Thursday, August 20, 2009

Greetings From Cali - Wish You Were Beer

OK, so without putting any real effort into this, I somehow managed to drink a lot of really good beer (specifically, west coast-brewed IPA) over the last five or six days.

I won't go all beer-geek on you with talk of original gravities and sultry citrus overtones with an undercurrent of rosemary , but suffice to say, my taste buds have been well slaked as of late.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company - Hop Ottin’ IPA

The one disappointment in the bunch, possibly due to improperly stored or "past its prime" stock. This was from the bottle and had a bit of a metallic twang to it, kinda like sucking on a penny while drinking beer. Come on, who hasn't?

Lagunitas Brewing Company - Lagunitas IPA

OK, it's good beer, but dude...

Thanks for choosing to spend the next few minutes with this special homicidally hoppy ale. Savor the moment as the raging hop character engages the imperial qualities of the Malt foundation in mortal combat on the battlefield of your palate!


Full Sail Brewing Company - Full Sail IPA

Very [read: dangerously] drinkable. Though, probably the least super-hoppy of the bunch.

Russian River Brewing Company - Blind Big IPA

In a word: Grapefruityhoppygoodness.

21st Amendment Brewery - Brew Free! or Die IPA

Brewed in San Francisco. The irony is nearly as delicious as the beer.

Bear Republic Brewing Company - Racer 5 IPA

Kinda like Lou Bega's "Mambo #5", only it's not an annoying dance song. But if you take either of those 12 times in a row without coming up for air, you have an equal chance of punching out some guy at the end of the bar for no apparent reason.

Mad River Brewing Company - Steelhead Double IPA

8.6% Alcohol by volume - definitely one (or two) you'll want to chug real fast on a hot and humid summer afternoon after you're done cutting the grass. Serioulsy though, that is one awesome beverage.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company - Torpedo Extra IPA

Fire in the hole, Sailor!

So, yeah, we're having a good vacation.

Sorry I missed all that 96-degree humid crap weather back home.

UPDATE: I thought the list seemed a tad incomplete.

Stone Brewing Company - Ruination IPA

I have yet to be disappointed by any of their fine offerings. Stone brewing is definitely in the "Can't Go Wrong" category. All hits, no misses.

And, they have the perfect brew for the next Presidential Beer Summit.