Traveling Oak Imperial Stout – Firestone Walker Exclusive for Yard House


Traveling Oak Imperial Stout – Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Exclusive for Yard House –  (Paso Robles, CA United States) – ABV 14% – IBU 82 Black color with a nice tan head. Scent of oak, malt and you get the whiskey scent also. First sip starts smooth with oak and smoke then burns with a hard alcohol hit and then goes bitter. The hit is smoke is big on the back end. Every taste after that first gets a nice mix of smokey and oaky. When warned the smoke is stronger and dryer with a mellow burn. This one lived up to every bit of the hype! it got a 5 out of 5 from me.

From Yardhouse: Traveling Oak is an incredibly rare, barrel-aged beer imagined by our team and handcrafted by our friends at Firestone Walker. Take one of the world’s best imperial stouts and age it in oak barrels that have held both a world-class bourbon and mezcal. The journey began with two oak barrels in Kentucky where they held Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon for over a decade, allowing them to age and mature to perfection. From there the barrels traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico where they were filled with Del Maguey Mezcal adding layers of smoky fruit notes to the wood. The barrels were then emptied and sent to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California where they were filled with Parabola Imperial Stout and aged for over one year. Parabola’s combination of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and molasses melds seamlessly with the bold bourbon character, smoky mezcal finish and oak. The result is an exceptionally delicious and unique beer that will never be made again.

      

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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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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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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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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I got to meet Matt Brynildson head brewer at Firestone Walker

It was Thursday February 13th 2014 and it was SF beer week. Harry’s Hofbrau San Jose was having the Firestone Walker The Roots of XVII. This was a huge event with rare ales from the company and Matt Brynildson giving seminar on blending barrel aged beers.

This wound up to be a good and bad day. My wife and I went to sleep train in the morning to get a new mattress. The event started at 6:00pm and they came to deliver my mattress at 6:00pm and after 30 minutes of the two guys arguing and calling people they tell me the mattress isn’t on the truck and they will be back later. We’ll 45 minutes later they show up with the mattress and now it’s 7:20pm and my family and I still need to eat dinner before I go to the beer event.

My wife and 2 kids have a tradition of going to pizza my heart for two heart shaped pizzas the day before valentines day. We went and did that some I didn’t get to Harry’s until 9:45pm. Without saying I missed the seminar and some of the rare ales.

When I got there I said hi to my group of friends then got my first beer. They still had Velvet Merlin on cask so I got one. When I sat down next to my friend Daniel little did I know on my other side was Matt Brynildson eating dinner. My other friend Scott all drunk came up and made a big deal who I was sitting next too. We talked about stuff but I didn’t talk his ear off about beer I thought he got a lot of that’ll already. I did tell him how the Velvet Merkins release was one of the best beer event I’ve ever been too. My friend Justin opened a bottle of Sante Adairius – Nonna’s blend #5 surprisingly Matt had never had any Sante beers.

I did get to have a couple beers here they are

Velvet Merlin (on cask) – Firestone Walker ABV 5.5% 4 out of 5 nice dark black with a thick tan head. Light and smooth on cask.
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Nonna’s Blend #5 – Sante Adairius rustic ales ABV 5.7% 4.5 out of 5 very good sour!
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Parabola (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5
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Sucaba (2013) – Firestone Walker ABV 13% 4.5 out of 5
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Half Sucaba & Half Double DBA – Firestone Walker – This is an AMAZING mix!! They really work well together. My Friend Daniel said he thought it was the best mix he’s ever had- no photo

Japan Town Beer Walk – SF Beer Week Saturday 2/8/14

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San Jose Japan town Beer Walk was Saturday February 8th and was one of the first events during San Francisco Beer Week 2014. It was a great day with no rain. The event had 22 breweries each at different locations in a couple block radius in Japan town San Jose. We didn’t make it to all 22 stations but we had a great time and had good company. There wasn’t rare ales, most of the brews you can find in store but it was a great event.

