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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Lost Abbey Red Barn Ale Video Beer Review

This Farmhouse Ale traces its roots to the small rustic breweries of Southern Belgium. The word Saison comes to us from the French language and it means Season. Lightly spiced with Organic Ginger, Orange Peels, Black Pepper and Grains of Paradise, this brew promises to quench your thirst on the hottest Southern California days or wherever your travels may take you. Available in 750 ml bottles and on draft at select inspired locations. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Double Bastard 2009 & 2010 Video Beer Review

This is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. ’Course there’s always the masochists… Read More »

Karl Strauss Parrot in a Palm Tree | Beer Geek Nation Video Beer Reviews Episode 131

The first beer in a series of three Christmas beers this week! Have a great holiday and let me know what you guys think! In San Diego, we’re not known for our partridges or pears but we can all relate to those noisy parrots and their relentless “caroling”. Parrot in a Palm Tree is a robust Baltic Porter brewed especially for the Holidays. Aged two months in San Pasqual Tawny Port barrels, the resulting brew isn’t for the birds. This winter warmer boasts a complex bouquet of dark fruits, espresso and chocolate, with hints of oak in its warming finish. Raise a glass to 2010 or save a bottle as this limited release will age with the best of them. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale Video Beer Review

AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale is a clean, light-colored, light-bodied ale. The People’s Choice award winner at the 2000 San Diego Real Ale Festival and the second runner-up in 2001, it has a good dose of dry hops balanced by a gentle sweetness, giving an almost sweet-and-sour effect. Appearance: Light golden color, and a nice white head, with good retention when properly served. Flavor: Starts off with almost tingling flavors of citrus and pine, balanced by a nice malty sweetness, then fades to a dry finish with a lingering hoppiness. Aroma: Strong lemony-citrusy character, with sweet malt and pine in the background. Mouthfeel (body/texture): Smooth, light-bodied. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale Video Beer Review

Each fall, hops reach their peak flavor- bursting with aromatic oils that give ales layers of complex flavor and aroma that can only happen at harvest time. For us, fall comes twice a year- once in each hemisphere. This Harvest Ale features “wet” or un-dried whole-cone hops from Yakima, WA that are plucked from the bine and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of picking. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Lightning Elemental Pilsner Video Beer Review

This is the Lightning Brewery’s take on a traditional lager beer. It is the element of the “Pilsner bier” that we try to capture in our beer: A pale smooth-drinking beer with hints of hop aromas and a crisp natural carbonation. We brew Elemental Pilsner with imported pilsner malt, German strains of hops and selected lager yeast. We further encourage a unique crafted beer “lagered aroma” by extensively aging the beer with the fermentation yeast prior to filtration. Read More »