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Mountainbeering – Tomales Point Trail

By Joe Ruvel · December 30th, 2011 · Comments Off

Fog, hills, ocean, and elks – oh my!  One of the best hikes I have ever done, the Tomales Point Trail along the Point Reyes National Seashore. Worth it just to see all the elk close up, let alone the great views.  A 9.5 mile hike there and back hike. Not too bad, with only a small amount of incline –  but still a pretty long hike for this crew. And so we have a beer and a sandwich at the halfway point (of course).  Check out our short moutainbeering video we made back in October:

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And I know you all love the idea behind Mountainbeering – go to the source and check out a bunch more adventures from across the world.

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Bourbon in the Times

By Joe Ruvel · December 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Bourbon’s All-American Roar – NY Times

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Happy Chanukah! Now brew some beer

By Joe Ruvel · December 21st, 2011 · Comments Off

My wonderful Aunt Jackie posted this on Facebook.  I love these types of NPR pieces – simple – a bit light – but still a fun piece. I encourage you to listen to the story and not just read the article.  I MUST try eight malty nights one of these days (in Portland of course).  Jews and Booze!

With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History

Gift of Rose Sacks. Courtesy of the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 1988.227.1 An early predecessor to the Hanukkah brews of today, Russian Jew Max Lapides stands with his sons in front of the Bauernschmidt Brewery Saloon in Baltimore, circa 1900.

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CB and CB = Sausage and Beer

By Joe Ruvel · December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

This just in from the wonderful Tablehopper e-newsletter - I can’t wait to while away a Tuesday night with some great beer and tasty sausages.

The next time you’re gettin’ your suds on at the recently expanded ~CITY BEER STORE~ on Folsom, you’ll also be able to get your sausage on (I know, that sounds kind of wrong), thanks to~CITIZEN’S BAND~. Chef Chris Beerman (it was fate that he’d be doing this partnership) is now serving a variety of sausages, like a housemade pork sausage with molasses and sage and a pork and bacon kielbasa, plus partnering up with local sausage-makers, like Peter Temkin at Showdogs, who will be providing an all-beef hot dog, while Ryan Farr at 4505 Meats will be making a sour berry ale cotechino with rosemary and black pepper. There will also be wild boar, smoked duck, and a bratwurst available.

All the sausages will be served on grinder and torpedo rolls made by Cheryl Burr of neighboring Pinkie’s Bakery, and will come with whole grain mustard and cider vinegar-pickled onions. The cost will range from $5-$7, and the sausage service will run Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm. All you do is place your order with the folks at City Beer Store, and then you’ll need to swing by the bakery kitchen at Citizen’s Band/Pinkie’s Bakery (it’s just a few doors down) about 10-15 minutes later to pick up your order. You’ll be able to eat it at City Beer Store, just like the Toronado/Rosamunde style you have probably become accustomed to. Enjoy! City Beer Store, 1168 Folsom St. at 8th St., Suite 101, 415-503-1033. Citizen’s Band, 1198 Folsom St. at 8th St., 415-556-4901.

Citizen’s Band – 1198 Folsom St. San Francisco – 415-556-4901

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Firestone Walker’s 15th Anniversary Ale

By Jasmine · December 20th, 2011 · Comments Off

So I recently tried the Firestone Walker’s 15th Anniversary ale. It’s a blend of Helldorado, DDBA, Sticky Monkey, Parabola, Velvet Merkin (one of my eternally favorite beers), Good Foot and Bravo, and Double Jack. It comes off bit heavy on the raisin taste (too much Sticky Monkey?), with a medium alcohol kick. It still had the distinct cocoa flavor that all the anniversary ales seem to carry.

I kept wanting to compare it to the 14, though, which I drank just a few weeks ago. It is quite simply one of the greatest beers I’ve ever had. The 14 was complex, full of caramel and floral and fruity notes. It felt like you could find something different in each sip. It’s smooth for 14% alcohol–even after a long night of drinking I kept refilling my glass.  The 15, on the other hand, falls pretty hard on the stomach and brain.

Perhaps it’s not fair to compare the two. The 14, after all, had an extra year of aging on it. I could see the 15 mellowing out on the alcohol front and letting some of the more complex flavors of the blend come through.
I guess I’ll let you know in a year…

In other news, who’s excited to try Wookey Jack? Firestone releases this black IPA in March. Definitely going to have to try that one.

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