The not so temping Temptation

The Russian River Brewing Company blonde ale Temptaion ABV 7.5%

Like Jason M‘s post about a good beer he got from Trader Joe’s I also got this beer from that chain (I love their 2 buck chucks btw). However this beer is not brewed by or for TJ but instead hales from The Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, CA. Its a blonde ale fermentated/aged once in used Chardonnay barrels then a second time in the bottles themselves. This “Frankensteinyian” (if you will) concoction is called Temptaion (ABV 7.5%, IBV negligible)

After I got my decently priced free range and organic steak (he he) I spent some time in the alcohol section of the Hollywood TJ. There’s mostly wine but they have a healthy selection of beer. What caught my eye with this beer was the price. $11.99. I was like damn that’s either really good or really bad. I hesitated a bit and then spoke with the dude manning that section. Eventually I was told that this beer was sour which is the oppisote of bitter beer which wasnt too appealing to this hop head but i love (sometimes have to) to try new beers even if its on the other side of my comfort spectrum. So I brought it home. I was told that I if I dont like it I could bring it back with the receipt and get my money returned. Shoot, I already threw it away.

I will not be drinking this beer again (well maybe if I was stuck in the middle of a desert without hydration and that was the only thing left). I liked the idea of something new with beer aging but once a white wine barrel has been used future beer needs to stay out. Cheers!

PS. I had some Heineken in the fridge that I used to clear my mouth of that monstrosity. Worked well.

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)


  1. First sour beer huh? Yeah I tried a sour beer once and I had a similar feeling. Its an acquired taste, you like IPAs for the hoppiness and I like Quads for the malt someone’s gotta love Sours for well the sourness :)

  2. First sour beer and last!

Leave a Reply