Tonight’s Tasting: Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut and Samuel Adams Alpine Spring

A beautiful day on the Lido deck cried out for a tasting, and I was in a mild mood, so I went with a Perdomo cigar with a light wrapper (although admittedly it looks pretty dark in the photo) and a seasonal beer from Samuel Adams. Perdomo Patriarch Connecticut (6″ x 50) Perdomo’s Patriarch cigar […]

Make Your Last Beer Ever a Shock Top?

Given my prior post, this very entertaining commercial from Shock Top caught my eye. Shock Top beers are made by Shock Top Brewing Company in St. Louis, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Bush InBev. The fact that many might think they are drinking a “craft beer” when they are drinking a Shock Top has […]

Tonight’s Tasting: Undercrown by Drew Estates and Go Team! by The Bruery

I picked a great pair tonight! The fine, fine people at BnB Tobacco sent me some cigars to review, and with the weather on the Lido Deck finally back to cigar smoking temperatures, I was able to grab one for tonight’s tasting, paired with a nice Belgian-style ale from The Bruery. Undercrown by Drew Estate Robusto […]

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale Beer Review

Jubel 2010 Once a Decade Ale This waxed beauty from Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery has been sitting in my fridge since, well, 2010. It’s about a $13 bottle of beer so I suppose I kept putting it off for a special occasion. Tonight I felt like drinking it, and that was special occasion enough. The […]

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: Voo Doo American Stout and Casa Magna Colorado

Those fine people at Cigars Direct were kind enough to send me a selection of cigars for tasting and review, so I selected a Casa Magna Colorado (Robusto), and paired it with a Voo Doo American Stout.  The pairing was effortless, using the standard password 0000 (an obscure bluetooth reference that I found funny, but then […]

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

Pub Review: TAPS Fish House and Brewery – Brea, California

Our roving Cigar Group met at TAPS Fish House and Brewery in Brea this week to take advantage of their cigar-friendly patio while watching the Lakers tank another game.  (Note to TAPS:  Put a second screen out on the patio.)  I’ve been to TAPS on a couple of occasions, but had not yet sampled their […]

Orange County Beer Festival 2010

Another great beer festival at Irvine Lake.  The second annual (hopefully) Orange County Beer Festival was held on May 15 instead of August like the previous year, and that resulted in much cooler weather. I went with a friend and two designated drivers (always good to have a backup at an event like this in […]