Goose Island: Bourbon County California release and tap take over

Goose Island: Bourbon County California release and tap take over

Bourbon County Brand Barleywine -ABV 12.1%
Sent is Okey and has a hint of bourbon. The flavor has sweet malts with oak flavor and definite strong hints of bourbo.n The barley gets hidden by the oak and bourbon. The color dark brown reddish color with a nice head. I give this a 5 out of 5

Bourbon County Brandon Stout -ABV 14.9%
Beautiful Okey sent. Strong oats and bourbon flavor with being very smooth. The flavors really came out as it warmed. Black in color with no head. This has got to be one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged stouts. I give this 5 out of 5

Bourbon County brand coffee stout -ABV 14.3%
Very dark black in color no head. Very strong coffee scent with the bourbon and oak. Coffee definitely is stronger than anything else in the taste. The coffee flavor is like fresh coffee grounds with a warming bourbon taste at the end. Now this is my favorite if the three. I give this 5 out of 5

Sofie – Goose Island -ABV 6.5%
A very good fresh Saison. Light yellow in color with a white head. 4 out of 5

Heady Topper – The Alchemist -ABV 8%
fresh dry hop scent. Strong dry hop flavor so good as good as pliney light yellow orange with a nice white head. I had been waiting to try this beer for so long I am very happy to try it. I give this 5 out of 5.


Or Xata – The Bruery (Horchata Beer)

Or Xata – The Bruery (Horchata Beer) – ABV 7%: some people say yuck that would be disgusting and others like me say wow I bet that’s amazing, I have to try it.

Cloudy light brown color. Creamy cinnamon sent with a light sweet creamy flavor with the cinnamon in the backend. It is so amazing how close they got this beer to taste like the great Mexican rice milk drink that is Horchata.

Mixed with half and half : sent is much more creamy. The taste is much more creamy obviously, it tastes even more like Horchata now. Just adding the cream brings out the lactose, and cinnamon. I would have never thought of adding creamy to any beer but it’s actually really good and my friend Moises only wanted it with cream after that.

This beer is a sting 5 out of 5 for me I suggest you try it if you like Horchata at all





Silicon Valley Beer Week Thursday – New Belgium Brewing 21 tap takeover

Silicon Valley Beer Week Thursday – New Belgium Brewing 21 tap takeover
French Aramis IPA (Hop Kitchen series) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 6.7% Golden almost orange color with a thick whitehead and big consist white lacing. The scent is not very hoppy for an IPA. Flavor is very light hoppy with a almost orange citrus flavor. Most of the hops is on the back end 3.5 out of 5
Rampant Imperial IPA – New Belgium Brewing ABV 8.5% Golden red color thick whitehead and consist white lacing. Smells of hops like a strong American IPA. Taste of strong sweet hops 3.5 out of 5
Dreadnaught – Three Floyds Brewing ABV 9.5% Light golden orange color with almost no head and no lacing. Scents of hopes and something like maybe pineapple. It has a hoppy sweet flavor with some kind of citrus for like maybe pineapple or something else 3.5 out of 5

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen (Lips of Faith) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 8% Cloudy yellow color with a good Whitehead with a extremely thick lacing. Scents of coconut and curry. The initial taste is mostly the coconut flavor with a curry backend. A true sweet and spicy beer with a lot of character. 4 out of 5
Tart Lychee (lips of faith) – New Belgium Brewing ABV 7.5% Cloudy yellow with a white and white fruit tart scent tart fruity flavor 4.5 out of 5
My Blueberry Nightmare – Birrificio Del Ducato ABV 9.5% This is one hard to find sour! It isn’t as sour as I thought it would be but the blueberry is very good 4 out of 5
Mash – The Bruery ABV 12.5% its a little sweet right now but i think if it aged it would mellow well the perfect mix is half mash and half mash and grind 4 out of 5
Mash and Grind – The Bruery ABV 12.5% very good coffee flavor! 4.5 out of 5
Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell – Cigar City ABV 11% 4.5 out of 5
Otiose – The Bruery ABV 8.2% 4.5 out of 5
Sans Pagaie – The Bruery ABV 5.8% I really like this sour blonde withe cherries is so perfect I could drink this all day 4.5 out of 5

Tart of Darkness (2012)- The Bruery ABV 5.6% this is black in color and the best sour stout i have had so far 4 out of 5

