How’s Yours?

Once of my pet peeves are label designs that use unreadable fonts but I like this beer name, How’s Your Day. The collaboration between Modern Times and Highland Park Brewery is another West Coast-style IPA, this one “loaded with Strata & Mosaic for a wildly successful intermingling of passion fruit, mango, citrus, and piney notes.”

Cold Kush

Last time that Wayfinder dropped some of their fine beer in L.A., I had their Relapse Cold IPA. And now I can explain what that means to them, it is a hybrid India Pale Lager / Malt Liquor. And now they have teamed with the fan favorite Great Notion on a variant of that variant, named Cold Kush. A hazy with Citra and Strata hops primarily with Galaxy and Cashmere backing up. This beer also has rice and flaked wheat too.  And since L.A. also gets Great Notion on occasion, maybe this beer will show up on shelves. 

Wizard Meet Gargoyle

This label design goes a little Oregon settler but any time a coffee IPA hits town, I will mosey to a bar stool to try it. Especially since Modern Times does have a bit of bean roasting experience. And Stone has brewed a few hoppy beers. The only issue that exists is that this sub-style can drift too far to coffee or too far away when a happy medium needs to be found.

How Exciting

Yeah, Guild beers bring together a lot of breweries but I saw something more eclectic in this list for the 2020 Zwickelmania collaboration….

Allegory Brewing • Ambacht Brewing • Baerlic • Bend Brewing Company • Bent Shovel Brewing • Binary Brewing • Boneyard Beer • Breakside Brewery • Buoy Beer Company • Coin Toss Brewing • Deschutes Brewery • Ecliptic Brewing • Gigantic • Golden Valley Brewery • GoodLife Brewing Co. • Grixsen Brewing Co. • Heater Allen Brewing • Hopworks Urban Brewery • Laurelwood Brewing Co. • Leikam Brewing • Little Beast Brewing • Lucky Labrador • Ninkasi Brewing Company • Running Dogs Brewery • Sasquatch Brewery • Stickmen Brewing Company • StormBreaker Brewing • Vanguard Brewing Company • Von Ebert Brewing • Wild Ride Brewing

There are (3) breweries based in my college town of McMinnville on this list. You have old school like Lucky Lab and Ninkasi. You have super new like Leikam, Binary and Grixsen. Keep in mind, Oregon has a lot of breweries and to get this type of size and style and geographic diversity is excellent. I will be looking for this beer when I am in Oregon this month.


The clock has struck 8 and Sierra Nevada and Russian River are releasing the 2020 version of Brux, a Wild Domesticated Ale. This is a treat to see this get the yearly release special treatment. If you have not had this before, this will be a fun taste experience.

A Highland Park Craftsman

Highland Park is close to Pasadena, so it seems right to have Craftsman Brewing do the team up thing with Highland Park Brewery. Below is the newsletter news…

“Earlier this year we inherited a wine foudre from Craftsman, so obviously we wanted our first brew into it to be with Mark & the gang! We brewed a beer & then transferred it into the foudre to ferment away fora while. In that foudre we used wild yeast propagated from acorns that came from Mark’s backyard!”

This news will keep me searching for when it gets tapped or bottled for sure.