normally would. ABV 7.6%

Falconer’s IPA. I was not impressed with this IPA it lacked the full flavor and bite of a real IPA it drank to smooth and was too light. It was more of a light pale ale not an IPA. ABV 7%

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Why make my own beer blog

I have been drinking beer a long time. Longer then I should have been (shhhh since before I was 21) but beer isn’t just beer like young people think. The last 7 years I have been drinking beer for the quality not to get drunk. My wife calls me a beer connoisseur but I am just I normal guy from the San Francisco Bay Area that loves great brew. I am only 31 so I don’t know everything but I know good brew. I been going to the pint night at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose every other week recently and The Flying Saucer in Memphis, Tennessee one a year. They have been the biggest help to expand my beer tasting. This has made me want to create my out brew blog to share what I find. Knowledge is power and I want to share my beer and brew knowledge with the world.