Beer Shoot-Out – California Porters

Seeing that I had three Porters in my beer fridge, that was reason enough to do a side-by-side comparison. It could even be captioned as a Northern California beer shoot-out, since the three beers are brewed in Chico, Blue Lakes and San Francisco. Three of us sat down to pick a winner. Anchor Porter (Anchor […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Man O’ War Ruination and Ruination IPA

It was a year ago that I came up with the clever idea of pairing a Ruination cigar with the Ruination IPA, and today I finally got around to it. Man O’ War Ruination Robusto (5.5″ x 54) I reviewed the Ruination Torpedo previously, and it became one of my favorite cigars. As with the […]

Beer Fest Review: OC Fest of Ales 2013, Anaheim

I missed last year’s OC Fest of Ales, but made it to this year’s Second Annual event in downtown Anaheim. The event starts with a 5k run, and I had a passing thought to participate in that as well, but then I came to my senses and stuck to just the beer fest. The weather […]

Beer from Every Faucet!

Although they characterized it as a prank, I’d call it a mission of mercy. Some blokes plumbed their friend’s house so that every faucet produced cold beer. Sure, it would make cooking and cleaning a little weird, and I can only imagine the foam that would be created by the dishwasher, but I could adapt. […]

Beer Fest Review: OC Brew Ha Ha 2013

My faith in beer festival organizers has been restored. After the disastrous Beer Loves Music beer festival at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana, I was set for a great beer fest, and found it at the OC Brew Ha Ha. Anyone running a beer festival really should attend a Brew Ha Ha function to […]

The Beer and the Cigar: A Perfect Compliment

Guest columnist Luzzie Normand provided the following article to discuss pairing beer and cigars, and to promote her cigar site, NeptuneCigar.com. I spent a little time on the site, and I like what I see. One cool feature is that when you click on the “cigars” button, you can sort by strength. The cigars descriptions […]

Beer Festival Review: Beer Loves Music 2013, Yost Theater, Santa Ana

The Beer Loves Music Beer Festival was held at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana on August 3, 2013, a day that will live in infamy. I’ve been to many, many beer festivals, and this was the most ill-conceived, disorganized one I’ve ever attended. Wait. I misspoke. This was the most ill-conceived, disorganized event of […]

American Craft Beer Week

I have to ask though. Is Crow Peak Brewing really the only brewery in all of South Dakota? That’s just sad. I guess that explains why so few people live there.

How Will You Chill Your Beer After the Nuclear Holocaust?

After the big one comes, and we are living in caves and burned out buildings, waiting for the radioactive fallout to dissipate, how will we chill our beer? I happened to come across this video today that provides a way to chill beer with only a big rubber band, and no electricity required. That’s a […]

Tonight’s Tasting: CAO Sopranos Edition and Budweiser Black Crown

Choosing the cigar for tonight’s tasting was a no-brainer. I reached into the humidor to see what I could find and spied a CAO Sopranos Edition. Given the recent death of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), I had no choice but to select this stick as my small tribute. As to the beer, well, let’s talk […]