Dogs, Books, and Beer. Not necessarily in that order.

Black Bear XX Stout

Alameda Black Bear XX StoutRight now, I’m reading the first-draft manuscript of Bradley P. Beaulieu’s The Straits of Galahesh, his sequel to this year’s critically-acclaimed Russian-inspired epic fantasy novel, The Winds of Khalakovo. Even in its current rough form, this book’s awesome, and I’m really looking forward to giving you the opportunity to read The Straits of Galahesh in Spring of 2012. Continue reading

Big Eye IPA

Ballast Point Big Eye IPATonight, about five hundred miles south of me, my buddy Lyell’s having a Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. I know this because I glanced at Facebook earlier tonite, where Lyell had posted a photo of his own Adult Beverage. Finally, the Internet has revealed its true purpose: knowing what your buddies are drinking!

I didn’t have a Sculpin on hand, but in solidarity I’ve cracked open a Ballast Point Big Eye IPA. How does it compare? Continue reading

Coney Island Sword Swallower

Shmaltz Coney Island Sword SwallowerI’ve know a few people who ran off to join a sideshow, and I once flirted with learning how to breathe fire, but I’ve never quite understood the distinction between “circus folk” and “carnies,” even though Tod Browning’s Freaks and Wim Winders’s Wings of Desire are two of my all-time favorite flicks. Continue reading

Green Lakes Organic Ale

Deschutes Green Lakes Organic AleJennifer’s brother Farb just passed through Petaluma, and we had a great time visiting and attending a Giants game with him and his wife. They left behind a six pack of Deschutes Brewery’s Green Lakes Organic Ale. Can’t let good beer go to waste… Continue reading

Chipotle Ale

Rogue Chipotle AleWe’re working our way back home after our seaside vacation, spending tonight in a La Quinta in White City, OR. Earlier this afternoon, we dropped by the Rogue Creamery in Medford, and I was in the mood for something spicy, so I picked up a Rogue Chipotle Ale. Continue reading

Single Malt Ale

Rogue Single Malt AleI’m up in the Rogue Nation for a few days of forced relaxation, hanging out by the beach, watching the waves roll in, enjoying a few beers. Last night, we hit the Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest at Rogue HQ, then wandered over to the Rogue Public House for more. Tonight, we’re in Lincoln City, staying at The Coho Oceanfront Lodge, and I picked this up at the local IGA to accompany a pizza from Humble Pie. Continue reading

Highway 78 Scotch Ale

Stone Highway 78 Scotch AleI love the idea of Stone’s collaboration series: micro brewers working together to produce “liquid tributes to the spirit of camaraderie.” So I’ve got high hopes for Highway 78 Scotch Ale, which brings together three North County San Diego brewers: Escondido’s Stone, San Marcos’s Green Flash, and Carlsbad’s Pizza Port. Continue reading

Brother David’s Triple

Anderson Valley Brother David's TripleFrom Boonville, CA comes Anderson Valley Brewing’s Abbey Style Ale, Brother David’s Triple, a pean to the High Priestess of Fermentation. “You are worthy,” this beer promises. And hey, solar powered brewery. So, how is it? Continue reading

PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale

North Coast PranQsterLast Friday, I had a gangster. Tonight, I’m having a PranQster, North Coast Brewing Company’s Belgian Style Golden Ale. I love a good California Belgian, and this one promises “antique yeast strains, producing a floral nose, full fruity flavor, and a clean finish.” Sounds fun. Or will it pull the chair out from under me? Continue reading

Hopstar IPA

Knee Deep Hopstar IPAFrom Reno, Nevada comes Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Hopstar IPA. Reno’s not exactly Beer Mecca, is it? Continue reading