Tweaks Complete!

OK, I think I have done enough tinkering with the website for now.

Time to explain the changes…

Instead of a three columned beast, down to two columns with the Cellar inventory appropriately at the very bottom of the page. Hopefully this makes things a skosh prettier to the eye.

I have whittled the other pages down to four and have refreshed those pages with more up-to-date info and images.

Lastly the top o’ the page will now rotate images to liven things up a little.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

In the Tap Lines for November 2020

header_attractionsOnly two months left in this dreadful year and maybe the twin holidays of a Thanksgiving and Christmas will raise the spirits.  Speaking of the latter, as per BSP tradition, I will begin posting Christmas beer labels after Turkey Day.  Have a great month!

~ e-visits to (3) breweries from GABF medal winning breweries
~ special featured reviews of the (3) Black Tuesday variants in their virtual tasting box. 
~Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (Far in the future events)
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to You’re Wrong About
~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Off Book

A quick housekeeping note: Normally, I am not troubled by Facebook as much as other people are. I always scoffed at those who said they had to take a break from the social media giant. I always felt that I had curated the friends list well enough to avoid issues. But due to the election, I have to press pause. Even the well-minded and well-thought out are making me scroll faster than usual.

For beer, this means I might miss some really cool stuff that you, faithful readers, might wonder if I have lost my touch or interest. Rest assured, I will continue to search out nuggets of fun beer news.

Fantasy Drinking

The Fantasy Football draft is complete and I think I did OK considering I had the last pick….

The goal is to have a beer from each city that one of my players is passing, rushing, kicking or catching for. Or to find at least a thin tie back to the team. I usually don’t win, so I have to find some other fun.

In the Tap Lines for September 2020

header_attractionsSoCal just suffered through some heat but I hope that September begins the slow winding down of temperatures.  Still no good news on the ol’ Virus front but it seems that breweries are still being left out of the open up groups.  I will say it again, here is to hoping September will be better.

~ e-visits to (3) breweries from the Oakland area in honor of Kamala Harris.
~ special featured reviews of beers from Fieldwork Brewing.  One hazy and one dark lager
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (Far in the future events)
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Land of the Giants – Netflix
~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

In the Tap Lines for August 2020

header_attractionsI keep saying each month that the next month will be better.  And I see no reason to stop now, right?  August has to be better.  Anyhoo, let’s see the good beer news coming over the next 31 days.

~ e-visits to (3) breweries from the Garden State of New Jersey – Alementary, Fort Nonsense and Chimney Rustic Ales
~ special featured reviews of beers of Black is Beautiful beers and one Take Action IPA
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (Far in the future events)
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Creating Cashflow
~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

2020 Drinking Stats Update

The first half of the year is way skewed. I had gotten one trip in to Oregon so those breweries are well represented in what I drank. 17 compared to 32 from LA where I have been sheltering, well basically, since that trip.

Other California breweries were 28 in number and outside CA and OR accounted for another 18 breweries. With no Firestone Festival the numbers for other CA and outside are down.

The IPA to all other styles ratio is tilted too far to IPA which leads 159 to 139 and the barrel-aged beer count is a paltry 21.

Eagle Rock, Smog City and Firestone are the most sampled along with Buzzrock since I did a tasting of ten of their beers before the virus shut the calendar down.

This year will be a handy measuring stick for past and future more free to move years.

Happy 4th

I want to wish everyone out in craft beer world a great 4th of July. I hope you have a safe-cation and can forge some new safe distance fun together for this year and that you will have some great beer as well.

Before I go get my beer, a brief snippet of poetry for these times we live in from Mr. Langston Hughes:

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

Cheers!

In the Tap Lines for July 2020

header_attractionsJuly is the summer month for me.  A time to try to keep cool, have a staycation, visit the beach, use that accrued vacation time.  Two out of four ain’t bad.  But hopefully, I can brighten the world with news and fun about our favorite beverage.

~ e-visits to (3) breweries from across our nation to celebrate Independence Day and independence from bland beer
~ special featured reviews of beers from new Glendale brewery Paperback Brewing
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (Far in the future events)
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Heaven Bent
~ Great Beer names and Best Beers of the Month
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

DIY Project # 2

I am not anywhere in the vicinity of “handy” but with such cool can designs, I felt it was a shame to just chucking the empties into the recycle bin. So first, I made a mobile of Brouwerij West cans to hang in my office and now, I have put some to use in an experimental garden.

I removed the can tops, then punched holes in the bottom of each can, added some soil, and then seeds and water. I used mostly 16oz cans but also a crowler and a 12oz can. Whether the seeds take root or not is up in the air. But it is a fun afternoon spent playing in the dirt.