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 […]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Rosalones Robusto (5" x 52)

Cigars Direct provided me with another fine selection of cigars for review, including a big, fat Room 101 Serie SA Gordo (6″ x 60) and an Obsidian White Noise Toro Extra (6.5″ x 54). After letting them relax a few days in my humidor, I decided to pull one out for review with a morning […]

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 […]

A Strategy to Win Cigar Auctions

Quite some time ago I tried cigar auction sites and found them to be utter nonsense, but a friend said he gets some pretty good deals there so I decided to give it another try. I spent a couple of hours on the sites over three days to see if there were any deals to […]

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 […]

Ride Review: Ride the Coast 2013

Ride the Coast 2013 turned out to be a great ride for a good cause. It was a hot one today in Santa Ana, California, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. Of course, everything is relative, because my hometown of Tempe, Arizona had a high of 118 today, so I’ll take the 90 degrees. But, despite […]

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 […]