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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter Video Beer Review


We’re ever watchful in developments of whole-cone hops, and Hop Hunter features a rare varietal that’s new to brew kettles. We’re captivated by its pronounced aromas of blueberry and blackberry that precede a bright and lemony flavor with a semi-dry and smooth finish. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: AleSmith San Diego Pale Ale .394 (Tony Gwynn Tribute) Video Beer Review


AleSmith dialed in the recipe resulting in an extremely drinkable 6% ABV Pale Ale with light bitterness and accentuated hoppiness designed to fill the gap between AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale and AleSmith IPA. This San Diego Pale Ale will showcase abundant piney and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from an intense dry-hopping schedule. A balanced malt profile will round out these hoppy flavors with a biscuity finish to enhance drinkability throughout the innings. The name “394” (.394) references the highest single-season batting average Gwynn set back in 1994. Ready to be released at the June 6th Padres Beerfest, San Diego Pale Ale 394 will reflect the commitment to excellence shared by the legendary Tony Gwynn and the AleSmith team. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Indio Video Beer Review


Beyond its dark character and due to its key ingredient of caramel malt, Indio obtains a mild sweet taste that reduces its bitterness, achieving a perfect balance that makes it very drinkable. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Five Wee Heavy Bells Video Beer Review


“Five Wee Heavy Bells, like a fine scotch, is perfect for this holiday season and will get even better with age. This malty scotch ale weighs in at a smooth 9.5% ABV and packs a deliciously warm finish. Rich caramel flavors provide the perfect backdrop to the beer’s pronounced scotch character. “We took a traditional Scotch Ale and aged it on scotch-soaked American oak chips,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company. “The scotch flavors balance the malty sweetness of the beer, and the whole process inspired us to call this bad boy a Scotch on Scotch ale.” Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: GABF 2014: Denver and Ft. Collins


I shot hardly any footage from the floor of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival but I did shoot some footage on my trip up to Ft. Collins when visiting Funkwerks and Horse & Dragon. Missing from my visit was video of Crooked Stave, Odell, Trve Brewing, Tap & Handle, Falling Rock, and the GABF Awards Ceremony. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Coronado 18th Anniversary Ale Imperial IPA Video Beer Review


This August, Coronado Brewing Company will commemorate 18 years of brewing with its 18th Anniversary Ale. The company will also toast a banner year with an 18th anniversary party to be held on August 2nd at the company’s tasting room on Knoxville Street in San Diego. The year’s successes included medaling for the first time ever for its Black Sails IPA, from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO where Coronado won a Silver in the American-Style Black Ale category. At the World Beer Cup, Coronado also triumphed as the champion among mid-size brewers, as it received the highly coveted Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Award, arguably the most prestigious award in craft brewing. The brewer netted a Gold award for their Islander IPA and a Silver for Old Scallywag. Part of the brewer’s Crown Series, the 18th Anniversary Ale is a double IPA ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone 18th Anniversary IPA Video Beer Review


As we compose the text for this celebratory beer—a golden-brown India pale ale dry-hopped exclusively and abundantly with El Dorado hops—we stand ready to leap from the precipice of all we know into a new era for our company, our beers and, most importantly, our fans. It’s one that will see us exploring new territory, both geographically and creatively, as we evolve from pacesetters for the American craft brewing movement to cross-planetary champions of the worldwide cause of craft, hoisting our banner to proclaim artisanal beers’ vast superiority over stripped-down, business-driven, industrialized, fizzy, yellow mediocrity. We thank you for shadowing us for the first 18 years of our journey, and welcome you to join us for next leg and all that follows. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged Video Beer Review


Imperial Biscotti Break aged on Bourbon barrels for 9 months. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone Bastard In The Rye (Arrogant Bastard Aged in Templeton Rye Barrels) Video Beer Review


How do you up the overly healthy haughtiness of an already Arrogant Bastard? Stick said bastard in a Templeton Rye whiskey barrel and allow the nectar and woodiness trapped within it to take that strong ale to places as of yet uncharted. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: New Holland Dragon’s Milk Video Beer Review


Dragon’s Milk is a 17th century term used to describe the strong beer usually reserved for royalty. This strong ale was aged in oak for over 120 days. The aging process extracts flavors from the wood, which contribute to its complex character. Hints of bourbon flavor perfectly compliment its roasted malts to produce a beer fit for a King. Read More »

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