Posts Tagged ‘brown shugga’

imperial stout bottling, big bear lake

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

last week I finally managed to find some time to bottle/keg the imperial stout I has put together a while back.

  • primary fermentation appeared active for a month after pitching the WLP001 starter, and after visible fermentation tapered off I left the beer in primary for another six weeks.  the beer had an FG of 1.02 for an abv of 9.1%, and the sample I tasted was rich and malty, with a great roasted malt finish.  it will be interesting to see if the carbonation brings out any of the homegrown hops I tossed in there…

also, last weekend I accompanied the APs, the MLs, and HL up to big bear lake for a long weekend of (man-made) snow and relaxation.

  • after a surprisingly great day on the slopes, we cruised by big bear mountain brewery. the only thing that had changed since our last visit was their beer lineup – a decent pils and dopplebock had transformed into a honey blonde and chocolate porter (the latter of which I believe is contract brewed).  despite the mediocre beer and service, the atmosphere was comfortable and very local, and was a great setting in which to pour some pitchers and eat a tray full of miscellaneous fried veggies.
  • the next night things picked up a little at nottingham’s tavern, where pitchers of mission’s shipwrecked DIPA accompanied decent food, a passionate cover band experience, and some shuffleboard.
  • I also managed to stow away some choice beers for the trip, and cracked open specialties like an ’08 drie fonteinen oude geuze, an ’08 brown shugga, an ’08 bourbon county stout, and an ’05 pannepot grand reserva while relaxing back at the cabin.  it’s a rough life!

              

             

              

              

lagunitas brewers’ tapas dinner

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

jeremy pouring one up

ahh, lagunitas.

  • for my birthday, AP and I managed to score some tickets to the inaugural brewer’s tapas dinner at lagunitas brewing.
  • I had been to the beer sanctuary and taproom a little while back, but it was AP’s maiden voyage.  after a lunch full of cask ales and british fare at magnolia, we headed out to petaluma for some more debauchery.
  • as anyone who knows me is well aware, I am definitely biased towards lagunitas.  I love their beers, packaging, and overall mentality, and I got a healthy dose of all three at their dinner.
  • their five-course tapas/small plate style dinner was tasty and well-prepared, and was accompanied by lagunitas’ deep lineup, including their IPA, imperial stout, hop stoopid, pils, and hairy eyeball.
  • during the dinner, brewmaster Jeremy Marshal fielded questions from the crowd, while the rest of the brew staff worked the tables and topped off everyone’s glasses.
  • after dinner, everyone headed over to their skybox-style bar overlooking the brewery for some aged brews and beer talk.
  • the highlight of the night for me was talking to one of the owners and the brewers while they doled out generous pours of ’06 gnarlywine, ’06 hairy eyeball, ’08 brown shugga, and many others.
  • topics of conversation ranged from yeast strains to hop extract to the story behind a little sumpin’ sumpin’, and everyone at the brewery was friendly, well-spoken, and informative.
  • I was definitely bummed out when I realized it was time for us to take off, but I was grateful to be a part of this awesome event and was already anticipating my next trip over to the beer sanctuary.  thanks for the great time guys!

aged bottles getting cracked

another pour from one of the brewers

havin a good time

kicking us out

quick glance at the floor

dogfish head raison d’extra 2006

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

raison d'extra in the glass

after trying dogfish head’s raison d’etre over at burger bar las vegas, I was excited when CB pulled a bottle of their raison d’extra from 2006 out of the fridge during a recent visit.

  • raison d’extra is DFH’s turbocharged version of the d’etre – it clocks in at an insane 18% abv!
  • the pour was syrupy smooth, with good carbonation.
  • the aroma was fantastic, and the beer had a syrupy mouthfeel that was malty, caramely and slightly fruity.
  • close to 4 years in the bottle had mellowed the beer significantly – there was only slightly noticeable alcohol heat and any booziness was not overpowering.
  • what can I say, this beer was great.  it reminded me of aged brown shugga, except this beer was twice the abv!  incredible.  this brew was definitely one of my favorites in recent memory.  thanks again CB!

raison d'extra bottle

raison d'extra in the glass

barley and hops tavern occidental

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

the bar at barley and hops tavern

last weekend AP and I decided to venture north to bodega bay.  after a few stops on the way up, and some disc tossing on the beach, we made our way along coleman valley road over to occidental, where we dropped by barley and hops tavern.

