Bundesliga is all but done, the Premier League is winding down with some important spots still in play, and MLS is back and you will need to drink something when watching from your couch. And Ambitious Ales has DDH Hazy for you. AND a cheeky Spanish football referenced beer….
Tiki Taka – Tiki Sour with Pineapple, Peach, Toasted Coconut and Vanilla

From the Deep

I really love the mythical creatures, like the Ponaturi, that Ogopogo Brewing puts on their labels. And I also really love that they have seemed to have found a niche in dry hopped lagers. Bonus points to beer fans who have had a beer with the hop known as “the Bruce”.

Trejo & Lincoln

Taco and donut magnate (and occasional actor too) Danny Trejo and his iconic face are on a new beer from Lincoln Beer Co. of Burbank.

I had a sneak taste of the beer and heard about the backstory of it as well…

Danny Trejo himself does not touch alcohol but Lincoln was approached by the team at Trejos Cantina/ Tacos to create a branded beer for their restaurants. In fact it has been on tap for a few months now. The brewer, Pat, was initially skeptical since he was not a fan of the Mexican lager style (the word skunked was thrown out a couple times) but it was taken as an opportunity to do their take on the style, something that doesn’t interfere with the food that it will be most likely served with, tacos.

The beer itself is so-so in my opinion. I catch some metallic as well as a little pear to it. It is less zippy and more a smooth version focusing on the malt. The beer that I was more taken by was the new Aussie Summer Pale. It had a menthol / mint flavor that was new coming from the seasonaly named Summer hop.

Lincoln will be throwing a big bash surrounding the can release and of course you can get the beer at Trejo’s too.

Add an Extra X?

Looks like Dos Equis is trying its hand at hops…

…and pairing it with spice. Not liking the wording of Citrus Hops but they are probably generalizing for a less crafty audience while still speaking to the craft people like me. I would take yesterday’s Nica beer over this, but would not push this one away.

Shall Not be Named

Whenever I see a post regarding Craftsman Brewing, I stop and screenshot it. They don’t get out on the interwebs often. Here is another anti-trend style from the Pasadena brewery that you should look for.


The sheer fact that I can buy bottles of Russian River beer is amazing. Still not easy but considerably easier now. And it is great to see not just the Blind Pig / Pliny the Elder duo but Shadow of A Doubt Porter and Happy Hops, as well as this new hoppy beer with a cool science-y name.

Enter the Forest

A new Belgian-style dark specialty ale from Unibroue, Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire (“Black Forest Cake Ale”) will be hitting shelves in October.

The new Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire was created to re-create the classic Black Forest cake just in beer form. I am a fan of the beers that they brew for Trader Joe’s, and this looks to be a great fall, dessert beer.

The beer will be available in the U.S. while supplies last on draft, in four-packs of 12-oz bottles, in cork and cage 750-ml painted bottles, and as part of a seasonal variety six-pack.

A Lager for the Farm

I haven’t had a Lost Abbey beer for some time now. No one good reason to account for that other than I felt a certain overmuch to some of the ideas. But when I saw the label for this simple, new Lager with a farmhouse adjective, something clicked, and it went onto the “look for it” list.