I went with my good friend beer Jesus then met up with my cousin Tim. Later we met some co workers of mine. It was great seeing fellow beer bloggers Jaye from http://www.Thebeerheads.com which is always good conversation and Derrick Peterman of http://beer-runner.blogspot.com

I was impressed with two new breweries for me Firehouse and Mavericks. Also I confirmed that unfortunately don’t like San Jose’s Strike Brewery and I really wanted to like them. After the event my buddy and I walked all the way over to Original Gravity for their bruery event and then to Good Karma to see our friend on her last day of work.

I didn’t taste all the beers but here is a list of what I did have.

Big Wave Golden Ale – Kona Brewing Company Style: Golden Ale ABV: 4.4% 2 out of 5
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Pivo Pils – Firestone Walker Brewing Company Style: Pilsner ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5
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Blonde – Strike Brewing Company Style: Blonde Ale ABV: 4% 1 out of 5

Imperial Red – Strike Brewing Company Style: American Amber / Red Ale ABV: 6.5% 3.5 out of 5
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Barrel Roll No. 3 – Pugachev’s Cobra (2013) – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: Russian Imperial Stout ABV: 13.8% 4 out of 5
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Chocolate Porter – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Style: American Porter ABV: 8% 4 out of 5
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Dark Night Oatmeal Stout – Santa Cruz Ale Works Style: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 6% 4 out of 5
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Tower 10 IPA – Karl Strauss Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 7% 3.5 out of 5
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Sneak Attack – 21st Amendment Brewery Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale ABV: 6.2% 3.5 out of 5
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Mavericks Back In The Saddle Rye Pale Ale – Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Style: Rye Beer ABV: 3.75% 4 out of 5
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Porter – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: Porter ABV: Not Available 4.5 out of 5
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Hops on Rye – FireHouse Grill & Brewery (Sunnyvale & Palo Alto, CA) Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5% 4 out of 5
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Liberty Ale – Anchor Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 5.9% 3.5 out of 5
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DayTime Fractional IPA – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 4.65% 4.5 out of 5

Cappuccino Stout – Lagunitas Brewing Company Style: American Imperial / Double Stout ABV: 9.2% 4 out of 5
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Maltopia – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy ABV: 9% 4 out of 5
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Hoptopia Double IPA – Hermitage Brewing Co. Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV: 8% 4 out of 5
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He’Brew Origin Pomegranate Ale – Shmaltz Brewing Company Style: Fruit Beer ABV: 8% 1 out of 5
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Accumulation Winter White IPA – New Belgium Brewing Company Style: American IPA ABV: 6.2% 4 out of 5
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Chang Classic – Thai Beverage PLC Style: Golden Lager ABV: 6.4% 3 out of 5
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Mama’s Little Yella Pils – Oskar Blues Brewery Style: Czech Pilsener ABV: 5.3% 3 out of 5
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Oude Tart (w/ Cherries) – The Bruery Style: Flanders Red Ale ABV: 7.5% 5 out of 5
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Hopocalypse – Drake’s Brewing Company Style: Imperial / Double IPA ABV 9.3% 4.5 out of 5
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Firestone Walker Release of the Merkins

Firestone Walker Release of the Merkins – Velvet Merkin in bottle release Party Saturday September 14th 2013 Firestone Walker Barrel Works Buellton, CA

We got there early and waited in line. At registration they gave us a poster, the card with the beer list and the small tulip glass

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There were seven stations and all but one had two beers each.

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Station 1: Velvet Merkin Imperial Oatmeal Stout 2013 ABV 8.5% Paired with Merkin Balls filled with bratwurst, potaote, and cheese. This is an amazing oatmeal stout black in color with a thick tan head. I gave it 4 out of 5
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Station 2: Luponic Distoration IPA This was paired with Crispy pork belly braised in Luponic Distoration with Char Siu and candied orange zest. I was impressed with this IPA strong hops with a crisp bite I gave it 4.5 out of 5

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Dos Osos IPA: colaberation Brew with Revolution ABV: 6.8% paired with Ewenique: Creamy Sheep’s Milk Gouda. I was not impressed with this beer at all don’t get me wrong it is a good beer but nothing special. I gave it 3.5 out of 5

