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