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Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Bruery 5 Golden Rings Video Beer Review

5 Golden Rings is the 5th verse in our ’12 Days of Christmas’ winter seasonal ale series. This is the only golden ale in the bunch but it definitely packs a holiday punch. We spiced up this 11.5% ABV ode to Winter with cinnamon, allspice and ginger along with some delicious sweet and tangy pineapple. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Lost Abbey Mayan Apocalypse Judgment Day Video Beer Review

Five thousand years ago the Mayan Calendar last turned over. Since then, Nostradamus, The Book of Revelations and random Shaman have all prognosticated that mankind would meet a fateful end. Currently, our demise is scheduled for December 21, 2012 for it has been so decreed our world is about to end not in a Christian Judgment Day but rather a Mayan Apocalypse. Funny thing is, the Mayans don’t actually believe in the concept of an Apocalypse. We at The Lost Abbey didn’t want to miss an opportunity to update our original Judgment Day recipe to accompany us as we collide towards this impending Rapture. Like us, we’re pretty sure you can believe in dried Chiles, Cinnamon and Tamarind working well together in this beer. This means you can count on this little bottle of beer to help you survive this cultural Armageddon. Please pop ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Anniversary Ale) Video Beer Review

The Aging Cellar — The Components We blended together 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional. The following are descriptions of key components with their original code names: Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon barrels -Traditional Oatmeal Stout (23% of final blend) OG= 15P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color= Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels -English Barley Wine (22.5% of final blend) OGP FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=28 / Brewed with Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar Double Double Barrel Ale (14.2% ABV) – Aged 100% in retired Firestone Union barrels -Double strength English Pale Ale (20.3% of final blend) OG=25.0P FG=5.1P IBU=30 Color=16 / A Double version of our flagship created by Ali Razi Parabola (13% ABV) – Aged in Bourbon barrels -Russian Imperial Oatmeal ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Bruery / Hangar 24 Ichigo Highway Video Beer Review

Ichigo Highway is a collaborative beer that we created with Hangar 24 Brewing from Redlands, CA. The base style is a sessionable sour red ale that we aged in oak barrels along with a whopping amount of strawberries, most of which were picked from the fields besides Hangar 24’s brewery. Aged for approximately 8 months, this beer has developed a pleasant funk and a delightful acidity that is balanced by the intensely sweet aroma and flavor of the strawberries as well as a unique dryness achieved by using a sake yeast along with our house strain along with souring bacteria. Available in November. 5.5% ABV, Best enjoyed fresh due to the fleeting aroma and flavor of the strawberries. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Bruery Fruet Video Beer Review

Fruet is our fourth anniversary ale. It is the same recipe as Papier and our other anniversary ales, and again was created using the Solera method. Each year we will continue to blend old barrels of anniversary ale with a new batch of the same beer, adding an additional layer of complexity that will grow over time as we continue to age and blend with each anniversary, creating an older average age to the ale. This year, for the first time, we are ONLY offering the 100% bourbon barrel aged version of our anniversary ale. It has taken us four years to work up our capacity enough to do this and we are extremely happy about this offering. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze Golden Blend Video Beer Review

The Golden Blend is made with 4 year old Lambic that accounts for 25 % of it’s contents, the rest of the blend is made up by a “secret” combination of 1, 2 and 3 year old Lambic. The exact mixture is only known by the master-blender Armand himself. The name “Golden Blend” is not far away from the truth, in fact, the 4 years of maturation in oak-wooden barrels is making this particular Lambic very expensive. Due to the “evaporation” through the barrels, only a small percentage of the lambic is left over after 4 years of maturing. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale Video Beer Review

As with any good epic, herein lies the promise of larger-than-life experiences, heroics, and twists and turns as the adventure unfolds. This bottle-conditioned ale is chapter eleven. Now is the time to enjoy it in a “vertical” tasting side by side with its ten Stone Vertival Epic Ale brethren! Each one unique to its year of release. Each with its own “twist & turn” in the plot line. Each one released one year, one month and one day from the previous year’s edition. This year’s Stone Vertical Epic Ale is the very last one. Yep, this is it. The final chapter. Or as they say on the last slide in some old films: “Fin.” No worries though: this edition is particularly well-suited for prolonging the experience, as it’s as cellarable as any in the series, or more. In this, the final edition, you can ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: The Bruery Autumn Maple Video Beer Review

This beer is made in the pumpkin beer tradition, except instead of pumpkins we used yams, and lots of them! A big Belgian-style brown ale of 10% ABV, this one is bringing pumpkin beers (or yam beers) into new territory. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Bear Republic Racer X Video Beer Review

Racer X™ is an uncommon Double India Pale Ale which puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone. Like its little brother Racer 5, Racer X™ is balance in a bottle. Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Karl Strauss Amber Video Beer Review

With the first batch of his namesake Amber, Karl shared a beer and a passion that changed brewing in San Diego. Imported Munich malts give our original flagship the deep bronze color and crisp toasted malt flavors of a Vienna-style lager, while Cascade hops and our proprietary yeast strain lend a smooth body and clean finish. Brewed in small batches since 1989, Karl Strauss Amber remains San Diego’s original session beer. Karl spent his life making beer. He believed that behind every beer recipe was an inspiration, and behind every pint was a story waiting to be told. Karl Strauss Amber was his story, a story that challenged and inspired a new generation of brewers. Today we brew our own stories, while raising a pint to the man and the beer that started it all. Read More »