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weekend in review 04/02-04/04

Monday, April 5th, 2010

AP and I moved down to LA recently, which explains the dire lack of blog updates.  what it does mean, however, is lots more LA beer scene content!

  • friday AP and I met up with some old friends at naja’s.  they had eric’s ale on draft (which was a little less tart and more sessionable this time around), along with cuvee des jacobins rouge, a great flanders red with a lot of sour complexity.
  • for the stout fans, naja’s was pouring ’08 abyss among a few others.
  • hop heads should make a point to check out naja’s IPA festival starting 04/21.  I hear a lot of goodies are gonna be dropped, from pliny the younger to a port brewing mystery selection…
  • on sunday AP and I rolled out to pasadena for the annual greek easter picnic, and someone managed to smuggle in a half keg of my IPA to celebrate our return to socal.  my camera was still packed up, so TP generously snapped off a few great shots for the overcarbed cause.  thanks again!

happy thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

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taking a couple days off for some holiday turkey and brews.

enjoy the holidays and check out some insightful beer advice I came across a couple days back.  the above pic is a hint of posts to come…

don’t believe the hype

Monday, October 26th, 2009

so, tomorrow is “black tuesday” over at the bruery.

  • basically, starting at 4:30, people can line up and buy 3 $30 bottles of black tuesday, an imperial stout that many in line have probably never tasted before.
  • this follows the lead of three floyds, whose dark lord stout has been selling one day a year at dark lord day since 2004.
  • greatly hyped, dark lord has phenomenal ratings on beeradvocate, and was a “top 10” overall beer there (and may still be), up with another hard to find beer, westvleteren 12.
  • this success has spawned imitators who have followed the one-day release idea, such as surly’s darkness day and the aforementioned black tuesday.

I’m a little bummed out about this one-day release idea.  it seems to me to satisfy the collector, the reseller, the fanatic willing to spend the money and/or time to get the rarity, instead of the casual curious homebrewer or beer fan.  I’m not sure how approachable craft beer can be when the “really good stuff” is only available after a 4 hour wait in line or for a wad of cash on ebay.