Saison Tonnellerie – The Bruery ABV 6.7% 4.5 out of 5

Smoking Wood Bourbon Barrel Aged – The Bruery ABV 13% 4 out of 5
4 Calling Birds – The Bruery ABV 11% this still needs to age for sure! 4 out of 5



Silicon Valley Beer Week Wednesday – Drake’s Brewing

Silicon Valley Beer Week Wednesday – Drake’s Brewing – Harry’s Hofbrau

I got to Harry’s a little late and Beer Jesus had a beer waiting for me
Triple Hopped Aroma Swap – Aroma Preita with Coma hops on cask- Drake’s brewing company ABV 6.75%
Cloudy yellow color with a white tiny from the cask. It was creamy and great with Althea Triple hops made it so floral and strong flavored. I have this a 4.5 out of 5


That was the only beer I got to have as a part of the drakes event. Jeremy’s birthday party started with a huge bottle share and bottles being brought at Harry’s.

We started off with the dogfish head 120 minute IPA ABV 18% that was aged since October it really mellowed out a lot but still had a great kick I gave it 5 out of 5.
XS Russian Imperial Stout 2008 – Rouge Ales ABV 11% – yes aged in a cellar for 5 years this black thick stout was very smooth and strong just perfect for small sips. I gave this 4.5 out of 5
Terra Incognita – boulevard brewing Co colab with Sierra Nevada ABV 8.5% – I was trying to find this beer for over a month and finally beer Jesus got a bottle it was good but didn’t blow me away. Tart but not really sour. I gave it 3 out of 5
Adjunct Professor (w/ Boysenberries) Batch 2 – Sante Adairius Rustic Ales ABV 9.8% I give this a 4.5 out of 5

Oak Aged Ebenezer – Upstream Brewing ABV 9.4% I give it 3.5 out of 5
Sang Noir (2011) – Cascade brewing Co ABV 9% this is a great sour like most sours from cascade I gave this 4.5 out of 5
White Chocolate – The Bruery ABV 14% this taste like candy it was amazing! It had a rich sweet flavor but was not over powering. Dark orange color with a white head smells and taste of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. I have it 4.5 out of 5
Black Flag Imperial Stout -Beer Valley Brewing ABV 11% – I have this 3.5 out of 5
Bois – The Bruery ABV 15% we did a side by side with the bois and the fruet. it was a great way to see the difference between the 4 and 5 years anniversary ales. The Fruet( year 4) was clear while the Bois was cloudy. the bois was stronger while the Fruet was mellow. I liked the bois more this night. I gave this 4.5 out if 5
Fruet – The Bruery ABV 15.5% I gave this 4.5 out of 5
Big John (2012) – Goose Island Beer Co ABV 11.5% this is a very good stout! A very dark black color scents of roasted malts. The flavor has dark chocolate and roaster malts. Since its not barrel aged its not the same as the bourbon county stout they make. I gave this 4 out of 5
Sour in the Rye (kumquats)- The Bruery ABV 7.6% We did a side by side with the sour in the rye kumquats and the Beauredarde. I picked the sour in the rye with kumquats as my favorite of the two I gave this 4.5 out of 5
Beauregarde – The Bruery ABV 5.3% I gave it 4 out of 5
Bright Sea Blonde -Sante Adairius Rustic Ales Barrel Aged Blonde Ale w/ spices ABV 6.2% 4 out of 5
Or Xata – The Bruery ABV 7% this was Amazing looked like a beer, smelled like no other beer I’ve ever had it smelled like rice, cinnamon, cream and nutmeg. The flavor was out of this world! It tasted so much like Orchata! A big 5 out of 5
The Abyss (2001) – Deschutes Brewery ABV 11% 4 out of 5



Silicon Valley Beer Week Tuesday – Almanac beer co

Silicon Valley Beer Week Tuesday – Almanac beer co – Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose

Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine – ABV 12% – a reddish brown color with a white head with a thick lacing. Very strong scent of barley and pumpkin. Strong ale scent. A spicey pumpkin flavor like I want to drink this for Christmas or thanksgiving. Very good beer beat pumpkin beer I have had. I give this a 4.5 out of 5


Alamanc Dogpatch Sour – ABV 7.5% – color is dark golden red. A very sour oak scent. The taste is a smooth sour with a oak barrel aged after taste I give it 4 out of 5


