Monthly Archives: June 2011

Devils Elbow by Howe Sound Brewing

This is a brief review of Devils Elbow, an India Pale Ale by Howe Sound Brewing that I did over a month ago, but I’m just getting a chance to complete the write up on it. I saw this big fat bottle and it reminded me of a Caguama, which is a slang term in Mexico for a bottle shaped like this one as it resembles a loggerhead turtle.  I thought the silhouette on the label was from a surfer, but when I looked closely, it turned out to be a kayaker and a Canadian brew.  It’s from Squamish, British Columbia near Vancouver; I was surprised it was Canadian!  When I went online to learn more about the brewery I found a link on their page to an Inn that is adjacent to the brewery; this would be a perfect place to visit and drink, and when you want to take a break from drinking, you make your way to your bed next door. From their site – It is named for the dramatic grade 4 Devil’s Elbow rapid on the Elaho River, north of Squamish, BC, Canada.

This IPA was quite floral with lots of citrus and faint malt. Some bread notes were present in the flavor, alcohol burn, and definitely citrus with a bitter finish.  At 68 IBU’s I thought it was going to be very bitter, it wasn’t, but not a bad thing; have I developed a tolerance for bitterness?  The light carbonation made this a smooth ale to drink.

I enjoyed the beer and I’ll say pick one up and try it, but I’ll warn you of the $16 price tag. When they rang it up and I saw how much, I was like man oh man I didn’t want to spend that much, but I didn’t want to say to the clerk never mind I’ll put this one back; the good thing is that you get lots of liquid for $16. I won’t have it again anytime soon, but I’m glad I tried it. Three Beer Caps for this one.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on June 12, 2011 in Empty Bottles


The Bruery 3rd Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday May 29th my beer bud Dale and I went to the Phoenix Club in Anaheim for The Bruery’s 3rd Anniversary, we had perfect weather for a Sunday beer outing, all part of the Memorial Day weekend. The event overall was great and we certainly had a good share of beers, lines moved fast and for the most part it was well organized. The events profits went all to charity and there were even a few beer gifts raffled off for all in attendance. We paid $50, $20 more than the regular tickets, but we had a chance to sample a few of the reserves that have not been available from The Bruery in quite some time; a nice touch were the cheese and crackers from The Bruery Provisions. I thought the VIP would be a little different than what I experienced, but maybe I might have had high expectations for paying $20 above the regular ticket price. Here’s what I thought would happen, they would see we had VIP wristbands, we would be seated in a lounge area, velvet ropes, you know, the whole shebang. I thought some of the brewers might be talking about the beers, like one of those Steve Jobs keynotes – “the beer you are being poured…” type of a thing. OK so I might be asking for too much, but it’s not a bad idea. The VIP line was the biggest line and although it moved fast, it just didn’t feel VIP, especially when it seemed like 90% of those in attendance had a VIP wristband. One good thing about the event was the fact that they had guest breweries in attendance. This is the thing I love about the craft scene, brewers have a brotherhood and are not threatened by other breweries, and they know they are not competing with each other because us craft beer drinkers don’t stick to one brand.

Below are notes from the different beers I sampled and of course I have pictures!

The Bruery ~ Gunga Galunga – sour, sweet, bit of alcohol burn – 3 Beer Caps

The Bruery ~ Iniquitous – strong Belgian ale tasted like a Hef, lots of citrus in it, not the sweet notes you get from a belgian – 2 Beer Caps

The Bruery ~ Humulus Lager (one of my favorites of the event!) great hop aroma and flavor in a LAGER! 5 Beer Caps!

The Bruery ~ Black Tuesday tiny sips is all I could do at a high 17% abv; unreal how sweet it is, not a pleasant beer to drink – 1 Cap.

The Bruery ~ Melange 1, sour and bitter; whoa! After so many beers, it’s like whatever.

Inland Empire Porter – roasted flavors, bitter, choc n roasted coffee – 4 Beer Caps

SoCal ~ Angelino – nice bitter and herbal from hop – 3 Beer Caps

Left Coast Brewing ~ Voodoo stout – 3 Beer Caps

Left Coast Brewing ~ Una Mas – amber lager, malty, smooth – 2 Beer Caps

Eagle Rock ~ Revolution EPA – citrus & hop aroma, bitter hop flavor 4 Beer Caps

Kern River ~ Double IPA – very bitter, extra hop aroma, just how I like’em – 3 Beer Caps

Cismontane ~ Black Dawn – Dark roasted notes; lots of coffee with a bitter finish – 3 Beer Caps

Packinghouse ~ Black IPA (don’t have notes for this one).

Cheese and crackers

Inland Empire Brewing Co

The VIP line!

Chillin’ on ice

So Cal Brewing – Angelino

They had lots of benches to sit and sip; good way to take a quick break.

Left Coast Brewing – Voo Doo Stout

They had a raffle for beer goodies.

Eagle Rock Brewery – Solidarity

Kern River – Double IPA


Ready to get it on; the usual alcohol happy shenanigans.

Left Coast

Packing House

Dale and I with Dr. Bill, Beverage Coordinator of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens.

We drank responsibly and even had a few tickets left before we went home.

See you next time and remember to throw one back for me ~ cheers!


Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Beer Outings


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