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

Trade Winds Tripel

The Bruery Trade Winds TripelStone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #2

Bananas and spice on the nose. Carries through to palate with bubblegum joining the party. Continue reading

Enjoy By 9-21-12 IPA

Stone Enjoy By IPAStone 16th Anniversary Celebration – Sample #1

A fresher smelling-and-tasting, lighter, smoother variant of Stone’s IPA. Continue reading

Ellie’s Brown Ale

Avery Ellie's Brown AleSharing 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. Continue reading

Aooni IPA

Yo-Ho Aooni IPACelebrating International Beer Day with Aooni India Pale Ale. Bready nose, tropical citrus notes. Grassy and malty. Bitter cereal. Continue reading

Holy hopping hops!

Elinor examines the collection“Holy hopping hops!” shouts Elinor. “You’ve got almost as much beer as you do books!”

Kaleidoscope Collaboration Ale

Devil's Canyon Kaleidoscope Collaboration AleLike 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. Continue reading

6th Anniversary Ale

Port Brewing 6th Anniversary AleBig, bold Cali DIPA. Mega head. Grapefruit and pine nose, caramel and lemon on the tongue. Continue reading

Deviant Dale’s IPA

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale's IPAIt 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. Continue reading

Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale

Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley WineThere 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. Continue reading

Moylander Double IPA

Moylan's Moylander Double IPABiscuits & grapefruit on nose, citrus & pine resin on tongue, dry bitter finish. Continue reading