Abita Satsuma Wit

Somedays, it feels like I can’t stay caught up…

“Real Louisiana Satsumas, golden wheat, oats and the finest barley create Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit. Pale and cloudy, like the haze on a hot summer day, this white beer has a sweet and subtle citrus flavor with a touch of spice that is cool and refreshing.

Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit is very versatile and can compliment a number of dishes. This brew pairs well with salads, fish, shrimp and lobster, as long as the dishes are not too spicy. Thai dishes, which often have citric notes in their flavor profile, would also perfectly compliment the orange flavors in Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit.”

Ferran Adria + Beer = ……..

The highly acclaimed chef/star of El Bulli in Spain has gotten together with Estrella Damm brewery to concoct something new. Inedit. Which means Original in French.

From the New York Times, “It actually starts as two beers, Mr. Adrià said: a straightforward lager and a German-style weissbier that is seasoned with orange peel, coriander and licorice. Because each ferments at a different rate, the beers are not blended until just before bottling in black 750-milliliter wine bottles. The marriage undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, like Champagne. The beer is unfiltered, making it slightly cloudy. It has 4.5 percent alcohol and delicate yet persistent carbonation.”

This may be another one to add to the “must try” list.

Anchor Steam – Our Barrel Aged

Wow! I had the pleasure of sampling this on Sunday and I was blown away. I am not a big fan of the whisky/bourbon aged beers. To my palate the vanilla and oak tastes tend to obliterate the actual beer. But this was something else. It is a mix of Old Foghorn, Liberty Ale and Anchor Bock. And it is almost like dessert. Roasty and whiskey notes dominate but not overpower and at around a skosh over 8% abv it is not going to drop you under the table.

Beer Geek Shop

I read this on their website and I knew these people are kindred spirits.

“you might be asking, what exactly is a beer geek? Simply put, a beer geek is someone with a passion for beer.

Not to be confused with a beer snob, beer geeks never look down their nose at people who drink industrial swill. In a pinch, they’ll even drink a can or two themselves.

But deep down inside, beer geeks love the good stuff. They will search out rare and unique beers from all around the world, even if that means trolling internet message boards to find a trader 2,000 miles away. Beer geeks also love turning other people on to new and interesting beers. Their motives aren’t always selfless, since another friend on the craft brew wagon means another friend with good beer at their house.”

I love that attitude!

Upcoming Southern California beer events

July 29: Beer dinner at Rock Bottom brewpub – Long Beach, 6:00 p.m. rockbottom.com.

Aug. 8: Open house at Skyscraper Brewing, El Monte – 12:00-6:00 p.m. skyscraperbrewing.com

Aug. 19: Beer Showcase Dinner with Boston Beer Company – Tony P’s, Marina del Rey, 7:00 p.m. (different brewery each third Wednesday) tonyps.com.

Aug. 25-31: Sour Beer Festival, Beachwood BBQ – Seal Beach. beachwoodbbq.com

Aug. 30: OC Beer Festival – Irvine Lake, 2:00-5:00 p.m. drinkeatplay.com/ocbeerfest.

Sep. 19: Septemberfest – Paramount Studios, Hollywood, 2:00-5:00 p.m. drinkeatplay.com/septemberfest.

Oct. 17-25: L.A. Beer Week – various locations. labeerweek.com.