What's great in wine, beer, fine dining,
places to stay, & places to visit
in California State

Saturday, 01 October 2016 14:05

September 30, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

North Coast Pranqster Picmonkey

Pranqster

 

North Coast Brewing

Ft. Bragg, CA

Style: Belgian-style golden ale

Alcohol: 7.6%

IBUs: 20

Serving Style: 12 oz., 750ml bottles, kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year round. Good distribution in California with lesser presence in rest of the country

Monday, 30 May 2016 18:42

Pushing the Envelope

Pinot Suave 22oz Picmonkey

By Dan Clarke

May 30, 2016 -I really wanted to like this beer. I tried, but failed.

Pinot Suave is a new product from Deschutes Brewery. Almost all their beers have been popular with staff and guest reviewers for our publications over the years.

This one is billed as a Belgian-style ale “aged in Pinot Noir barrels that were filled with Pinot grape must.” The prospect certainly sounded intriguing. I love good Pinot Noir, whether from Burgundy, California, Oregon or even other parts of the world. Pinot Suave is from the Deschutes Brewery’s Reserve Series. Even the label has a sophisticated, understated appearance.