Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Beer #4

Beer #4:

Beer: Victory Golden Monkey
Style: Triple Ale
Brewery: Victory Brewing Co
Region: Downington, PA
Vol: 9.5%, 12 fl oz. (Holy crap, it did not taste this strong! That's why I was feeling the buzz after just one)
Taste: Crisp and flavorful. You get a mouthful of aromatic fruits and spices. Don't let the horrendous label trick you, this beer is surprisingly amazing.
Rating: 4/5

Beer #3

Only beer #3 and I got a repeat. This is the same beer I had previously. Lame! But wait, it's the beer I!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

2012 Xmas Beer Calendar Begins!!!

This is my third annual beer advent calendar blog. Yes, third year and I find myself lazier and lazier about it, or perhaps busier and busier. In any case, I was already one day behind when I started. 

Just a quick refresh, beer advent calendar started with my friend Linnea's brilliant idea about drinking a beer a day before Christmas. She's a big Christmas person, and also a huge lover of beer. What a perfect combo huh? She imported this idea to the US from Sweden and it caught on quick like Californian summer forest fires. What we do is buy 24 beers per person; it can be 4 different 6 packs, 2 dozen variety cases, 24 different beers, or any mix and match combo per person. Then we come together with beers all wrapped up and do a little beer exchange party before december. At the end of the exchange, hopefully, we all get 24 different bottles of beer. So on december first you open up your first surprise bottle of beer and drink up, and so forth each day. The best thing is the surprise random beer you get each day. Wait, only 24 beers? What about Christmas day??? That's the best part. You buy one special bottle for yourself and save it for last. 

We've lost a few participates along the way, but recruited a few more. In a way this has become an annual tradition and the fire will definitely burn on.

Now for my first Christmas beer of the year, actually the first beer, but on the second are the details:

Beer #1:

Beer: Pipeline
Style: Ale
Brewery: Kona Brewing Co
Region: Hawaii
Vol: 5.3%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Robust and sort of nutty, it's got a very distinct coffee taste. Very good stuff for the first ever Christmas beer of the year. 
Rating: 4/5

As I mentioned, I am already a day behind, but I'm drinking two beers today for December 2nd. Here is beer #2:

Beer #2: 
Beer: Prohibition Speak Easy
Style: Ale
Brewery: Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
Region: San Francisco, Cali
Vol: 6.1%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Smooth and hoppy, this is a medium bodied beer that goes down well. Refreshingly good with a hint of citrus, and extremely drinkable. I will definitely have this as an everyday beer.
Rating: 4.5/5

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This was one of the first comic strips I made. Finally posting it now!

  Here's a really old one that I never posted. I feel like this sometimes...

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thrill Bird

Beer season is over. Well, actually, beer blogging season is over (beer is always in season for me!). So here's a little comic strip of something I witnessed in Taiwan. TRUE STORY!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Xmas Beer 2011 Finale: Day 21-25

I have totally been slacking about updating this beer blog this year. But I want to finish this year strong and complete this before the end of the year. As you will see, my descriptions have become really really lazy. All I'm concerned about is if the beer taste good or not, and I've had a fantastic collection of beers this year. Cheers to a successfully competed beer advent calendar :)

Day 25

Beer: Cuvee de Noel St. Feuillien
Style: Belgium Special Ale
Brewery: St-Feuillen Brewery
Region: Le Roeulx, Belgium
Vol: ??%, 1 PT 9.4 fl oz. (750 ml)
Taste: All I can remember was that I was very very good :)
Rating: 5/5   


Day 24

Beer: Fullers Organic Honey Dew
Style: Golden Ale
Brewery: Fuller Smith and Turner
Region: England
Vol: 5%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Very sweet and strong honey taste. If you like honey, this is the beer for you!
Rating: 3.5/5    

Day 23

Beer: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
Style: Ale
Brewery: The Old Brewery
Region: England
Vol: ??%, 1 PT 2.7 fl oz.
Taste: Extremely flavorful, and tasty
Rating: 5/5  

Day 22

Beer: Alley Cat
Style: Amber Ale
Brewery: Lost Coast Brewery & Cafe
Region: Eureka, CA
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Good!
Rating: 4/5 

Day 21

Beer: Turbodog
Style: Dark Brown Ale
Brewery: Abita Brewing Co
Region: Abita Springs, LA
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Dark, bold, chocolatey, toffee taste
Rating: 4/5

Friday, December 23, 2011

Xmas Beer 2011: Day 6-20

I have been so behind in updating this blog!!! (I am actually drinking my day 21st beer right now as I update this). I wrote everything down in my trusty yellow notebook, just never had the chance to transcribe it into my bloggy blog. Not that anyone ever reads this. But it serves as a diary and my own beer reference. 

