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
I’m back! Happy New Year! Wait, is that right? Have I actually not reviewed a beer this year? Well, certainly I have drunk a ton of them, and that may be a part of why I am somewhat hazy on the question of my recent review history. I am sure you have all been very entertained by the NFL Playoffs, The Golden Globes, and ABC’s Working It.
I, too, have been busy. On January 15th, my wife and I (yes, I’m married– sorry, sir) welcomed our first child, Gwynn Abbott Milstead. While parenthood is wonderful, as they said it is, and the sleep deprivation terrible as they say it is, I must say I am so happy to report that my drinking has not been curbed nearly as much as I feared. And, so, as is my fortune, I continue to taste and test the best of the world of beer.
On that front, I am happy to announce another new arrival. This one is perhaps more anticipated than mine, at least amongst non-family circles. ‘Tis the birth of Golden Road Brewing‘s Hefeweizen cans. Read More
Christmas Time. Yes! Let’s do this thing! I love Christmas. As my wife will tell anyone who’ll listen, I have the sensibilities of a small child. I get teary and weepy every time I see Mickey’s Christmas Carol. Let me tell you something- best Christmas special ever. Yes, even better than Jingle All The Way … slightly. Read More
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! There’s much mistltoeing and hearts glowing, and of course, kids jingle belling and everyone telling you “be of good cheer.” But more than that, it’s time for holiday beers! In an effort to make sure you have as few sober moments with your family and friends, I figured it would be swell of me to review a holiday beer. What makes a holiday beer? It means whatever the brewer damn well pleases (so long as it’s released during the holiday season). That brings me to this week’s beer, Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale. Read More
What an amazing time of year. Every November, bustling crowds come together filling the shops with their cries for supplies, their baskets with provisions consumption. These people come together and give thanks for the amazing bounty that is, of course, Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ale. Did you think I was going to say Thanksgiving? Meh. Turkey is great, but beer is better. This year’s version celebrates Firestone’s 15th anniversary, and is not so surprisingly dubbed, “XV”- XV, of course, being Spanish or Canadian or something for “15”. Read More
Uinta Punk’n, Kern River Pumpkin Ale, Bootlegger's Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Bruery / Elysian / Stone La Citrueille Céleste de Citracado
Stan, CEO of Taste Terminal, pin up boy, and the guy who will someday sign my checks joined me in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival. Or, I joined him … not sure which. All I know is we stayed in a crappy hotel and spent more hours together in 5 days than my family and I have logged in, well … ever. Our first night took us to Falling Rock, for they had a pumpkin beer night featuring Elysian Brewing Company. Elysian is a brewery out of Seattle, run by Dick Cantwell, who is known for brewing amazing pumpkin beers. Giddy up. Read More
First off, I owe you all an apology. Not only for the ineptitude of the writing that you are about to read, but for the fact that I have not subjugated your eyes and brains to said subpar musings in several weeks. If it makes you feel any better, I was recharging my beerteries (that’s beer batteries) at the Great American Beer Festival. Furthermore, it allowed me to pick up not only a wicked cold and hoarse voice (a Mitzvah for those that know me), but also the bottle of beer that I am reviewing herein. It’s time to enjoy Deschutes/Boulevard collaboration beer: Boulevard Brewing Company Collaboration No. 2 White I.P.A. Read More
Here we are. Another week. Another (delicious) beer. This week, it’s Hitachino Nest Beer XH (Extra High) – a strong ale aged in sake casks.Truth is, I’ve been drinking my weight (keep in mind, I’ve lost a fair amount of weight of late, so this is less beer than it might otherwise be) in Kern River Pumpkin and Beer Valley Fresh Hop Black Flag. I’d review these, but Stan says I have to review this Hitachino. Read More
Tonight … Yes, I drink at night. Not exclusively, but when I am doing reviews, I find it helpful to have reruns of “Millionaire Matchmaker” in the background. You know what sucks about that show? Well, everything. How the eff hard is it to find a broad who’s looking for a desperate millionaire? Oh my god, a broad who’s open to dating a rich dude who’s willing to advertise his riches as a way to snag dames? Well, that must be as rare as a leprechaun or Whoopi Goldberg fan? I mean, where would one even start to find one of these elusive creatures in a down to Earth town like Beverly Hills? Further proof this is Satan’s most diabolical creation since David Hasselhoff? My wife hates it. This is a woman who watches all the “Real Housewives”, “Jersey Shore”, and thinks I’m worth marrying. Her standards aren’t what one would call refined. At any rate, tonight, I am delving into a Smashed Blueberry from Shipyard Brewing Company. Read More
Well, even though August seems a tad early and the whole country is still suffering from record heat, let’s all get on the fall train. Ahhh, fall. Summer’s sweltering heat turns into the cool breeze and beautiful changing colors of autumn’s call. Or, you live in California, things get even hotter, and other parts of the country scoff, for they have something we don’t- seasons. There is one thing we can all share, and that is Oktoberfest beers. Read More
Victory Prima Pils once saved my life. I’m not saying it rushed into a collapsing orphanage, set ablaze by a lightning strike, and carried me to safety on its bottle (though I’m sure it would if that situation ever presented itself). It did, however, come to my rescue at a recent beer festival. Read More