2014 in review – Beer blogging for the love of beer

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 930 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 16 trips to carry that many people.

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7 Swans a Swimming – The Bruery – Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 16

Bi-Weekly Beer Review Episode 16

7 Swans a Swimming – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA) 11% ABV – Belgian Quad

Dark brown color with a creamy tan yellowish head and constant lacing. The scent is of dried fruit and malt. Creamy fruit and malt flavor. I get hints of burnt sugar or Carmel, dried fruits and even an almost raisin taste. The high ABV gives a bit of burn in the after taste.

This Christmas series by the Bruery has been great. I found out about it in year 5 so I was a little late to the game. I went out yesterday and got two bottles of 7 Swans a Swimming, one to drink (Which I did last night with two of my neighbors) and one to age for 5 more years. I now have a bottle of 4 Calling Birds, 5 Golden Rings, 6 Geese a Laying, 6 Geese a Laying Barrel Aged and 7 Swans a swimming aging until 12 Drummers Drumming comes out and then do the vertical of 4 – 12.


Bourbon County Brand Stout 2014 release

Bourbon County Brand Stout – Goose Island Beer Co. (Chicago, IL) ABV 13.8% 5 out 5

This is the second year the Bourbon County Brand series by goose island has been released in the San Francisco Bay Area. This year the release has been more of a trickle then a major all at once release. This has made it very hard to find and they sell out the same day or even within hours of a store getting a shipment. BCBS Coffee has been almost in heard of. This is still one of my favorite beer series.

Color is black as midnight with the dark tan head. The scent is strong of bourbon in Oak with a wild punch of the malt. It is the aroma of the gods. Strong taste of the bourbon in the first sip then mellows out for a sweet malty oaky flavor. There’s hints of cocoa in the flavor and a sweet almost vanilla hint

As it warms the chocolate flavor really comes out and the bourbon mellows to a nice smooth mouth feel.



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

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.