Posts Tagged ‘pliny the elder’

week[end] in review 03/09-03/14

Monday, March 15th, 2010

ok, so this weekend in review is more like a week in review since AP and I met up with CB, JVG, AF, DH, and JC at la trappe on tuesday.

  • although their prices made la trappe more of a special occasion destination during these recession days, their beer list was thorough (as always) and I had to resist getting some fries and mussels.
  • I couldn’t resist the drie fonteinen geuze though – what an amazing, complex beverage.  picked up another bottle of it at bottle barn recently for under $15 – I can’t think of a better beer at that price point.
  • later that week I dropped by CB’s to sample some of his latest brews and see how my steam/common was doing.
  • CB said it had cleared up, and after a quick pour I was happy to confirm.  what can I say, it is damn tasty.
  • the weekend led AP and I down to LA, where we rolled over to naja’s with AP for some fish tacos, great beers (hop 15, pliny, old chub, etc.), friendly staff, and fantastic weather.
  • and on a side note, I learned a thing or two this weekend, compliments of the mad fermentationist (luckily, one of the ‘things’ was not the belgium/belgian issue).

the jug shop russian river night

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

the russian river lineup

last friday AP and I met up with CB and TB over at the jug shop for their russian river night.

  • I had never been to the jug shop before, despite positive reviews from CB.  I had no idea how large it was!
  • I also didn’t expect such an eclectic selection of brews on the shelves – there were many I had never seen before, and some that had disappeared from other spots in the city long ago (atlantic IPA anyone?).  I was impressed.
  • as for the tasting lineup, favorites such as consecration (batches 1-3), temptation (batch 4×3), and my personal favorite, beatification (batch 2), were poured, along with supplication (batch 4×3), damnation (batch 54)/batch 23, and salvation (batches 5 and 9).  oh yeah, and some blind pig and pliny as well.  it was killer.
  • the tasting area was thoroughly packed, so we just ended up tasting the offerings while hanging out in the aisles, where there was plenty of room.  the crowd was jovial and relaxed, and it never took more than a minute to get a pour (thanks AP!).  I liked how the staff announced each new brew as it was popped and made sure everyone had their fill before moving on.
  • although the selection wasn’t as thorough as, say, toronado’s russian river night, the small, fun crowd and great price ($25!) made this event a winner.  plus, any more brews in the lineup probably would have buried me for the night.

artsy fartsy

the crowd

one of the many rounds

ballast point sculpin

Monday, January 25th, 2010

sculpin IPA

during one of CB’s past brew sessions, he whipped out a bottle of ballast point‘s sculpin to sample during the sparge.

  • sculpin is a limited-release IPA with a reputation for great drinkability and balance.
  • after having it on draft and in the bottle, I would have to agree – the beer is a great example of an IPA, with a great citrusy hop aroma and bitter finish that is strong but not overwhelming.
  • I’m not sure why this is a limited release, but if ballast point made this a mainstay (and charged a little less for a bomber), it could be their pliny the elder.  I don’t know why a kickass IPA has to be a “limited release” (unless there’s some fresh hop action going on that I am unaware of).
  • FYI – check out the info on the sculpin namesake.

sculpin IPA

anchor christmas ale 2009

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

anchor xmas ale

ever since the 2009 anchor christmas ale magnums popped up in stores I was itching to pick one up.

  • they were pretty inexpensive (>$15 from what I remember) and looked like a great gift/party idea.
  • however, I wasn’t too keen on the last few christmas ales from anchor, so I wanted to try a little taste before jumping in head first.
  • I found singles for sale somewhere (was it city beer?) and picked one up for a taste test, but before I got to try it i buckled and got a magnum for UD for his birthday.  it didn’t hurt that dave over at healthy spirits gave the ’09 a good review, so I had some faith going into it.  and, well, shit, any russian river offering short of blind pig or pliny costs more than this magnum, so it’s all relative…
  • anyhow, I’m glad I grabbed these bottles.  the brew has a super piney hop aroma with a smooth spicy malt back.  I can’t overemphasize the “piney-ness” here – it is very woodsy and earthy.  however, spiced beers get to me a little – I can’t really drink more than one or two of em.  this is a great example of a christmas “winter warmer.”

anchor xmas ale in the glass

anchor xmas ale in the glass v.2

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