The Tide and its Takers

Out on the town today trying a new (to me) beer. Anchorage Brewing – The Tide and its Takers. This is a barrel aged triple aged in Chardonnay barrels. The beer is quite dry with distinct spice notes an a slightly sour finish. Quite refreshing on a hot day.



Troubador Special Edition 2012 Sorachi Ace


This is the Troubador Sorachi Ace Belgian Triple India Pale Ale. What a mouthful. It has all the hallmarks of a good tripel. Citrus notes with a sharp hop note and high alcohol. A quite refreshing brew. It’s competing with the┬áTripel Karmeliet which is my current favorite tripel.

New Arrival: Brew Dog San Diego Scotch Ale

The mailman was kind enough to just deliver a 3 pack of Brew Dog San Diego Scotch Ale.


I’ll give you impressions later tonight. My laptop is currently undergoing surgery. Or will be after I finish copying files to the new drive.


I promised you an impression and here it is: yum! The beer is a dark, creamy brew that hints of coffee, caramel and rum. The rum flavor comes from the aging in rum barrels but it is quite distinct from whiskey barrel aged beer. It’s a shame there are no US┬ádistributors (that I have found.)

Update 2:

The first bottle of this was awesome and as described. The subsequent 2 bottles weren’t the same. The smoky flavor was over pronounced and tasted almost burnt. I must have had 2 batches represented in those 3 bottles.

2013 Northern California Beer Tour: The Plan

So here’s the deal; next week, on May 7, 2013 I’m going to start my Northern California beer tour. Planned stops will include:

  • Russian River Brewery
  • Bear Republic Brewery
  • Calistoga Inn Restaurant & Brewery
  • Mendocino Brewing Ale House
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
  • North Coast Brewing Co. Tap Room
  • Eel River Brewing Tap Room
  • Lost Coast Brewery
  • Redwood Curtain Brewing Company
  • Mad River Brewing Company – Tasting Room
  • Wildcard Brewing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

Here’s a map:

Stay tuned for updates.