Sierra Nevada Summer Break IPA 2022 Is Here!

Sierra Nevada Brewing “Summer Break IPA” 2022

It sure as hell doesn’t feel like Summer on this rainy chilly night in Fresno, but the first Summer beer has arrived: Sierra Nevada Brewing’s “Summer Break IPA”.

Canning date: 3/11/22

ABV: 4.6%

Style: Hazy Session IPA

Value: A nice beer to have in the fridge all season. Good grocery store beer.

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I Saw A Bird While Drinking A Pale Ale

“The Local” – Sacramento Style Pale Ale from Flatland Brewing

I am starting a new feature on the blog: Something I did while drinking a beer. (It could use a better name)

Well, I guess it’s sort of a spin-off of my Ambient Reviews.

Anyway, these are things that happened while drinking a Pale from Elk Grove’s Flatland Brewing called “The Local – Sacramento Style Pale”.

I was sitting in my backyard and…

I saw several birds. There was a sparrow and a bluejay that ate some food from my bird feeder.

I listened to the PA of this high school baseball game being played a half-block away:

Listened to a hotrod rumble through my neighborhood.

Saw a squirrel bury something in my planter bed.

Agreed on how nice a day it is:

Earned the “To Go Level 48” badge while checking this beer in on Untappd.

Admired my new Brumate with painted metal that makes it feel like a car finish.

The Hopsator Trio from Brumate is satisfying to hold

And that takes us to the end of the beer. Thanks for reading! 🍻✌️

Allagash White Is A Terrible Beer

Allagash White can
Trying an Allagash White on my Beer Bench

Yep. To me it is. To me. And yes I am an idiot. But…

What a good beer is can be very subjective. A large community inside Beer Twitter and beer folks in general, adore Allagash White. Some herald it as the perfect beer.

I could never stand the fucker.

A thin old tasting beer that feels like it was put through a Randall filled with smushed bananas? No thanks.

But it had been a long time since I had one. Maybe I was wrong. Maybe my palete had changed. I am wrong a lot so I could be totally off.

So I tried one again:

Yep. Still as awful as I remember. Maybe more so. So difficult to drink. Just gross.

Allagash Brewing is a great top-tier Indie brewer that I highly respect. But Belgian Wheat beers are terrible, and the King of the style is Allagash White.

I Got Through It: ‘Brutal Noodle’ Fruited West Coast IPA

I did not think it was going to go down like this. It’s red.

When I saw “fruited” West Coast IPA, my mind went to tropical; orange and pineapple. Turns out it’s cranberry and orange.

I am not too big into cranberry in beer. So it was a shock. Not expecting a beer billed as a West Coast to be like that. Not here to say it’s wrong to bring WC into it, just here to say it’s weird, dude.

But hey, I got through it. Not mad. Maybe even glad, as I would have never tried if if I had known about the berry action, so I guess I am expanding my palate and junk.

That said, I am making sure my next beer is not red.

Hello Friend, Glad You’re Brewing

Hello Friend beers

I went to my neighborhood bottleshop today and noticed some new beers from a brewery I had never heard of called Hello Friend.

Normally I am too tight with my beer budget to risk trying something from new breweries, but today I had some rare cash to take chances with.

I look for beers with Mosaic hops first off and this brewery had several with Mosaic – if you’re a brewery that uses a lot of Mosaic you are already pulling me in, brother.

Over the past few days I have had four of their beers. One I forgot 🤷🏻‍♂️, but the other three were:

  • I’ll At Ease.
  • Nothing’s Never Forever.
  • Till I Crumble.

If I had to choose my favorite of the four three… Till I Crumble. But they are all nice beers.

Come to find out this is a brewery operating out of Berkeley’s the Rare Barrel. They are on the property but have their own “area” I suppose.

I think it’s a good idea to make a separate brewery in your own brewery, if you want to make a different style beer with its own marketing.

If you are interested and in California, you can get their beer here.