Arrogant Bastard – Hated by Many, Loved by Few

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale – 7.2% ABV You may be wondering why I started this review with a line like the one you see in the title. Look no further than the bottle cap from the company itself. Look at the picture above if you don’t understand. Stone Brewing Company, based in Escondido, CA, is no […]

Sour Power? The Bruery 5 Golden Rings

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings

The Bruery 5 Golden Rings 11.5% ABV Walking into a beer store this weekend I was amazed to see the biggest collection of Bruery beers I’ve ever seen in one place and to my surprise they had this year’s Christmas Ale offering, 5 Golden Rings. Without hesitation I picked up the beer and made a […]

Another Hop Monster – Firestone Walker Double Jack

Firestone Walker Double Jack

Firestone Walker Double Jack – 9.5% ABV My colleague Irving had the distinct honor of introducing us to a popular flavor from Firestone Walker – Union Jack. This is their version of an IPA. Right about that time, I had been working a review for their Double Jack, a stronger take on that style, or more […]

A Spicy Summer Brew in Fall – The Bruery Orchard White

The Bruery Orchard White photo by John Holzer of

The Bruery Orchard White – 5.7% ABV When it comes to new flavors, I’m all about trying something new. Variety is the spice of life after all. I found a nice little ditty in Orchard White by The Bruery. I’ve had witbiers before, and I have enjoyed them all (for the most part), but this […]

13 is My Lucky Number: Lagunitas Lucky 13 (video)

Lagunitas Lucky 13 photo

Lagunitas Lucky 13 Mondo Red Ale 8.8% ABV 60 IBU Last month my daughter was born on the thirteenth of the month and after posting that on our twitter account I found out that 13 was a very popular day for craft beer folks in NJ. Not only did a couple bring a baby into […]

North Coast Pranqster – More Belgian Goodness from CA

Northcoast Pranqster photo by Gottfried (freethehops)

North Coast PranQster – 7.6% ABV I have been on several similarly-themed beer adventures in the recent past. For instance, I’ll go through a run of various pale ales or IPAs giving myself the opportunity to discern between the good, the moderate and the great. I have also done this with hefeweizens and bock beers. […]

Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest (video)


Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest 6.7% ABV By chance I happen to come across Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere Harvest as I was walking out of the beer store. It was a bottle I hadn’t seen before and I had recently helped my wife brew a batch of beer containing Galaxy hops from Australia so I thought […]

Stone the Crows Firestone Walker Union Jack Is Here (video)

Firestone Walker Union Jack

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA 7.5% ABV I like Double IPAs (DIPA)but I don’t like drinking one or two glasses and being done for the night. The problem I have though is that on average single IPAs can’t match the flavor and complexity of a Double IPA. So here’s my quandary: finding a beer that has […]

Where the Fresh Beat is Always Hoppier: Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12 (video)

Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12

Stone Enjoy By 9.21.12 – 9.4%ABV About three months ago I purchased a 12 ounce bottle of Hitachino White Ale and being such a great wit beer I was really happy to get home and drink up. Only problem was when I got home and poured the beer it was almost like a sour beer and […]

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 […]