Los Angeles Beer Festival 2011 a Bust

I’ve been to the Los Angeles Beer Festival at Union Station for the past two years, and it has proven to be very inconsistent. Last year it was nearly perfect.  The festival is held at Union Station in Los Angeles, and therefore takes driving out of the equation.  Jump on a train to Los Angeles, take […]

Top 50 Beers in America? I hope not.

  Zymurgy is purportedly the journal of the American Homebrewers Association (my subscription must have been lost in the mail).  It has published a list (set forth below) of the 50 best beers in America, as ranked by its readers.  The readers are asked to provide a list of their 20 favorite beers, and all beers must […]

Tonight’s Tasting: C.E.O. Red Label Cigar and Shipyard Imperial Porter

C.E.O. Red Label Cigar (5 x 50) This is a real mystery cigar.  I think I actually bought a five-pack of C.E.O. cigars, based on a vague memory that I exclaimed, “what the hell are C.E.O. cigars?” when the package came in the mail.  I think they were an impulse buy on Cigar Monster, ordered […]

April 7 — National Beer Day

For true beer lovers, April 7 is a day of celebration on par with Thanksgiving, or at the very least St. Patrick’s Day. Prohibition officially ended on December 5, 1933, with the ratification of the 21st Amendment. But earlier that year, newly-elected President Franklin D. Roosevelt took steps to fulfill his campaign promise to end […]

Beers don’t have to be a caloric experience

  If your waistline and the calendar are not in sync, and you need to shave some calories while you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, keep in mind that there are a number of beers containing less than 100 calories (based on a 12-ounce serving): Miller Genuine Draft 64: 64 calories and 2.6 grams of carbohydrates […]

Tonight’s Tasting: West Coast Pale Ale (Home Brew) and Perdomo Reserve Maduro

Whoever wrote “it never rains in Southern California” hadn’t seen our weather of late.  (Actually it was

Drink Up! More Health Benefits from Beer.

It’s always good to have a health study or two up your sleeve in case some teetotaler tries to give you grief about ordering a second beer. According to a new study published in the journal “Circulation,” moderate drinking lowers the risk of heart disease in adults, and the positive effects may be the greatest […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Cain F and Saison Rue Belgian-Style Ale

  Saison Rue Belgian-Style Ale, made with Rye and Brettanomyces What a find in my own backyard.  Just a month ago I discovered and wrote about the wonders of a yeast called Brettanomyces, or “Brett” for short, that is normally viewed as a contaminant.  As the Orval beer I was drinking demonstrated, this “contaminant” can […]

The Things I’ll Do for Beer

Do we file this under “the things I’ll do for beer”, or perhaps, “waaay to much time on my hands”? The Coors Light Home Draft system I reviewed a few days ago had grown pathetic in its efforts to provide me with a draft.  You start the tapper by twisting a cylindrical knob that releases […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Orval Trappist Ale and Joya de Nicaragua Fuerte Serie B

Slightly disappointed by last night’s random pairing, the only thing to do was head out onto the Lido deck and try to do a better job.  I selected a Belgium beer to increase the odds of a good choice – Orval Trappist Ale – and a Nicaraguan cigar for the same reason.  Tonight the Force […]