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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: La Cruda Porter Video Beer Review

La Cruda, or Makanudo Porter as it was known back in 1996, was one of the first beers Tomme ever brewed as a professional. At the time Tomme was assistant to Troy Hojel, head brewer at Cervezerias La Cruda (roughly: “the hangover brewery”), a new brewpub in downtown San Diego. La Cruda’s brewhouse wasn’t quite up and running early enough, so Troy and Tomme approached another brewer, Skip Virgilio, the former brewer at Pacific Beach Brew House, about brewing a beer at Skip’s new brewery, AleSmith. Skip consented and the three proceeded to brew a robust porter recipe by Troy that they named Makanudo Porter (yes, Makanudo with a “k”). It was the worst selling beer in La Cruda’s brief 12 month lifespan, but it also won a gold medal at the 1996 Great American Beer Festival — only the third medal to be ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: San Diego Dark Session Ale Video Beer Review

Brewed by AleSmith and San Diego Brewing Company for the 2011 AHA National Homebrewers Conference, this 3.9% ABV beers is a hoppy, dark ale with fantastic drinkability. Read More »

Terrapin Indiana Krunkles | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 205

The Legend of Krunkles lives on with number 15 in our Side Project series of beers. “Indiana Krunkles” Wheat I.P.A. boasts all the hop adventure of an American I.P.A. while leading you on a quest for the malt and yeast found in a traditional German Hefeweizen. Explore all the unique flavor of this unconventional wheat beverage while your senses take you on a journey into complete beer nirvana. We hope you enjoy this audacious brew! Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Lightning Thunderweizen Video Beer Review

This is the Lightning take on a smooth and freshening German style unfiltered wheat beer. The name hefeweizen means literally yeast (hefe) and white (weizen) beer. To be called a hefeweizen in Germany, the grain bill must have at least 50% malted wheat. This makes the process harder, but also makes for a smooth-tasting beer. We use 60% white wheat malt in our hefeweizen with the balance of the grain bill from imported “pilsnermalt.” We further encourage our Thunderweizen Ale to have a thirst-quenching finish by adding an amount of our own naturally produced lactic acid, and then smooth the beer with low temperature fermentation and cold storage prior to release. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Rodenbach Grand Cru Video Beer Review

A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine. Read More »

Avery Mephistopheles Stout | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 204

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series. Read More »