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Old Jubilation Ale

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Old Jubilation Ale is of the Strong Ale variety made by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder Colorado.

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Malt was the beers primarily aroma followed by roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some yeast funk, all combined with a strong alcohol presence. A malt backbone with some roasted notes, but the holidays don’t come to mind when I sip. I thought of a chocolate and nut biscotto when I first took a sip. Old Jubilation Ale has a nice creamy body and just the right amount of carbonation. The beer had a sweetness from the malt that I really enjoyed. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans are discernible, but its a boozy sip and the alcohol will overpower while the malt brings around. The finish is bitter from some hop flavor and leaves you with a dry mouth.

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At 8.4% ABV, Old Jubilation Ale is one that can get you to bed early if you don’t mind what you’re drinking, so take it easy with it. The beer can be cellared for up to 2 years according to the bottle, I just might consider doing that to see how the character of the beer changes. I’ve enjoyed drinking this beer, but I was looking forward to some holiday spices in the beer, but it can go both ways as this can be an alternative to the heavily spiced winter warmer available at this time of year. Three Beer Caps for this one.

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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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I Pigged Out!

Haven Gastropub in Pasadena collaborated this past Sunday with Golden Road Brewery and hosted an event called, “This little piggy went to the brewery.” The event was right up my alley as they were serving two of my favorite food groups, pork and beer! Those are yours too right? I found out about the event last Friday when I stopped by Haven to grab a beer and some Pork Rillettes. The Pork Rilletes dish is delicious, served with toasted sourdough bread and pickled mustard, just tasty, so when Brian, who’s a bartenders there mentioned the event, I thought it would be worth coming back Sunday and checking it all out.  Thanks for hooking me up and remembering this beer patron Brian!

Pork Rilletes spread over sourdough bread with mustard seeds.

The Haven location in Pasadena is a nice big spot and although it’s not a sports bar, they have big screens, and it worked out as this sports fan needed to watch some Football on Sunday.  All the food served was great as was the beer selection.  The variety of beers on tap at Haven is up there, close to 50 I’d guess.  It was all you can eat pork dishes and 10 tickets for about a 5oz pour of any of the 17 combined beer options available from Golden Road and Haven Brewing.  I managed to taste all of the 17 beers available thanks to the great bartenders who weren’t overzealous about collecting the tickets and made sure we got a pour of all their beers; this keeps a patron and fan, coming back to visit.  Below you’ll find pictures of the delicious food I ate and I describe briefly three of my favorite beers that day.

The Beer Options

Hello World – Pale Ale – Haven Brewing
Sosigenes – Imperial Double IPA – Haven Brewing
Schwartz Stout on Espresso (cask) Golden Road
Hello World, was my favorite out of all the ones I tried, it had a nice strong hop flavor that blended well with the malt character of the beer.  Sosigenes, mild malt flavor with a nice citrus presence, a very refreshing Imperial IPA.  Schwartz Stout, nice bittersweet flavors of cocoa and roasted espresso beans with a nice creamy sip.

Charcuterie & Beer

You guessed right, filled with some yummy pork lard.

The Pork Spread!

I had a taste of everything and I have to say that I was really pleased with the offerings.  I probably had eight of the succulent pig tacos you see in the picture above, just wished the tortillas were hot by the time I was served the tacos.  The rest of the food included root vegetables, mac and cheese, fried Brussels sprouts, you can’t go wrong with fried and a pork rillette bite.  Everything was really good, thanks Chefs!

The Food and beer were great.  I’ll definitely consider going to their Sunday Beer events which they are starting to put together.  If you get a chance, make sure you check out some of their Sunday events, the food options and beer selection won’t disappoint you or the family.  Remember that if you are in Los Angeles, LA Beer Week starts today and both Haven Gastropub and Golden Road Brewing, are participating in events.

Throw one back for me ~ Cheers!

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Beer Outings

 

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Pontius Road Pilsner

This is a short and sweet review I’ve had ready for months, but it just sat there and now that I’m finally done posting pictures from my recent trip, I’ll get the wheels rolling on the beer reviews.  I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a pilsner on the blog and as I think of it, not a lot of love is out there from the breweries I frequently drink beer from or the popular ones.  I can’t name 10 maybe not even 5 pilsner’s off the top of my head from the craft breweries.

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This beer is from Short’s Brewing, a beer for a spring or summer day when you don’t need to mow the lawn or work on the car, but you do it anyway to get away from the wife and kid.  It has very low alcohol, so you can drink a few while you enjoy the weather on a hammock.

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Aromatically smells of piney citrus, dry straw, and just enough malt. The flavor is exactly the same with just enough bitterness to linger; great color as well.  A simple beer and nothing great or bad about it, but when you start to pick it apart and compare to pilsners, this has more character.

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Solid. I’ll rate Three out of Five Beer Caps overall, but amongst it’s peer group of pilsner’s it’s a Four.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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2012 LA Beer Festival

This turned out to be by far, the best fest I’ve been to, and not because of the beer selection, but because of the location.  The Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood California hosted DrinkEatPlay’s 2012 LA Beer Fest.  It was the perfect setting for the big block-party, each turn of a street taking us to the different boroughs of New York.  Saturday was a hot day and I’m glad we chose to attend the second leg of the event, it started at 5 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m., just splendid as the sun was starting to go down and beer was being poured all around us.

