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Figueroa Mountain Brewing

I tried four great beers from Figueroa Mountain Brewing in Buelton, California. Previously I’d only tried their award winning brown ale (see below) so it was great to get a feel for more of their lineup.

Lizard’s Mouth Imperial IPA

This is a big bitter hop bomb full of tropical fruit flavor. It’s fairly boozy, not hiding the 9% ABV.

Glassware: Silhouette Series 10.5 oz

Light

This lager weighs in at 4.5% ABV and 10 IBU. This is what light american lagers should aspire to. All of the refreshing crispness without sacrificing the flavor. It’s a bit watery, but there is still a surprising amount of cereal malt flavor.

Hoppy Poppy IPA

This is an easy drinking IPA bursting with citrus and pine hop flavor. It is very smooth with a moderate bitterness.

Glassware: Hops on Hops Snifter

Davy Brown

This is one my favorite brown ales! It is rich and chocolatey while maintaining a fairly light body. This is a surprisingly complex beer with hints of coffee and citrus.

Glassware: Silhouette Series 10.5 oz

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Autism Awareness Month Fundraiser

April is National Autism Awareness Month and we want to make a contribution. Beer Selfie has organized a craft beer raffle fundraiser benefiting The Yellow Door. Help us show off how awesome the craft beer community is, and win some great beer!

Craft Beer Raffle

The raffle will be held April 2nd – 8th. We’ve put together a few exciting craft beer prize packages.

How To Enter:

  1. Make a donation to the fundraising campaign: youcaring.com/autism-beerselfie
  2. Forward the confirmation email to keith@beerselfie.com
  3. For every $5 donated we’ll send you a raffle ticket number
  4. Winners (US Only) will be announced on April 9th

Check the prizes section below to find out what you can win!

The Yellow Door

The mission of The Yellow Door is to support to individuals with autism and their families while promoting student leadership and involvement in the Chico community.

The Yellow Door came together out of two desires: to support individuals with autism and their families as well as provide volunteer opportunities and promote awareness to the Chico community. The Center for Disease Control places the current rates of autism at 1/88 children—a number that continues to increase. Individuals with autism and other disabilities and their families often fight for awareness, recognition as individuals and services that are limited. Our hope is to connect students and community members with willing individuals with autism and their families to promote understanding, personal connection and disability awareness. Our intent is through events such as Chico Walks for Autism a greater sense of community and awareness will be developed for all those participating.

The name, “The Yellow Door” comes from an individual with autism that Josie worked with many years ago that liked doors. When asked what their favorite color for a door would be if they could pick, they answered “yellow, because it’s like opening a door of sunshine.” That positive image is something that The Yellow Door hopes to foster.

Mason

Autism touches many of our lives but I probably wouldn’t be organizing a fundraiser if it wasn’t for my nephew. Mason has taught me a lot about autism and life in the last six years. Experiencing his struggles and triumphs can be a roller coaster, but his heart and perseverance show the world that kids with autism are different, but not less.

The Yellow Door has been key to Mason’s development. They have been an invaluable resource for Mason, and a community for him and his family.

Prizes

 

Dark Beer Prize

Anchorage Brewing A Deal with the Devil Cognac Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Hangar 24 Pugachev’s Cobra Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout with Maple Syrup

Fremont B-Bomb Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale

Fifty Fifty Eclipse Woodford Reserve Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Sour Beer Prize

Sante Adairius Four Legs Good Barrel Aged Blonde Quad

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales Peche ‘n Brett Barrel Aged Saison with peaches

Almanac x Stillwater Blueberry Jack Foudre Aged Wild Ale with blueberries and blackberries

Hoppy Prize

Auburn Alehouse Gold Digger IPA

Sierra Nevada 3 Weight Session IPA

Sierra Nevada FOMO IPA

Sierra Nevada BFD Hoppy Golden Ale

Novo Brazil Samba Haze IPA

Device Curious Haze IPA

Modern Times Fraxos IPA

Ol’ Republic Cosmic Fly By IPA

Hops on Hops v2 Snifter Glass

New Earth Prize

Thanks to Nathan at New Earth Market for contributing these beers!

