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Six Pack Reviews

Quick reviews of six beers we tried recently.

Angry Chair & Westbrook Zoose Joose

In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia is the drink of the gods, often depicted as conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it.

It’s also a fruit salad popularized in the late 19th century.

Now it’s a beer.

Angry Chair and Westbrook’s collaboration, “ambrosia-inspired” Zoose Joose is a wheat ale brewed with tangerine, pineapple, cherry, coconut, lactose and marshmallows.

The most notable thing about this beer is how well all the adjuncts work together. It is surprisingly not muddled, with each ingredient providing a distinct flavor. The cherry, pineapple, and lactose/marshmallow were up front for me, with the coconut contributing the least. The beer had minimal head and light carbonation.

I found the inclusion of lactose and marshmallow to be a bit much. I think the beer would be better with one or the other, or less of both. Overall, a really interesting and tasty brew though.

Dust Bowl Buck

This Hazy Double IPA isn’t second fiddle. You’re gonna have love as soon as you taste the clean citrus hop flavor. Open up your heart to the smooth, silky mouthfeel. This beer is a surprisingly crushable at 8.5% so try to act naturally. My heart skips a beat with the juiciness of Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops.

Sierra Nevada Estate Farmhouse

Sierra Nevada Estate Farmhouse

Like Sierra Nevada, I was born in Chico in 1980, so I love seeing their Estate beers. It’s great to see them branch out from their usual Estate IPAs.

This Estate Farmhouse Ale was spontaneously fermented in a peach orchard and aged in wine barrels. The wine barrel influence is evident, with some sweetness, and a hint of farmhouse funk. Overall a bit sweet, muddy, and boring. I’d prefer some more distinct farmhouse flavor and less toffee maltiness, but I like the new direction they seem to be taking with this addition.

Russian River STS Pils

Russian River STS Pils

The dark days of Russian River not distributing to Chico are finally over. Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, and STS suddenly showed up all over town recently.

This “Keller-style Pils” is delightful! It’s super crisp with a dry, bitter finish. It’s packed full of bready malt and lemony/peppery/earthy hops.

This is a world class pilsner, and I’m stoked to have it more readily available.

Tahoe Mountain’s Mayor of Midtown

This take on a Hazy IPA was tasty, but not what I expected. I’m curious about what yeast they used for this as it has hints of belgian flavors. Definitely yeast forward for an IPA, with earthy, melon hop flavor and medium bitterness. This beer reminds me of Toppling Goliath’s Pseudo Sue, but not quite as good.

Double Nickel’s Weekend Warrior

Double Nickel Weekend Warrior

This Hazy Pale Ale is double dry-hopped with Idaho and Citra. It’s a really nice showcase for these citrusy hops. Weekend Warrrior has a sweet orange aroma and is packed with orange, mango, and lime flavor. Weighing in at only 26 IBU it still has a noticeable bitterness, particularly lingering in the finish. It has a medium body and foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Double Nickel nails it once it again with this delightful brew. I also appreciate the 19.2 oz tall can!

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Q&A: What is your favorite beer event?

B.Mont of @BlackBeerTravelers

When I first read this question, I mentally ran through all the different beer festivals and anniversaries I’ve attended but then I thought more about it all. My favorite craft beer event is actually the bottleshare.

Just picture your last share. Everyone comes together with particular beers that resonate to a story that they want to share. It’s the quintessential craft beer experience. You get the craft, the culture of the beer and the story of how someone came across the bottle. It’s so fulfilling and eye opening. Plus, people tend to bring the best of their best beers. The beers that never hit distribution because of things like low allotments, low yields, high costs and such. The event is also a cool way to diversify one’s palate and experience so much craft in a small amount of time.

My last bottleshare was in Maryland with attendees from all over the US. There had to be over 200 different beers in the room from the roughly 50 people in the room. So many cultures and stories came with a 2-3 Oz pour. It’s a must have experience in craft that is not often mentioned to those just starting out in craft beer culture.

Kyra from @craftbeer_barbie

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I really loved Haze it Forward this year at Imprint Brewing. 25 Pennsylvania breweries got together to help benefit the ICU Division at Children’s Hospitals of Pennsylvania. So many great beers and such a worthy cause!

Jamel from @Colvinology

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Michigan Summer Beer Fest in Ypsilanti, hands down. You’ve got this massive celebration of Michigan beer that brings in breweries from all around the state with a ton of fan favorites, variants, and experimental beers in tow. It’s a beautiful sea of booths and tents splayed out under the warm summer sun of my old college town. I always run into old friends from undergrad or grad school that I haven’t seen in a while, and there’s a sense of community that I genuinely cherish. Plus, my favorite model shop is about a block away, so it’s basically heaven.

