Featured Review – Apical Dominance from Russian River

Gonna review a pair of beers that I bought at the Glendale Tap which has been selling beer from it cellar since the taps are shut and first up is a winner…

Call me jaded but it takes something for a beer to make me sit up straight (I am a natural slouched), and from the moment I popped the cap of Apical Dominance from Russian River, I took notice.  The aroma just rolled out.  Grapefruit primarily.  Then I took a sip and it was magical.  All the grapefruit and citrus from hop HBC-692 melded onto a lager.  Best IPL hands down.  Crisp and bitter. 


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.

Russian River Day – Belgian Hospitality

You can spot a Russian River label from a mile off. Both the sour side and the hoppy side are distinct and unchanging. And not to cast aspersions on them but these new Saisons have really classy and timeless looks to them…

…and both of the duo promise great old-school Saisons inside. And will make for an interesting taste test of both.


I scroll the haystack of Twitter so you don’t have to see all the crud that accumulates their because in between weird “hard” seltzer truthers and mudslinging there are gems, diamonds like…

Mark your 2020 calendars if you want to taste the end of one era and the coming of the new. From Santa Rosa to Windsor.


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.

The 7 Year Itch

The Brux returns for a 7th time as Russian River and Sierra Nevada re-re-re-release the iconic “domesticated wild ale”. It will be interesting to see if a new version will be made now that Russian River has their own coolship surrounded by extra wood from the Sierra Nevada construction of Mills River. (Hopefully this will come in small bottles)

In the Tap Lines for August 2017

The second half of the L.A. summer season is here, time to load up the ‘fridge with warm weather beers and start to be amazed at how early the fall seasonals are on shelves.

~ e-visits to three breweries from with the Beer Bloggers Conference landing in Milwaukee, we visit three Wisconsin breweries.
~ special featured reviews of Unibroue beers
~ Heads-Up on Los Angeles Beer Events
~ Three suggested beers to buy this month. One light, one medium and one dark
~ A Book & A Beer reads Dodge City by Tom Clavin
~ I will tap the Firkin and give my no holds barred opinion on the craft beer world.

Here are two events to get your August started in the Los Angeles craft beer world:
1) August 1st – All Your Oats Can release at Eagle Rock Brewery
2) August 3rd – Russian River Tap Take-Over at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub location.

Report from FWIBF17 – BSP’s Top 5

Here are my totally subjective and totally correct best beers from this year’s edition of the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival.

(Of course, I only had, maybe a 15% of what was actually poured)

Fonta Flora – Carolina Custard (their spin on the Kvass style was excellent too)
Firestone Walker – Walker’s Cuvee with Meyer Lemons (should have tried more of the Barrelworks offerings)
Russian River – Scratching Post (cat people like cat jokes)
Beachwood – 28 Haze Later (best beer name of the fest0
Surly Brewing – Xtra-Citra (best beer next to the non-stop Side Project line)


Looks like the band is getting back together at the 5 year anniversary as Brux, a beer both wild and domesticated will be coming back with what appears to be a Harry Potter styled lion patronus charging into and off of the label.

You can head to this cool website about Brux at I Think About Beer to refresh your memory.