Firestone Walker 2017 Velvet Merkin Oatmeal Stout

Founders 2017 KBS Bourbon Barrel Stout

Cascade Manhattan NW Bourbon Barrel Sour with cherries and spices

Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA

Hops on Hops v2 Snifter Glass

Spikes Prize

Thanks to Kevin at Spike’s Bottle Shop for contributing Yellow Belly!

Buxton X Omnipollo Yellow Belly Imperial Stout

Sierra Nevada Lime Agave Otra Vez Gose

Sierra Nevada Old Chico Crystal Wheat

Heretic Make America Juicy Again New England-style IPA

Anderson Valley Framboise Rose Gose

Point Stevens Milkshake Malt Porter

Point Stevens Beach Pilot Strawberry Wheat

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Beer Barrel Bourbon

Did you know New Holland Brewing makes spirits? I didn’t until I came across their Beer Barrel Bourbon. They have a full line of whiskey, gin, vodka, rum, and liqueur, but their bourbon aged in barrels that contained their Dragon’s Milk Stout obviously stood out to me.

You’ve probably heard of New Holland’s Bourbon Barrel-aged Dragon’s Milk Stout. It has an “Excellent” rating on Beer Advocate. It’s one of the most popular, and widely distributed, barrel-aged Stouts. New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon spends three months in the same barrels before being bottled.

Tasting Dragon’s Milk and Beer Barrel Bourbon side by side was a real treat. The influence they have on each other is apparent, and both are improved by the other’s contributions.

I used the Beer Barrel Bourbon in an Old Fashioned with 5 by 5 bitters, simple sugar, and a maraschino cherry garnish.

Now, since you’ve made it this far, I’ll let you in on something: I don’t know anything about spirits. I mostly stick to beer and wine. I won’t pretend to actually review this bourbon. It certainly tasted bourbony, but I can’t tell you how it compares to other bourbons. I do think those last three months in a beer barrel adds some unique and enjoyable flavors.

I do feel qualified to review Dragon’s Milk Stout. The thing that stands out the most for me with this beer is how much bourbon influence it has, without any added bourbon heat. This is as smooth as you’re going to get for an 11% ABV beer. I’ve never enjoyed bourbon flavor more!

I also enjoyed the Beer Barrel Bourbon “neat,” and that also tasted bourbony.

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Evans Brewing

Evans Brewing is Orange County’s oldest craft brewery. They’ve been around since 1994 but I only recently caught wind of them and their gorgeous bottles. I tried out their three prettiest bottles in the hopes that the beer inside would match.

Approachable Bastard Session IPA

Approachable Bastard is packed full of flavor for a Session IPA. I was surprised by how dark it poured, and how malt forward it is. The citrus hops shine though nicely though. I like that this is different than most Session IPAs, with a much fuller body and nice malt flavor. I might have guessed that it was an Amber Ale had I not seen the bottle.

The KrHOPen IPA

The KrHOPen is an excellent West Coast IPA with big piney hop flavor and bitterness. I really enjoyed this clean, dry, hoppy brew. This was my favorite of the three.

Glassware: iprefercraftbeer.com Hops on Hops IPA Snifter Glass V2

Pollen Nation Honey Blonde

Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale makes great use of its honey addition. I’ve grown wary of honey beers in general as they often have strange flavors: usually either cloying sweetness or an off putting earthiness. Pollen Nation suffers from neither of these flaws. It’s just sweet enough, and the honey blends really nicely with the blonde ale malts and hints of fruity esters.

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A Handful of Craft Beer Podcasts

I recently had the brilliant idea of spending a few weeks listening to as many craft beer podcasts as I could find and ranking the best ones. Well, turns out there are eleventy thousand craft beer podcasts out there. To further complicate things many of them specialize in topics in addition to craft beer: various regions, brewing, homebrewing, movies, etc.. So, instead here are a few craft beer podcasts that I enjoyed, without trying to rank them or be even remotely exhaustive. I listened to at least three episodes of each of these.

