Monthly Archives: August 2011

Expedition Ale by Drakes

I started this review a few weeks ago and I finally got a chance to complete it and hit “publish”! It’s a short one, so stick around.

This red ale by Drakes Brewing is a seasonal beer available during the month of May.  The ale had an intense aroma of hop, sweet notes of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.  My olfactory sense was working this day for a change and as soon as I poured it, I could smell all those great aromas I described.  A medium body beer with a bit of carbonation, lots of malt presence with some sweetness that doesn’t hang around as the roasted toffee and hop bitterness shows up.  After the sip has washed down, you get a bit of a peppery bite sticking around.

I was not expecting much for this beer, as all the red ales I’ve had have been very similar in flavor, very malty with low hop flavor, but this wasn’t the case.  I enjoyed the flavors in this beer very much and I will be sure to pick one up again.  At a Four Beer Caps rating of Five, this is one that I will definitely recommend.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Empty Bottles


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Eagle Rock Brewery

I finally got a chance to visit Eagle Rock Brewery, it’s within the city limits of my beloved Los Angeles and a damn shame I’m just getting around to visit.  Eagle Rock Brewery has been growing in demand and in popularity among the community here in the city.  I took a tour of the facility with one of the brewers, Steve, he and his son Jeremy run the place.  Steve and I talked for a bit after the tour about their recent hearing with City Hall and their permit extension, which went well by the way, their love of brewing and how it all started at home, how the craft beer scene here in Los Angeles has been growing, and how a lot more breweries have sprouted around the city since they’ve opened the brewery, all great thing for us beer drinkers.

I got a chance to sample three of their beers in the flight we bought, but too bad for me, their fourth and fifth selections had run out.  The three beers I sampled were Solidarity, Vanilla Been Nitro Solidarity, Manifesto, and the fourth beer was Triple White Sage by Craftsman Brew.  The clear winner for my taste buds was Solidarity, in fact I’ve been craving that beer and I will have to head back to grab me a growler very soon.

Solidarity: great roasted flavors and only 3.9 ABV; a great beer to drink during the summer when you just don’t want to drink a summer style beer. Four Beer Caps!

Vanilla Bean Nitro Solidarity: like the one above, but with vanilla hints; becomes nice and creamy as they dispense it through a stout creamer faucet. Three Beer Caps.

Manifesto: a Belgian style wit-bier, nothing fancy. Two Beer Caps.

Their Tap Room and Brewery

They have some sours in those barrels!

I really enjoyed my time while at Eagle Rock Brewery. The Tap Room is open Thursday through Sunday; check their webpage for times.  Food trucks show up on certain nights, this should be an added bonus to get you down there; you have to admit, beer and food trucks are a great mix!

Throw one back for me ~ Cheers!


Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Beer Outings


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Bitch Creek

We celebrated our nations birthday on the 4th of July and I spent part of the day drinking beers from a case of Samuel Adams Summer Styles and as I write this, I had the brilliant idea of reviewing the case before the summer is over.  After a few of the Sammy’s, I popped open a bottle of Bitch Creek ESB by Grand Teton Brewing; ESB for Extra Special Brown. Really enjoyed it, spoiler alert, I’m rating it high, but keep reading for more details.

This ESB packs a nice aroma of pear, molasses, alcohol, hop, and lots of sweet malt. The malt is present throughout the entire sip, very pleasant.  The beer had a light body with medium carbonation, fresh hop was there but did not overpower the combined sweet notes of the malt and molasses; it had a slight dry finish.

As I mentioned earlier, this is one beer I really enjoyed drinking.  The malty sweetness that came with the sips were great, certainly different compared to the flavor profiles I tend to enjoy.  I’m rating this one high and if you find it, grab one.  I have to give this beer Five Beer Caps, something I don’t award often, but it was one I really enjoyed.

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