Travel Writing

Stone has a new One Batch Dispatch out now, Travelogue Triple IPA. 

This is a big one, as they describe, “Our trek started with Amarillo hops – a favorite from Stone history that we’ve fallen in love with all over again – combined with Loral and Mosaic. Meanwhile, we used flaked wheat and oats, which you’d typically see used in a hazy beer, but filtered this one for a classic, bright appearance. 

That all went according to plan. But the surprise came when this beer that we expected to be a double IPA, came out at a massive 10.7% ABV. Despite the big alcohol content, this beer is incredibly smooth, letting the intense tropical & citrus notes shine with a glorious lingering hoppiness.”

Coconut – Wheat – Horchata

King Harbor Brewing has a new spin on a Horchata inspired beer, Coco-Chata starts life as a wheat beer.  Here is the explainer from the brewery, “This cerveza was inspired by horchata, that heavenly and sweet rice drink you have with your tacos. It’s loaded with toasted rice, raw and toasted coconut, Madagascar vanilla beans, cinnamon blend and lactose. Each sip gives you balanced notes of cinnamon, sweet vanilla, rice, and coconut on the back end.”

Lost in Funk

Beachwood’s Blendery recently re-opened and here is a good reason to re-visit or first visit, Funk Yeah Lost Time Blend, what they are calling the “best of the best.”

50% of the Funk Yeah blend and 50% of two exceptional four-year-old barrels. It will be available in bottles and on draft while supplies last.

# 26

Now that the Firestone Walker Invitational for 2022 is in the books along with my jealousy of all who got to go and experience that excellent festival, it is time to move onto what this years anniversary beer will look like…

XXVI will be in the 12oz bottles with the special box packaging and are not to be missed. I did an anniversary flight last November (a great time to visit I might add) and it was fun to see how four different years tasted.

A Full Pint Breakfast

Time to show some love to the fellow beer writers over at the Full Pint, they have riffed on the famous Bacon and Eggs beer with…

“Sausage & Grits was brewed in collaboration with The Full Pint and Pizza Port Carlsbad. This elegant Coffee Porter at 6.5% ABV boasts flavors and aromas of perfectly roasted coffee, chocolate and caramel. Sausage & Grits features the “Daybreak Blend” from Steady State Roasting. This blend consists of Brazil and Colombian varietals.”

Too Close

21st Amendment Brewing is always near hops especially with their new, Close Encounters of a Hop Kind.

The Bay Area brewery describes it as an “8.5% ABV Double IPA transports beer drinkers far beyond typical Double IPAs with CLS Farms’ extraterrestrial proprietary hop varieties: El Dorado®, Zappa®, and the brand new, never before used CLS X-14. Handcrafted out of a love for experimental hops.”


St.Bernardus has been celebrating their 75 Years Anniversary since last year and they have now reached “the final element in our celebration of our brewery’s 75th anniversary. In honour of the occasion, our brewers have created a festive ‘tripel style’ birthday beer. This beer will be sold in an extremely limited edition of 11,000 bottles, and only as 75cl. Every bottle is marked with its own, unique number!”