I'm still a day or two behind, but here's the latest catch-up/update in backwards order. Here we go!

Day 20

Beer: Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale
Style: Ale with natural flavor added
Brewery: Anderson Valley Brewing Co
Region: Boonville, CA
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: GOOD! for a canned beer. (I'm super descriptive on this one!)
Rating: 4/5


Day 19

Beer: Pumpkin Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Buffalo Bill's Bewery (Hey, this guy again! Same Brewery as my fav. Alimony Ale)
Region: ??
Vol: 5.2%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Extremely fizzy, sweet and very pumpkiny. I guess if you like pumpkin, you'll like this beer.
Rating: 3/5

Day 18

Beer: Kingfisher
Style: Lager
Brewery: United Breweries Limited
Region: Bangalore, India
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Light, enjoyable and refreshing
Rating: 3.5/5


Day 17

Beer: Ellie's Brown Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Avery Brewing Co
Region: Boulder, Colorado
Vol: 5.5%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Light Ale, very drinkable. (I think I'm getting lazy on the descriptions now)
Rating: 4/5

Day 16

Beer: Woody Creek White
Style: Belgian Style Wit Beer
Brewery: Flying Dog (Seasonal) Brewery
Region: Frederick, MD
Vol: 4.8%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Uh oh! I didn't write anything down for this guy. I guess I'll have to drink it again!
Rating: blank

Day 15

Beer: Fire Rock
Style: Pale Ale
Brewery: Kona Brewing Co
Region: Hawaii
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Good and drinkable. (I guess I didn't have much more to say about this guy except it's good, haha)
Rating: 4/5


Day 14

Beer: Firestone PALE (31)
Style: California Pale Ale
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Region: California
Vol: 4.8%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Very smokey and malty with a slight tingly, hoppy aftertaste. Complex yet smooth. This is what good beer is about. Lots of flavor and no bitter watery taste.
Rating: 5/5


Day 13
Beer: Serria Nevada Celebration Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
Region: Chico, CA
Vol: 6.8%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Very hoppy and tingly with a lot of flavors and aromas. It's one of those holiday good stuff :)
Rating: 4.5/5

Day 12

Beer: Primo
Style: Lager
Brewery: Primo Brewing & Malt Co.
Region: Honolulu, Hawaii
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Very light, watery and drinkable.
Rating: 3/5

Day 11

Beer: Holy GRAIL
Style: Ale
Brewery: Black Sheep Brewery
Region: Rechester, NY
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Light bodied, very easy to drink but not exciting.
Rating: 3/5

Day 10

Beer: He'Brew Messiah Bold
Style: Dark Brown Ale
Brewery: Shmaltz Brewing Company
Region: Saratoga Springs, NY
Vol: ??%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Dark, a bit of fruity notes. But not overly strong. (I guess I didn't have much to say about this guy)
Rating: 3.5/5


Day 9

Beer: Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale
Style: Ale
Brewery: Blue Moon Brewing Co
Region: Colorado, USA
Vol: 5.6%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Sensationally refreshing. I guess I am a bit biased today because I just came out of a hot shower into my warm heated room, and this cold beer really hit the spot! Malty, bit of hop, not overwhelmingly bitter, and some hints of winter spices. Super~
Rating: 3.75/5

Day 8

Beer: Alimony Ale
Style: IPA
Brewery: Buffalo Bill's Brewery
Region: Seattle, WA. Portland, OR. Berkeley, CA.
Vol: 6%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Woah, amazing shit after I tried the Red Horse Beer (and this really was right after!). Super flavorful, with lots of spices and hops. I was getting a bit drunk from the previous bad beer without food in stomach. But this one woke up my taste buds again. Incredible and Love! (perhaps I was a bit drunk when writing this in my notebook)
Rating: 5/5


Day 7

Beer: Red Horse Beer
Style: Lager
Brewery: San Miguel Brewery Inc.
Region: Manila, Philippines
Vol: 7%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Interesting, this is the first time I've had Filipino beer. Taste isn't impressive. You get an initial taste of bitterness, and then it's very watery and bland. I am ready for my next beer!
Rating: 1/5


Day 6

Beer: Liberty Ale
Style: Ale blend
Brewery: Anchor Brewing Co.
Region: San Francisco, CA, USA
Vol: 5.9%, 12 fl oz.
Taste: Another wonderful stuff from Anchor Brewing. Very smooth and easy to drink. Anchor never fails :)
Rating: 4/5