The Session (Brewing Network)

The Brewing Network has been around for a long time and they produce very professional and entertaining podcasts. If you want the most polished podcast covering craft beer and brewing skip the rest of this article and just go subscribe to The Brewing Network’s podcasts. The Session is the original Brewing Network show. ​Their top notch hosts interview beer industry professionals and the best homebrewers. The Session is a great mix of entertainment and great craft beer and brewing information.

Fresh Hop Cinema

Max and Jonny are local to me in Chico, California but I’ve yet to meet them. They stick to a formula of reviewing two beers and a movie in each episode. They review a variety of beers, but usually at least one of them is local(ish). The movies are recently viewed in the theater and they’re not shy about spoilers. Max and Jonny are charming guys and their banter is entertaining. Conversational, on the spot, reviews like theirs are of course subjective, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to disagree with at least one of them about one of the beers and/or the movie, which is part of the charm of the podcast for me. The hosts are both musicians so there is also some great music included in their podcast.

What Ales Ya

Hosts Brian Quain and Jeff Brennan travel Florida chatting with brewers across the state. I don’t think I’ve actually had beer from any of the breweries they visited in the episodes I listened to, but their interviews are so entertaining I still enjoyed the podcast. You get a lot of insight about the local beer scene and brewing from their chats.

Beers and other Shit (BAOS)

Another regional podcast, BAOS is mostly focused on the Canadian brewing scene. In the episodes I listened to they has some insightful conversions with some really interesting brewers.

 

Beer Smith

This podcast is definitely geared towards brewers. The host is Brad Smith, author of BeerSmith software. Each episode includes a knowledgeable guest. Recent guests include a Grandmaster beer judgde, a brewery owner/brewer, brewery Director of Operations, and author Stan Hieronymus. Brad does not shy away from the technical details of brewing, which is a bit dry at times, but probably the most informative of all of these podcasts.

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Holiday Gift Guide

We are certain the craft beer enthusiast in your life will love one of these great gifts. We’ve tracked down the best brewing equipment, books, shirts, and more to make your holiday shopping extra tasty! Cheers!

 

Pretty Pennie Jewellery

Jewellery designer & metalsmith Hilary Pennie hand crafts these beautiful hop pendants, rings, and earrings.

Pair of Hops Earrings. Available in brass, sterling silver, and rose gold plated.
Hug from a Hop Ring. Available in silver, and brass/silver combo.
Heavy on the Hops 10 grams of solid metal. Available in brass, silver, and rose gold plated.

Bullets 2 Bandages

These bottle openers are made from American, once-fired, .50 caliber ammunition. They donate at least 15% of profits to veteran charities. They have a variety of holiday, event, and armed forces themed openers. Each opener can be custom engraved.

War Against Warm

The Craft’r insulated cup is perfect for camping, BBQing, or a picnic. It will hold your beer’s temperature for as long as needed.

  • Double-walled vacuum insulation
  • BPA FREE, 18/8 food grade stainless steel
  • 20 oz capacity

I Prefer Craft Beer Glassware

Proper glassware is essential for fully enjoying your craft beer. I Prefer Craft Beer’s glassware designs are hand-crafted in house and released in limited quantities.

teku

The Drink Local Teku Glass for IPA is durable, stylish, and sensory refining. The stemmed beer glass incorporates a large angled bowl and flared top lip, which promotes better head retention and enhances the flavor and aroma profiles of your craft beer. The large base of the beer glass provides stability.

I Prefer Craft Beer Silhouette Snifter Glass

The Silhouette Series Stout Glass is a unique craft beer glass that is designed to enhance the olfactory senses (sense of smell), which influence the different types of flavors we taste in craft beer, bourbon whiskey, and other fine spirits.

The Snifter Stout glass boasts a wide-bowl that narrows towards the mouth of the beer glass. The stout beer glass design enhances the subtle differences of the beer by opening up and funneling the aromatics toward your nose.