Paulina

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Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. What was once an ordinary brewfest has now become an actual Beer Camp. There are so many activities, games, and of course BEER!

@hopperazi

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“Weathered” in Vancouver BC, it’s a beerfest bottle share style featuring epic brews from across North America.

Monica Di Loxley – The Italian Craft Beer

EurHop! is the most attractive and selective Italian craft beer festival. It takes place in the Eternal City, in a marvellous location. Here you can drink once a year (2019: 4-6 October) the best craft beers from all over the world and from the best Italian microbreweries. If you visit Rome in October, you can’t miss this event for no reason at all. Created by the most famous and esteemed publican, beer writer and beergeek Manuele Colonna (Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà pub), EurHop! is my favorite Italian craft beer event!

Nikki from @nikkidrinkscraft

My favorite beer event has to be The Brewer’s Ball hosted by Best Florida Beer during Tampa Bay Beer Week! It’s a self pour event, so all of the brewers and a lot of the brewery staff actually get to hang out and drink instead of having to pour. You know you’re drinking the best of the best because all of the beers at the festival have medaled for an award!
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Tröegs’ LolliHop

BY PATRICK CUTHBERT

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If Jolly Rancher made a hop flavored candy, Tröegs‘ LolliHop would be it. With a Mosaic, Citra, and Azacca hop profile there’s all kinds of resinous, stone fruity goodness in this Double IPA. My exposure to East Coast based West Coast style IPAs is limited, but from what I remember of Lord Hobo’s Boomsauce, this beer would fill in nicely if you’re looking to scratch that itch. There’s notes of papaya and pineapple imparted from the Azacca, and the dry hopping from the Mosaic and Citra adds to that, plus citruses like orange and grapefruit. A slight haziness is mostly derived from the wheat and oat grain profile that is added to the standard pale ale malts. Pours a hazy, gold with a thin head with little lacing. Overall, a delicious East Coast IPA, with West Coast traits.

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Q&A: How were you introduced to craft beer?

@ceefor from @baospodcast

Back in 2011, I’d just moved to Canada and I was experiencing my first winter. Some friends back in Australia were doing this challenge called 365 Days of Beer, where you had to take a selfie with a beer and post it online until you had 365 different beers. I didn’t believe there were even 300 different beers in the world but I figured I’d give it a crack. After 7 months, I’d completed the challenge and haven’t stopped since. It turned into a podcast and YouTube series, and now we travel the world for beer.

Susie from @SusieOnTap

It was the excitement of beer science that lead me to craft beer! While enrolled in the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, I took a course on the Chemistry and Microbiology of Beer. The more I learned, the more I appreciated and loved craft beer! Because of that, beer science will always have a special place in my heart!

Ralph from @beeredblackman

I was first introduced to craft beer by going to a local pub here in Birmingham. My friends and I would always go during our time in college. One night, I tried a Good People Brown Ale. After that moment, I never looked back. Craft beer has been my life ever since.

Keith from @bayareabeerblogger

My first experience in craft beer was in 2005 in New Orleans. My work had sent me to New Orleans to help with recovery after Hurricane Katrina for two weeks. While there, I spent quite a bit it time meeting people; eating amazing food, and exploring the city. Some of the people I was working with decided to go out to dinner one night and we were all wanting to have some drinks too, sort of needed to unwind from the work. I wanted to drink something local and was asked what sort of beers was I into at the time. I was mostly drinking Killian’s Irish Red, Amber Bock, Stella, etc. They suggested trying an Abita Amber and Abita Purple Haze. I fell in love with both of the beers, which led me to researching the company and craft beer as a whole. I loved that they brewed Restoration Pale Ale to help with hurricane recovery efforts. I loved that the money was going to a local business. And I really loved the way the beers tasted! It was so different than anything I had ever tried! When I flew back home, I found a liquor store that carried them and other craft beers and started buying them. I started seeking out breweries and fell in love with Dunedin Brewery. Life became a whole lot better after that trip, and a whole lot more expensive.

Amanda aka The Art of Beers

My garage, San Antonio, TX, 2007. Started buying single bottles and six packs of craft beer to steer away from the “basics.” I remember Dogfish 60 Min being my gateway into IPAs at that time. Also BJ’s Restaurant was new in the neighborhood and I frequented there. Them damn avocado egg-rolls will get ‘cha! I enjoyed trying their house brews along with their guest beers. It was nice to have a place with variety. They always had North Coast PranQster on the menu which I chose often at the time. It only went uphill from there with my selections. It was a good time to be alive!
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Beer Mail

We’ve started a mailing list! Click the “BEER MAIL” link above to sign up. To kick things off we’re giving away a t-shirt or tank! Sign up for the mailing list before Friday (6/7) for a chance to win.