  • the middle of nowhere, the center of everywhere-  situated in an old house near the center of town, barley and hops tavern has great beers available and great food to boot.
  • the tap list was impressive – of the 10 beers on tap, at least half were usually hard to come by.
  • I started off with moonlight’s bony fingers, a black lager with a great roasty flavor and aroma.
  • russian river’s classic pliny the elder and IPA followed, as did another personal favorite, brown shugga from lagunitas, all on draft.  whew, glad I wasn’t driving!
  • the bottle selection was great too, as AP discovered when she ordered up a tire bite kolsch from flying dog, followed by the great 1882 black label geuze from girardin.  I wish more places in the city would follow this lead and get some interesting bottles in!
  • to top it off, the food was great and unique, and everything was fairly priced.  the owner, Noah, and bartender, Tisha were great people and passionate about good beer and food.  hell, even the locals were awesome (whats up Noah!), and they even had live music.  we were there for hours at the bar.
  • for me, this place went from an unknown to the top of my list of favorite bars up north.  I can’t wait to roll up there again soon to shoot it with the Noahs and sample more of the great brew selection.

bony fingers at the bar

live music

pliny with the geuze

lagunitas taproom and beer sanctuary

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

inside the taproom at lagunitas

after leaving russian river brewing the weekend before last, TM, JVG, JC and I cruised down to petaluma to check out the new taproom and beer sanctuary at lagunitas.

  • I had high expectations for this place, and as soon as I walked in I knew they were going to be met.
  • the taproom was great – it had funky (3-D) local artwork on the walls and a laid-back bartender pouring one of lagunitas‘ many offerings into ball jars.

3D artwork in the taproom

pouring a brew at the taproom

  • the outside beer sanctuary was just as nice – a ton of people were hanging out at enormous picnic tables under canopies and umbrellas beating the heat and enjoying a local brew.

at the beer sanctuary at lagunitas

  • to top it off, a local BBQ joint was serving up food outside, and a band was jamming on a stage in the corner – it was awesome.

one of the bands at the beer sanctuary

digging in to some BBQ

  • I scanned the tap list and immediately ordered up a bourbon barrel-aged hairy eyeball, which I wish I could have on a weekly basis.  it was malty and strong, with a boozy bourbon note infused throughout.  in hindsight, I should have ordered this up as a finisher, but I got antsy and scared that the keg would kick before I had ordered up my glass.

bourbon barrel hairy eyeball

  • everyone else ordered up a variety of brews, from ruben and the jets to brown shugga.  I tasted the brown shugga and it was was the best I’ve ever had – it had an intense hoppy finish that blew my mind.  I wonder if they tweaked the recipe or if it was just a young batch, either way I need to get my hands on some more.

brown shugga

  • I finished up the day with a classic lagunitas IPA fresh from the source, and with that, we took off toward novato, but not before I looked back longingly towards lagunitas and vowed I would return ASAP.

one charity raffle hopeful at lagunitas

the big red conical at the taproom

true multitasking

one side of the lineup in the taproom

lagunitas lucky 13

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

mondo red

Lagunitas Brewing has got to be my favorite overall brewery.  I’m a huge fan of their beers as well as their approach to brewing and their overall mentality.  Plus, beers like their IPA, Brown Shugga, and the Kronik got me hooked on craft beer.  When their 13th anniversary beer, lucky 13, came out, picking it up was a given.

  • from what I hear, the beer is based off their very first beer, a red brewed in 1993.
  • I thought this beer was a one-time deal, but when I was up in Guerneville for the 4th of July I saw it in a local liquor store cooler and did a double take before grabbing a couple as fast as I could.  Sipping on that brew while watching fireworks go off from the bridge over Johnson’s Beach made my night.
  • I found out later that I actually got a hold of a new batch that they brewed again in 2009.
  • once my pour warmed up a little, the hop aroma and malt backbone in this beer really went nuts.  lagunitas has a great, unique yeast that ties all their brews together, and it goes perfectly with this brew.
  • I think I still have an original bottle sitting around somewhere.  Is it really from 2006?  That might make for a good future side-by-side tasting…

the pour

lucky 13 bottle