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Saturday, 13 May 2017 20:26

Beer Pick of the Week

Firestone Walker Nitro DBA Picmonkey

Nitro DBA

 

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Paso Robles, California

Style: English-style pale ale

Alcohol: 5%

IBUs: 30

Serving style: Kegs only

Availability: Most of USA West Coast

Monday, 03 April 2017 20:52

Karl Strauss Teams With Sierra Nevada

NxS Road Show poster Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, April 4, 2017 - Karl Strauss Brewing Company is releasing a collaboration brew with Sierra Nevada.

Friday, 23 September 2016 19:19

September 23, 2016 Wine Pick of the Week

Robs Red Blend Non Vintage web Picmonkey

 

2014 Rob’s Red Blend

 

Barnard Griffin

Washington State

Alcohol: 13.6%

Suggested Retail: $14

Friday, 12 August 2016 11:05

August 12, 2016 Beer Pick of the Week

Melvin Brewing MPA pintglass Picmonkey

Hubert MPA

 

Melvin Brewing

Alpine, Wyoming

Style: pale ale

ABV: 6%

IBUs: 66

Serving style: 12-oz.cans and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: WY, CO and the Pacific NW

Sunday, 17 April 2016 01:15

April 15, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Deschutes Armory Picmonkey

Armory XPA

 

Deschutes Brewery

Bend, Oregon

Style: Experimental pale ale

Alcohol: 5.9%

IBUs: 55

Serving style: 12-ounce bottes

Availability: Year-around in the West and much of the U.S.

Friday, 09 October 2015 10:24

October 9, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Karl Strauss Pintail Ale Picmonkey

Pintail Pale Ale

 

Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

San Diego

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5.3%

IBUs: 47

Serving Style: 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Year around in most of California

 

Appearance:   “I’d say amber or maybe copper-colored.”

Aroma:   “There seems a good balance of hops and malt in the nose. I get a good whiff of citrus—grapefruit and maybe orange peel.”

Taste:   “Has more carbonation than an English-style Pale Ale, but isn't fizzy. Good body with some roasted malt in the background. Hoppy in the American style, but not overly so.”

Food Affinity:   “Scotch egg, but they're hard to find over here. Would also be good with a rye bread sandwich of sliced cheddar cheese and bell pepper with some stone-ground mustard. ”

  --Guest reviewer Phil Robertson is a waiter in San Diego

Sunday, 30 August 2015 14:04

August 28, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Stone Pale Ale 2.0 PicmonkeyPale Ale 2.0

 

Stone Brewing Co.

Escondido, California

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Good year around national distribution

 

Appearance:   “Deep amber color, almost copper-hued. Nearly inch high head, but it dissipates fairly quickly. Nice lacing.”

Aroma:   “There’s a hoppiness, but it comes across as almost fruity—citrussy maybe or even apricot and peach scents.” (Editor’s note:  After 19 years, Stone has changed the recipe for its Pale Ale, hence the 2.0 designation. The new version makes use of Mandarina Bavaria hops from Germany, which may be the source of the aromatic profile.)

Taste:   “I like this one. In a world that now seems to be dominated by hugely-hopped beers, the Pale Ale 2.0 seems balanced and restrained. Easy to drink and each sips seems to invite the next one.”

Food Affinity:   “Fish tacos. Pickled onion and Scotch egg. Even A grilled Caerphilly cheese, bacon and tomato sandwich on rye bread.”

 

--Guest reviewer Nigel Davies tends bar on the Central Coast of California

Saturday, 08 August 2015 12:45

August 7, 2015 Beer Pick of the Week

Port Brewing Summer Pale Ale Picmonkey

Summer Pale Ale/SPA

 

Port Brewing

San Marcos, California

Style: American Pale Ale

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving style: Bottles and kegs (our sample from draft)

Availability: Seasonal, but widely distributed on the West Coast, less so nationally

 

Appearance:   “I’d say it was a deep gold or maybe copper color. Medium depth white head. Good lacing.”

Aroma:   “Quite fruity. Big hop presence here (brewery website says Amarillo, Cacade, Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe are the hops), evidenced by pine and citrus notes.”

Taste:   “Nice balance of malt, followed by the hops. Crisp and refreshing, rather than heavy. Nothing cloying here. First pint might invite the second.”

Food Affinity:   “Something with personality. I imagine drinking this sitting on a deck close to the sea. Smoked salmon chunks with home-made tartar sauce. Garlic sausages with whole-grain mustard.”

 

  --Reviewer Dawn Thurston teaches music when she’s not enjoying a beer.

Saturday, 06 September 2014 13:19

September 5, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

 

Einstok Icelandic Pale Ale Picmonkey 2

Icelandic Pale Ale

 

Einstök Olgerd

Akureyri, Iceland

Style: Pale Ale

Alcohol: 5.6%

IBUs: Unknown

Serving Style: 330ml bottle (11.2 oz)

Availability: Limited distribution in national markets

 

Appearance:  “Dark golden. Amber”

Aroma:  “Malty. Somewhat fruity.

Taste:  “Like the flavor. Not especially hoppy. Nice roundness and malt-hop balance. It's mild, but has good character. It makes its point”

Food Affinity:  “Lamb chops. Summer sausage. Munster and Gouda cheeses.

Ray Thompson Mar 22 2014 Picmonkey

 

 

Reviewer Ray Thompson is a retired attorney in Sacramento

Friday, 18 July 2014 14:07

July 18, 2014 Beer Pick of the Week

Berryessa Double Tap Pint Picmonkey

Foot Path Pale Ale

 

Berryessa Brewing Co.

Winters, California

Alcohol: 4.8 %

Style: American Pale Ale

IBUs: 35

Serving Style: Kegs

Availability: No. California--mostly SF Bay Area east through Sacramento

 

Appearance:  “Golden-amber color. A little cloudy, rather than crystal clear.”

Aroma:  “No discernible aroma”

Taste:  “Mildly hoppy. Surprisingly understated and delicious. Very nice lingering finish. I think it would be pretty easy to drink a lot of these before you realized you shouldn't have.”

Food Affinity:  “Grilled chicken, corn. Would be good with a barbecued picnic lunch.”

Johnnie Beer Picmonkey 2

 

Reviewer Johnnie Beer is a Northern California guitar player.

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