With the crew ready to start drinking, @hecs14, @norwalkphil, @diskedo & @cervezaplease

Here’s a pictorial of the event.

I always make sure I visit Ladyface’s Booth

Streets of New York

Lederhosen!

I’m on empty

Which beer is next?!

@norwalkphil

Too much to drink?!

Long lines as always to break the seal

Finito!

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2012 in Beer Outings

 

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Hoppy Feet 1.5

Clown Shoes – Hoppy Feet 1.5

I got this beer in a trade after I sent a few bottles to the city of Chicago. It’s a very peculiar name for a brewery and I had to go online and read the reason for it and luckily, it was on their website and this is what it read… “Clown Shoes? Very long story, but to condense it a group of us submitted the name to the Beer Advocate contest that resulted in The Wrath of Pecant. Our submission didn’t crack the top 5. This burned me up inside. While driving one day the epiphany came: I could make my own Clown Shoes beer.

What’s with the odd brewery name and now a 1.5 in the beer name?! They might not have liked the first batch, upgraded the software, and the new release worked out a few bugs and worked. All joking aside, this was a good beer.

Turns out Hoppy Feet is available year round, but for their anniversary they decided to dry hop this beer twice and thus they present to you, Clown Shoes 1.5. This is a Double Black India Pale Ale with an aroma of malt, lots of hop, alcohol, and I caught a bit of roasted coffee. The beer was creamy, a really nice feel on the tongue. Almost all beers you find out there have a dominant flavor, but not with this beer. Each sip was very enjoyable as it gave me a balanced combination of hop and malt; I haven’t had this in a beer. You’ll find sweet notes of malt and toffee and will have a hop bitter finish.

This is a very solid beer and I’d say that it’s one of the best Black IPA’s I’ve had. Black anything seemed to be the thing that everyone was doing during 2011 in the beer world here in the States, it’s caught on and with this beer Clown Shoes has really nailed it. I had this beer with some chicken tika masala (a spicy tomato sauce); it was a good combination as the spiciness from the dish went really well with the malt/hop flavor in the beer. This is an IPA I truly enjoyed and will rate Five Beer Caps out of Five. I was surprised by the beer, especially when the label has a clown on it and I couldn’t take it seriously. I’ve done this before where I’ll skip the beer and won’t buy it based on the label, but lesson learned, again, don’t judge by the label or name! Sadly we don’t get any beers from Clown Shoes in the Los Angeles area and can only hope to get some more when and if I trade. Thanks RVD for sending this one my way.

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Black & Brew

I picked up a 12 pack at my local grocer for only $9.99, it was deal I couldn’t pass and I should’ve bought two as there were a few decent beers in the case and some that I really liked; you couldn’t go wrong for the price. I’m sure you’ve seen the Winter Classics variety pack and since doing research for this post, I learned it’s available during the months of November and December. The case of 12 includes two of each from, Boston Lager, Winter Lager, Holiday Porter, Old Fezziwig Ale, and their newest creations, Black & Brew and Chocolate Bock. I’ll be posting my thoughts on the Chocolate Bock in a few weeks.

Black and Brew is a Coffee Stout with a nice aroma of malt and bread notes, but I didn’t get any coffee aroma. A robust coffee flavor is prominent throughout, with a nice combination of chocolatey malt. There is a bitter finish to the beer from the roasted coffee. It has a nice body to it, really nice and creamy.

Here is my little one trying to get into my shot, lol.

This is a Four Beer Caps Stout that I truly enjoyed. The coffee and malt flavor combination really did it for me. I’ll be searching for this variety pack before the cold months are over. Just as I was finishing this post, I thought of a Stout Float; this would be great with a scoop of coffee or vanilla ice cream.

Throw one back for me ~ cheers!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Empty Bottles

 

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Super Cru

Here you have a beer from New Belgium, a Belgium Ale called Super Cru from the Lips of Faith series. I drank this during one of these hot summer days and I wish I had payed attention to the ABV as it’s 10%, especially when I wanted something refreshing and I had no one to share it with. Every time I see the bottles on display, I might not buy them, but I take my time admiring the artwork on the bottles; this one is pretty cool. About two years ago I picked up my first bottle of Lips of Faith, it was Dark Kriek, one that is no longer made, but was tasty.

The ale had lots sweet notes in the nose, pears, apples, brown sugar, malt, and definitely some stank of yeast, you know the Belgian yeast stank I’m talking about. The combination of malt, bread yeast and pear dominates the flavor profile. There’s an alcohol burn to finish the sip and you end with up with a peppery finish from the taste of cloves. The clove flavor to finish, reminded me of Christmas, probably a good beer during the winter to keep you warm.

This beer from New Belgium was not very impressive, especially when it was a release for their 20th anniversary. It sure is a sipper, not one to quench your thirst during these summer days as I erroneously tried to do by not paying attention to the bottle. Tasty but I’ll pass on the recommendation. Two Beer Caps for this one.

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Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Empty Bottles

 

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