Jace's Drink This

Anchorage Brewing Company Love Buzz Saison

From Alaska

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A lot of people have been complaining that I haven’t been writing enough scintillating reviews. By a lot of people, I mean no one, and by complaining, I mean remaining conspicuously silent on the topic. Truth be told, I have an excuse. I’m a new father. She’s the perfect way to allow me to write off any shortcoming on my part to the wonder and social necessity of raising a future president (of a future Justin Bieber cover band fan club). In fact, she’s so awesome at allowing me to escape social and business responsibility that my wife and I have taken to calling her our “excuse.“ “Our excuse’s two month birthday is today.” Or, “Sorry, I can’t attend your gam gam’s funeral, but our excuse has been a bit testy on Saturdays.” Or, “Boss, I’d love to stay late on Friday, but my excuse has to get some vaccinations.”

So, enough excuses, let’s get to the drinky drinky. This episode, I try Anchorage Brewing Company’s Love Buzz Saison. At $14.99, it’s pricy. As many of you know, every time I do one of these, I hint, not so subtly, that brewery’s should send me free beer to try and rave about, get drunk on, or both. Sadly, no takers … so far (there’s still time). But, Stan (Mr. Taste Terminal) did give me this beer to try- for FREE. Finally, the squeaky wheel gets the beer. Based on how delicious it is, I need to squeak more often. Read More

FiftyFifty Brewing Company to celebrate 5th anniversary

On March 20

Great American Beer Festival award winner, Fifty Fifty Brewing Co. in Truckee, CA is celebrating its 5th birthday. You’re probably asking yourself where is Truckee? It is about 40 or so miles north of South Lake Tahoe, a ski and snowboard destination bordering Nevada. On May 20, from noon to 8:30 PM, the brewpub will host a birthday party featuring a beer garden, a barrel-aged spirit garden, live music, food, vintage bottles of FiftyFifty beers like Eclipse, and BART tickets for purchase. Tickets are $14 during presale and $17 at the door. Raffle tickets will also be sold benefiting the High Fives Foundation. Prizes include skis, golf packages, gift certificates, and vintage beer packages. 11197 Brockway Rd., Truckee, CA 96161. 530-587-BEER.

Photography provided by FiftyFifty Brewing Company

SAVOR tickets go on sale on April 5

Craft beer and food event in D.C.

SAVOR brought to you by the Brewers Association (the same fine folks that organizes the Great American Beer Festival) is back for its fifth year. The event held at the National Building Museum in D.C. continues to sell out year after year. 2012’s tickets will go on sale starting Thursday, April 5 at 10 AM MT. And if you’re lucky enough to be members of the American Homebrewers Association or the Brewers Association a presale will be available on Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00 AM MT.

The craft beer and food event will highlight 74 craft breweries from eight geographic regions across the U.S. including: Brewery Ommegang, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Boston Beer Co., Boulevard Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Full Sail Brewing Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, and more. To go with the crafty brews, food will be offered by BA Culinary Consultant Chef Adam Dulye of The Monk’s Kettle. Tastings aside, workshops will be setup for beer edumacation. SAVOR is Friday, June 8 and Saturday June 9, both days from 7:30 PM – 11 PM, tickets are $120 per person, for the Private Tasting Salon and Educational Salon tickets add $30. 401 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Virgin America now flying to Portland from LAX and SFO

Starting June 5, 2012

Today Virgin America announced a new route from PDX to LAX and SFO. To celebrate the launch, Virgin America is offering fares for $99 each way. Nonstop flights will travel twice daily to Los Angeles and once to San Francisco. Service kicks off on June 5. To book call 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN or visit virginamerica.com.

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Five day photography retreat in the Australian Outback with Richard I’Anson

In the Flinders Ranges of South Australia

Author of Lonely Planet‘s Travel Photography, Richard I’Anson, and Australia’s Arkaba Station have partnered up to offer a five-day photography retreat in the Outback. The retreat includes a two night stay at a private homestead property in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia followed by two nights of camping in luxury “swags” and dining in the wilderness. Read More

Mama An’s Pho from chef Helene An

This Vietnamese style chicken noodle soup includes health promoting ingredients such as onions – recognized by the World Health Organization[WHO] to help sooth symptoms of the flu – ie. coughs, congestion, and respiratory infections, ginger – used as an herbs to treat a “cold” to improve blood flow and decrease symptoms of respiratory infections, and garlic – an antiviral, antibacterial on contact, and an immune system booster. Here is a recipe of Mama An’s Pho created by House of An’s Helene An. Now you can make it and soothe yourself! Read More

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