Happy 4th of July

Let’s celebrate with an American beer today and let’s celebrate the craft and the pioneering spirit of those who started us on this journey to beer style freedom.

In the Tap Lines for July 2021

header_attractionsHalf of the year is gone by.  Time certainly flies by as do all the new beers.  Too many to count but I will find the beer news to keep you updated for the last half of 2021.

~ e-visits to (3) breweries that do these slushie brightly hued beers
~ special featured reviews of beers from Oregon purchased via City Beer of San Francisco
~Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events (not as far in the future now, events)
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
~ A Podcast & A Beer listens to Gangster Capitalism
~ 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.

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.

Happy 4th of July


The Beer Search Party wishes you a happy mid-week holiday to celebrate our nation. Set aside the politics (please) and have a beer but remember to drink in moderation today.

IPA Flight Test at Pacific Plate

Pacific Plate hosted a holiday weekend, IPA 4th of July. I arrived via the Gold Line which drops you off a mere 4 block from the brewery without the hassle of traveling the increasingly worsening traffic of the 210 East. And I had my beer in time to catch the pk’s of Germany vs. Italy in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Euros. Worst penalty kicks I have seen in a while. Buffon did all he could do in goal for Italy but I have seen grade schoolers do better.
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I settled down with the 6 beer flight and jotted down my notes:
Mango IPA – lighter orange not as cloudy as guava. Potpourri a bit. Bitter first.
Guava IPA – wins the fruit IPA cup. Cloudy. Grapefruit. Fruit first.
San Andreas IPA – grassy and a little weird. Not as good as the rest.
South Pacific Smoked IPA – Very smoky. Good balance even though the burnt notes take over.
Widowmaker DIPA – caramel. Sugar. Bitterness comes in at the end.
Black Widow Black IPA – British at first then the hops kick in.

Overall, the Guava is the leader for me with the Black IPA coming in second. With more hop bite, the Smoked South Pacific could sneak into the top three.

Next anniversary for the Monrovia brewery is in August. Number three.
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Happy 4th of July

Now that I have exercised my right to free speech, all I can say is be safe out there.

Beer and Fireworks can be fun but take care. I do not want to read about some dude blowing off a thumb tomorrow. And if you have to celebrate our independence with a lot of beer then understand that many people are doing that exact same thing which means even more and worse drivers out there and even more police out there ready to ticket.  Call a cab or designate a DD please.

…and if you can get your hands on one of these two patriotic brews, then celebrate Founding Father’s style…
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Food GPS Teaser – Beer Pros

This week instead of pimping out the latest post over on Food GPS.  I am going to tell you about the Beer Pro interviews that you can find, yes, on Food GPS.  I have interviewed people from breweries far and wide as has Josh (who runs the site) and you get to read about the people behind the beer you have in your glass.  Recently I have talked to Wayne from Cigar City, Dave from Dry River and and Rob and Ron from the Limited Release web series.  But there are a load of beer pro interviews in the archive.

You can start this week with my interview of A.J. Stoll the brewmaster at Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Buellton and Santa Barbara….