Emails to the mailing list will be rare and hopefully you’ll find them interesting. To give you an idea of what you’re in for we’ve included the content from our first email that we sent out last week below:

Welcome to Beer Mail!

This is the inaugural BeerSelfie mailing list email to update you on what we’re up to. Don’t worry, these will be rare, but there’s an unsubscribe link below if you aren’t interested in receiving another.

Q&A: What’s Your Favorite City to Visit for Craft Beer?

We asked a few people you’ll recognize from Instagram what city they like to visit for craft beer.

Spoiler: Tampa, Florida was the most common answer!

Check out all the responses and see what other cities made the list.

@babels_cameron

BeerSelfie Shirts!

We’ve teamed up with Pop Fever to create some fun BeerSelfie and Craft Beer shirts! There are currently eight designs available in multiple styles of tshirts, tanks, and sweatshirts.

We love seeing these shirts pop up on Instagram! We’re not saying wearing a BeerSelfie shirt guarantees a @beerselfie repost, but we’re not not saying that.

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Beer Reviews

We recently ran a poll to find out what you’d like to see on BeerSelfie.com and beer reviews received the most votes. We’re happy to oblige and up first is a review of Firestone Walker’s Rosalie from @brewsandbio.

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The @beerselfie post with the most engagement in the last thirty days belongs to @beernerdtravel!

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Q&A: What’s Your Favorite City to Visit for Craft Beer?

Tampa

Magnus of @Babymankerjesus


Oh so many. Brussels for chocolate and lambic, Los Angeles for my extended family at Monkish Brewing and all our friends there but I must say that Tampa has such great food, people and now an amazing list of breweries. Drinking Malort at Hidden Springs Ale Works, hugs and pastry stouts with my sweethearts at Angry Chair Brewing, proper pilsners at Green Bench Brewing, world class meads from Pye Road Meadworks. Yeah, Tampa has got it all!

Atlanta

Eric from @UncapEverything


Whatever city I haven’t visited yet. I would love to hit the West Coast and soak in the craft beer vibes there, but if I had to chose from what I know, I’d have to say ATL. It was truly the beginning of the love that I now have for craft and the people there are so welcoming.

Dublin

@thebrewlocker


There’s an unlimited amount of places to visit in Dublin. The beer scene is incredible, the people are so friendly, and it’s home to the Mecca-Guinness!

New York City

Tiesha, Co-Founder of Beer Kulture


Of course I’d have to say home, New York City! There’s no place like it. When I think of enjoying a good beer… I think of the vibe, the experience and the people I’m enjoying beer with. There’s simply no place or vibe like that of a crisp beer on a hot NY Summer day, chilling on the stoop with the people you love. It’s unmatched.

Tampa

@babels_cameron


Having cut my teeth [in the craft beer industry] in Tampa Bay, the Tampa beer scene will always be special to me. What makes Tampa Bay such a great region for craft is simple: excellent breweries (over seventy and counting…) backed by skilled, innovative brewers; an AMAZING state brewer’s guild, a solid beer week (and perennially-rad climate that encourages fests), and a sizeable craft bar and gastropub contingency — including gorgeous new Fermented Reality Biergarten — that supports local beer.
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Firestone Walker’s Rosalie

BY PATRICK CUTHBERT

Now that the days are getting longer and hotter here in California, circumstances call for a light drinking beer and sitting on the porch into the evening. As pilsners and kolsches tend to dominate most beer drinkers lists during hot weather, the monotony of fizzy yellow beer can lead many to search for a different taste for summer. I recently had the opportunity to sample Firestone Walker’s Rosalie, a beer rosé, and was impressed by its subtle fruit flavors and drinkability. As a brewery that sprung up in a southern California vineyard, Rosalie feels right at home as it is co-fermented primarily with Chardonnay grapes.

Rosalie Pour

The hibiscus flower added to this brew stand out well against the mild fruitiness imparted by the Chardonnay grapes and are a featured flavor. Further, they add a bright pink color to the beer that is noticeable from the initial pour. This brew pours with little if any head, adding to the wine aesthetic, with little carbonation making it that much more quaffable. At only 10 IBUs there’s little here for hop heads but making it quite accessible to the wine converts who may be making the jump to sours and goses. Overall, at five percent ABV, this beer rosé makes for a fine summer drinker or any time you find yourself relaxing under the sun.

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