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Station 3: PNC Buckwheat Stout Aged in Tequila Barrels ABV: 13.7% Paired with Beef Tenderloin cooked with Velvet Merkin. Black in color with not much of a head. It has an amazing scent of oak and roasted malts. This is my favorite scent of a beer with the oak and hard alcohol scent. The flavor is pure heaven oak hints with toasted malt and sweet agave. This was my favorite beer out of all 13 hands down. I gave this 5 out of 5

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Madagascar Vanilla Bean Robust Porter ABV: 5.8% this was paired with Cherry Gourmandise: French Cow’s Milk Cheese Whipped with Kirsh Cherry Brandy. A very good Robust Porter with a hint of cherry. The pairing was the best until the last station and stays second best pairing I the day. I gave this 4.5 out of 5

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Station 4: Bretta Weiss Berliner Weiss ABV: 3.4% Paired with Gulf eastern oyster with Bretta Weiss Mignonette. The pairing was good but the beer was nothing more then a palate cleanser. I gave it 3 out of 5

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Sour Opal ABV 5.5%
This is a nice light sour ale. I gave it 4 out of 5

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Station 5: lil Opal Saison Paired with Lil opal Corvina Seabass ceviche with crispy flour tortilla chips this is not half as good as the sour opal. This was mainly a palette cleanser I am not a fan of this beer. I gave it 3 out if 5.

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Barrel 66 4 year aged Imperial Special Bitter This was a great strong beer. A English bitter aged for 4 years makes or a great ale. A dark red almost brown color. Gave this 4.5 out of 5

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Station 6: 2013 Agrestic Wild Red Ale ABV: 7% paired with Agrestic glazed Duck Confit with dried cherry glaze, crispy wonton and grilled pineapple mango relish. A light golden brown color. This is a great sour red ale. I have this 4.5 out of 5

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Agrestic Barrel #9 Barrel Select Wild Red Ale A stronger sour red ale it’s very good. I gave it 4.5 out of 5

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Station 7: Parabajava Imperial Java Stout ABV: 11% paired with parabajava Creme brûlée this is an amazing sour stout with coffee. The scent and taste is of fresh brewed coffee the scent has coffee grounds also. This is also the best pairing if the event this also is the third best beer. I gave this 4.5 out of 5

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Forbidden Fruit: Pomegranate Sour Stout ABV: 13% a great sour stout with fruity Pomegranate flavor. I give it 4 out of 5

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After the Event we went into the Restaurant so my friend can drink water and I had another beer another Velvet Merkin! It was so good!

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Me at the barrel works:

Here are some pictures of inside the barrel works:
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This week is Silicon Valley Beer Week

I have been waiting for Silicon Valley beer week ever since San Francisco Beer Week. There are many event happening this week. There are many venues holding beer events during this week. The events started Saturday and go all week until Saturday the 3rd. My favorite place to drink beer in the area Harry’s Hofbrau is having 4 events in a row. I will be attending at least 3.

Tuesday July 30th 5:00-11:00pm I will be attending this -Almanac Beer Co Details from Harry’s:

We are proud to announce that Almanac has chosen Harrys Hofbrau to release their new Barley wine Heirloom Pumpkin aged in Brandy Barrels!

Along with this amazing Pumpkin Barley-wine we will have their new Dogpatch Sour! This barrel-aged wild ale is named for our San Francisco neighborhood and pays tribute to the Flanders Red style of beer. Aged in wine barrels, this lightly tart ale is brewed with California Rainier cherries using a house blend of wild yeasts, bacteria and SF sourdough yeast. Pair this complex ale with ripe figs & blue cheese or seafood bouillabaisse.

This is going to be and amazing release party with other Almanac beer to drink and bottles to share!

Tap-List is as followed:

*Heirloom brandy barrel-aged barley wine

*Dogpatch Flemish Sour

*Barrel-Noir

*Flowering Gose

*Farmers Reserve #3 (Strawberry Sour)

*Farmers Reserve #4 (Orange-Lemon Sour)

*Honey Saison

*Extra Pale Ale

Pint Glasses will be available for select beers and there will be plenty of appetizers and beer for everybody to enjoy!

