Sour in the Rye 2013 (The Bruery)

I received this beer as a birthday present in 2013 and it sat in my fridge for several months mocking me, goading me. After taking a recent trip to Orange County and trying several of the Bruery’s sour efforts I felt like the time had come to crack this beer open.

Sour in the Rye label 1SOUR IN THE RYE (2013) is an 8.7% ABV American Wild Ale aged in oak barrels.

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Peaches & Cream (Short’s Brewing Company)

I was given this bottle by a friend with the warning that he found it too sweet to drink a full sixpack. I’m an adventurous beer drinker and I often like sweeter/fruitier beers that some of my friends don’t, so I figured I could handle this. Let’s see if I was right…

Peaches & Cream labelPEACHES & CREAM is a fruit beer from Michigan’s Short’s Brewing Company. They brewery calls it a Golden Ale, whereas Beer Advocate refers to it as a Fruit Beer. Regardless of the designation, this beer has a shockingly large 8.3% ABV and an equal surprisingly 43 IBUs. Continue reading

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Anadromous (Anchorage Brewing Company)

Anchorage Brewing Company decided from the get go that they were going to do things just a little bit differently than the average craft brewery. All of their beers are barrel aged and fermented with Brettanomyces (and other sour yeasts). This allows brewer Gabe Fletcher to take tried and true styles and send them off down whole new pathways created by this oft-unpredictable fermentation process. This is what makes trying this beer all that much more exciting.

Anadromous labelANADROMOUS is an American Wild Ale with an 8.5% abv and 30 IBUs.

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Fortunate Islands (Modern Times Beer)

I originally heard about this particular beer via Reddit, and to a lesser extent Beer Advocate. People online were praising this beer and chastising the brewers for calling what they had deemed a Session IPA an American Wheat Ale. In their eyes this appeared to be hophead suicide. With all of this back and forth going on in the forums I knew I had to try it so that I could throw my 2 cents into the conversation. Who was right? Read on to find out…

Fortunate Islands labelFORTUNATE ISLANDS is an American Pale Wheat Ale with a sippable 4.8% ABV and a seemingly contradictory 46 IBUs. Continue reading

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Fruet (The Bruery)

Over the past few months I’ve really been on a Bruery kick. It started with first real trip to their tasting room in Placentia, California (I had been there once before to pick up a bottle of Black Tuesday, but I didn’t get to drink anything that time). Then it was a bottle of Hottenroth on a brew day and my roommate sharing with me a glass of his Rueze. And now here we are. I bought this bottle back in 2012 when it first came out and I’ve been sitting on it ever since. I was waiting for the right time to open it and, as they say, there’s no better time than the present…however if that was true then I wouldn’t have sat on it for a year and a half, but I digress.

Fruet labelFRUET was the Bruery’s 4th anniversary beer and was released in May of 2012. It’s an Old Ale with a massive 15.5% ABV and 45 IBUs. Continue reading

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Blazing World (Modern Times Beer)

Modern Times has recently blazed on to the craft beer scene. And before you ask, yes, I hate myself as much as you hate me for that horrendous turn of phrase. Buzz about the quality of their products had been growing exponentially online, but it wasn’t until a few months ago that their beers actually started showing up in my neck of the woods (Los Angeles). Factor in my growing love for canned beers and I knew I had to pick up a four-pack as soon as I saw it. This wasn’t the first Modern Times beer I’d had, but this one will get the first review.

Blazing World labelBLAZING WORLD is a hoppy Amber Ale with 85 IBUs and a 6.8% ABV.

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Batch 1000 – Bryeian (The Bruery)

The Bruery is one brewery (that feels redundant, but I couldn’t think of a better way to put it) that keeps reeling me back in. Even if I didn’t enjoy the last x number of beers of theirs I tried, I’ll still get excited when something new hits the shelves/taps. This holds doubly true for anything that could be considered a “one off”. And that is exactly what this beer is.

Bryeian labelBATCH 1000 – BRYEIAN is a Cascadian Dark Ale/Black Ale with a 7% ABV that was brewed to celebrate their 1000 batch of beer. Continue reading

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