About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL

Double Agent IPL photo by stevegarfield

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL 5% ABV, 43 IBU To be honest with you I never thought of Samuel Adams (SA) as a micro brewery or even macro; perhaps somewhere in the middle. I haven’t had a beer from this label in a long time. I do like the music in their commercials though. I’ve always […]

Blowing off Steam! Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale

Widmer Colombia Commons Spring Ale

Widmer Columbia Common Spring Ale (4.7% ABV, 32 IBU) A Spring Ale? Hmm, don’t think I’ve drank one of these before. So I decided to get a six pack of Columbia Common Spring Ale (4.7% ABV, 32 IBU) brewed by Widmer Brothers from here in Portland. At first taste reminded me of a domestic lager […]

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA

Chainbreaker White IPA photo by adambarhan of flickr.com

Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 5.6% ABV, 55 IBU Coming from literally the heart of Oregon, this beer is born at the the Deschutes Brewery located in beautiful Bend. I was looking for an IPA when browsing a brew to taste for this post. I found one but it was a White IPA. Hmm. What does that […]

Groupo Modelo Victoria, Cerveza Doméstica de Mexico

Groupo Modelo Victoria image by ing jorge of flickr.com

Groupo Modelo Victoria 4.04% ABV Now here at the KT we typically don’t write about foreign domestics but there have been some foreign domestics. I wrote about a few here when I visited the jewel of Central America Honduras back in May. Well this foreign domestic comes from Mexico City (brewed by Groupo Modelo) and is called Victoria […]

Double Take IPA – if you see it look away

NoBeer Sign by fridgeuk of flickr.com

Double Take IPA – ABV 6.9%, 70 IBU Double Take IPA from New York (or is it?). The beer’s label states that the beer is “brewed by Brewmaster’s Choice in Rochester, NY.” But here’s the paradox … the label (and beer’s website) implies the beers comes from a brewery called Double Take Brewing Co. hence the name. […]

Does Organic Taste Better?Fish Tale Organic IPA

Fish Tale IPA

Fish Tale IPA (6.5% ABV, 42 IBU) Thinking I’d ride the wave of organic, is better tonight I tasted a beer from Fish Brewing Company located in Washington’s capitol of Olympia.This organic IPA is called Fish Tale (6.5% ABV, 42 IBU). 42 IBUs!? Wow that is pretty low for an IPA. Anyway living in Portland I […]

Portlandia Pils – Laurelwood Brewery – PDX

Laurelwood Portlandia Pils

Portlandia Pils – 5.5% ABV, 50 IBU A pilsner? That’s right, I tried a pilsner tonight from a respectable Portland micro brewery: Laurelwood Brewing Co. whose pub and beers I’ve written about before on this blog. This ain’t no ordinary pilsner but one that should have fellow pilsners follow it past the parted red sea. The […]

Rubicon Brewing Co. – Sacramento, CA

Rubicon Brewing

Rubicon Brewing Co. – Sacramento, CA Sactown, the capitol of the state of my youth. The end. That’s about as much as I know about it besides just kind of being out in the middle of no where. Anyway I was down in Sacramento, CA recently for business with a co-worker. We stayed downtown in […]

Spiraling Spiral Jetty IPA

Epic Spiral Jetty Beer

Epic Spiral Jetty IPA 6.6% ABV My choice for tonight’s tasting comes from a state that I haven’t tested an IPA before: Utah! WTH? Honestly that’s what I first thought. But surprisingly it wasn’t the beer that sucked but it did lack. The suds is called Spiral Jetty IPA (6.6% ABV,IBU unknown) from Epic Brewing in […]

Traveling Outside of My Comfort Zone: Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale

Stumptown Tart Beer photo by swyngarden of flickr.com

Stumptown Tart Belgian Style Ale (7.8 ABV, deplorable IBU 15) Any long time reader of this awesome blog could tell ya I am not into the Belgian styles. They’ll say that I’ll leave that style to Irving and the rest of the Jersey fellas to blog about. That is true. I’m not against tasting them […]