Alamanc farmers reserve #3 – ABV 6% – light cloudy golden yellow color. A very sour fruity smell. Smooth sour fruit and oak flavor. The a after taste is more sour then the first flavor. This is one of my favorite sours. I give this 4.5 out of 5


Alamanac Farmers reserve #4– ABV 6% – light cloudy golden yellow color a little darker then the #3 lights liquid th #3 it’s more refreshing then #3 lemon citrus les sour then #3 but the back end had great lemon. I give this beer 4 out of 5


The Bruery Bottleworks XII – ABV 8%. cloudy orange color. A very sour fruity scent. Very think liquid in the mouth. A sour tingle in the mouth but not a sour punch in the mouth. Fruity flavor I give it 4 out of 5


Drake’s Aroma Prieta – ABV 6.75% this a very hoppy American pale ale with special hops that give it a distinct flavor. It is a cloudy yellow color. It is somewhat thick and strong flavor. It is much better then the Aroma Coma in my opinion and for sure 10 times better on tap then bottle. The Aroma Prieta with coma hops is also amazing. I gave this beer 4.5 out of 5

Harry’s Hofbrau 4-30-13: Port Brewing Anniversary Ale and more

Harry’s Hofbrau 4-30-13: Port Brewing Anniversary Ale & more

Port Brewing Anniversery Ale – Draft – ABV 10% – Cloudy yellowish orange color with a thick white head. This beer smells of hops and I am getting some citrus in the scent. A very hoppy taste but very smooth same time gives this strong IPA a good crisp flavor. While this is a good IPA there is nothing give this any leg over other strong IPAs like Stone IPA or Lagunitas IPA. I give this a 3.5 out of 5


Mrs Stoutfire – The Bruery – Bottle – ABV 9.5%
Smells of burnt Malts. I get coffee and a Strong flavor of stout with burnt malts. While it punches you in the mouth with the first sip it is amazingly smooth on the back end. This is a beer not found in stores, only reserve society members can buy this. It is a purely golden stout. I give this 5 out of 5


Ichigo highway – The Bruery – Bottle – ABV 5.5%
Amazing strawberry sour! A red cloudy. A great sour fruit beer I could get addicted to this! I give it a 4.5 out of 5

From the brewer: Ichigo Highway is a collaborative beer that we created with Hangar 24 Brewing from Redlands, CA. The base style is a sessionable sour red ale that we aged in oak barrels along with a whopping amount of strawberries, most of which were picked from the fields besides Hangar 24’s brewery. Aged for approximately 8 months, this beer has developed a pleasant funk and a delightful acidity that is balanced by the intensely sweet aroma and flavor of the strawberries as well as a unique dryness achieved by using a sake yeast along with our house strain along with souring bacteria.


My Blueberry Nightmare – Birrificio Del Ducato – Bottle – ABV 9.5%
Blueberry flavor it hits you like it’s going to be a salad and drops off and it’s not a sour and then turns into text and blueberries. Bitter aftertaste



Black Hole – Mikkeller – Draft – ABV 13.1%
Pitch black in color with a light tan head. A great double stout with a heavy creamy flavor. I really like this stout an want to find it again its so good. I give this 4.5 out of 5.


Lil’ B – Evil Twin Brewing – Draft – ABV 11.5%
Pitch black in color with a dark brown head. I saw double porter and got excite but it lacked the punch and strength of a porter so I was very disappointed I give this beer a 2 out of 5


Lagunitas Tap take over 4-18-13

Lagunitas Waldo – American double, imperial IPA – ABV 9.2% – a very dark golden amber color. Nice white head with white lacing. A strong hops scent. The taste is is very smooth and strong. It is hoppy but in a smooth way. Hints of floral citrus flavors.


