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21st Amendment Brewery Hell or High Watermelon: Are You High?

Before I start this review I want to give an update on a series of articles I have been writing. Sexism in the beer industry is a pretty big issue and is something I feel needs to be looked at. Since this is such a big issue though I want to make sure I give…

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Belching Beaver Great Lei IPA: Dry Spell

Some of you might know that I am a huge fan of beer. Crazy, I know, but beer is my favorite every day indulgence. I have a second favorite indulgence though that very few people know about: I love a good Pina Colada. That perfect combination of sweet and tart, pineapple and coconut, relaxation and…

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Boulevard Brewing The Calling: Calling all Hops

Just to warn you- this is a quick review. When buying a new beer I am often easily swayed by a fancy bottle or a well-designed label. I hate to be a sucker to design but I am a simply and easily entertained man. When my wife spotted The Calling on the shelf of our…

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Ale Smith San Diego Pale Ale .394: Mr. San Diego

If you ask your fellow San Diego beer drinker what their favorite style is, I would guess a majority of them would probably pick either an IPA or a pale ale. The West Coast beer scene, especially the San Diego beer scene has become somewhat defined by overly-hopped ales over the last few years, and…

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Sierra Nevada Hoptimum 2015: Optimal Presentation

Drinkability is important in a good beer. Far too often we find breweries making an “ultimate” beer that focuses on the most intense qualities of brewing ingredients. While for lovers of malt, hops and flavor additives this may seem like beer nirvana, the average beer drinker might be turned off by the stronger aspects of…

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Dogfish Head Black & Blue: Cruisin for a Bruisin

Can we take a moment and talk about how amazing Dogfish Head is at designing labels? There are so many breweries out there trying their damnedest to have their labels stand out as much as possible on the shelf, but Dogfish Head maintains a sense of restrain. Their labels are simple, quaint even with a…

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Stone Pale Ale 2.0: Hmm… Upgrades.

One of my favorite memories as a kid was seeing The Matrix in the theater with my dad. He picked me up from school one day and said that he had something cool to show me. He then immediately drove to Costco which made me question what “cool” meant for my father. Luckily that preliminary…

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Stone Ruination 2.0: The Gargoyle is Back

It was a sad day in the beer world when Stone announced the discontinuation of a few of their flagship beers. Ruination, Levitation and Subliminally Self Righteous were all going to be phased out along with the original recipe for Stone Pale Ale. It seemed that San Diego’s most abrasive brewery was doing a little…

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Unibroue La Fin du Monde: Abbey Normal

When I first started drinking craft beer I had a very limited palate which could not handle certain bigger brews. Beers like Alaskan Amber, Fat Tire and Sam Adams Boston Lager were perfect for me because they were drinkable but not too crazy. After a few months I tried beers like Red Nectar, Sierra Nevada…

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Colt 45 Malt Liquor: Something Something Something Dark Side

While many of my friends in high school started drinking before they were 18, I never found myself imbibing with them. I was a late bloomer in the drinking world and I completely skipped years of alcohol, specifically malt beverages. When you are young and broke a malt liquor is a great choice for getting drunk.…

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