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Author Archives: Ross E. Lockhart

Enjoy By 9-21-12 IPA

Stone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #1 A fresher smelling-and-tasting, lighter, smoother variant of Stone’s IPA.

Ellie’s Brown Ale

Sharing an Ellie’s Brown Ale from Avery Brewing Company with Elinor. Doggone good: rich malts, brown sugar, vanilla, and nuts. Disclaimer: No alcohol was actually consumed by Elinor.

Aooni IPA

Celebrating International Beer Day with Aooni India Pale Ale. Bready nose, tropical citrus notes. Grassy and malty. Bitter cereal.

Kaleidoscope Collaboration Ale

Like you, I’ve been watching the media circus surrounding Patrick Wensink’s Broken Piano for President and the world’s friendliest cease-and-desist letter. It’s been amazing watching a Bizarro title climb to the top of’s rankings, peaking just below the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (Note to Patrick: Next time, don’t forget to include ben wa balls in the book), not to mention the positive coverage in places like Boing Boing, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Time Magazine.

Book Pairings for Kaleidoscope Collaboration Ale

Just one recommended pairing this week, and you probably already guessed what it is.

6th Anniversary Ale

Big, bold Cali DIPA. Mega head. Grapefruit and pine nose, caramel and lemon on the tongue.

Deviant Dale’s IPA

It takes about an hour, sometimes more, to drive from Petaluma, where I live, to the Dogpatch district of San Francisco, where the massive warehouse warehousing the Night Shade Books office is located. Depending on traffic, and other motorists’ habits of driving like idiots, this can be a monster of a commute. So I fill my time as best I can, listening to music, catching up on short fiction, or checking out new and engaging podcasts.

Book Pairings for Deviant Dale’s IPA

Suggested literary pairings for the deviant in your life:

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

There is grief, and there is sorrow, but there is also recovery. As the old adage says, time heals all wounds. And the conspicuous absence of dog was becoming deafening. So, coming up on three weeks ago, we adopted a dog. At the time, we didn’t completely realize we were adopting a dog.

Book Pairings for Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

Recommended literary pairings to help keep your favorite horn dog from becoming too hot and/or bothered: