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Rogue Beard Beer | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Beard beer is brewed with a yeast created from Brewmaster John Maier’s beard. No need to freak out, brewers have used wild yeasts in beer making for centuries. John has had the same old growth beard since 1978 and for over 15,000 brews, so it is no great surprise that a natural yeast ideal for brewing was discovered in his beard. What does beard beer taste like? try it, we think you’ll be surprised… Read More »

Firestone Walker Agrestic (2015) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This liberation begins its journey as DBA then continues through a “chrysalis” process involving 87% French and 13% American Oak barrels, and our proprietary collection of micro flora. To blend, we selected beer matured eight to 24 months in barrels, creating a synergistic beer. Immediately, toasted oak and lemon pith swirl on the nose and palate, followed by an amazing harmony of vanilla, coconut, Earl Grey tea and spice. The finish is crisp, with mouth-watering acidity and chewy tannins. Since we age, blend and bottle these beers once a year, there will be slight variation with each release. A santé! Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Russian River Beatification Video Beer Review

Although we enjoyed aging Batch #1 in used La Folie barrels from New Belgium Brewery, one of which was the renowned PH1 barrel, Batch #2 is something completely different. After a trip to Belgium in 2006, Vinnie successfully tried his hand at spontaneous fermentation using traditional, and not so traditional, Lambic methods. Out of respect for our Belgian brewing friends, we call this style “Sonambic”, a portmanteau between Sonoma and Lambic. We stole this term from our friend Brian Hunt at Moonlight, our local farmhouse brewery. In 2007, we executed a second spontaneous fermentation, making yet another batch of Sonambic. This year, we blended those two batches to create our second bottling of Beatification which we are very excited about! Batch #2 has a big grapefruit aroma and grapefruit rind flavor with funky Brettanomyces and a tart finish. Read More »

Should Breweries Release Infected Beers? (The Bruery Floyd d’Rue) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Since The Bruery has decided to knowingly release an infected beer I wanted to discuss what I thought the pros and cons of this were. What are your thought? Read More »

The Bruery Windowsill (Rhubarb Pie Sour?) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food, was inspired to collaborate with Patrick Rue and The Bruery after enjoying a homemade Rhubarb Raspberry Pie. The rhubarb’s fruity sourness tempered with the sweetness of the fresh raspberries and the wheat crust, begged to be bottled up in the form of a bubbly beer. Keeping the original pie recipe in mind, specialty grains were chosen to mimic the crust, and rhubarb and raspberries were used in varying stages of the brewing and fermentation process. The resulting beer is reminiscent of a fresh country pie, cooling on a farmhouse windowsill. Beer Geek Nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2009 and 2013) Video Beer Review

In Belgian brewing there are fantastic wild ales brewed with naturally occurring yeast. These beers develop over time and are ready on their own terms. Duck Duck Gooze is our homage to these effervescent and wonderfully complex sparkling beers. A blend of young and old barrel aged beers we expect this to be one of our most sought after beers year after year as it will be released in very small quantities. Read More »

Mikkeller Invasion Farmhouse IPA (8% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This Mikkeller was brewed in Alaska, at Anchorage Brewing Co. The Invasion title marks an unofficial series of beers from Mikkeller brewed stateside in the United States. (The brewery has done some stateside collaborations before, but the Invasions are the first on their own.) Invasion Farmhouse IPA is brewed with brettanomyces yeast. beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Goose Island Sofie Paradisi | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Meet a variant of Goose Island Sofie: Sofie Paradisi. Sofie, as you have come to know and love her, is a saison brewed with orange peel and aged in wine barrels. Keep citrus in the family, Paradisi uses grapefruit. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews. 60% Ale aged in barrels with grapefruit, 40% ale. Style: Saison (w/ Grapefruit, Barrel Aged) Availability: Draft only, as of 2/12/13 6.7% ABV Read More »

New Belgium/Lost Abbey Brett Beer (Lips of Faith) | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 363

New Belgium Brewing and The Lost Abbey brewery from San Marcos, California have a shared passion for a variety of things, not the least of which is the wild Belgian yeast brettanomyces. So they decided to join forces and collaborate. Lost Abbey Collaboration is brewed simply with pale malts accompanied by Target, Centennial and Sorachi hops for a hint of citrus. Focusing on their mutual respect for the ingredient, the spotlight shines on the brettanomyces, where a full brett fermentation offers bold pineapple overtones and funky, sour edge. The beer is a shining, golden shade and is warming and dry. Lost Abbey Collaboration is available on draft and in 22-ounce bombers. Read More »

Lost Abbey/New Belgium Mo-Betta-Bretta | Beer Geek Nation Beer Reviews Episode 359

A long time ago (well, 2004) in a Pizza Port not so far away (Solana Beach, CA), Tomme Arthur and New Belgium’s Peter Bouckaert brewed an all Brettanomyces beer they called Mo’ Betta Bretta. In April of this year Peter flew from Colorado and the two joined forces once again — this time at The Lost Abbey — to do a refresh of that beer. Below is a video of what happened that day. The beer was released at the brewery on June 9th and should be hitting shelves near you the week of the June 18th. Read More »