Category Archives: Beer

Beer Advent Calendar 2015

Costco has these beer advent calendars that contain all German beers, most of which are not all that easy to find out here in Silicon Valley.


Here is beer number one, Alpen Stoff:



Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By 04.20.15

Stone Brewing of Escondido, California has been busy making extremely fresh limited edition beers that sell out very fast. These “Enjoy By ” beers have a short shelf life and are meant to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. This edition’s enjoy by date  just happens to coincide with another popular date for enjoyment but this one is legal in all 50 states and doesn’t require a prescription. You just have to be over 21 and lucky enough to find a bottle.

Stone Brewing has the next edition of the Enjoy By beer series set to be enjoyed by July 4th.








As the label says:  LIVE FOR THE NOW, the present!420_Beer_Stone_Brewing_IPA_back_label

Hoppy Friday Silicon Valley!

Hoppy Friday! It’s a warm one today. Time to relax with a nice cold hoppy beer from Ninkasi Brewing Company. This Double IPA is a smooth drinking brew with a nice hoppy bite but not too bitter. Ninkasi’sTricerahops Double IPA is available year round and seems to widely available these days. You’ll be tasting Chinook, Cascade, Summit, Centennial and Palisade hops in every delicious sip. This is not the cheapest beer, you’ll have to spend around 6 bucks (+CRV in SiliconCali) of your beermoney for the opportunity to drink some of the tastiest, responsibly brewed beer around.

I haven’t had a chance to visit the Ninkasi Brewery in Eugene, Oregon yet but I’ll get up there sometime this year. I’m looking forward to sampling their other releases including the space based brew Ground Control that comes out on April 13th. Ground Control is brewed from brewers yeast that was launched into space on October 23rd 2014 from Spaceport America, Las Cruces, New Mexico. If you really want to geek out on the interesting process of how this brew came about, check out this fact sheet PDF from the Ninkasi Space Program.

A triple threat of dinos prepare to crack open a Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops Double IPA. Sorry no Triceratops were on hand at the time of this photo shoot.


Pick one up and enjoy it with your closest prehistoric friends. And beware of the sneaky 8% ABV. Don’t go driving around after relaxing with a few of these or you might go extinct.

Hanging out at Beer Camp

Happy Friday the 13th Silicon Valley!

Another warm weekend is upon us with no rain or winter like weather in sight. Winter is coming, but not until April 12th. California just may become a parched desert for a while. Some estimate that California only has one year left of water. A lack of fresh water supply may be the only thing that will start lowering Bay Area property values.

Time to save water by drinking beer. This weekend is a great time to try out some of Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp West Coast Double IPA. A lighter drinking golden amber DIPA with some hoppy bitterness but a smooth, clean finish. Best enjoyed by an unlit fireplace if you are in the parts of California that don’t celebrate winter. Though all of these great California beers are made with California water. We may have to start desalinating water up and down the entire state to keep the brewing industry going. Saver those hoppy sips!



Prepare for Game of Thrones with Fire and Blood Beer

Prepare yourself for Episode 3 of season 4 of Game of Thrones with some Fire and Blood. Fire and Blood Red Ale that is. Brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY and of course licensed by HBO, this red ale is brewed with Ancho Chiles but only has a tiny hint of spice. There are three different images on the beer labels in this series, one of each of the three dragons of Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons. They are Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. I only conquered two of the three. No matter which label you are lucky enough to find in your quest for the Iron Throne, the beer is the same. A fairly mild reddish ale that has a 6.8 percent bite of alcohol. Nothing that a dragon might actually drink, but if you happen to be at a House Targaryen party it is thirst quenching nonetheless. 

Game of Thrones Limited Edition Beer from Brewery Ommegang Red Ale Fire and Blood

You can see the color of the Red Ale in this photo:
Game of Thrones Red Ale in a San Francisco MLB All Star game pint glass

So what if this Game of Thrones Red Ale is in a 2007 All Star Game pint glass, all of my horn beer mugs were in the dishwasher.


Game of Thrones Fire and Blood Red Ale. GoT Beer?
Game of Thrones Fire and Blood Red Ale. GoT Beer?

But be sure not to let any young ones like Joffrey, have a drink. They just may choke.

For more Game of Thrones drinking authenticity, try the actual horn mugs:

Genuine Horn Mugs made in the UK available from

Oh, and happy easter. May all of your eggs contain dragons. Be prepared to train them though. You can learn how here. No one likes an unruly dragon flying around setting your village on fire. Then the FAA has to go write up regulations on dragon flying and it just gets more complicated.  I hope you know what you’re getting into Khaleesi!



I WILL TAKE WHAT IS MINE WITH FIRE AND BLOOD. Or maybe just some jelly beans. Thanks!


Update July 24, 2014: Game of Thrones beer collectors bottles have been spotted for sale at Comic Con for 19 bucks each! Wow, I hope that price includes CRV.

Hopaggedon Time

Now that the Zombie Apocalypse is upon us, (well at least a movie about it), it’s time to break out Napa Smith Brewery’s Hopageddon. This hoppy masterpeice goes down smooth and doesn’t have any of the bitterness associated with some hoppy brews.