Lagunitas Sonoma county stout– ABV 9.2% -the scent is of a sour ale, very floral. The color is dark black with a brown head and almost no lacing. The flavor is a light sour with roasted malts. The smokey flavor fades quickly. I find it more bitter then I thought I would and this is nothing like anything else I’ve ever had. It smells way stronger then it tastes. It is a good beer I give it 4 out of 5


Wilco Tango Foxtrot –
American strong ale – ABV 7.83%
The color is a dark brown with a thick white head. The scent is very hoppy like an IPA. The taste is very hoppy but a sting brown ale flavor. I would classify this as a imperial brown ale. It is a thick ale. It is a very good ale! I give this 4.7 out of 5


New Belgium Lips Of Faith tap takeover August 29th

August 29th Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose, CA. New Belgium Lips Of Faith tap takeover.
On Tap: Tart Lychee, Biere de mars, Cocoa Mole Ale, Red Hoptober, Somersault, Super IPA, Peach Porch Lounger, Biere de Garde, Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout, Berliner weisse, Prickly pear saison, Fat Tire, Super Cru, Abbey Grand Cru, Matt’s Ale

Cocoa Mole Ale
Chile beer- ABV 9%- this was an amazing strong spicy ale. It is full flavored, complex and spicy. It’s only for those who can handle such a bold intense flavored brew. It smells of chiles. It is nice drinking real mole.

Red Hoptober
Red Ale- ABV 6% – a very good red ale

American blonde ale- ABV 5.2% this is always a great summer beer light crisp and refreshing

Super IPA
Imperial IPA- ABV 9%

Peach Porch Lounger
Saison- ABV 9.4%

Biere de Garde
ABV 9%
Ale brewed with orange peel. The scent is if a strong ale and oranges. You can taste the orange peel in every aspect of this ale the initial taste, with it in your mouth and the carry through to the after taste. The color is very light see through but very orange. Half way through my glass I’m feeling the beer more then normal and that when I looked up the ABV and to my surprise it’s a 9% for being such a light color and consistency it’s surprisingly strong.

Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout
Imperial Stout- ABV 9% very dark black in color with a brown solid lacing. You cant see through the beer at all. Strong dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts in the flavor

Berliner weisse
ABV 7%

Prickly pear saison
Saison- ABV 8.5%

Super Cru
Belgian strong pale ale- ABV 10%

Abbey Grand Cru
Belgian Strong Dark Ale- ABV 9.5%

Matt’s Ale
Abbey Dubbel- ABV 7%




Melange a Bruery SF Beer week Tuesday

2-12-13 Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose Melange a Bruery- the Bruery tap take over. On Tap: The Bruery Hottenroth, Melange 3, Saison De Lenete, Sour in the Rye, Loakal Red, Mischief, Smoking Wood, Humulas Lager, Autumn Maple, Rugbrod

hottenroth – German -style tart wheat beer- ABV 3.1% the smell is very yeasty. A very cloudy yellow light golden color. The flavor is very flat with not much kick.


Melange 3 – blend of three bourbon barrel aged strong ale- ABV 15% – a very dark black color. The smell is a strong strong oak aged flavor and smells like a stout. The flavor strong, sweet, and smooth


Saison De Lenete – Fresh hippiness and wild rustic Brett character – ABV 6.5% -The scent is very musky strong. The flavor is like a strong white Belgian ale
The color is a cloudy golden color


Sour in the Rye – sour rye ale aged in oak barrels – 7.76% – a very darker orange golden color with a soils white lacing. The sent is sour and floral. The flavor is very sour at first and the turns very sweet, it had a sweet almost honey and floral flavor. This is one of the best sours I have ever had


loakal Red – 75% American red ale , 25% Ale aged in American oak barrels- ABV 6.9%- The smell is very hoppy like a IPA. The color is a dark amber brown color. The flavor is hoppy like a American pale ale for sure is isn’t overpowering but most hops


Mischief Hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale – ABV 8.5% – a very light yellow color. Mch lighter color then I thought it would be from the description. It has light hoppy scent. A very dry tart flavor it’s a strong flavor but very light notes of hops


Smoking Wood – Smoked Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels – ABV 13% – a pitch black color. A strong oak aged smell. Extremely strong smokey flavor


Humulas Lager – Imperial pale lager with 4lbs. Of hops per barrel- ABV 7.4%- a dark golden color with a light white lacing the smell is of hops like an IPa and the flavor is strong of hops like a American pale ale almost IPA


This night we have a bunch of people with us my drinking partner Jesse, my co workers Alex and Matt and Alex’s wife Kat then later my Cousin Tim I haven’t seen since I was a kid and were now grown up and meeting for beer. He came up from the OC for SF beer week. Tim’s sister and best friend showed up later that night. It was a good night of beer The Bruery never fails to please and amaze