Czech It

If someone had told me back in the before times, that I would be entranced by a travel show of a goofy food writer dad and his teenage daughter, I would have given you a serious amount of side-eye.

But Czech it Out is grand…

…not only that despite the goofy and the forced reality of parts, this really gives an overview of Czech food, beer, art, movies but more importantly a sense of place.

The best travel shows make you want to travel much like the best food shows make you hungry and after four episodes, 1/2 the season, I want to go and eat nothing but pastry and drink beer at all the restaurants and Pivovar’s that this duo have visited.

Want To Visit in 2022 Brewery # 2 – Gamecraft Brewing

Next up in my beer travel in SoCal wish list is Gamecraft Brewing in Laguna Hills.

And here are some taster tray picks…

Czechpoint – “a Czech-Style Dark Lager collaboration with Resident Brewing of San Diego. Malt-forward, medium bodied, smooth finish. Enjoy notes of chocolate, roast, dates and toffee.”

Piranha Plant – “hop forward pilsner, brewed and dry hopped with German noble hops, Opal and Saphir. Notes of citrus, orange blossom, and red berries with underlying tones of herbs and spices. A plant with a bite.”

Otaku – “Like American-style Lagers, Japanese Rice Lagers are brewed with rice in addition to barley in the mash. Rice provides fermentable sugars for the yeasts that produce alcohol, while keeping the beer light in color and body. Hop bitterness is low but mildly perceptible, providing a balance to the grain sweetness. Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly dry finish.”

Face McShooty – “West Coast IPA, with a very simple malt bill to give a foundation for the hops. Amarillo, Ekaunot and Simcoe. Notes of citrus, peach, pine, orange, grapefruit and pineapple.”

Want to Visit in 2022 Brewery # 1 – Wagon Wheel Brewing

First we travel north to Oxnard and Wagon Wheel Brewing. Opened in the auspicious year of 2020.

Let’s dive into what I would put into a taster tray…

Swanky Bear Hazy IPA – “Swanky Bear is our first Hazy Single IPA featuring Simcoe and Citra hops. Soft citrus and stone fruit flavors pair well with the silky mouthfeel of this crushable Hazy IPA.”

Switch Back IPA – “This West Coast IPA is light, pale and dry. Nelson, Simcoe and Chinook hops leap from the glass with pineapple and grapefruit aromas balanced with a crackery malt backdrop. This IPA is fruity and dank with a lean but expressive bitterness.”

Road Rash DIPA – “Road Rash is a high octane Hazy Double IPA with a rider friendly delivery. Layered with German Pilsner, American Oat Malt and Wheat, this beverage goes down smooth. The Galaxy and Citra deliver the bottom end power with intense notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit.”

Atlas of Beer

NatGeo is adding their touch to beer with their appropriately named Atlas of Beer. What I hope to see in the pages are a focus on the rest of the world because I know that the photos will be great and that the words will add to the tale.

Written by “beer geographers” Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, the book will feature maps, history, geography color photos and beer trends. More specifically it will include travel tips which will bookmark “the best breweries, beer festivals, and pubs in each location.”

Lastly, there will be beer recommendations from Garrett Oliver, the famed brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery,


Taking beer from where you are to where you will drink it, especially in the hot summer months of SoCal, can test the beer fan who wants to protect their beer. Whether it be just going to the beach or traveling from trains, planes or automobiles.

The Bevpod adds a cooling element and an easy portability that could make it work when, say traveling back from a certain invitational beer festival in Paso Robles where it is always very hot. At a price point around $50, it is better than buying or customizing luggage.

I Heart NY Beer – Photos Part 2

Here is part two of the photo round-up. Once the jet lag subsides, I will post up some notes from my Manhattan beer adventures.

At the Filling Station at the Chelsea Food Market.
At the Filling Station at the Chelsea Food Market.

Two of favorite beers came from a single source.
Two of favorite beers came from a single source.

My other Singlecut beer at Rattle n Hum - West.
My other Singlecut beer at Rattle n Hum – West.

The revolutionary design from Gun Hill Brewing.
The revolutionary design from Gun Hill Brewing.

White Aphro from Empire Brewing in a "high-end" glass.
White Aphro from Empire Brewing in a “high-end” glass.

Get Away and Brew

Are you a homebrewer or a brewer fan geek?  Well, here is an opportunity for the well-heeled….

“….brew with some of the world’s best master brewers over two days at the rustic, yet luxurious Devil’s Thumb Ranch:

Matt Brynildson, Master Brewer at Firestone Walker
Steven Pauwels, Master Brewer at Boulevard Brewing
Andy Parker, Master Brewer at Avery Brewing
And one more mystery brewer who will be announced soon

Not only will you be brewing and hanging with these brewing greats, Craft Beer & Brewing will ferment and bottle these beers and send you a handful of bombers to enjoy. Just think! You’ll have the ultimate collaboration beers to share with your friends.

Two nights of luxury lodging at the spectacular Devils Thumb Ranch, delicious lunches and dinners at the ranch on Sunday and Monday, round-trip transportation from downtown Denver or Denver International Airport (at specific times only), craft beer at designated events, all the brewing supplies you’ll need, two Cooking with Beer Seminars and all taxes and gratuities are included in this memorable experience.”

Intrigued?  Check out the LINK for more info.