Wednesday July 31st 5:00-11:30pm Drake’s Brewing Specialties and cask beers – I will be attending this night-
You know Aroma Coma, our American-hopped summer IPA. You probably also know its twin Aroma Prieta, hopped with hops from New Zealand. You also know that they were released on Saturday at the Barrel House. There were bottles. There were kegs. The taps were of course flowing all day. But the sleeper stars were the casks. Knowing that some of you require regular hop transfusions above & beyond what a mere bottle can handle, we took both of our double-dry hopped seasonal IPAs, put each in a firkin, and then added a third dose of hops directly into the casks for further conditioning. The twist? We took the NZ hops from Aroma Prieta & stuffed them into the Aroma Coma cask, and put Aroma Coma’s American hops into the Aroma Prieta cask!

People have flooded to these events to grasp a pint of these amazing cask beers and they will surely go fast! be sure to get here early for we will be pouring other Drakes beers for everybody to enjoy!

Lets show the Brewing how much love San Jose has for them and make this an event to remember!

Tap List is as listed:

*Triple Hopped Aroma Coma Cask (will be tapped @ 5pm)

*Triple Hopped Aroma Prieta Cask (will be tapped @7pm)

*Aroma Coma

*Aroma Prieta

*Drakonic Imperial Stout

*Robusto Porter

*1500 dry-hopped Pale ale!

Glassware will be available for select beers !

See you all early that day!

Thursday August 1st 4:30-11:00pm New Belgium 21 Tap Takeover– I will be attending this night-
We are proud to announce that New Belgium Brewing has chosen Harrys Hofbrau to release a couple of new beers off of their delicious Lips Of Faith and Hop Kitchen series!

Hop Kitchen: The Hop Kitchen is here to cook up four beers per year for the most daring of palates. Only the boldest and hoppiest beers make it to the bomber.

Lips of Faith: Do you trust us? Because the Lips of Faith beers are small batch beauties brewed for faithful lips. These bottles are topped off with tasty mischief

Tap List:

*French Aramis IPA (new!)

* Yuzu Berliner Weiss -Brewed w/ Yuzu juice

*Pluot – Ale Brewed w/ Pluot juice

* Paardebloem – Ale Brewed w/ Peach juice

*Coconut Curry Hefeweizen w/ added spices

* 2012 La Folie – Sour Brown

*2012 Prickly Passion Saison w/ Pear

* 2012 Biere De Mars

*2012 Peach Porch Lounger

*2012 Brett Beer (collab w/ The Lost Abbey)

*2012 Imperial Coffee Chocolate Stout

*2012 Bier De Garde w/ orange peel ( collab w/ Vivant)

*Heavenly Feijoe Tripel

*Cascara Quad- w/ Date and Coffee Cherries

*Hoppy Bock Lager

*Rampant Imperial IPA

* New Belgium Trippel- w/ Coriander

*Ranger IPA

*Shift Pale Lager

*Sunshine Wheat

*1554- Black Ale

and of course Fat Tire

Friday August 2nd 4:30-11:00pm Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover I haven’t seen the tap list or info for this one yet but if its good I will let you know! If the have the Terra Incognita

Check out the website for the full details and events
http://www.svbeerweek.com

Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Scotch Ale- Original

Innis and Gunn Oak Aged Beer- Original – Scotch Ale ABV 7.2% Cloudy dark gold color. Scent is that of hard scotch, strong malt and barley. Taste is that of sweet oak and hard scotch. It is so strong like drinking Scotch in a beer form. It comes from aging the ale in oak barrels that Scotch was brewed in. Can you believe it’s strong and creamy at the same time? It a true pleasure drinking this beer!

This is my favorite beer of all hands down. They don’t sell this beer in California so it’s a extra special treat when I get it. So far I only get it when I go to Las Vegas and Memphis.

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