Brewtiful Apparel

Are you Craft Beer AF? Brewtiful Apparel has you covered with their craft beer themed shirts! Use code “BEERSELFIE” at checkout for a discount!

Earn Your Booze

Earn Your Booze is a fitness apparel brand for those who play hard, and work harder. Your excuse to enjoy your drink, and your reminder to earn it.

Kegerator.com

If you really love the craft beer enthusiast in your life you’ll buy them a kegerator. Kegerator.com has some great deals on Edgestar kegerators for the holidays. They also have some big discounts on brewing equipment right now.

American Homebrewers Association

Buy an American Homebrewers Association gift membership for your favorite homebrewer! A membership includes a subscription to Zymurgy magazine and discounts at hundreds of breweries and homebrew shops.

 

How to Brew

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time is the definitive guide to making great beer at home. It’s great for reading cover to cover, or as a reference when you need some info on brew day. The fully revised and updated fourth edition was recently published with even more great information.

Tasting Beer

This book by Randy Mosher covers a bit of everything: beer styles, flavor profiles, sensory evaluation guidelines, craft beer trends, food and beer pairings, and draft beer systems. The second edition just came out and it’s even more comprehensive. This is an enjoyable read, and the perfect study companion for the Cicerone exams.

Tavour

This is our only repeat from last year’s gift guide. They have continued to impress over the past year. Let’s see, we’ve scored Dark Star, Abraxas, Pseudo Sue, Yeti, RU55, Boom Sauce, and so many other fantastic beers. They also find amazing beer from breweries across the country that you have probably never heard of. Their unique store/club hybrid model works perfectly for us. You only buy the beers you want, and there is a flat shipping rate for as many beers as you want. Their gift cards make an excellent gift!

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Rhinegeist Streaker Rye IPA

Rhinegeist Streaker IPA is an interesting beer, and the result of a unique “crowd sourced” brewing process. The Cincinnati based brewery let fans decide the hops, malts and name of the beer. The result is an IPA with 17% rye malt and tropical fruit hop flavors. It was dry hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops that blend nicely with the spiciness of the rye.

Rhinegeist only distributes to Ohio, Kentucky and Massachusetts but I’ve been able to get my hands on a few of their great beers through Tavour. You haven’t checked out Tavour you should get on it. They carefully select beers from all over the country (and sometimes internationally), you pick the ones that you want,  and they deliver them to you at really reasonable prices. They really know craft beer, and their customer service is fantastic.

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Tasty IPA

21st Amendment teamed up with Mike “Tasty” McDole of the Brewing Network for Tasty IPA. You can hear McDole discuss brewing the beer on this episode of the Brewing Network’s The Session podcast. The beer is a take on McDole’s homebrew IPA. It’s a pale, clear IPA that uses citra, mosaic, and ekuanot lupulin powder. The malts consist of two-row pale, munich, and pilsner. This makes for a floral, dry beer, with a big hoppy aroma. For me, really floral IPAs run the risk of becoming too perfumey. Tasty IPA rides that line without going over it. To the last sip it maintains a crisp floral hop flavor without getting perfumey. The beer is being distributed to twenty-five states.

As good as the beer is, the can art might be the star here. It’s a cartoon depiction of McDole’s intepretation of the famous American Beauty movie poster, drawn by Tasty’s son Mark. Tasty’s curvy form is clad only in green hops and his usual hat.

“If you like hops, and you love IPA, you’ll definitely enjoy this beer… even in spite of the naked guy swimming in hops on the front of the can. In all seriousness, this beer is delicious. The lupulin powder is made from the “heart of the hop,” where the hop resins and oils reside, giving this beer bright, fresh flavors and aromas of tropical stone fruits and pine, with a hint of spiciness.” – Shaun O’Sullivan, co-founder, and Brewmaster

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@BeerSelfie Instagram Poll

The @BeerSelfie Instagram account gets tagged on more posts each day than we can reasonably repost. That is a fantastic problem to have and we deeply appreciate everyone’s support and enthusiasm! It becomes a balancing act though between sharing the amazing content you share with us and not overwhelming you with posts.

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